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N.H. House Passes Croydon Bill, Allowing Districts to Pay for Private Schools

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Allegra Boverman for NHPR
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The New Hampshire House has passed a bill allowing districts without the option of public schools to use tax money to send students to qualifying private schools. Religious schools are excluded.

The measure, better known as the Croydon bill, passed 210 to 147. It now heads back to the Senate who are likely to concur. From there it's  to the Governor, who has said he’ll sign it.

Republican Rep Rick Ladd chairs the House Education Committee. He says the premise of the bill is to "provide an adequate education that is more than adequate, that’s the best education possible for students in school districts where the only option is to send them to a failing school or a private school."

Those who voted against the bill argued the state shouldn’t be giving money to private schools when it severely under funds its public schools.

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