Defending New Hampshire Public Education Update 3: Committee Hearings and Donor Towns, 1/17/12

posted Jan 18, 2012, 7:31 AM by Bill Duncan   [ updated Jan 18, 2012, 7:37 AM ]
All,

Committee Hearings
Update on committee hearing dates on the Education Tax Credit (school voucher) bills, HB 1607 and SB 372.

HB 1607 - House Ways and Means Committee, Monday, 1/23/2012 2:00 PM LOB 202 Check here to confirm before you go.
SB 372 - Senate Education Committee, Tuesday, 1/24/12, Room 103, LOB, 1:00 p.m.  Check here for updates.

Testify if you can but, in any cae, you would learn a lot just by attending.

Donor Towns are back in the Senate Voucher Bill!
Did you realize that the Senate version of the Education Tax Credit (school voucher) bill actually re-institutes donor towns?  For each child leaving public schools with a scholarship to a private or home school, SB 372 would take back the "adequacy funding" for that child, including the State Wide Education Property Tax component.

Our full analysis and spreadsheet with all New Hampshire towns is here on one page of our web site.  I sent this analysis to the long list of cosponsors last Friday, asking for comment or correction but have received none so far.

Our analysis shows that even by taking back the adequacy funding and re-instituting donor towns, the current form of the Education Tax Credit program cannot be revenue neutral.  The numbers just don't work.

Be sure to discuss this with your legislators and in letters to the editor in your local papers.

New Education Score Card Update
The Education Score Card is updated to reflect the votes the Legislature took to override the Governor's veto of HB 542, allowing parents to demand curriculum changes, and House passage of HB 219, taking rule making authority away from the New Hampshire Department of Education.  These bills make clear that NewHampshire public education is threatened on a broad front.

OpEd in the Concord Monitor yesterday: Private Schools, Public Money.
Here is another OpEd in the Concord Monitor alerting parents and voters to the threat posed by the Education Tax Credit bills.  There's very little public debate so far on so large and fundamental an issue.  Guns, right-to-work, marriage equality and a number of other important issues absorb a lot of the attention people have available for legislative issues.  If New Hampshire public schools are important to you, help people become aware of it alongside the other very important issues.

Follow me on Twitter
A good way to track this issue and respond to opportunities is on Twitter.  Follow me at "@billduncan."  Put your own observations out there. I tweet anythingnew I get, plus will put out committee meeting changes and legislative updates.  If it's not something you do yet, realize that it's actually easy and low effort.

Past Updates
Past updates are available here on the web site.


Best,

Bill

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