- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 22, 2015

CROYDON, N.H. (AP) - The Croydon School Board plans to continue using tax money to pay for small group of students’ tuition at private schools, a practice the state Attorney General’s office says it can’t do.

Based on a Sept. 8 letter from Associate Attorney General Anne Edwards, the board has until next Monday to stop using public funds to pay for those students. She didn’t immediately return a message seeking comment.

The board says no law’s been broken.

Croydon’s one school goes up through the fourth grade. The board began the process several years ago of ending an agreement to send schoolchildren to Newport under a plan that listed private schools as options. Board President Jody Underwood said the town approved the list and state officials didn’t object. It went into effect in the fall of 2014.

Five children in Croydon attend the Newport Montessori School; the rest attend public schools.

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This story has been corrected to show state officials did not object to the list and to show that other students attended public schools, not just the Newport public school.

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