House Bill 620, as introduced, would significantly restrict the ability of the New Hampshire State Board of Education (state board) to propose rules that exceed the minimum requirements of state or federal law. The intent of HB 620 is to prevent unfunded mandates (i.e., school districts having to spend local money on meeting requirements set by the state board) and to provide greater flexibility and autonomy to school districts and schools. The actual impact of the bill, however, could be to significantly and negatively impact families and students, particularly students with disabilities.
The bill was amended to allow the State Board to propose rules that exceed federal minimum law, but must take into account the fiscal impact of the bill. It now goes to the House for reconsideration after a Senate amendment.
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