NHDems Vote Down $46 Million Federal Dollars for At-Risk Students
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In what may be a first in New Hampshire political history, Democratic politicians unanimously said “no” to free education money from the federal government. It’s a stunning reversal for a party that just finished a bruising (and losing) budget battle for an additional $138 million in new school spending earlier this year.
In a 7-3 party-line vote, New Hampshire Democrats on the state’s Fiscal Committee voted to reject the first $10 million of a $46 million federal grant for public charter school funding. The money Democrats turned away targeted at-risk students in the Granite State and was the largest federal grant to any state’s public charter schools in history.