I previously posted about Senate Bill 8 here. The bill was a response to the Department of Education’s and the Attorney General’s jihad against the Town of Croydon’s policy of using tax revenues to send some of its public school students to private schools in other school districts.
While well-intentioned, as I explained here, Croydon’s policy was not authorized under State law and a legislative fix was needed.
Senate Bill 8 was intended to be that legislative fix. However, the State’s attorney general and certain RINOs in the New Hampshire House amended Senate Bill 8 to expressly discriminate against religious schools. Continue reading
This tweet got my attention earlier today:
The #DyingPaper editorial was not very informative. It didn’t really explain the need for an amendment, never mind produce a link to the amendment.
I was able to locate the amendment through the website of a a left-of-center organization called Reaching Higher NH:
The purpose of the amendment, as explained by Reaching Higher NH: Continue reading
Earlier this year, I read an article about the Town of Croydon “discovering” that existing State law allows it to offer school choice to students interested in attending private schools:
The small town of Croydon, N.H. found a way to bring school choice to its families using existing state law, upsetting the state school board chairwoman.
State law allows towns to pursue these agreements, sending taxpayer education dollars to any accredited school, public, charter, or private, even in neighboring states, with the exception of religious schools. The local board, at the behest of voters, negotiates contracts and approves taxpayer-funded tuition payments to those schools.
So New Hampshire has effectively had a taxpayer funded school choice voucher program for as long as it has educated students with public money. …
When I hear that a new legal right has been “discovered,” I think of Roe v. Wade (right to an abortion) or the Claremont decisions (right to an adequate education), and become dubious. Continue reading
For anybody who reads this blog regularly or follows #nhpolitics on Twitter, my views on the State budget are no secret. For example, here and here.
The Union Leader recently an an editorial that got it half right: Continue reading
The State Department of Education and the Town of Croydon appear to be headed to court over whether New Hampshire law allows a school district to offer school choice. Continue reading