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Administrative Rules

Administrative Rules for Education & Table of Contents

An administrative "rule" is defined as a regulation or standard adopted by an agency to implement or make specific a law enforced or administered by the agency; or interpret a procedure or practice requirement binding on persons outside the agency. Rules shall be valid and binding on persons they affect, and shall have the force of law unless amended or revised.

Rulemaking is therefore lawmaking, in areas which the legislature has decided are too specific or too detailed to be handled by legislation.

Adoption, Amendment, or Repeal of Rules

This site lists the steps in the rulemaking process which includes: Initial Proposals, Final Proposals, and Adopted Rules (until they are published). The Initial Proposal is listed after it is approved by the State Board of Education and includes the date, time, and location of the public hearing required by law, for the initial proposal. A copy of the text of the Initial Proposal is available on this site

The text of final proposals and adopted rules are listed after approval of the State Board and before the publication of the rule. A copy of the text of the Final Proposal and the Adopted rule are available on this site. Once the rule is published the text of published rules for Education are found at

If you have any questions please contact Erin McIntyre at

New Hampshire Department of Education
101 Pleasant Street | Concord, NH | 03301-3494
Telephone: (603) 271-3494 | TDD Access: Relay NH 711