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Business leader Val Zanchuk: “Don’t destroy a top public school system” – MyTurn in the Concord Monitor

Business leader Val Zanchuk: “Don’t destroy a top public school system” – MyTurn in the Concord Monitor

New Hampshire civic and business leader Val Zanchuk writes an oped about the damage vouchers would do to New Hampshire’s top performing school system, making the point students from higher income families would be the primary beneficiaries.

Make Private School Free or Die: The Fight Over Education Savings Accounts in New Hampshire – The 74

Make Private School Free or Die: The Fight Over Education Savings Accounts in New Hampshire – The 74

“The 74”, a national web site that covers education from a conservative viewpoint, reported on SB 193.  Here are some excerpts: Soon [“Live free or die.”] may prevail in schooling as well, as lawmakers decide whether to create a universal system of education savings accounts and a conservative new governor […]

Troy resident: The way NH funds public schools is an “unfair system”

Troy resident: The way NH funds public schools is an “unfair system”

Troy resident Marcia Press is taking action after attending a four-hour town meeting on the school budget, where she says that her community was angry over how much money her town spends on education. According to the Sentinel Source, she started a petition to find another way for the state […]

Concord Monitor: Voucher bill probably to be retained over the summer and state employees oppose DOE reorganization

Concord Monitor: Voucher bill probably to be retained over the summer and state employees oppose DOE reorganization

The Monitor provides background on the lack of sufficient Republican support for the ambitious voucher bill and reports that the State Employee Association has weighed in heavily against Commissioner Edelblut’s proposed reorganization plan.

Governor Sununu on SB 193: I have concerns about putting public funds towards non-public schools

Governor Sununu on SB 193: I have concerns about putting public funds towards non-public schools

On NHPR’s The Exchange this morning, Josh Rogers ran a clip of a  statement given by Governor Sununu on SB 193. The bill would create an “education freedom savings account” program, or voucher system, in New Hampshire. Here’s what the Governor said:

After work session on SB 193, questions remain about NH’s voucher bill

After work session on SB 193, questions remain about NH’s voucher bill

The House Education Committee held a full committee work session on SB 193 on Wednesday, which would create “education freedom savings accounts” in New Hampshire. The Senate passed the bill in March, but the bill is meeting some resistance and has some still unanswered questions in the House.

Union Leader: Public hearing scheduled for amendment to restructure DOE amid “mounting pressure”

Union Leader: Public hearing scheduled for amendment to restructure DOE amid “mounting pressure”

The Union Leader reported on yesterday’s Senate Education Committee meeting yesterday, where they announced a public hearing on the amendment to restructure the Department of Education:

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Senator David Watters to propose alternative to restructuring Department of Education

According to the Union Leader, Senator David Watters (Dover) plans to introduce an amendment that would potentially create a study committee to reorganize the Department of Education. Senator Watters’ amendment would replace the amendment proposed by Senator John Reagan (Deerfield) last week, which would have given Commissioner Frank Edelblut substantially […]

News Review: Amendment to Reorganize NH Dept. of Ed

News Review: Amendment to Reorganize NH Dept. of Ed

Senator John Reagan proposed an amendment on April 11th in the Senate Education Committee, that would substantially increase the authority and power of the Office of the Commissioner of Education. The amendment was an addition to HB 356, an unrelated bill (which creates a legislative study committee on the education funding formula) […]

State Board rejects DOE proposal to review many academic standards immediately

State Board rejects DOE proposal to review many academic standards immediately

At the April 6th meeting of the New Hampshire State Board of Education, The department of education proposed that the board agree to review six major academic standards over the next year. The State Board of Education rejected the proposal, telling the department to return with a full plan, including timeline and budget, to review English and math standards.