CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The New Hampshire House has once again rejected putting state education money toward private school tuition or home schooling, voting down a last-minute effort in the Senate to revive one of Republican Gov. Chris Sununu’s top legislative priorities.
The Senate passed a sweeping school choice bill last year, but the House voted last month to further study it. The Senate responded by adding its original proposal to a different bill, which the House rejected 180-163 on Thursday.
The bills, which had Sununu’s strong support, would have provided parents with the state’s basic per-pupil grant of roughly $3,000 to be used for private school tuition or home schooling. Supporters argued it would help children who struggle in their current schools, while opponents argued it would burden taxpayers if students left their districts.