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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...
Lawmakers pass bipartisan budget that boosts public school funding, creates teacher retention program

Lawmakers pass bipartisan budget that boosts public school funding, creates teacher retention program

In a historic vote, lawmakers in both the House and Senate passed a bipartisan budget this week that includes more state funding for public schools, a new teacher retention program, increased charter school funding,...
Photo by ReDunnLev, New Hampshire State House.

SB 140 provides opportunity for Senate to invest in teacher recruitment through the State...

As the New Hampshire Senate works through its state budget negotiations, one teacher recruitment bill remains and will be taken into consideration this week. Senate Bill (SB) 140  would provide stipends for eligible teacher...

Legislative Update: House passes bill to ‘restore the intended purpose’ of school vouchers; approves...

On Thursday, February 23, the New Hampshire House passed House Bill (HB) 430, which would add a public school attendance requirement to the state’s school voucher program eligibility. According to the bill’s prime sponsor,...

Legislative Update: Lawmakers hang on to key school funding bill, school vouchers head to...

The House is buzzing with activity as they quickly reach the first round of deadlines to act on legislation: the House Education Committee has until February 16 to hold public hearings for, and vote...

Legislative Update: Minimum standards revisions overlook key concerns; public hearings on school voucher eligibility...

This week will be busy in Concord -- there are dozens of public hearings on school-related legislation, as well as other happenings.  Here’s what you need to know this week: School vouchers remain a top priority...

Legislative Update: Public hearings on school voucher expansion this week, Department backtracks on minimum...

This week, the House Education Committee will hold public hearings on two bills that would expand the state’s school voucher program: HB 367, which would broaden the income eligibility requirement, and HB 464, which...