NH News
5:22 pm
Tue January 24, 2012

House Committee Wants Out of No Child Left Behind

A House Committee has voted to recommend that New Hampshire pull out of No Child Left Behind.

Republican lawmakers on the House education committee cited local control and small government as reasons to withdraw the state from No Child Left Behind.

The vote was along party lines.

The dissenting democrats say they too are frustrated with the federal education laws, but are concerned about the federal money the state would lose if it withdrew from the program.

If the bill passes the state would forfeit $63 million in federal grants.

Those grants fund programs for low-income students, English Language learners, and teacher training programs.

But Republicans on the committee claim that pulling out of No Child Left Behind will also generate savings, since it won’t have to administer tests, or otherwise be compliant with the law.

The full house must still vote on the bill.