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Policy groups analyze school choice bill

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Two public policy groups are providing closer looks at the financial impact of the school voucher bill under consideration in New Hampshire.

Reaching Higher New Hampshire, which promotes public education, and the Josiah Bartlett Center for Public Policy, a conservative think tank, both released reports Wednesday analyzing the bill, which would allow parents to use public money to send children to private schools.

Reaching Higher New Hampshire says school districts would lose $5.8 million in state funding if 3 percent of students get vouchers, and the state would spend $2.2 million to compensate those who lose the most.

The Bartlett Center says districts have weathered far larger drops in enrollment in recent years, and even if 5 percent of students use vouchers, districts would still keep 98.7 percent of their budgets intact.

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