We know that the voucher bill, SB 193, will come back (More here), but there are another 13 school choice bills to watch if you are concerned about maintaining the vitality of New Hampshire’s neighborhood schools:
- LSR 2530 would move New Hampshire toward using the manifest educational hardship statute as a backdoor to universal individual choice funded by local taxpayers. This could shape up as the blockbuster of the 2018 session (More here.).
- HB 505 would establish a new entity to encourage the formation of and to authorize charter schools.
- HB 647 would establish a special voucher program for children with disabilities.
- LSR 2015 would change the requirements for private schools that contract to take students paid for with public funds.
- LSR 2156 would regulate how a school district’s “default budget” is created. It would be logical to anticipate a debate over the role of the community’s budget committee vs. the school board in setting that budget, with an eye to making it easier to reduce the budget and reduce the ability of the elected school board to decide how to meet the needs of its students.
- LSR 2161 will undoubtedly seek to eliminate the current statutory provision that a majority or more of teachers in the school vote in favor of the conversion.
- LSR 2384 would make changes to the 2012 voucher bill.
- LSR 2440 would modify how 2012 vouchers could be used.
- LSR 2478 would change how the structure of the state board of education, probably with an eye to making it supportive of publicly funded individual school choice.
- LSR 2482 would change the powers of local school boards.
- LSR 2539 will change the rules about kindergarten.
- LSR 2623 will bring back the proposal to provide charter schools and their landlords a property tax exemption.
- LSR 2704 will change the requirements for charter school boards of directors
And there’s a formidable team lined up in support of all this.