Concord, NH – In an encouraging turn of events, the amendment sponsored by House Representative Paul Ingbretson (R-Haverhill) is gaining momentum and gaining sponsors. As of press time, the amendment is now being co-sponsored by the following house members: Mark Clark (R-Bedford), Paul Hopfgarten (R-Derry), Lynne Ober (R-Hudson), and Maurice Villeneuve (R-Bedford).
The amendment reads as follows: (new Article 83-a, Part II) [Local Education] The local political subdivision responsible for providing public education shall have the power to determine curriculum, to set standards and to determine the amount of funding thereof. The Legislature shall have the power to provide supplemental funding and to determine the amount and the allocation of these state funds.
Ingbretson’s amendment differs from all of the other proposed versions of CACR18 that the House will vote onWednesday. It focuses on preserving local control and allowing the flexibility to make real improvements to education rather than writing the failed policies of the past permanently into our Constitution.
“We’re excited that the amendment is gaining momentum in the house. This amendment reaffirms NewHampshire’s tradition of local control and finally gets the courts out of our education system,” said Mike Biundo, Chairman of the New Hampshire Advantage Coalition.
For more information, contact Tammy Simmons, Executive Director, at 235-9998 or visit our website at www.theNHadvantage.com.