Michelle Levell

Michelle Levell has been active in state-level education policy since moving to New Hampshire in 2005. She is the founder and Director of School Choice for New Hampshire, a non-profit dedicated to informing, engaging and empowering families with educational options that fit their children’s unique learning needs. She is also a co-founder of Granite State Home Educators, a statewide homeschool support organization. She has written over 400 articles, testifies regularly before both houses of the NH legislature and is considered THE subject matter expert on school-choice issues. She has served on multiple boards and volunteered for several years for New Hampshire’s largest tax-credit scholarship program in support of low-income students.

Attempts to End an Educational Option Before It Begins

The innovative Learn Everywhere program is facing two attacks before it is even implemented. Senate Bill 140, introduced by Senator Jay Kahn, is a blatant partisan power-move against the program and headed for Governor Sununu’s desk. Learn Everywhere also has a critical vote by the state Board of Education at their next meeting on June 13th. …

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A Busy Week for ‘School Choice’ In New Hampshire

It’s a busy week for school choice! The House Ways and Means Committee will vote on HB 632, the bill that seeks to repeal the Education Tax Credit (ETC) scholarship program, on Wednesday, March 13th, starting at 10:00am. They held two public hearings on the bill – Part 1 and Part 2. Please continue to contact the committee leading up their …

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Refuse State Testing

It’s that time of year again when school districts across the state begin extensive preparations for the annual statewide assessment. Students take multiple practice exams, losing important instructional time, so they score well to make districts and schools look their best. The exam is given to students in grades 3 through 8, and 11 over several …

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Reply to State Rep that Opposes the Education Tax Credit Scholarship

School Choice for NH received an email from Rep. Paul Dargie (D), of Milford stating that he is opposed to the “diversion of taxpayer funds to religious and other schools through the use of vouchers or voucher workarounds.” He is referring to the Education Tax Credit program that is facing a repeal effort in House Bill 632. Below is …

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Unschooled Presentation by Kerry McDonald

School Choice for NH is thrilled to host a special presentation by Kerry McDonald, outspoken blogger for the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE) and Intellectual Takeout, policy advisor to the Heartland Institute, and author of the soon-to-be-published book titled “Unschooling: Raising Curious, Well-Educated Children Outside the Conventional Classroom.” She will talk about educational opportunities at the Nackey Loeb Communications School …

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School Choice Defenders Voice Opposition to Repealing the Education Scholarship Tax Credit

In part one of this post, we discussed how ill-informed were the sponsors and advocates for repealing New Hampshire’s Education Scholarship Tax Credit (ETC). This time around we have some words from opponents of repeal bill HB632. Testimony from parents and students (the few who had the opportunity) who shared stories about how the ETC improved …

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Those Looking to Repeal New Hampshire’s Education Tax Credit Are Ill Informed

Yesterday, the House Ways and Means Committee held a public hearing on HB 632, a bill that would repeal the Education Tax Credit scholarship program. Over 400 low-income children utilized the program this school year. The committee room was at maximum capacity with people standing along the walls and in the hallway. It was wonderful to …

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My 8-year old son has [Education] choices where before there was only one option.

Families choose educational options for a variety of reasons. The most common are academic fit and safety. Sometimes there are other reasons why the local public school, even a good one, might not be a good fit for a child. Jodie’s son, Sam, was hit by a car a year ago. Even after he initially …

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