On Thursday, the House killed a bill that would create a statewide voucher program in New Hampshire after the Senate attached it to an unrelated bill. However, school choice supporters say they will bring forward a different version next...
Late last Thursday in the State Legislature, after the House killed SB 193, the statewide voucher bill by sending it to interim study, the Senate revived the voucher bill by attaching it as an amendment to an unrelated bill,...
This past week the House voted two times to kill SB 193, the statewide voucher bill, by sending it to interim study. But late last night, the Senate brought back the voucher bill by attaching the original version of...
The House Finance subcommittee has voted to keep studying SB 193, the statewide voucher bill, in a recent 7-1 vote. According to the Union Leader, during the second year of a two-year session, a vote to keep a bill...
The House Finance subcommittee that has been working on SB 193, the statewide voucher bill, since January voted 7-1 to refer the bill for interim study, according to the Concord Monitor: A controversial bill allowing families to put state education...
The House Finance subcommittee that is working on SB 193, the statewide voucher bill, released another amendment on last week at their work session. From NHPR: Senate Bill 193 received another set of tweaks on Wednesday. The bill would allow some parents...
The statewide voucher bill, SB 193, has gone through several major revisions since it was introduced last year--each House committee has made substantial changes to the program. According to educators, administrators, and parents, this should be a telltale sign...
Following several work sessions and revisions, the House Finance Division II Subcommittee held a public hearing on Friday, March 9 on newly-amended version of SB 193, the statewide voucher bill. Note: there have been a significant number of amendments...
SB 193, the statewide voucher bill, has been in the House for close to a year, with members of the Education and then Finance committees refining the bill and narrowing its scope. According to Dr. Carl Ladd, the Executive...
Reaching Higher NH has received many questions about the evolution of SB 193, the statewide voucher bill, in regards to where it began and how it has changed over the past year. Here, we break it down in an...
The House Finance Division II Subcommittee released an amendment to SB 193, the statewide voucher bill, on Tuesday that removes the $1,500 adjustment grant for wealthier communities. The subcommittee met on Wednesday, where they were expected to vote on the bill...
SB 193, a bill that would create a statewide education savings account (ESA or voucher) program, is now in its third iteration since being passed by the Senate almost one year ago (see 2017-2018 coverage here.) With the most recently...
According to a Legislative Budget Assistant (LBA) staffer's report, the impact of the statewide voucher bill (SB 193) goes far beyond the first-year impacts that the adjustment grants are designed to address. Cumulative losses in students and state aid...
The House Finance subcommittee released an amended version of SB 193, the statewide voucher bill, which tightened the eligibility requirements, eliminated the stabilization grants that would protect districts from sharp losses in state aid in favor of one-time grants,...
The House Finance subcommittee has released an amendment to SB 193, the bill that would create a statewide voucher bill, on Wednesday. According to an analysis by Reaching Higher NH, school districts could lose between $2.4 million and $6.3...
The House Finance subcommittee released an amendment to SB 193, the bill that creates a statewide voucher program, on Monday. The new version of the bill restricts eligibility only to students within 185% of the federal poverty level who...
The state's nonpartisan Legislative Budget Assistant told a House Finance subcommittee that SB 193, the bill that would create a statewide voucher program, could cost the state $36 million over 12 years, according to the Concord Monitor: "Over that same...
Somersworth School Board Chairman Don Austin added a discussion of SB 193, the statewide voucher bill, to the board's first agenda of the year, according to Seacoast Online: The board talked about SB193 Establishing Education Freedom Savings Accounts for Students,...
We have received a lot of inquiries about the landscape of support and opposition for SB 193, the statewide voucher bill. With that in mind, we took a look at engagement around the bill at the public hearing in...
Manchester's Mayor, School Board, and Superintendent opposed the statewide voucher bill, SB 193, in a letter to the House Finance Committee. According to Manchester Ink Link, Governor Chris Sununu will attend a school choice rally in the city, sponsored...
Some advocates of SB 193, the statewide voucher bill, are voicing both concerns and optimism about limitations to the program. One supporter called it a "great start," and another said that it could help boost enrollment in a new...
On January 16, the House Finance Committee held a public hearing on SB 193, the bill that would create a statewide voucher program. After hours of public input, a subcommittee will meet on January 23 to do a more...
Megan Kilar, a Manchester public school teacher, submitted this letter to the Concord Monitor opposing SB 193, the bill that would create a statewide voucher system: Senate Bill 193 is a “school choice” program that would take money from public...
Manchester Mayor Joyce Craig spoke against SB 193 at a House Finance Committee meeting on January 16. Drew Cline, the State Board of Education Chairman and President of the free-market think tank Josiah Bartlett Center, spoke in favor of the...
According to Representative Glenn Cordelli (Tuftonboro), a House Education Committee member and school choice advocate, about half of New Hampshire students would qualify for vouchers under SB 193, reported the Concord Monitor: Republican Rep. Glenn Cordelli, a major proponent of...
The Concord Monitor Editorial Board published this editorial on the constitutionality of SB 193, the bill that would create a statewide voucher system: The federal Constitution’s ban on public support of sectarian education under the Establishment Clause suffers from wrong-headed...
Representative Mary Heath (Manchester), who serves on the House Education Committee, wrote in Seacoast Online that the Legislature's job should be to strengthen the state's public schools, not give money to private and religious ones: Last week, New Hampshire Republicans...
The Valley News Editorial Board questioned the nature and timing of the Attorney General's response to SB 193, the bill that would create a statewide voucher program through education freedom savings accounts: Over the years, the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office...
Representative Mel Myler (Contoocook), a member of the House Education Committee, urged New Hampshire residents to reject SB 193, the statewide voucher bill, in a letter to the Concord Monitor: Last week, the Republican-controlled New Hampshire House of Representatives approved...
The Associated Press reported on the House vote to pass SB 193, the statewide voucher bill, on January 3: The bill, which is supported by Republican Gov. Chris Sununu, would provide parents with the state's basic per-pupil grant of roughly...
​On January 3, the New Hampshire House of Representatives voted to pass the amended version of SB 193, the bill that creates a statewide voucher program, in a 184-162 roll-call vote. It now moves to the House Finance Committee...
The Union Leader Editorial Board published this editorial in support of SB 193, the bill that would create a statewide voucher system:  Does New Hampshire have a responsibility to schools, or to the actual students who attend them? That is the fundamental choice...
Alfreida Englund, the Chair of the Stoddard School Board, wrote this letter to the Keene Sentinal opposing SB 193, the bill that would create a statewide voucher program: On Wednesday, Jan. 3, the N.H. Legislature will vote on Senate Bill...
Hampton and Dover were the latest school boards to vote against SB 193, the bill that would create a statewide voucher bill, according to Seacoast Online:  "School boards including those in Hampton and Dover have taken votes expressing opposition to...
Hampstead joined the growing list of school officials who oppose SB 193, which creates a statewide voucher system, according to the Eagle Tribune: Hampstead has joined several New Hampshire school districts in opposing a bill that would allow parents to use state money to pay...
In a column for the Concord Monitor, educator Joe Onosko offered six reasons why New Hampshire should reject the voucher program created by SB 193: "Senate Bill 193 is an education voucher program that received much criticism during the 2017...
Representative Paula Francese (Exeter) submitted this letter to the editor of Seacoast Online:  "It is impossible for me to read Catie McLaughlin’s letter to the editor (12/30/17) and not respond. In her letter Ms. McLaughlin extols the virtues of Senate...
Mary Wilke, a retired educator, questioned whether New Hampshire residents would want to fund religious curriculum, as it would under SB 193, the statewide voucher bill, in a column for the Concord Monitor: "Leave aside for a moment the constitutionality of...
According to an email obtained by the Union Leader, New Hampshire Attorney General Gordon MacDonald believes that the amended version of SB 193, which creates a statewide voucher program, is constitutional:  "The New Hampshire Union Leader obtained a copy of...
The Concord Monitor highlighted Reaching Higher NH's new analysis on the statewide voucher bill's impact on students with disabilities, underscoring the potential impacts to children and their families. According to the findings, SB 193 could aggravate already wide disparities...
Reaching Higher New Hampshire, a nonpartisan education policy nonprofit, released an analysis of SB 193, a bill to create a statewide education savings account (ESA or voucher) program, that finds the program could place students with disabilities at a...
Representative Glenn Cordelli (R-Tuftonboro) countered recent claims that SB 193, the bill that would create a statewide voucher program, would hurt public schools in a letter to the Laconia Daily Sun (read Reaching Higher NH's analysis on the financial...
At its best, nothing is more unifying and vital to a community’s civic health than a high-quality neighborhood school. Why, then, do all notions of “school choice” end up being about private schools? Many New Hampshire public schools are offering...
The statewide voucher bill, SB 193, would require home-schoolers who are enrolled in the program to take an approved annual assessment and report it to the state. It's more than what's required of homeschooling families now, and according to...
School administrators in the Upper Valley have mixed reactions on the impact that the proposed voucher bill, SB 193, would have on their districts, according to the Valley News:  “We have to stay on top of this bill and we...
The Laconia Daily Sun featured Reaching Higher NH's analysis of SB 193, the bill that would create a statewide voucher program, and reactions from local lawmakers and school administrators:  School districts could lose $5.8 million in state aid, nearly $100,000...
The Associated Press highlighted Reaching Higher NH's policy analysis of SB 193, the bill that would create a statewide voucher program in New Hampshire, and compared it with the Josiah Bartlett Center's response on its impacts on local districts: In...
Reaching Higher NH held a public information session this morning to present their analysis of SB 193, a bill that would create a statewide voucher program through education freedom savings accounts. The bill passed the Senate in the spring...
The Wilton-Lyndeborough School Board members voiced their concerns with SB 193, the statewide voucher bill that is moving through the State Legislature. According to the Monadnock Ledger-Transcript, they included whether the new stabilization grants designed to protect districts from large...
Reaching Higher New Hampshire Presents Public Information Session on SB 193: Breaking Down the Bill and its Potential Financial Impacts Wednesday, December 6th 9:00-10:00 a.m. Sulloway & Hollis 29 School Street, Concord, NH 03301 Please join Reaching Higher for a briefing and Q&A on SB...
According to Manchester Ink Link, the Manchester School District could face substantial losses in state aid if SB 193, the bill that would create a statewide voucher program, passes: Each student who takes advantage of an “Education Freedom Savings Account”...
The Laconia Daily Sun featured a thorough piece on reactions from several different stakeholders in the passage of SB 193. The bill would create a statewide voucher system in the state through education freedom savings accounts, and according to...
Governor Sununu released a statement on Tuesday following the House Education Committee's recommendation to pass SB 193, the bill that would create a voucher program in New Hampshire: "Last week we heard from families like the Encarnacion's, who discussed the...
The Union Leader reported on the House Education Committee's recommendation to pass SB 193, the bill that would create a statewide voucher program through education freedom savings accounts, and the changes from the original version: New Hampshire is one step...
The Concord Monitor published a thorough rundown of the House Education Committee's debate and recommendation to pass SB 193, the bill that would create a voucher program in New Hampshire through education freedom savings accounts. As reported, Reaching Higher...
The Associated Press reported on the House Education Committee's recommendation to pass SB 193, the bill that would create a statewide voucher program through education freedom savings accounts: A bill that would allow New Hampshire parents to use state funding...
WMUR reported on the House Educationn Committee's recommendation to pass SB 193, the bill that would create a voucher program in New Hampshire through education freedom savings accounts, on Tuesday: "It puts parents, to a degree, back in control of...
The Union Leader Editorial Board supported SB 193 in a recent editorial: Education is not a one-size-fits-all product. The classroom in which one student excels may not be the fit place for another to learn. It is past time to radically...
Laconia educators oppose SB 193, the bill that would create a universal voucher system by authorizing "Education Freedom Savings Accounts," according to a report by the Laconia Daily Sun: The bill, which has passed the Senate, would allow parents who...
The Portsmouth Herald Editorial Board pointed out several remaining complications of SB 193, the universal voucher bill, highlighting Reaching Higher NH's analysis: Today the New Hampshire House Education Committee will vote on Senate Bill 193: “An Act establishing education freedom...
In a letter to the Portsmouth Herald, State Board of Education member Bill Duncan rallied against the universal voucher bill up for a vote today and highlighted other school choice proposals that are in the works: SB 193, the voucher bill,...
Today Reaching Higher New Hampshire released an analysis of the latest version of SB 193, as put forth by members of the House Education Committee on November 8th. The newest version of the bill includes a number of additional...
The House Education Committee delayed the vote on SB 193, the universal voucher bill, on November 8. From the Union Leader: Despite an aggressive push by Republican Gov. Chris Sununu, the Republican majority on the House Education Committee balked at...
NHPR reported that the House Education Committee has postponed its vote on SB 193, the universal voucher bill, and will take it up at an Executive Session on Tuesday, November 14: A key legislative vote on a controversial school choice...
Rep. Cordelli, Carr. 4 Rep. Ladd, Graf. 4 November 7, 2017 2017-2507h Amendment of SB 193-FN New Chapter: Education Freedom Savings Accounts. Amend RSA by inserting after chapter 194-D the following chapter: CHAPTER 194-E EDUCATION FREEDOM SAVINGS ACCOUNTS 194-E:1 Definitions. In this chapter: I. "Account" means an...
Representatives will be introducing an amendment to SB 193, the universal voucher bill, that tightens eligibility for the program, according to the Concord Monitor: Gov. Chris Sununu is pushing for an amendment to tighten eligibility for educational savings accounts in a...
Governor Sununu urged the House Education Committee to support SB 193, the universal voucher bill, at Wednesday's Executive Session, according to NHPR: A controversial school choice bill faces an important vote before lawmakers tomorrow. Ahead of that vote, Gov. Chris Sununu urged lawmakers...
On November 8, the House Education Committee will vote on SB 193, a bill to establish an education freedom savings account program (hereafter, we use the shorthand “voucher” to describe the program). In order to inform the public discussion...
The Union Leader highlighted Reaching Higher NH's analysis of the universal voucher bill, SB 193, and the bill's effect on local budgets: Opponents of the program worry that it will drain resources from public schools and redirect them to private...
The House Education Committee is scheduled to vote on a bill that would establish a universal voucher program through Education Freedom Savings Accounts on November 8. The four undecided members have been getting a lot of attention, reported the...
NHPR featured Reaching Higher NH's analysis of the universal voucher bill, SB 193, in its coverage over the proposed legislation: The bill would create a type of universal school voucher system in the state, where parents could take their children...
On November 8, the House Education Committee will vote on SB 193, a bill to establish an education freedom savings account program (hereafter, we use the shorthand “voucher” to describe the program). In order to inform the public discussion on...
In a column for In Depth NH, Rep. Marjorie Porter (D-Hillsborough) urged legislators to kill a bill that would create a universal voucher system in New Hampshire. Here's an excerpt: , you may remember, is the bill that magically turns state...
The Keene Sentinel published an editorial on SB 193, the bill that would create a statewide voucher system through education freedom savings accounts. Here's an excerpt: ...Last spring, Senate lawmakers, in a strictly partisan vote, passed Senate Bill 193, a...
As legislators continue to work on Senate Bill 193, which creates a voucher system through educational freedom savings accounts in New Hampshire, questions remain about the bill's constitutionality (read the latest coverage of the debate here). During the legislative...
Tim Keller, an attorney for the libertarian group Institute of Justice, wrote in the Union Leader that SB 193, which creates a statewide voucher system in the form of education freedom savings accounts, would be legal under New Hampshire's Constitution...
The House subcommittee that is working on SB 193, proposed legislation to create “Education Freedom Savings Accounts,” met on Thursday (9/21) to reintroduce a revised version of the bill. It was retained by the House Education Committee in the...
According to the Concord Monitor, the subcommittee that is studying SB 193, the universal voucher bill that establishes "educational freedom savings accounts" in New Hampshire, still has some major details to iron out: On Wednesday, four months before the full...
Understood.org hosted a webinar with Lindsey Jones, the Vice President, and Chief Policy & Advocacy Officer at NCLD (National Center for Learning Disabilities), to explain school vouchers and what it means for students with disabilities and their families. Here are...
Governor Chris Sununu signed SB 8, known as the "Croydon bill," at the Croydon Village School in Newport on Thursday, according to the Valley News: Now that Sununu has ratified the legislation, known as Senate Bill 8, towns such as...
Since 2012, the town of Croydon has been battling over school choice, and it has become the face of the statewide debate, according to the Concord Monitor: The matter first kicked off in 2012, when the town voted to end...
Concord Superintendent Terri Forsten responded to a recent opinion piece in the Union Leader that touted SB 193, the bill that creates education freedom savings accounts in the state.  Here's an excerpt: First, a simple but critical point of clarification: Baker...
Children's Scholarship Fund Executive Director Kate Baker wrote a piece for the Union Leader about the Fund. Here's an excerpt: In a recent Children's Scholarship Fund (CSF) survey, 82 percent of CSF parents in New Hampshire said they saw measurable...
Dave Solomon gave an update on the legislative battle over school choice in the latest edition of the Union Leader's State House Dome. One of the two "Croydon bills" has been re-referred to committee, while the House Education Committee is...
We missed this report last week but it's worth catching up with Josh Rogers' review Senate and House Education Committee decisions last Tuesday: It’s a pregnant moment for state education policy. Republicans control Concord, and Gov. Chris Sununu ran on a...
WMUR reports that the New Hampshire House Education Committee retained for further study a controversial voucher bill. It could be returned in 2018
The Union Leader reports that the New Hampshire House Education Committee voted 15-4 to retain HB 193, the voucher bill, to work on answering the many questions about it.
NHPR interviews a home schooling family and a Christian school head about how home and private school families would benefit if HB 193 became law.
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.
"The 74", a national web site that covers education from a conservative viewpoint, reported on SB 193.  Here are some excerpts: Soon may prevail in schooling as well, as lawmakers decide whether to create a universal system of education...
National and local school choice advocacy groups held a press conference in Concord to support SB 193, the bill that would create an "education freedom savings account" program, or vouchers, in New Hampshire. The Concord Monitor reported on why...
Dave Solomon's State House Dome reports that SB 193, the school choice bill, is unlikely to pass in this legislative session and that the governor is ambivalent about the bill.
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.
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...
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...
Commissioner Frank Edelblut sat down for an interview with NHPR to discuss his passion for education and SB 193, the bill that would create a universal voucher program in New Hampshire. Read excerpt here:    Do you consider yourself an advocate for...
The Concord Monitor Editorial Board featured a piece on SB 193, the bill that would create a universal voucher program in the state: A month ago on this page, we urged the Senate to reject legislation that would create a universal school voucher program...
Chairmen and chairwomen from four Upper Valley school boards united to submit this letter to the Valley News: The New Hampshire Legislature is currently considering a bill that would allow the use of taxpayer money to fund private schooling. Senate Bill 193...
Dr. Carl Ladd, the Executive Director of the New Hampshire School Administrators Association, spoke with NHPR about the NHSAA's concerns with SB 193. The bill would create a universal voucher program in the state, allowing parents to use state...
Senate Bill 193 allows parents to receive 90% of the state education grant ("adequacy aid") in the form of a scholarship to use towards private school tuition, homeschooling expenses, or other academic costs. The bill's prime sponsor, Senator John...
The Concord Monitor Editorial Board featured a piece on SB 193, the bill that would create a universal voucher program in the state: A month ago on this page, we urged the Senate to reject legislation that would create a universal...
Chairmen and chairwomen from four Upper Valley school boards united to submit this letter to the Valley News: The New Hampshire Legislature is currently considering a bill that would allow the use of taxpayer money to fund private schooling. Senate...
Dr. Carl Ladd, the Executive Director of the New Hampshire School Administrators Association, spoke with NHPR about the NHSAA's concerns with SB 193. The bill would create a universal voucher program in the state, allowing parents to use state...
Senate Bill 193 allows parents to receive 90% of the state education grant ("adequacy aid") in the form of a scholarship to use towards private school tuition, homeschooling expenses, or other academic costs. The bill's prime sponsor, Senator John...
The Union Leader Editorial Board supported SB 193 in this editorial: If, as the New Hampshire Supreme Court has repeatedly insisted, the Legislature has a constitutional duty to provide the opportunity for all school-aged students to receive an adequate education, to...
Concord School Board member Maureen Redmond-Scura wrote an open letter to Governor Sununu in the Concord Monitor on SB 193, the universal voucher bill that's currently in the House: Dear Gov. Sununu: You publicly called out the Concord School Board,...
The Valley News ran this editorial on the impact of the statewide voucher bill, SB 193: It may be an overstatement to claim there is a war against public schools in New Hampshire, but there certainly is a guerrilla action. A...
Valley News reported on a working relationship between NH Department of Ed Commissioner, Frank Edeblut and Croydon School Board member: Croydon — Records obtained through a right-to-know request by the Valley News point to a working relationship over the past year between Education...
The Valley News featured this column from Carey Callaghan, who is the chair of the SAU 70 (Hanover) School Board: Last month, a bill that creates “education freedom” savings accounts for students took a big step toward law in the state of...
The Valley News published their coverage of yesterday's hearing on SB 193, the bill that would create a universal voucher system in New Hampshire:  Upper Valley school administrators on Tuesday were among dozens of people who testified before the House Education...
The Union Leader featured their coverage of yesterday's hearing on SB 193, the bill that would create a statewide voucher program:  A Senate-passed bill that would give parents state funding to send their children to private schools, including religious schools, drew...
The Union Leader featured their coverage of yesterday's hearing on SB 193, the bill that would create a statewide voucher program:  A Senate-passed bill that would give parents state funding to send their children to private schools, including religious schools, drew...
Former Presidential candidate Jeb Bush supported SB 193 in the Union Leader: Since our nation was founded, the “Live Free or Die’’ state has stood out for its embrace of individual liberty. This makes pending legislation (SB 193) that would set...
Here's the Concord Monitor's coverage of the House Education Committee's hearing on SB 193, the bill that would create a universal voucher program in New Hampshire:  A new fight over education is brewing at the State House. This time, it’s over...
"We all know what happens when money is drained out of public schools. Property taxes go way up."
Representative Dick Ames submitted this letter to the Concord Monitor: For many children taking advantage of Senate Bill 193, the cost to a school district will be about $5,100 per child, not the $3,400 cited in Wednesday’s editorial. This is because...
Representative Marjorie Porter submitted this piece to Concord Monitor regarding SB 193, which creates education savings accounts for New Hampshire students: I’ve been serving in the state Legislature for a while now, but I am learning new things all the...
The Concord Monitor published an editorial about a school voucher bill that the Senate will vote on tomorrow. SB 193 will be the most expansive voucher bill in the country and could cost the state about $60 million or more its first year. What do you think about this type of voucher program? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.
Kensington mother Jacquelyn Benson wrote this letter to the editor, featured in Seacoast Online: To the Editor: Earlier this week, the New Hampshire Senate passed SB 193, creating "Education Freedom Savings Accounts". On the surface, this sounds like a bill about fairness -...
The National PTA (Parent Teacher Association) released a statement regarding school choice and public education. There are over 20,000 PTA chapters, including more than 40 in New Hampshire. Here is an excerpt: National PTA supports educational choices within public schools to meet...
Governor Chris Sununu spoke to NH1 News after speaking at a school choice event in Manchester earlier this week. Here's the clip: NH1 News covered the event. Here are some highlights: Gov. Chris Sununu told a rally of school choice advocates...