- Associated Press - Saturday, January 21, 2017

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - Lawmakers are taking up a bill that would allow some towns to use taxpayer dollars to send children to private schools.

The legislation is up Wednesday for a House Education Committee hearing. It says any district that doesn’t offer certain grade levels can assign students in those grades to a public school in another district or certain private schools. The private school would need to be approved by the state, but the bill doesn’t lay out criteria for approval.

A number of districts in New Hampshire do not have their own high schools. In 2015, the town of Croydon sent several students to a Montessori school. The state took the district to court.

Lawmakers passed a similar bill last year, but then-Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan vetoed it.

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