The State Board of Education overturned a school board’s decision to allow a student who moved to Litchfield following her father’s death to continue to attend Pinkerton Academy in Derry. The State Board said that the case qualified as a manifest educational hardship, a rule that allows districts to send students to out-of-district public schools.
After the Senate attached the original version of SB 193, creating a universal and statewide voucher program, to an unrelated bill that created a teacher preparation program and established a death benefit for teachers killed in the line of duty, the House removed the voucher amendment and killed the program for the 2018 session.
The Senate brought back the voucher bill originally created in SB 193 by attaching the original version of the legislation (the version introduced in early 2017) to an unrelated bill, HB 1636. The Senate then passed HB 1636.
The vote effectively killed the amended bill that would have created a statewide voucher program by a vote of 170-159. A motion to reconsider made the following day also failed by a vote of 165 to 172.
The House Finance Division II subcommittee voted 7-1 to refer SB 193, the statewide voucher bill, for interim study. The full Finance Committee is scheduled to vote on the bill on Wednesday, April 25.
The latest amendment decreases accountability and increases funding for the scholarship organization by more than $200,000 per year. Students are still required to take an annual educational evaluation, but if they show insufficient academic growth for 2 years or more, they are required to work with the scholarship organization on an improvement plan.
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