Heavily amended N.H. school choice bill clears committee

Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 08:17:56 AM. A controversial school choice bill has cleared the House education committee, squeaking by in a 10-9 vote after last-minute amendments swayed some uncertain moderates.As it was originally written, Senate Bill 193 would have created an education...
A controversial school choice bill has cleared the House education committee, squeaking by in a 10-9 vote after last-minute amendments swayed some uncertain moderates. As it was originally written, Senate Bill 193 would have created an education savings account program – known as ESAs – allowing nearly any family to take the state aid their local school district would have received to educate their child – a base amount a little over $3,000 – and instead spend it on private schooling expenses.  But partly at the behest of Gov. Chris Sununu, who came out in support of the measure this month, and also to convince swing voters on the committee, lawmakers in the past two weeks tightened eligibility, added a hold-harmless provision for local schools, and fleshed out accountability and oversight language.  Rep. Glenn Cordelli, a Tuftonboro Republican on the committee who sponsored the bill said before the vote that legislators “bent over backwards” to assuage concerns. “I’m going to the chiropractor tomorrow, as a matter of fact,” he joked. The updated legislation now restricts eligibility to low-income students, students on special education plans, students who can’t get a spot at a charter school for lack or space, or students who get turned down for a scholarship with the state’s tax-credit program for lack of funds. The Children’s Scholarship Fund N.H., which administers the tax-credit program, received about 1,800 applications this year, said Kate Baker, its director. The...Read more
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