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Great story! Educators used the manifest educational hardship statute to help a kid overcome his challenges and graduate successfully from high school

New Hampshire educator Laura Spratt wrote to the State Board of Education this week about the manifest educational hardship (MEH) statute because the public hearing on the new MEH rules is tomorrow, December 14, from 1:00 to 1:30 and she wanted to get these thoughts into the public record for the board’s consideration.

Our department of education has been proposing changes, many of which are reflected in legislation proposed for the 2018 session, that would turn the MEH statute into a backdoor to universal school choice paid for by local New Hampshire taxpayers.

But here’s Ms. Spratt’s great letter about how her school district applied the MEH statute the way it was meant to be used. (more…)

Local school boards will be concerned about the big changes in the new Manifest Educational Hardship bill

House Education chair Rick Ladd’s proposal for change to the manifest educational hardship statute are now posted as HB 1492. It contains many concepts familiar from the proposals made repeatedly over the past eight months by the New Hampshire Department of Education. The bill needs much more analysis by school board members budget committee members and attorneys, but here are some initial observations. (more…)