These last several weeks are the most intense time of the legislative session; it is when critical bills near the finish line. Legislators are deep in negotiations and bills can be amended without public hearings. Anything can happen! SB 193, the Education Savings Account bill, is the most important school-choice bill of the biennium, if
Two of our important school choice bills have action this week. The first, HB 1744, a bill that empowers families with the ability to refuse their children’s participation in statewide assessments, has a public hearing in the Senate Education Committee on Tuesday, April 3rd at 9:30am. Read more below. And SB 193, the Education Savings
We are fully into “crossover” when the House and Senate trade surviving bills for another round of public hearings and exec sessions. None of our top-priority bills have public hearing this week, but we anticipate they will soon. Stay tuned! Below is the upcoming schedule for the next couple weeks; we include our analysis and
We are pleased to publish our second annual Legislator Report Card! Grades are based on this session’s school choice bills with roll call votes. We followed and reported on many more issues and bills throughout the year, but only roll-call votes provide direct accountability of individual Representatives and Senators. As previously mentioned, 2017 was a
2017 was very successful and lays the groundwork for more progress next year! We set an ambitious agenda and advanced on nearly every effort. Once again the game-changer was grassroots involvement and support. Engaged parents and citizens play a major role in advancing educational options for our children and future generations in the Granite State.
Today has been an excellent day for school choice! The Georgia Supreme Court unanimously ruled that the state’s tax-credit scholarship program may continue, resolving a three-year legal battle. This is the Institute for Justice’s sixth state supreme court win for school choice. This decision will ensure that 13,000 children can continue to use the scholarship
Welcome to the start of the 2017-2018 biennium! The House Education Committee kicks it off with a full schedule of public hearings. This is the best chance to communicate with committee members and share your opinion on bills. The public may sign the sheet near the room entrance to indicate support or opposition to any
What exactly is school choice? School Choice is a term used extensively in political, education policy, and advocate circles, but what does it mean? In the strictest sense it refers to the various educational institutions available to families, namely public, charter, private and religious schools. This is the most widely accepted definition across the country.
New Hampshire has two tax-credit scholarship organizations; the largest is the Children’s Scholarship Fund – NH. They put educational options within reach for families of low to moderate means. We will periodically profile their students to highlight the impact the scholarship makes for these children and families. Alice Tuson needed to find a new school
We are pleased to publish our first annual Legislator Report Card! Grades are based on the session’s school choice bills with roll calls. We followed and reported on many more bills throughout the year, but only roll calls provide direct accountability to individual Representatives and Senators. For a fuller view of this year’s school choice