Bill Text - HB1313 (2012)

Allowing school districts to offer higher education scholarships to high school pupils.


Revision: Dec. 14, 2011, midnight

HB 1313 – AS INTRODUCED

2012 SESSION

12-2655

04/05

HOUSE BILL 1313

AN ACT allowing school districts to offer higher education scholarships to high school pupils.

SPONSORS: Rep. Daniels, Hills 6

COMMITTEE: Education

ANALYSIS

This bill enables a school district to adopt and offer higher education scholarships to a high school pupil who graduates high school early and scores in the proficient range or above in all subjects tested in the statewide assessment.

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Explanation: Matter added to current law appears in bold italics.

Matter removed from current law appears [in brackets and struckthrough.]

Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

12-2655

04/05

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Twelve

AN ACT allowing school districts to offer higher education scholarships to high school pupils.

Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:

1 New Chapter; Higher Education Scholarships for High School Pupils. Amend RSA by inserting after chapter 200-M the following new chapter:

CHAPTER 200-N

HIGHER EDUCATION SCHOLARSHIPS FOR HIGH SCHOOL PUPILS

200-N:1 Higher Education Scholarships for High School Pupils.

I. Upon adoption of this chapter by the school district in which the pupil resides, a pupil attending a public high school, public academy, or chartered public school at the high school level who graduates prior to his or her scheduled graduation date and who has achieved a score in the proficient range or above in all subjects tested in the statewide assessment shall be eligible to receive a scholarship furnished by the school district in which the pupil resides equal to one-half of the total per pupil expenditure for a high school pupil in the school district in which the pupil resides, as calculated by the department of education, and shall be used to defray tuition costs at any public or private institution of higher education in this state or another state, territory, or possession of the United States.

200-N:2 Adoption.

I. A school district may adopt the provisions of this chapter as follows:

(a) In a school district, other than a school district that has adopted a charter, the question shall be placed on the warrant of a special or annual town meeting by the governing body, or by petition pursuant to RSA 197:6.

(b) In a school district that has adopted a charter, the legislative body may consider and act upon the question in accordance with its normal procedures for passage of resolutions, ordinances, and other legislation. In the alternative, the legislative body of such school district may vote to place the question on the official ballot for any regular municipal election.

II. The vote shall specify the provisions of RSA 200-N:1. If a majority of those voting on the question vote “yes,” the provisions of this chapter shall take effect within the school district, on the date set by the governing body, or July 1 following its adoption, whichever shall occur first.

III. A school district may modify, if applicable, or rescind the provisions of this chapter in the manner described in this section.

IV. An amendment to this chapter relating to the amount of the scholarship or eligibility for the scholarship shall apply in a school district which previously adopted the provisions of this chapter only after the school district complies with the procedure in this section, unless otherwise expressly required by law.

2 Effective Date. This act shall take effect 60 days after its passage.

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