The House Education Committee and House Ways and Means Committee will hold several important public hearings on Tuesday, January 29 on how we should fund our public schools.
Reaching Higher NH will be livestreaming the hearings marked with an asterisk on Facebook, and will post video clips of those not livestreamed.
House Ways & Means Committee (LOB 202)
Senate Education & Workforce Development (LOB 103)
House Education Committee (LOB 210-211)
House Education Committee (HB 207), starting at 10 AM
- HB 181, relative to the house and senate members of the university system board of trustees
- HB 356, relative to the retention of certain reports by institutions of higher learning
- HB 222, relative to criteria for teachers in charter schools
- HB 269, relative to grounds for denial of a chartered public school application
- HB 327-FN-A, making an appropriation to the community college system to continue the math learning communities program in partnership with New Hampshire high schools
- HB 329, relative to review and adoption of school data security plans
- HB 149, relative to the apportionment of costs in cooperative school districts
- HB 169, requiring school districts to submit an annual report concerning gifted students
These hearings are open to the public, and committee members encourage input from community members throughout the state. There are many ways to make your voice heard:
- Attend a hearing in person and testify. If you choose to do this, keep a few things in mind: you have three minutes to speak, and you MUST fill out a pink card at the beginning of the hearing. Note that your comments are public record–anyone who records the hearing (including Reaching Higher NH!) can use the information publicly, including by quoting you in articles and news stories. You can leave after your testimony, but you’re welcome to stay!
- Attend a hearing in person and mark your support or opposition to the bill. You don’t have to speak! You can just record your name and whether you support or oppose the bill. These are tallied at the end of the hearing and marked in the public record.
- Send your written testimony. You can email committee members your testimony. It won’t be read aloud during the hearing, but all members will get a copy, and it will become a part of the public record. Remember to note the bill number about which you’re writing, your name, and your town. Committee email lists are included below.
Check out the first three parts of our five-part series breaking down education funding in New Hampshire and stay tuned to learn more about how we are paying for school in New Hampshire:
- Part One: The big question for 2019: How will we pay for our schools?
- Part Two: Is an “adequate education” adequate for our students?
- Part Three: Stabilization Grants: A vital part of the formula for NH’s most vulnerable communities
- Part Four: SWEPT: What is the Statewide Education Property Tax, and how does it fit in the funding formula? How has it changed over the years and what does it do for your schools? (Coming soon!)
- Part Five: School Building Aid: What is the history of building aid and how does it help districts? What is the current state of the building aid fund? (Coming soon!)
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