The House Education Committee is holding a public hearing on February 14, 2017 on HB 620, an Act relative to compliance with state and federal education mandates.
HB 620 will prevent NH's State Board of Education from proposing any rules that exceed state or federal minimum requirements, unless the rule is authorized by statute. NH's special rules include critical rights and protections that NH children with disabilities and their parents have worked for and relied on for decades! If it passes, HB 620 will trigger massive changes in education and special education policy. It will erode the NH's critical special education rights and protections. Click here to read the full text of the bill.

The NH Rules for the Education of Children with Disabilities include important rights and protections that:

  • Facilitate or support parental involvement and that foster parent/school collaboration (research shows that parent involvement is a primary factor in children's school success)

  • Make the process more efficient, proactive and clear, reducing the likelihood of misunderstandings; Protect students from harm (requirements intended to ensure student safety)

  • Provide accountability and transparency, while Being cost-effective, utilizing sound business practices, and producing results (NH children with disabilities score higher on the statewide assessments, the percentage of NH's students with disabilities who are graduating with a regular high school diploma are among the highest, as are the percentage of children with disabilities who are employed and/or attending post-secondary education programs one year after leaving high school. These outcomes are not only in the public interest, they have a positive economic impact for the individual with a disability and for the NH.

Contact your representative to let them know you are against this bill, especially if he/she is on the House Education committee. Click here for Education Committee roster and contact information.

Click here to find out who your legislators are.

Ask your friends and family members to join you in speaking out against this bill.