NHCIS - Charter school news and updates

Greetings charter school supporters!


It's National Charter School Week and we have a number of charter school updates for you.


Governor visits Manchester Charter School 

Senate Finance examines HB2 

Legislators visit Academy for Science and Design in Nashua  

Please show your support for public charter schools!  

Moratorium update

New Hampshire makes national news by dropping 11 spots to #30 in nation  

The Center joins "The Facebook" 


Governor visits Manchester Charter Schoolgovernor 

Students in Manchester had an exciting visitor recently when Governor Hassan stopped by to tour their new school. Mill Falls Charter School welcomed Governor Hassan to campus on Wednesday, April 10th, offering her (and her accompanying staff) warm coffee/tea and breakfast treats. The tour included a brief presentation of their start up story as New Hampshire's first public Montessori school and a presentation by two Mill Falls students who demonstrated how a Montessori work is used to master a concept.


Founder and Board Chairman Meryl Levin said of the visit: "The Governor spent time in all four of our classrooms, and seemed to really enjoy her conversations with the children and staff. She was definitely relaxed in the nurturing environment of a Montessori classroom and was impressed with the level of energy the students put into their daily work. She encouraged the staff to build good channels of communication with other public schools to engage and share our educational approach with the larger community."



More on the visit from Mark Hayward, Union Leader


Senate Finance examines HB2 hb2  

When is public policy just plain bad policy? When you include significant policy changes inside a budget bill and skip public debate on them. The charter provisions in HB2 (as passed by the House) are particularly troubling as a number of them would clearly discriminate against public charter school students.


Members of the Senate Finance Committee seemed to agree last Friday and questioned why such significant changes were not vetted in policy committee first? The atmosphere was bipartisan, serious and you could tell that committee members wanted to fix what had occurred in the House. Very positive!


Legislators visit Academy for Science and Design in Nashuaasd

Students at the Academy for Science and Design recently received some exciting guests of their own when over a dozen New Hampshire legislators stopped by to tour the school. It was wonderful to see members from both parties present and engaged with students. The tour included a question and answer session and lunch with legislators giving everyone the opportunity to learn more about ASD and the work of the state legislature.




Please show your support for public charter schools!support We are trying to consolidate a number of petitions. If you haven't already, please sign the petition. Thank you! 


Moratorium updatemoratorium

Public charter schools remain trapped in a web of posturing and politics. Whether by coincidence or by design, the BoE's decision to deny all pending charter school applications last September enabled some members of the House to take charter schools and over $5.5 million in federal grant funds hostage during budget negotiations.  


It looks as though it will be late June before the madness is over. If this ordeal has taught the state anything it is that we need to separation again between the entity that approves or denies charter school applications and the legislature which funds or does not fund them. HB299 would return the law to its Pre 2011 language and fix the problem however that bill is being held captive in committee. (See trump card video)


You can read more about the posturing and politics in this article by the Associated Press


NH makes national news by dropping 11 spots to #30 in nationnational

The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools has released its 2013 assessment of state charter school laws. New Hampshire made news this year by dropping 11 places to number #30.  


From the Report, "New Hampshire dropped from #19 to #30 because the state board of education enacted a moratorium on the approval of state-authorized charters".


The State had been making incremental but positive gains over the last few years. In 2011, a change to RSA 194:B removed the cap of 20 schools and made the State Board of Education a permanent charter school authorizer. Only a year later however, the Board denied all pending charter school applications.


The Center joins "The Facebook"nhcis

If you haven't heard already the Center recently joined the world of social networking on the "interweb". Check out our Facebook page for updates on all things charter schools.


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The New Hampshire Center for Innovative Schools is a NH registered non-profit whose members are committed to helping inspire the creation of innovative public schools in New Hampshire. We offer assistance to all New Hampshire charter schools and groups wanting to learn more about these innovative programs. Our services are free, we do not charge or accept payment for our assistance.