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Legislative Update: What’s happening with the NHED’s standards overhaul? And co-ops take spotlight this...

At their February meeting, the NH State Board of Education voted to advance the NH Education Department’s proposed overhaul of the minimum standards for public school approval. According to Reaching Higher NH’s analysis, the...

Legislative Update: March Madness – NHED subpoena power, school voucher accountability, uncertified part-time teachers,...

This week, lawmakers are on a break with their winter recess. Next week, the first week of March, the legislature resumes with a jam-packed schedule full of hearings and executive sessions for a handful of...

Social Emotional Learning ban brings out strong opposition 

On Monday, February 5, Representative John Sellers (R-Bristol) introduced a bill that would ban social-emotional learning (SEL) in public schools. House Bill (HB) 1473 would also prohibit schools from collecting or using student data...

Legislative Update: House will vote on universal school voucher expansion on Thursday while committee...

After a marathon voting session last week, the House is scheduled to vote on universal school voucher expansion this Thursday, which could cost the state over $105 million per year. At the same time,...

Legislative Update: Marathon voting day next week includes school voucher expansion; hearings expanding State...

Next week, the House Education Committee will hold a two-day session voting on recommendations for nearly 50 bills, including four bills that would expand eligibility for the statewide school voucher program and a bill...

Legislative Update: Non-certified teachers in the classroom? Some lawmakers say OK

This week, lawmakers heard from thousands of Granite Staters who oppose school voucher program expansion. Ninety-three percent (93%) of the testimony submitted was in opposition to school voucher expansion, with a total of 3,982...

Legislative Update: School voucher expansion will be major focus of lawmakers next week

Next week, the House Education Committee is scheduled to hold four public hearings on bills that would expand the state’s school voucher program, most of which would result in universal eligibility regardless of income....

Legislative Update: School voucher expansion bill would render hardship laws “completely meaningless”; Senate passes...

The 2024 legislative session kicked off on January 3, with the House and Senate voting on the retained bills of the last session. The Senate passed Senate Bill (SB) 217, a critical teacher recruitment...

As school voucher program cost surpasses $24 million this year, state oversight committee raises...

A legislative oversight committee charged with monitoring the state’s school voucher program raised questions about the program’s cost and transparency during their meeting on October 25, 2023. The meeting came about a week after...

Looking Ahead: 2024 LSRs at a Glance

The window for lawmakers to file prefiled bills, or Legislative Service Requests (LSRs), for the 2024 session opened in early September. To date, Reaching Higher NH is tracking over 120 new pieces of legislation...