NH House votes to further study school voucher bill

Published: May. 2, 2018 at 6:08 PM EDT
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The New Hampshire House has put a school voucher bill back on the shelf, declining to advance one of Republican Gov. Chris Sununu's top legislative priorities.

The bill would have provided parents with the state's basic per-pupil grant of roughly $3,000 to be used for private school tuition or home schooling. The House voted 170-159 on Wednesday to further study the bill, which has been significantly overhauled since it was introduced more than a year ago.

The bill's supporters argued that the changes made since then addressed the concerns of both parents and school districts that fear losing money if students leave. But those arguing for further study said they were concerned about a lack of accountability for private schools and burdening taxpayers if public money was diverted to private schools.

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