Two voucher-related bills will have hearings before the NH House Education Committee this week, both seeking to expand the so-called Education Freedom Account program. More information about the bills and some talking points to use can be found here: Talking Points & background info for HB 464 and HB 367.
I’m hoping you will TAKE ONE OR MORE OF THE FOLLOWING ACTIONS:
a) SIGN IN VIRTUALLY TO OPPOSE THE BILLS. Before the end of the day Thursday, Jan. 19, sign in on the on-line portal to register your opposition to HB 464 and HB 367 (You have to go through the sign-in process twice -once for each bill.) At the portal, fill in your personal information and then select the date (1/19), the Committee (House Education), the bill (HB 464), you’re a member of the public, you’re representing yourself, and you oppose the bill. If you are submitting testimony (see below) you can paste it here. Hit submit and do it again for HB 367. Despite the title at the top of the page, you don’t have to submit testimony in order to register your opposition to these bills.b) SUBMIT WRITTEN TESTIMONY. Before the end of the week, submit written testimony on the bill (see Talking Points ) via that same on-line portal (see above), and also email it to the House Education Comm. at this link: .
c) HOLD A SIGN OUTSIDE THE LEGISLATIVE OFFICE BUILDING On Thursday, 1/19, come to the Legislative Office Building in Concord from 9:00-9:30 AM to hold a sign opposing these bills, so legislators can be aware of our opposition as they arrive. You can be inside or outside the building, and signs will be provided – though you’re welcome to bring your own.
d) TESTIFY AT THE HEARING. Testify in person at one or both of the hearings (see Talking points). The hearing on HB 464 is at 9:30 in rooms 205-207 in the Legislative Office Building, and the hearing on HB 367 is at 11:00 AM at the same place. You will most likely only have 3 minutes to testify.
e) WRITE LETTERS TO THE EDITOR AGAINST THESE BILLS. Gov. Sununu declared this week “school choice week”; let’s provide a counterpoint to his narrative. If you write an LTE, send it to as many papers as you can, and please let me know if it’s published. Attached is a list of newspapers and submission info/links.
If you know you’re going to testify in person, and you know what angle you might take on the bill(s), I’d love to hear from you. If I can get a sense of what topics people are likely to cover, we can try to ensure that every problem with these bills – and there are many – gets some air time.
Thanks for any help you can give in pushing back against these bills!