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Governor Hassan calls for repeal of the voucher tax credit law

Repeal of the voucher tax credit failed in the Senate last year, but the push will be on to repeal it in the next session.   (more…)

Statement on the New Hampshire Supreme Court decision on the voucher tax credit progam

We, the plaintiffs, want to thank our attorneys, the New Hampshire Civil Liberties Union and Americans United for Separation of Church and State for their committed work on this very important case to settle the question of whether New Hampshire’s recently passed voucher tax credit program conformed with the requirements of the New Hampshire Constitution.

While we challenged several provisions of the law, the central question was whether our constitutional prohibition against using state funds for religious instruction, even if that funding was provided indirectly in the form of tax credits to businesses who contributed to the program.

Bill Duncan said, “I am deeply disappointed by the decision, especially the fact that it was not decided on the merits.  This decision on standing disenfranchises taxpayers, parents and students throughout the state.  There may be other ways to challenge the voucher tax credit program in the future.  School districts harmed by the program could bring suit or a future legislature could repeal it. “

Supreme Court’s voucher tax credit decision: “vacated and remanded”

The New Hampshire Supreme Court today handed down its decision on the voucher tax credit case.  It said that the plaintiffs do not have the standing to bring this action.  Therefore, the Court vacated the decision and remanded the case to the lower court.

New Hampshire Supreme Court decision on the constitutionality of the voucher tax credit program to be handed down Aug. 28 at 9:00AM

The decision will appear here on the Supreme Court decision page.

The future of New Hampshire public education unfolding before our eyes

I attended a very interesting meeting at Sanborn Regional High School last week.  School district leadership from Sanborn (Kingston/Newton), Epping, Souhegan (Amherst and Mont Vernon) and Rochester were planning their joint efforts on a project called PACE – Performance Assessment for Competency Education.  And their brains are on fire. (more…)

Hollis/Brookline High School algebra teacher: “The Common Core is what good teachers have been doing all along!”

At the June 16 Hollis/Brookline Common Core forum, Tammy Leonard, Hollis Brookline High School Algebra II teacher, reported back on how the Common Core math standards have worked on in her classroom.  She found that the new standards enabled her to teach as she had always wanted. (more…)

North Carolina pols reexamine the Common Core but educators say, “I don’t understand what the fuss is about”

Last March, the New Hampshire Legislature came down firmly in support of the higher Common Core standards and the accompanying Smarter Balanced assessment, but the political debate is alive and well in some other states.  Here’s a typical snapshot from North Carolina where, as in New Hampshire, educators don’t see what all the fuss is about: (more…)

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