Sunacom.com - Odell: HB39 removes foreign languages, technology, arts and health education from state standards.

In his Jan. 30, 2011 column on Sunacom.com, New Hampshire Senator Odell writes,

"...mandates from Washington are much more onerous than those from Concord. But Concord is not entirely innocent..." "[House Bill 39] would remove such subjects as foreign languages, technology, arts and health education from the state education standards. Making those subjects optional and paid for by local communities would be shortsighted in my opinion."

"...[to] help insure that Unity qualifies for state building aid for their new elementary school, the Senate Education Committee voted 5-0 to exempt the town from the current moratorium on building aid."

"...money the statewide community college system is requesting will include funds for renovations to the main building at the Claremont campus." "...tuition costs for New Hampshire Community Colleges is much higher than other state systems..."

"...state aid to Marlow will fall by over 40 percent in the next school year." "...I believe, that the school aid formula will be changed and the reduction in state aid for communities like Marlow will be eliminated or lessened." "...protecting property taxpayers from an ever increasing burden mostly tied to local education costs is the issue."

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