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This is a key moment to communicate with the House Finance Committee about SB 193, the voucher bill

After months trying to write a version of SB 193 that could gain support, the House Finance Committee Division II subcommittee (here are the members) voted 7-1 yesterday to recommend Interim Study to the full Finance Committee.  On April 25, the full Finance Committee will vote on its recommendation to the full House.  The full House will vote on the bill in the first week of May, probably May 4th.  If the House supports Interim Study or ITL, the bill will be dead for this year. (more…)

Letter to the Monitor: N.H. School Boards Association urges rejection of SB 193

Over 800 New Hampshire community members elected to serve on their school boards are working hard for New Hampshire children while protecting local taxpayers.  SB 193 overrides those decisions to send a few children to private schools at the expense of the rest.  Here is their letter to the Concord Monitor: (more…)

Keene Sentinel Editorial – Unraveling education: SB 193 offers no additional choice, but would shift tax dollars to private education

The Sentinel gives the bill a complete review: just shifts tax money with no real benefit, the beneficiaries are private schools with no accountability or transparency and the New York nonprofit that would administer the program, the damage SB 193 would do to public school students, the taxes-belong-to-the-parents fallacy…it’s all here:

Senate Bill 193, which would enact “education savings accounts” — essentially a voucher system for parents wanting to remove their children from public schools — is before the N.H. House Finance Committee, where it’s slated to be discussed this week. It’s already passed the Senate on a strictly partisan vote and has the backing of Gov. Chris Sununu.


Letter to the Concord Monitor: SB 193 is wrong vehicle for school choice

Linda Mattalge of Concord writes in the Monitor today:

Wednesday’s Monitor had a wonderful story about Allenstown Elementary School and the outstanding job it has done to improve its rating with the State Board of Education (Monitor front page, March 28). It is no longer a “focus school” in need of improvement but has actually outperformed state averages in math and reading among its low-income students. Unfortunately, if Senate Bill 193 becomes law, this kind of improvement could be undermined by decreased state funding to focus schools.

The educational savings accounts proposed by this bill would siphon funds to private schools and home schooling. In addition, the standards for the schools receiving these funds are so vague as to be almost non-existent. There is no good way to know if the children utilizing these ESA’s are performing to any reliable standards.

Unlike the children of Allenstown Elementary, they and their parents will be on their own. I understand that school choice is a lofty goal. Unfortunately, SB 193 is not the vehicle for achieving it.



How do we know the potential impact of SB 193 on New Hampshire property tax rates?

Reaching Higher NH did a full analysis of the community level impact of the new proposed amendments to SB 193 under consideration in the Finance Committee.  As part of that analysis, they ran the numbers for two scenarios to show the potential impacts of participation rates in SB 193: (more…)

Suzanne Allison letter to the Laconia Daily Sun: Some parents will get to ‘choose’ private school but the rest of us will suffer under SB 193

Here’s a letter to the Laconia Daily Sun, a great 50,000 foot analysis of SB 193 that needs no introduction:

New Hampshire Senate Bill 193 is the “Education Freedom Savings Account.” Whoever created that name must work for an ad agency. Sounds so patriotic and rooted in “American values” — almost brings a tear to the eye, doesn’t it? “Choice!” they say. Parents have the right to choose what is best for their child! Well, yes, but if this bill passes, only some parents will get to choose and only at a cost to the rest of the children and their communities.


Dave Solomon’s State House Dome: Finance flexes its muscle….on SB 193, the voucher bill

The Union Leader’s statehouse correspondent Dave Solomon is watching SB 913 closely and had this to say today:

The Finance Committee’s power was on full display recently, as two important pieces of legislation already approved by the House went through the committee’s Cusinart and came out as something entirely different -the school choice bill (SB 193) and the family medical leave bill (HB 628).

The House Education Committee worked on the Senate-passed school choice bill, SB 193, for the better part of a year and handed it over to the full House in January, where is passed 184-162. The bill calls for state-funded scholarships for certain children to attend private schools, including religious schools, or to pay for home schooling.


Mary Wilke on SB 193 in the Concord Monitor: “school choice for a small minority of students at the expense of all the rest”

The House vote on SB 193 was postponed because, in spite of enormous pressure from the Governor and House leadership, the support was not there. But as leadership twists arms and supporters formulate amendments to expand eligibility, the central question Mary Wilke poses will remain: Is the Legislature willing to redirect $100 million from all public school students to send 2,000 children private schools over the next 11 years?

Here’s how Ms. Wilke puts it in today’s Concord Monitor:

If you had $1 million and could use it to either improve your local public school for the benefit of all of its students or pay for a handful of students to attend private school, what would you do? The current school choice debate really boils down to that question.

We all want what’s best for the children in our communities, including access to high-quality education. The Education Savings Account program envisioned under Senate Bill 193 (sometimes called the “school voucher” bill) reflects its supporters’ concern that some students are not being well served in their public schools and should have the opportunity to transfer to a private school or be home schooled.


Nine misconceptions about SB 193 and the proposed amendments under consideration

The House Finance Committee is likely to report SB 193, the Education Savings Account (ESA) bill, out of committee much changed compared to the version that passed the House in January.  After a flurry of recent amendments (we will continue to update this post as further amendments emerge), there are a number of misconceptions about it. Here are some of them. (more…)

House Finance Committee work on SB 193, the statewide voucher bill, has been suspended until April 4

Finance Division II Chair Rep. Karen Umberger (R, Kearsarge) opened today’s worksession on SB 193 by saying that the meeting would be recessed until April 4th.  She said that since SB 193 is a senate bill, it does not actually have to cross over until April, so the committee will use that time to do further work on the bill.

The House Calendar (page 2) says that the last day house committees can report out senate bills is April 5 and the last day the House can act on senate bill is April 12.  We will continue to provide scheduling and other updates.