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Education study

The state board proposed at Convention on June 3, 2017, that the League undertake a study of education issues in NH. The membership in attendance approved the concept of the study. Click here for the pdf of the study scope and introduction as determined by the steering committee at their first meeting on July 18, 2017.

We are also highlighting on this page some of the education issues that members have brought to our attention.

Inclusion here does not indicate a League position, as we have not yet begun the important study process.

2017-18 League Study of Education in NH MEETINGS

The state steering committee met on July 17. The next meetings will be August 3 and August 29. Focus will be on understanding the financing of education and governance.

League members in local units and members statewide will be given opportunities to participate in the study and consensus process. More information to come, both on this webpage and in the NHVoter newsletter.

LWVKearsarge/Sunapee study committee will meet Thurs., July 27, 10 am at Hilltop in New London. Contact Pat Rodgers for details if you are interested in coming.

League positions on Education

In 2012 the national League of Women Voters conducted a study and reached a position on the Federal Role in Education. Click here to read the position.

LWV New Hampshire's existing position on education dates to 1980. Click here to read the existing position.

State Bd of Education meetings

Next meeting is August 24, 2017, 9 am-2pm. Agenda will be posted on their website: <> Also on their website are minutes and video of previous meetings. (note: no September meeting is planned.)

The Board meets once a month. Unless posted otherwise, meetings take place at the NH Department of Education building (Londergan Hall), 101 Pleasant Street, Concord, NH.

Education Freedom Savings Accounts (2017 session)

SB 193-FN, establishing education freedom savings accounts for students, and related HB 647 relating specifically to students with disabilities, are wending their way thru the NH Legislature (spring 2017). Read one state representative's take on the implications of these two bills for state funding of private education. Click here for pdf of Rep. Marjory Porter's view.

UPDATE: SB 193 passed the Senate, was retained by the House for further study. The House education committee held a work session on this bill on June 8, 2017. More sessions may be held before November.

HB647 " establishing education freedom savings accounts for children with disabilities" was tabled by the House in February.

HB 356 (2017 session)

An amended bill to study education funding and adequacy and also to study the structure of the NH Dept of Education has passed both bodies in NH Legislature. Those studies will begin this summer; we encourage League members to follow the work of the joint special committee. Reports will be posted here. The bill is now Chaptered Law 0190 and the committee is described as a Study Committee. Meetings will be posted on the General Court website: (as of 7/17, no meetings have been posted)

Full new title of the amended bill is this: (Second New Title) establishing a committee to study education funding and the cost of an opportunity for an adequate education, establishing a committee to study the organizational structure of the department of education and the duties and responsibilities of the commissioner of the department of education, and relative to the duties of the commissioner of the department of education.

Reaching Higher NH presentation

View the YouTube video created by LWV Nashua unit. Dan Vallone, outreach director for Reaching Higher NH, spoke about the status of education in NH on May 16, 2017, at a public meeting in Nashua organized by League. Click here to view the video--it is a little over one hour in length.