The Department of Education contracted with Class Measures Inc. to conduct an independent review of the New Hampshire Charter School Program. The purpose of the review was to evaluate the current charter school program and its implementation in New Hampshire, thereby providing legislators, administrators, parents, and community with a "snapshot" of the history and current status of the charter school program. The information generated by this review is intended to allow the New Hampshire community to make more informed decisions regarding the educational choices provided to New Hampshire students.
The Charter School Advantage
Parents and students choose a public charter school because it offers a specific approach in an environoment that helps students reach their potential. While open to all students, most charter schools are established to fulfill a particular educational vision or to address a particular subset of the general public school population.
The Charter School Movement in New Hampshire
In 1995, New Hampshire enacted public charter school legislation. In 2003, the New Hampshire Legislature adopted a "pilot" program for public charter schools. The pilot program allowing the State Board of Education to authorize up to 20 public charter schools in the next 10 years.
In 2003, New Hampshire received a $7.1 million federal grant to evaluate the formation of public charter schools.
In 2010, New Hampshire received a $10.8 million federal grant to establish high-quality public charter schools.
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