In the speeches opposing vouchers on the floor of the House last week, here, you can see the focus on fiscal issues over all others. Here are quotes from Republicans, including very conservative Republicans, I've talked with since the vote. You can see how adamant they are - in their support for public schools and on the fiscal issue:
SB 372 has been introduced in the House and referred to the Ways and Means Committee. This will be a good place to testify about the fiscal impact of the bill. HB 1607 has been introduced in the Senate and referred to the Senate Education Committee. Hearings have not yet been scheduled in either committee.
Overriding local control of school curricula to protect our kids from foreign influences
HB 1403 has been introduced in the Senate and referred to the Education Committee. See an interesting snippet, here, of Rep. Greg Hill testifying on HB 219 about how important local control is. He is a sponsor of HB 1403 and strong advocate of overriding the choices made by Bedford, Merrimack Valley and potentially other school boards to use the International Baccalaureate curriculum,
HB 219, The public hearing was last Tuesday. There was strong testimony against the bill and no support from the public in favor. The Committee went into executive session right after the public hearings on Tuesday and voted the bill Inexpedient to Legislate, 3-0.