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NH Charter Schools - Charter school funding update - budget passed 

September 17, 2015
Dear charter school parents & supporters,

With the signing of the state budget, increased funding for public charter schools has finally become law. Unlike traditional public schools, charter schools do not receive local taxpayer support and their funding formula is static. This update to the funding formula represents the first significant increase in per pupil funding in over six years.
We would like to take a moment to thank all of the parents, teachers, supporters and state legislators that have worked so hard to give New Hampshire's children exciting new options in public education.

So what does this mean for your school?
Your public school will receive an additional $36 per pupil this school year (2015/16) and an additional $1,036 per pupil beginning in the 2016/17 school year.
Future updates and discussion
In the coming weeks we will reflect on the long journey that has led us to this point. We will discuss the strong bipartisan support charter schools received in the House and the disappointing polarization that we saw in the State Senate. Unlike the House, not a single senate democrat voted to support increased funding on the floor of the senate or in committee. Change is possible but it will require that parents educate themselves on these issues and hold both political parties accountable.

Daily Signal - Contrast in Seattle: Public School Teachers Go on Strike as 'Unconstitutional' Charter School Teachers Remain at Work 

The Daily Signal

Sept. 14, 2015

Contrast in Seattle: Public School Teachers Go on Strike as 'Unconstitutional' Charter School Teachers Remain at Work

As charter school teachers in Seattle are showing up to work despite a court ruling their schools unconstitutional, public school teachers in the city are on strike, demanding more pay.

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Planned Failure

Conservatives sticking to their guns may well have won the Senate and given the GOP its largest House majority in decades. It's long past time that Republicans make good on their campaign promises, writes Heritage Foundation President Jim DeMint.

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How an Alabama Woman Used Voter Fraud to Get Her Boyfriend Elected

The verdict will only come as a shock to those who still insist that voter fraud simply doesn't exist in the U.S.

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At Home With Dave Brat: The Conservative Who Ousted Eric Cantor Sees Little Change in Washington

In January, Brat joined 24 other Republicans in voting against Speaker John Boehner—he also vowed to support a challenge to the speaker should Boehner allow for Planned Parenthood to continue receiving federal dollars—and breaks with party leadership when voting on procedural rules to advance legislation.

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Remembering 9/11 During America's War on ISIS

This was the first 9/11 anniversary for U.S. military members deployed in U.S.-led air war against ISIS in Syria and Iraq, reports Nolan Peterson, who was present at a military base in the Persian Gulf region for the anniversary.

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China Just Sent a Message to America: Don't Mess With Us

Political and security analysts have also recently been shaken by Chinese saber-rattling and military muscle-flexing—on both sides of the Pacific Ocean.

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NH Center For Innovative Schools - Fate of NH charters to be decided this week 

June 14, 2015
In this issue

Over the next week the New Hampshire state legislature will quite literally decide the fate of New Hampshire's public charter school program. New Hampshire charter schools are currently the lowest funded charters in the nation receiving about $5,500 per pupil. After six years of flat funding these schools are at risk and an update to the funding formula must occur this session. If action is not taken we risk damaging these high-quality public schools and tumbling toward a "race to the bottom" as families seek opportunity in other states.

Original Intent of HB563

According to HB563's prime sponsor Representative Ken Weyler, the original intent of HB563 was to link per pupil funding to 50% of the state average cost per pupil. This would provide a natural increase in per pupil funding as costs rise. HB563 was changed in committee however and as amended would provide a modest $36 dollar per pupil increase in year one (this is not a typo) and a $1,036 increase per pupil in year two. Per pupil funding would remain relatively static after year two. (Readers should note that HB563 received bipartisan in the House including almost all House republicans and over two dozen democrats).


The Senate initially voted to support HB563 (no senate democrats voted in favor of HB563) however the Senate then voted to table the bill and address charter funding in the budget. See section below, "House VS Senate Budget". 

House VS Senate Budget
Although the Senate budget appears to spend about $100 million more than the House, it cuts $3 million from the charter school line item. It does this by reducing the increase in per pupil aid passed in the House budget by 75% to $250.

To help illustrate the critical need to address funding this session I would point out that even State Board of Education member Bill Duncan testified in support of a $1,000 per pupil increase in February.

Josiah Bartlett Center - Libertas Dinner and Charter School Funding 

The Busy Month of June

There is a lot going on in the world of politics and policy right now. In this weekly update I want to make sure you know some of what’s going on inside the Bartlett center and state government. The state budget is coming to a head just as we are unfolding our annual Libertas dinner (June 17).

The dinner is of course a celebration of economic opportunity and freedom, this year honoring Steve Forbes who reminds us that “free people and free markets are the best answer in today’s economy.” But as our beloved Granite State finds itself at a crossroads, these are more than just words, they are a guide to the policy solutions we face. Too often politicians even here get caught up and decide that competition and supply and demand are outdated concepts. We’re on the other side whether it be alternatives in education or using competition and market forces to better your health care.

If you care to join us June 17 we will celebrate the Bartlett Center itself and our role reminding policy makers of time honored truths. And of course it is our annual fundraiser which helps one check at a time to provide us with the resources to simply exist and do the work that so many count on. Without an endowment or a government sponsor or a large benefactor, we count proving our worth to individuals, one at a time, each and every year – the market forces we extol in so many other areas. Consider joining us. It is in fact the most enjoyable event of the year. To buy your tickets online, click on the invite below. 
In the meantime, feel free to peruse information on the funding crisis facing charter schools and their students as well as our continuing efforts to sound the alarm about a very mediocre economy.  
Hope to see you soon,                                            



Senate's Charter School Funding would be Devastating

Oddly, State Senators who claim to be supportive of charter schools are doing their best to destroy them. Perhaps charter schools would have been better off to have outright enemies in charge rather than pretend supporters whose token gestures will do more to close these alternative schools than active opposition would.

After years of apathy toward charter schools, the state Senate has signaled its intention to out-mediocre the House and offer these schools the most nominal of Band-Aids that will help the schools almost not at all but create the tiniest of fig leafs for a handful of politicians.
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NHCharterSchools - NHMA says pay your property taxes or take the money from poor people!? 

Choice would force public schools to pay taxes or

take money from poor people? 


This morning lobbyists from the New Hampshire Municipal Association testified against a bill that would have provided property tax relief to public charter schools and sent that money back to the teachers and students where it belongs. The bipartisan bill sponsored by a democrat and a republican passed the house with huge majorities.


During testimony (audio file here), a lobbyist representing the NHMA produced an amendment to HB662 and suggested that instead of having municipalities refund property taxes to these public schools that charter schools should be eligible to take money from a program designed to assist low income families.

Now was the lobbyist just doing their job? Maybe, but this is outrageous. Too many groups in Concord are receiving public funds and using them to lobby against parents, students, taxpayers and any number of other issues. Logic and common sense have given way to politics, money and power.  





New Hampshire RSA 72:23 offers property tax exemptions for certain entities in New Hampshire including public schools & charitable organizations that own their own buildings/land.



1. NH public charter schools do not receive building or construction aid to purchase their own facility.


2. New Hampshire state law RSA 194-b:5 prohibits public charter schools from incurring long-term debt until they have been in operation for more than five years.  



Many public charter schools are forced to pay tens of thousands of dollars in property taxes that they should not.



HB662 would modify RSA 72:23 granting New Hampshire public charter schools that lease facility space from an entity that is not tax exempt, a reimbursement for the amount they paid.


It is a common sense bill, a no brainer, at least until the lobbyists arrive.


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