School choice bill moves forward

Nov 15, 2017

On Tuesday, November 14 a House committee voted in favor a school choice bill, SB 193.

The bill allows parents to take the per-pupil funding from the state and spend it on private or home schooling for their student. A private organization will handle the state funds, about $3,000 per student.

The House Education Committee amended the bill to add several restrictions.

Under the amended bill, to be eligible a student must meet at least one of the following criteria:

School choice bill moves forward

May 22, 2017
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Last week a New Hampshire House committee voted in favor of a bill that would let some students use tax dollars to attend private school.

The bill, SB 8, would allow a school district to pay to send a child to a private school if the district does not have a public school at the child's grade level. 

The bill was prompted by officials in the town of Croydon. The Croydon school board used public funds for some students to attend a private Montessori School in nearby Newport. Croydon is now in a legal battle with the state over this decision.

NH School Choice Bill?

Feb 25, 2017
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This week, the Senate passed SB 193, a "school choice" bill which gives parents of New Hampshire school-aged children who are not attending traditional public schools the option to establish education savings accounts.

Senate supports some state funding for private schools

Feb 24, 2017
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On Thursday, February 23 the Senate passed a bill that would allow school districts to use state funds for a student to attend private school, if there is no public school in town.

Bill would expand tax credit scholarships

Jan 16, 2017

Rep. Carol McGuire is sponsoring a 2017 bill to expand the program that gives businesses a tax credit for donating to a scholarship fund.

Right now the scholarship fund can be used for tuition at private and parochial schools.  Homeschooled students can also receive funding.

McGuire’s bill, HB 386, would allow scholarships for college, tutoring, and distance education. 

The bill also extends the deadline for making donations and distributing scholarships, which will allow for more donations.

Hassan vetoes school choice bill

Jun 10, 2016

On Thursday, June 9 Gov. Maggie Hassan vetoed HB 1637, a bill that would have allowed public funding for some students’ tuition at private schools.  

HB 1637 specifically allowed small towns without a public school to assign students to a private school instead of a public school in another district.

Croydon in school choice battle

Nov 05, 2015

The New Hampshire Attorney General is asking a judge to stop the Croydon School Board from using taxpayer money to pay for students’ tuition at a Montessori school.

Croydon, population 764, only has public school through grade four.  After that students generally attend the Newport public schools.  However, this year Croydon allowed four students to attend the Newport Montessori School instead and let the designated taxpayer funds for each student follow.

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