CITIZEN VOICES® Sununu vetoes local control over ‘Learn Everywhere’

Jul 16, 2019

New Hampshire is in the process of developing a system that will allow educational programs outside schools to give students credit for graduation. 

The initiative is called “Learn Everywhere.” 

How it works 

Programs interested in offering credit to students must apply to the state. 

For example, a Boys and Girls Club theater program could apply to give arts credit. A gymnastics program could apply to give physical education credit. 

If the state Board of Education approves the program, the program gets a one-year license. If the first year goes well, the program gets a five-year license. 

Students that complete a program are granted a grade and a certificate to present to their school district for credit. 

Local control objections 

This year, the Legislature passed SB 140, which would give local school boards the power to determine whether to grant academic credit for these outside programs. 

Supporters argued that local schools should not be forced to give credit for a program that may not fit their graduation requirements. 

Critics of Learn Everywhere also believe the initiative will favor wealthier students who can afford these outside programs. 

Support for Learn Everywhere 

Last week, Gov. Sununu vetoed SB 140, saying

“New Hampshire has a long and distinguished history of education innovation that has served our students, families, and communities well. … Programs like Learn Everywhere continue this legacy by enabling creative and innovative learning experiences for all of our public school students.  Senate Bill 140 would restrict the ability for parents to seek out educational alternatives.” 

Did Sununu get it right, or should local schools have the final say over outside programs?  Share your opinion in the comments. 

Should local schools be required to give academic credit for learning programs outside the classroom?

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Francis Murzyn
- Merrimack

Fri, 07/26/2019 - 1:47pm

Set the guidelines and go for it. Schools do not care about the alternatives to football, basketball, soccer. Some schools simply can not provide for everyone.....so if the parents are willing to go outside and pay for it, if it meets guidelines then it should count. Tennis lessons, horse riding were both counted for my daughter at her charter school.

Related Bill

SB 140 (2019)
Bill Status: Vetoed by Governor
Hearing date: Apr 03, 2019

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