Senate Republicans Force Rushed Passage of HB 609

Contact Name: Marina Altschiller

Phone: (603) 271-3207

Email: marina.altschiller@leg.state.nh.us


CONCORD – Today, in a party line vote, Senate Republicans pushed through HB 609, relative to innovation schools, without taking the time to properly discuss and vet the bill.


After the vote, Senator Jay Kahn (D-Keene) issued the following statement:


“This legislation hasn’t been written in a collaborative manner. It purposefully cuts educators out of the discussion around innovation school development, unlike similar bills passed in other states. That’s not reflective of NH values; rather, it’s something that’s recommended by national conservative policy groups. Rather than making a good faith effort to work across the aisle in the spirit of innovative collaboration to create a bill with bipartisan support for the good of our students and communities, our Republican colleagues used the discussion to make partisan attacks. I'm disappointed that a desire to politically grandstand outweighed the desire to work with each other to support NH students.”


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