Proposal boosts N.H. aid to charter schools

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CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - New Hampshire lawmakers are considering legislation to increase state aid to charter schools.

State Rep. Ken Weyler, a Kingston Republican, is the prime sponsor of a bill to set the aid level at half the statewide average cost per pupil. Weyler said charter schools now get $5,450 per student. Under his proposal, the schools would get about $1,100 more per pupil based on the statewide average for the last school year.

Weyler said another way to boost funding for charter schools would be to have the student's school district pay charter schools the statewide average cost per pupil - which was over $13,000 last year - minus the $5,450 in state aid the charter schools now get.

The House Education Committee holds a hearing on his bill Tuesday afternoon.


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