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Jun 12, 2015 1:15 PM

Governor vetoes bill that would have allowed opt-out from school testing


CONCORD – Gov. Maggie Hassan vetoed a bill on Friday that would have allowed students to opt-out from state assessment tests.

"This bill would conflict with current state educational accountability laws, undercut one of the tools that educators use to evaluate K-12 student progress and jeopardize federal funding for New Hampshire schools," Hassan said in a statement Thursday.

The state Business and Industry Association supported the veto and wrote a letter to the governor opposing the proposed legislation.

"Assessments are important," the letter from President Jim Roche states. "They provide critical information about student achievement."

Both the BIA and the governor said the mandatory assessments help the state remain competitive and support future economic growth.


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