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How would citizens override their local school board's authority?

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Jennifer Thompson
- Newport
How would citizens override their local school board's authority?

I'm hoping someone could enlighten me: How would citizens override their local school board's authority? Where would I find statutes about this?

Anna Brown
- Manchester

Hi Jennifer,

Here are some resources you can check out.

The NH Department of Education website has information on challenging school board decisions: http://www.education.nh.gov/legislation/index.htm

If you click through to "Hearings/Mediation Information," the website states, "A party aggrieved by a decision at the local level may appeal to the state board for review, in accordance with Ed 200, provided that such appeal is filed within 30 days of receipt of the written decision of the local board or 7 days after any alternative dispute resolution that did not produce an agreement with parties. Each appeal shall be in writing and shall be addressed to the office of legislation and hearings."

All of the statutes related to education, including school boards, are found under Title XV of the NH Revised Statutes Annotated, found here: http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/rsa/html/NHTOC/NHTOC-XV.htm

Chapter 189 of Title XV is probably most related to your question: http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/rsa/html/NHTOC/NHTOC-XV-189.htm

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