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Tuesday
Apr072015

MPP - Fmr. Drug Cop to Support Marijuana Bill at N.H. Senate Hearing (4/7) 

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Former Narcotics Officer to Testify in Support of Marijuana Decriminalization Bill TOMORROW (Tue.) at New Hampshire Senate Committee Hearing

 

At 9 a.m. ET, immediately prior to the hearing, Maj. Neill Franklin will join Rep. Adam Schroadter and Matt Simon of the Marijuana Policy Project at a news conference to express support for HB 618, which would replace potential jail time with a civil fine for possession of small amounts of marijuana

                                                

CONCORD — A former narcotics officer will testify at a New Hampshire Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Tuesday in support of a bill to remove criminal penalties for possession of small amounts of marijuana.

 

At 9 a.m. ET, immediately prior to the hearing, Maj. Neill Franklin, a 34-year law enforcement veteran and executive director of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP), will join Rep. Adam Schroadter (R-Newmarket) and Matt Simon of the Marijuana Policy Project at a news conference in the lobby of the Legislative Office Building. The hearing is scheduled to begin at 9: 40 a.m. ET in Room 100 of the State House.

 

HB 618, sponsored by Rep. Schroadter and a bipartisan group of seven co-sponsors, would make possession of up to one-half ounce of marijuana punishable by a civil fine of $100 for a first offense, $200 for a second offense, and up to $500 for third and subsequent offenses. Currently, possession of any amount of marijuana is a misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in prison and a fine of up to $2,000. New Hampshire is the only state in New England that treats simple marijuana possession as a criminal offense with the potential for jail time. 

 

The House of Representatives approved the measure 297-67 on March 11.


“New Hampshire is the only state in New England that still doles out criminal records and jail time for simple marijuana possession,” said Simon, a Goffstown resident and New England political director for the Marijuana Policy Project. “People’s lives should not be turned upside down just for possessing a substance that is less harmful than alcohol.

 

 “We hope the Senate and Gov. Hassan will join the overwhelming majority of the House — and the overwhelming majority of New Hampshire voters — in supporting this modest proposal.”

 

WHAT: News conference and New Hampshire Senate Judiciary Committee hearing regarding HB 618, which would remove criminal penalties for possession of small amounts of marijuana

 

WHEN: Tuesday, April 7, news conference at 9 a.m. ET, hearing at 9:40 a.m. ET

 

WHERE: News conference in lobby of the New Hampshire Legislative Office Building, 33 N. State St., Concord; hearing in Room 100 of the State House, 107 North Main St., Concord

 

WHO: Rep. Adam Schroadter (R-Newmarket), primary sponsor of HB 618

Maj. Neill Franklin, executive director, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition

Matt Simon, New England political director, Marijuana Policy Project

Others TBA

Thursday
Apr022015

NH House Speaker Shawn N. Jasper statement following passage of both HB-1A and HB 2-FN-A-L by the NH House

“I was confident from the first day that I became speaker that Republicans would coalesce and come together on the important issues and today is a good example of that.  When it came to issues that matter  the most to Republicans and their constituents we were able to work together and successfully come up with a budget that we can now send over to the Senate.  In the 11 budgets that I have voted on during my time in the legislature I have never seen one that is perfect and today’s budget is no different.  We look forward to what the Senate now does with this budget and will be ready to work with them during the committees of conference.”

Tuesday
Mar102015

NH Charter School News and Updates 

In this issue

Dear charter school parents and supporters,

 

This is an important week for the future of charter schools in New Hampshire. Tomorrow morning March 10th, voters from the Monadnock Regional School District will decide the fate of the Gilsum STEAM Academy (GSA). Teachers & parents are fighting to keep their public school open by converting it to a public charter school. Learn more

 

On Wednesday March 11th, the New Hampshire House of Representatives will vote on the charter school funding bill, HB563. HB563 as amended would increase charter school funding at a time when the schools desperately need it. Learn more

 

There are so many amazing things happening in our public schools that we couldn't possibly include them all in one newsletter but we have included some highlights below. If you have any questions about NH public charters or want to learn more, we would encourage you to contact us or a charter school in your area.


Matt Southerton

Director, NH Center for Innovative Schools

matt@nhcharterschools.org 

Office: 603-224-0366

Cell: 603-303-8070  

For up to the minute news on everything charter, please visit us on Facebook and Twitter

FUNDING BILL HEADED TO FLOOR VOTE

 

Charter school supporters celebrated a small but important victory this week as the charter school funding bill (HB563 as amended) was voted out of committee with a recommendation of "ought to pass". HB563 will go up for a vote before the full House of Representatives on March 11th. If passed and signed into law, HB563 as amended would increase charter school funding by $36 per pupil next year and $1,036 after that. hb563 

 

 
Background
New Hampshire charter schools are currently the lowest funded charter schools in the nation receiving about $5,500 per pupil or about 38% of the state average cost per pupil. When SB539 overhauled the education funding formula in 2009-10, charter schools were included. The legislative intent of SB539 was to provide NH public charter schools with permanent sustainable funding. NH charter schools were woven into the fabric of public education funding receiving $3,450 in adequacy plus a $2,000 stipend to represent disparity aid because NH public charters do not currently benefit directly from local tax dollars. Since that time, charter school funding has remained flat.
PARENTS & TEACHERS FIGHT TO SAVE  PUBLIC SCHOOL

  

Tomorrow morning March 10th, voters of the Monadnock Regional School District will decide the fate of the Gilsum STEAM Academy (GSA). Teachers & administrators are urging voters to keep their public school open by voting, NO on article 9 .... YES on article 10. The group hopes to then convert GSA into a public charter school which would save taxpayer money.gilsum 

 

As a STEAM school, GSA's mission focuses on Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math. 

  

For voter information please visit: http://www.mrsd.org/news.cfm?story=99314&school=0

 

To learn more about the movement to save GSA please visit: PTA Facebook page

ASD WINS REGIONAL SCIENCE BOWL CHAMPIONSHIP

 

This week a team from the Academy for Science and Design Charter School (ASD) won the 2015 Northern New England Science Bowl Regional Championship. The team will be competing at the National Science Bowl in Washington DC in April.

 

Our hats are off to the teachers and students of this public charter that continues to excel to new heights!

 

 

About ASD

ASD is a public charter school specializing in Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM). Its mission is to graduate well-rounded students with the capacity for high achievement and leadership in their colleges, careers, and society. To learn more about ASD please visit: http://www.asdnh.org/ 

NHPCSA CHILI COOK-OFF

The NH Public Charter School Association recently held its annual "chili cook-off" in Concord. Schools from around the state battled it out for the crown but in the end it was a tie! The Birches Academy Charter School from Salem and the North Country Academy Charter School from Littleton shared the title. The event gave New Hampshire state legislators an opportunity to learn more about these public schools and cast their vote for the best chili. More photos from the event are available at: www.facebook.com/NHCharterSchools 

 

(Senator Jeanie Forrester & Senator John Reagan visit with students from GBECS)

  

 

PARENT FEEDBACK - WHY CHOOSE A CHARTER?

 

The first charter school opened in New Hampshire about nine years ago. It hasn't been an easy journey for anyone but nothing worth fighting for ever is. The reflections below are from parents who have been kind enough to share their thoughts. While this is certainly not a scientific study, it does help one to understand why some parents have chosen a charter school and the benefits that it has made in their child's life.

 

We share this feedback with you not to diminish our traditional public schools but to celebrate the power of increased education options for all families.

 

Jennifer wrote: "The charter school has ignited our son's desire to learn. Alternatively our daughter loves her district school. More choice!"

 

Amanda wrote: "We chose the Charter School because of our daughters love of the Arts & this suited her perfectly. We could not be more happy"

 

Ruth wrote: "I have never seen him so excited about going to school...The school is always looking to achieve higher standards."

 

Kathy wrote: "As a parent of a special needs student attending a charter school I have been amazed... My son is in his second year at a charter school and is finally excelling. He is treated with respect and value."

 

If you would like to share some aspect of your journey in a public charter school we would like to hear from you. Please use our Parent Feedback form and specify whether or not we may share your thoughts.

 

Thank you! 

 

Matt

Friday
Mar062015

NH Charter Schools - Charter Funding Bill Headed to Floor Vote 

Parents and charter school supporters are celebrating a small but important victory tonight as the charter school funding bill (HB563 as amended) was voted out of committee with a recommendation of "ought to pass". In a vote of 14-10, all republicans present voted in support of the modest increase in funding while all democrats present voted against it.
Last year a similar bill gained bipartisan support until it was eventually killed along party lines. If passed and signed into law, HB563 as amended would increase charter school funding by $36 per pupil next year and $1,036 after that.
 
BACKGROUND
New Hampshire charter schools are currently the lowest funded charter schools in the nation receiving about $5,500 per pupil or about 38% of the state average cost per pupil. When SB539 overhauled the education funding formula in 2009-10, charter schools were included. The legislative intent of SB539 was to provide NH public charter schools with permanent sustainable funding. NH charter schools were woven into the fabric of public education funding receiving $3,450 in adequacy plus a $2,000 stipend to represent disparity aid because NH public charters do not currently benefit directly from local tax dollars. Since that time, charter school funding has remained flat.
 
    

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY AT A GLANCE

Bills that encouraged or discouraged public charters between 2002 & 2014

http://www.tiki-toki.com/timeline/entry/299628/Bills-that-have-Blocked-or-Encouraged-New-Public-Schools

 

Contrasting support and opposition between 2010 & 2014.

http://www.tiki-toki.com/timeline/entry/295089/Charter-School-Bills-2010-2014/ 

 

Thursday
Mar052015

NH House Republican Majority Caucus (HRMC) comments on tanning bill 

The House Republican Majority Caucus issued the following statement on the passage of HB 136, a bill that would take away from parents the right to give permission to their teenagers to get an indoor tan.


"Today, 199 members of the New Hampshire House of Representatives voted to tell parents that their elected representatives are more intelligent than they are and more caring of their children," stated Rep Pam Tucker, Greenland. "They told parents of young ladies and gentlemen, going to their senior prom, "No, you cannot make that trip to the tanning booth before one of the biggest nights of your life."

"This new law would be an invitation to more nanny government.  What's next, mandated use of sunscreen?  Subsides for sunscreen?  We can only hope that the senate knows more about the New Hampshire traditions of individualism and supporting the family than the 199 representatives who seem to know about Washington overreach," noted Rep. Jeanine Notter- Merrimack.