In January, the New Hampshire House is expected to vote on Senate Bill 193. The bill provides that an “eligible student” can receive a grant from the State equal to 95 percent of the per-pupil funding the State provides to municipalities to pay for the cost of an “adequate education” (currently $3,636.00) in order to fund an “education freedom savings account.” The account must be opened through an approved scholarship organization and the funding can be used to pay only for “qualifying educational expenses.” Here is the version passed by the House Education Committee.
The bill only very narrowly passed the House Education Committee, and only after amendments to narrow its scope from the version passed by the Senate and only because one Democrat (Barbara Shaw of Manchester) offset the opposition of two Republicans-in-Name-Only (James Grenier of Lempster and Robert Elliott of Salem).
Predictably, Senate Bill 193 has been roundly criticized by the Democrats. Among the criticisms is the claim that the bill violates the Blaine Amendment of the New Hampshire Constitution. Continue reading