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    Education Savings Accounting: SB 193’s Expected Financial Impact on NH School Districts

    If the Education Savings Account (ESA) program proposed in Senate Bill 193 becomes law, school district operating budgets can be expected to decline on average by a mere 0.14 percent in the program’s first year, leaving districts with 99.86 percent of their operating budgets intact, based on the performance of school choice programs in other […]

  • Education Policy

    What do special-needs students need?

    The whole premise of the anti-school-choice movement is that parents cannot be trusted to make sound educational decisions for their children. Still, it is jarring to hear people saying out loud that ESAs will harm special-needs children. These are precisely the children who could benefit most from an ESA. The federal Individuals with Disabilities Education […]

  • General | Policy in Brief

    The Best Bet on FirstNet

    Bartlett Brief The Best Bet on FirstNet Opting in is less risky for New Hampshire December 19, 2017   On December 7, Gov. Chris Sununu announced his intention to have New Hampshire opt out of the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet).  In theory, opting out of FirstNet would give the state greater control over its […]

  • General

    Attack of the Turnspike

    It’s been a decade since New Hampshire increased turnpike tolls statewide, which means that the Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Turnpikes has awakened, like the mythical Kumbhakarna, ravenous and ready to devour more of your money. Kumbhakarna was (is?) a Hindu demon cursed to sleep for long stretches. Periodically he would awaken, eat everything in sight, […]

  • Education Policy

    Will Education Savings Accounts Decimate Public Schools?

      Education Savings Accounts (ESAs) will not decimate public school budgets, a report released today by the Josiah Bartlett Center for Public Policy shows. In fact, even using a high average cost for each ESA and a high ESA take up rate of 5 percent, the report shows that every school district in New Hampshire […]

  • General

    Debunking the Top Five Myths about SB 193, Education Savings Accounts

      Debunking the Top Five Myths about Senate Bill 193,  Education Savings Accounts November 7, 2017 The House Education Committee meets on Wednesday, Nov. 8, to consider Senate Bill 193, a bill to establish Education Savings Accounts (ESAs) in New Hampshire.  This briefing paper dispels several myths about the bill. SB 193 would establish ESAs that […]