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Bill Would Allow N.H. Towns to Send Students to Private Schools for Grades Not Offered

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A bill going before a Senate committee Tuesday would allow towns to send students to non-religious private schools for grade levels not offered by the school district.

The bill seeks to clarify a legal dispute between the town of Croydon and the state Department of Education.

Croydon has no middle or high school, and has been paying for a handful of students to attend a private Montessori school.

The Department of Education has brought the town to court, arguing state law prohibits public money from being used to pay for private school tuition.

The bill going before the Senate Education Committee this morning would would allow towns to send students to non-religious private schools approved by the Department of Education.

The House has already approved the proposal.

Michael serves as NHPR's Program Director. Michael came to NHPR in 2012, working as the station's newscast producer/reporter. In 2015, he took on the role of Morning Edition producer. Michael worked for eight years at The Telegraph of Nashua, covering education and working as the metro editor.

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