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Senate vote gives hope to school choice backers

Kevin Landrigan
Union Leader Staff Writer

May 03. 2018 8:06PM

CONCORD — Hopes for an ambitious school choice bill this year appeared to be put to rest on Thursday, as the House voted 172-165 against reconsidering SB 193, which was sent to interim study in a first round of voting on Wednesday.

But late Thursday night. the state Senate tacked onto an unrelated charter school bill (HB 1636) the Senate-passed education voucher bill the House had rejected twice over the past two days.

Sen. John Reagan, R-Deerfield, said there was strong support for the education freedom scholarships and it should be part of the final 2018 negotiations on disputed bills.

The Senate approved the change on a party-line, 14-10 vote. The move was praised by Gov. Chris Sununu.

“There is more work to do, and we will continue to work with members of the House and Senate to advocate for what is right,” Sununu said.

The bill would direct some of the state’s education funds to parents for private school tuition or home schooling. It was the centerpiece of Gov. Chris Sununu’s education agenda for 2018.

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