From the Fall 2004 issue of the New Hampshire School Boards Association Advocate
School ChoiceThe intensity of last session’s debate on school choice and vouchers guaranteed we revisit this issue again. The vote on educational certiﬁcates failed in the House by one vote.
During the summer and fall of 2004, no fewer than six legislative venues existed for studying school choice:
1. HB 727 School Choice in NH legislative study committee, chaired by Rep. Sharon Carson; (Charles Sova a member?)
2. HB 785 Requiring the Commissioner of Education to establish a public school choice initiative, currently in interim study, House Finance Committee, chaired by Rep.
3. HB 754 Establishing an education certiﬁcate program to allow parental choice in the selection of schools for children, currently in interim study, House Education Committee, chaired by Rep. Mark Carter;
4. HB 1345 Establishing an education scholarship fund, currently in interim study, House Education Committee, chaired by Rep. John Alger;
5. HB 1353 An Ad Hoc Study of the bill mandating open enrollment schools statewide, chaired by Rep. Michael Balboni; and
6. RSA 194-B:21 The Charter Schools and Open Enrollment Legislative Oversight Committee, currently focusing on open enrollment issues, chaired by Rep. John Hunt.