Lawmakers Again Reject Federal Money To Expand Charter Schools In N.H.

Jan 10, 2020

Credit NHPR Staff

A group of lawmakers has once again voted to reject a federal grant to expand charter schools in New Hampshire.

Democrats on the legislative fiscal committee voted against the $10 million dollars last month, citing concerns that opening more charter schools would cost the state down the road and harm existing conventional public schools.

Department of Education Commissioner Frank Edelblut told reporters after the second failed vote today that he still wasn’t giving up on the grant.

"Do I look like someone who gives up that easily? No we’re going to keep on fighting for the children of New Hampshire and that fight will never end," he said. 

Republicans on the fiscal committee condemned the decision to once gain forgo the charter school expansion grant.

Democrats called the Department of Education's move to continue bringing the issue back to the committee “unprecendented.”