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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.

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.

NH House Republican Alliance statement on Charter School funding 

CONCORD – The House Republican Alliance (HRA) today issued a statement on the passage of HB 435, a bill that allows additional funding for charter public schools students.  This bill increases funding to 50% of the most recent available statewide average.
“This is a win-win for the charter school students who have been grossly underfunded for years.  It is a first step in the legislative process in assuring the increase in funding for charter school students.” Stated Rep. Al Baldasaro- Londonderry.
“Increase in funding may attract more charter schools around the state, and especially in the north country. Four charter schools have been closed in the past year, all due to lack of funding,” commented Rep. Ralph Boehm- Litchfield. “There are many types of charter schools in the state that appeal to a wide variety of needs for our students.  This bill will help students by providing more choice in education and needed funding for the schools that fit their needs.”


ALG's Daily Grind - Bobby Jindal beats Eric Holder, Obama 


Jan. 7, 2014

Bobby Jindal beats Eric Holder, Obama
Administration abandons argument in federal court that too many poor minorities were receiving a good education by escaping failing schools under dubious civil rights grounds.

Cartoon: Frozen
The house liberals built on global warming gets some cold ice thrown on it.

Why do nanny-staters hate e-cigarettes?
The Food and Drug Administration is looking to regulate e-cigarettes in America, and the pervasive influence of the legal drug lobby that sells nicotine gum and patches lingers in this regulator's halls like cheap cigar smoke.

Williams: Time to rein in ATF
"Another firearm supplied to Mexican drug cartels by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) has been linked to a mass killing."


ALG launches to promote alternative education options 


Dec. 19, 2013, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government today launched, a website dedicated to raising awareness of alternative education options across the country. The group's president, Nathan Mehrens, issued the following statement about the new project:

" is dedicated to promoting alternatives to the current failed education system, whether its private school choice, charter schools, or magnet schools within the public system. We're going to let the American people know who is fighting for students first. We're going to name names and pull no punches against those who are desperate to keep the current disaster in our schools in place just to service a few narrow interests, leaving our children as pawns in a high stakes game competing for tax dollars.

"We need more alternatives in our schools, not an inquisition into those fighting the good fight against a corrupt, failing system. It's time we put students first and put an end to the nonsense that prevails in the education establishment that clings to the status quo that is failing our children."

To view online:



Americans for Limited Government is a non-partisan, nationwide network committed to advancing free market reforms, private property rights and core American liberties. For more information on ALG please visit our website at



Josiah Bartlett Center - Grant's Greatest Hits 

Weekly Update from the
Josiah Bartlett Center

Keeping you up to date on our latest research
on the issues impacting New Hampshire

For the last five years, Grant Bosse has been an important part of the Josiah Bartlett Center. First as an employee writing about things no one else was covering. In the last year, he’s been a senior fellow with a varied portfolio. As was inevitable, he didn’t stay forever and moved on to a new challenge exactly five years after we got him.
We wish him well in his new position with the New Hampshire State Senate but I wanted to take this opportunity to tell you what you already know: he did great things for the Bartlett Center and will be very difficult to replace. He had a rare ability to both understand the complicated issues of state government and to explain them in an understandable way to those of us who hadn’t researched the issue ourselves, read the bond statement, or sit through the hearing.
At its core, that’s the mission of the Josiah Bartlett Center.
We’re going to take this newsletter to remind you of some of Grant’s work – much of it still relevant – to tide us all over until perhaps he joins us again.
~Charlie Arlinghaus                                              

One of the reasons I like shopping at Market Basket is the huge selection. On a recent trip, I counted 51 different kinds of mustard. These days the condiment aisle is a lawless frontier, with horseradish and wasabi, and even relish, intruding on the very idea of what mustard is. The big yellow French’s bottle reminded me of childhood baloney sandwiches.Fussy little gourmet jars featured garlic and dill and white wine. I have to mention my personal go-to hotdog sauce, Gulden’s Spicy Brown. If the free market can provide such rich variety in something as mundane and trivial as mustard, why do we have just one choice for our kids’ school? Click here to keep reading.


Meet the MET

How the Medicaid Enhancement Tax Works and Why it is so Important
This paper will outline the history of the Medicaid Enhancement Tax in New Hampshire, describe how the complex tax works in conjunction with the Disproportionate Share Hospital Program, and dispel some of the many misunderstandings that trip up budget writers trying to incorporate this brand new, 20-year old tax into the FY14-15 State Budget... Click here to keep reading

Do Certificate of Need Boards Reduce Costs or Hurt Patients?

Certificate of Need laws, or CONs, have been set up across the country under the assumption that rationing hospital construction and expansion would limit increases in health care costs. Four decades of experience have shown that CONs do not control costs, but do provide a significant barrier to entryClick here to keep reading


RGGI: The First Two Years

The Northeast Cap and Trade program

In 2008, New Hampshire joined a ten-state regional compact designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through a cap-and-trade program on electric generation facilities. This report examines how that program has been implemented in New Hampshire over the past two years, how much revenue has been generated from the sale of carbon allowances, and how New Hampshire officials have spent that money. Click here to keep reading