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January 12, 2014
Funding Bill Moves to House Finance Committee
The New Hampshire House of Representatives recently voted to move a bill forward that would increase funding for public charter school students. HB435 now goes to House Finance. During debate members from both parties rose to speak in support of the bill which ultimately received strong bipartisan support.  
 
NH charter schools are currently the lowest funded charter schools in the country. HB435 would increase per pupil funding from approximately 40% of the state average per student to 50%. This modest increase would strengthen these public schools and ensure that they remain the highly efficient and accountable programs that we have come to expect.
Roll Call Confusion
During the votes on HB435, a number of legislators made repeated requests to have a roll call vote taken. A roll call creates a public record of the vote. This is an
important tool for any democracy. There does not appear to be a record of the final vote on HB435 however there are records for the first and second votes which sought to ITL or kill the bill.

How did your representative vote on HB435? Click here to find out. (red signifies a "yes" to ITL/Kill HB435, green signifies a "no" to ITL which keeps the bill alive)
Surry Village Charter School News
Students at SVCS have recently begun to produce and host their own news programs over the web. Not only are the programs interesting to watch but the process gave students the opportunity to research and write their own news pieces, learn about broadcast journalism, and stream content live over the Internet.
ASD in Granite State Challenge
Academy for Science and Design students continue to impress the state. A team of six students are one of 16 finalist teams competing in the NH Public Television Granite State Challenge beginning this weekend. The show will be taping for the next few Saturdays and begin airing programs on February 8th, at 6p, and re-air during the week. GOOD LUCK ASD!  
Granite State Arts Academy Secures Building
Granite State Arts Academy is a new charter high school expected to open in September 2014. We were excited to learn that GSSA recently secured a lease for what will become the home of the school. The founders at GSSA have worked tirelessly over the last three years to make this school a reality.

 

"We are pleased to have located in the Brookstone Park Center. The building is wonderful and will accommodate our student population nicely. Modifications will begin within the month building out the arts rooms to suit our needs. The excitement is building as we watch our vision take shape." said Chairperson Wendie Leweck.
Gate City Founder on HB435
Karin Cevasco, co-founder of the Gate City Charter School for the Arts recently sat down with Michael Brindley of NHPR to discuss charter schools and HB435. Gate City will be located in Nashua and is expected to open in September 2014.
National Level Advocates
Have you ever wondered who advocates for public charter school students on the national level? Charters have many friends including The Gates Foundation, The Walton Foundation and The Friedman Foundation. Another important organization that we should all support is the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools.

The
National Alliance advocates for increased federal funding, provides trainings around the country, hosts a national conference and conducts important charter school research and reporting. The Alliance also provides state level assistance, for example they created a very effective Action Alert for the NH Charter School Association

About Us
The NH Center for Innovative Schools is a NH registered non-profit whose members are committed to quality public options for all children. 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.

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