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.

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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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Attack on Chartered Public Schools

Educational options are under attack on multiple fronts. Not only are some legislators seeking to completely repeal the Education Tax Credit Scholarship program that supports low-income students, they are trying to make it nearly impossible for chartered public schools to operate. One of these attacks is HB 711, a bill that would gut funding for chartered public schools. …

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Scholarship Frees Potential

Free the child’s potential, and you will transform him into the world.  ~ Maria Montessori   The Education Tax Credit scholarship program puts educational opportunities within reach for low-income students across the Granite State. Over 400 students are utilizing the scholarship for the 2019-2020 school year. There are a few bills filed that aim to …

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Save Our Scholarships: Hearing on Repeal Bill

WHAT: Public hearing on House Bill 632, the first one that intends to repeal the Education Tax Credit scholarship program WHERE: Legislative Office Building, room 202, located at 33 N State Street, Concord. WHEN: Tuesday, February 5th, starting at 11:00am The Education Tax Credit (ETC) scholarship program is the only one in the state that …

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Defend Educational Opportunities for Low-Income Children

The tax-credit scholarship is facing multiple attacks in the legislature this year. The first one is HB 632 and is being fast-tracked to the House Ways and Means Committee, entirely skipping the Education Committee as is the usual protocol to first go to the policy committee. Although the public hearing is not scheduled yet, we expect it …

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Education: Legislative Schedule for Week of January 14, 2019

Welcome to the start of the 2019 legislative session! The Senate and House education committees are beginning to schedule public hearings and there is a full calendar for the HEC. We are monitoring numerous bills this year and those will include our analysis and commentary. There are several bills regarding charter schools, cooperative district agreements, …

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Attention Homeschoolers! – A few 2019 Bills of Interest

There are a few bills this session that may be of interest to New Hampshire homeschoolers. We are tracking some of them, but want the community to be aware of the others. Thankfully there are no bills directly regarding home education this year. There are at least two bills filed against the tax-credit scholarship program. …

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Some Don’t Want to Hear It

Some legislators don’t want to hear about educational opportunities that impact thousands of NH children. That’s their choice. They can choose to ignore what often matters a great deal to families. On New Year’s Eve, we sent an email to all NH Senators and State Representatives welcoming them to the new biennium. The letter explained our belief …

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