HB 1630-FN - AS INTRODUCED

 

 

2022 SESSION

22-2396

10/04

 

HOUSE BILL 1630-FN

 

AN ACT requiring high school students to complete a half year required course in the introduction to philosophy.

 

SPONSORS: Rep. Soti, Rock. 7

 

COMMITTEE: Education

 

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ANALYSIS

 

This bill establishes a requirement for high school students to have a course in the introduction to philosophy.

 

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Explanation: Matter added to current law appears in bold italics.

Matter removed from current law appears [in brackets and struckthrough.]

Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

22-2396

10/04

 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Twenty Two

 

AN ACT requiring high school students to complete a half year required course in the introduction to philosophy.

 

Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:

 

1  New Section; Schools.  Amend RSA 189 by inserting after section 11-d the following new section:

189:11-e  Introduction to Philosophy. All public and private schools in the state, as part of the school board-approved high school education program, shall offer a half-year course of instruction in the introduction to philosophy required for high school graduation.  The instruction shall focus on epistemology (theory of knowledge), logic, ethics, and the philosophy of science.

2  Effective Date.  This act shall take effect 60 days after its passage.

 

LBA

22-2396

12/23/21

 

HB 1630-FN- FISCAL NOTE

AS INTRODUCED

 

AN ACT requiring high school students to complete a half year required course in the introduction to philosophy.

 

FISCAL IMPACT:      [ X ] State              [    ] County               [ X ] Local              [    ] None

 

 

 

Estimated Increase / (Decrease)

STATE:

FY 2022

FY 2023

FY 2024

FY 2025

   Appropriation

$0

$0

$0

$0

   Revenue

$0

$0

$0

$0

   Expenditures

$0

$27,250

$27,250

$28,250

Funding Source:

  [ X ] General            [    ] Education            [    ] Highway           [    ] Other

 

 

 

 

 

LOCAL:

 

 

 

 

   Revenue

$0

$0

$0

$0

   Expenditures

$0

Indeterminable Increase

Indeterminable Increase

Indeterminable Increase

 

METHODOLOGY:

This bill, assumed effective for the 2022-23 school year, requires all public and nonpublic schools in the state, as part of the school board approved high school education program, to offer a half-year course of instruction in the interdiction to philosophy, which shall be required for graduation. It is unknown at this time if, or by how much, this may increase local school district expenditures in FY 2023 and each year thereafter. The Department states it may be responsible for ensuring the compliance of New Hampshire private and public schools with this requirement and estimates executing these new responsibilities would require 25% of the time of an education consultant position (labor grade 27), with a total estimated salary, benefit, and other costs of $27,250 in FY 2023, $27,250 in FY 2024, and $28,250 in FY 2025, assuming a start date of July 1, 2022.  Additionally, local school districts may need to purchase curriculum and materials, and hire additional administrative and instructional staff to train educators and teach required material, which would likely increase expenditures in FY 2023 and each year thereafter by an indeterminable amount.

 

This bill does not contain an appropriation or authorization for positions.

 

AGENCIES CONTACTED:

Department of Education