Charter School Bills 2011-2017

This timeline examines all bills related to public charter schools, between 2011 & 2020.

There are 28 public charter schools in the New Hampshire and together they serve over 3,900 families. These public schools offer New Hampshire students a diverse range of mission and program options to choose from. Charters allow children and their families to find the public education option that best serves their needs and interests.

2011-06-11 03:40:12

SB82 - Status: PASSED

Extending the state board of education’s authority to approve chartered public schools. SPONSORS: (P)Sharon Carson (r), Nancy Stiles (r), John Hunt (r) James Forsythe (r), Paul Ingbretson (r)

2012-03-07 03:40:12

HB1225 - Status: PASSED

This bill permitted charter schools operating for five or more years to incur long-term debt to finance a facility or capital campaign. SPONSORS: Gregory Hill (r) James Forsythe (r)

2012-04-05 03:40:12

HB505 - Status: PASSED

This bill authorized chartered public schools to receive school building aid grants for leased space. SPONSORS: Timothy Comerford (r) Jason Antosz (r) Kenneth Weyler (r) Donna Schlachman (d)

2012-04-10 03:40:12

SB300 - Status: PASSED

Relative to special education services in chartered public schools. SPONSORS: Sharon Carson (r) John Hunt (r)

2013-02-27 05:59:23

HB2 - Status: Senate removed anti-charter provisions.

HB2 included a number of provisions that would have harmed current and future charter schools. SPONSOR: Rep. Wallner (d). STATUS: The Senate removed all of the anti-charter provisions in the Committee of Conference.

2014-01-08 05:59:23

HB424 - Status: KILLED by House

This bill requires the state board of education to provide technical assistance to improve a chartered public school’s application. SPONSORS: (P)Ralph Boehm (r) Joseph Pitre (r), Rick Ladd (r)

2014-01-08 19:04:14

HB299 - Status: KILLED by House

This bill would have ended the SBE moratorium on new public charter schools. SPONSORS: (P)Ralph Boehm (r) Rick Ladd (r) Joseph Pitre (r)

2014-03-06 05:59:23

HB1394 - Status: KILLED by House

Bill would have funded charter school lease aid for facilities. SPONSORS: Kenneth Weyler (r) Ralph Boehm (r) John Reagan (r). STATUS: KILLED by House majority in party line vote.

2014-03-13 19:04:14

HB1393 - Status: KILLED by House

This bill allows districts to enter into tuition agreements with chartered public schools in the same district. SPONSORS: (P)Kenneth Weyler (r), John Reagan (r), Leon Rideout (r) Ralph Boehm (r), Barbara Shaw (d)

2014-04-19 19:04:14

HB435 - Status: Interim Study (Killed by House)

Bill would have increased funding for public schools. SPONSORS: Kenneth Weyler (r) Kris Roberts (d) John Sedensky (r) John Reagan (r). STATUS: Interim Study (killed by the House majority)

2014-05-14 19:04:14

HB1128 - Status: PASSED

Creates a committee to study special education in charter schools. Sponsors: Mel Myler (d) June Frazer (d) Rick Ladd (r)

2014-05-14 19:04:14

HB1141 - Status: Interim Study (Killed by Senate)

Bill would have required charter schools (but not other public schools) to notify the superintendent within 7 days of a child enrolling. SPONSORS: Syndi White (d)

2014-05-14 19:04:14

HB1392 - Status: PASSED

This bill removes the restriction on the number of pupils that may transfer from a school district to a chartered public school. SPONSORS: Kenneth Weyler (r), Ralph Boehm (r), Leon Rideout (r), John Reagan (r), Barbara Shaw (d), Emily Sandblade (r)

2014-05-15 19:04:14

HB1449 - Status: KILLED by Senate

The bill would have changed the charter approval process dramatically. This would have created a chokepoint, making it much easier to deny future applications. SPONSORS: June Frazer (d), Mary Gorman (d), Rachel Burke (d), Mel Myler (d), Anne Grassie (d)

2015-01-01 19:04:14

HB253 Killed

This bill would make it easier to block new charter schools. An identical bill was killed last year. This bill would change the charter approval process dramatically, creating a chokepoint to block authorization. SPONSORS: June Frazer (d), Mary Gorman (d), Mary Gile (d), Mel Myler (d), Senator Feltes (d) 1.It would have increased the value of 1 criterion (the mission statement), to 50 points (out of 100). 2.It would have devalued much more important criteria including; academic and learning goals, the ability to serve student needs, curriculum, founder qualifications, governance, and financial sustainability. 3. This would have created an effective choke point whereby you could deny a charter school application on the basis of 1 criterion alone. 4. It would have allowed the SBE to block charter authorizations based on geographic location.

2015-01-03 19:04:14

HB555 - Passed

This bill would allow charter students to participate in extra-curricular activities at their resident district school. The law currently allows private school students and home school students to participate but not public charter students.

2016-01-05 19:04:14


Relative to the requirements for filing a charter school application. SPONSORS: Rep. Frazer, Merr 13; Rep. Gile, Merr 27; Rep. Gorman, Hills 31; Rep. Myler, Merr 10; Rep. Porter, Hills 1; Sen. Feltes, Dist 15

2016-01-05 19:04:14

SB483 - Passed

Establishing the position of chartered public school program officer in the department of education. SPONSORS: Sen. Feltes (d), Sen. Stiles (r), Sen. Reagan (r), Sen. Carson (r), Sen. Fuller Clark (d), Sen. Little (r), Rep. Myler (d), Rep. Gorman (d), Rep. Weyler (r), Rep. Bates (r), Rep. Ladd (r), Rep. Luneau (r), Rep. Gile (d), Rep. Frazer (d) Rep. Heath (d)

2016-01-05 19:04:14

HB1456 - Status Dead

This bill requires the members of a chartered public school board of trustees to be appointed by the governor with the advice and consent of the council. SPONSORS: Rep. Horrigan (d), Rep. Rollo (d)

2016-01-05 19:04:14


Relative to the laws governing chartered public schools. SPONSORS: Rep. Horrigan (d), Straf. 6; Rep. Rollo (d), Straf. 18; Rep. Burton (d), Straf. 6

2016-01-05 19:04:14

HB1120 - Status Dead

Relative to teacher qualifications at charter schools. SPONSORS: Rep. Rollo, Straf. 18; Rep. Myler, Merr. 10; Rep. Rogers, Merr. 28; Rep. Gorman, Hills. 31; Rep. Horrigan, Straf. 6; Rep. Frazer, Merr. 13; Rep. C. Chase, Ches. 8; Rep. Wall, Straf. 6

2016-01-05 19:04:14


Relative to payment for special education services for chartered public school students and relative to federal funds for chartered public schools. SPONSORS: Rep. Burton, Straf 6

2017-01-05 19:04:14

HB148 Status Dead

This bill changes the qualifications required for chartered public school teachers. HB148 Sponsors: Rep. Timothy Horrigan (d), Rep. Mel Myler (d).

2017-01-05 19:04:14

HB147 - Status Dead

This bill requires chartered public schools to comply with the laws applicable to public schools. HB147 Sponsors: Rep. Timothy Horrigan (d).

2017-01-05 19:04:14

HB505 - Status Retained

This bill establishes an independent chartered public school commission with the authority to grant charters to applicants. The bill also makes changes to the chartered public school statute relating to who may apply for a charter. HB505 Sponsors: Rep. Glenn Cordelli (r), Sen. John Reagan (r), Rep. Kenneth Weyler (r), Rep. Rick Ladd (r), Rep. Victoria Sullivan (r), Sen. Kevin Avard (r).

2017-01-05 19:04:14

HB419 - Status Dead

This bill requires the annual refund of the pro rata share of property taxes paid by a chartered public school pursuant to a lease of property from a non-exempt owner. HB419 Sponsors: Rep.Kenneth Weyler (r), Sen. John Reagan (r), Rep.Rick Ladd (r), Rep.Glenn Cordelli (r), Sen. Kevin Avard (r), Rep. Carl Seidel (r).

2017-01-05 19:04:14

HB341 - Status Dead

This bill repeals the local option to reduce the taxes attributable to a chartered public school facility renting or leasing its building or facilities from a property owner which is not exempt from property taxes. HB341 Sponsors:Rep. Timothy Horrigan (d).

2017-01-05 19:04:14

HB293 - Status Dead

This bill makes changes to the educational mission requirement of a chartered public school application. HB293 Sponsors: Rep. Timothy Horrigan (d), Rep. Mary Gile (d), Rep. Marjorie Porter (d), Rep. Mel Myler (d).

2017-01-05 19:04:14

HB113 - Status Dead

This bill deletes a provision which prohibits the state board of education from denying a chartered public school application based on lack of state funding. HB113 Sponsors: Rep.Timothy Horrigan (d), Rep. Mary, Gile (d).

2017-01-05 19:04:14

HB125 - Status Dead

This bill provides that a member of a chartered public school board of trustees shall be appointed by the governor with the advice and consent of the council. HB125 Sponsors: Rep. Timothy Horrigan (d).

2017-01-05 19:04:14

HB584 - Status Dead

This bill would have increased funding for public charter school students. HB584 Sponsors: Rep. Kenneth Weyler (r), Sen. John Reagan (r), Rep. Richard Hinch (r), Rep. Rick Ladd (r), Rep. Glenn Cordelli (r), Rep. Gregory Hill (r), Sen. Bob Giuda (r).

2018-01-05 19:04:14


HB1228 - Signed into Law This bill removed the limitation on a charter schools incurring long term debt. Prior to this bill charter schools were prohibited from financing their own facility space driving up costs due to the need to lease. Sponsors: Rep. Hill (r), Rep. McGuire (r), Rep. Freeman (r), Rep. L. Turcotte (r), Rep. Ladd (r), Rep. Weyler (r), Sen. French (r), Sen. Avard (r) Sen. Reagan (r)

Charter School Bills 2011-2017

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