School Choice Advances in New Hampshire
Last Thursday, the New Hampshire State Senate passed several education bills supporting school choice and local control. One bill, SB 193, would launch a new program, the Education Freedom Savings Accounts, which would allow parents to access funds which they could then use towards tuition at any school, including religious schools and home schooling expenses. Senate Majority Leader Jeb Bradley hailed the bill as a way to help children reach their full potential, stating that the bill is “what’s in the best interest of our kids.” The Senate also passed SB 44, a measure barring the state from dictating that schools use the Common Core Standards. Democrats argued that such a bill was unnecessary because there is no state statute that requires the use of the standards. Majority Leader Bradley, however, disagreed, stating, “This bill is a local control bill and that’s why we should pass it. We do not want Washington or national standards dictated to local school boards. Let’s pass this bill and make sure that parents and local school boards are running our state’s schools.” The measures now head to the State House for further evaluation.