Support SB 193
November 16. 2017 8:30PM
To the Editor: I am responding to Rep. Wayne Burton’s recent letter opposing SB 193, a bill that helps parents find the best school for their children.
Every school eligible child receives a tax payer funded “adequate education grant” of approximately $4,000. Currently, the money is attached to the child and migrates to the public school in the family’s SAU. This bill allows it to flow to any school the parent chooses, to include private ones.
Many families are not well-served by their public schools. Parents are concerned about safety issues, conflicting values, and the lack of scholastic challenge. SB 193 will allow the student’s grant to be placed in an approved account where it can be used to support tuition at the public or private school of their choosing.
Burton claims that the bill is unconstitutional. Unlikely. Several states with similar laws have withstood legal challenge.
Burton’s fears that SB 193 “changes us to a philosophy that individual choice trumps the greater good of our communities.” My experience is that parents make far better choices than the government.
Burton seems concerned that many families will seize this long-overdue opportunity if the bill passes. Perhaps his time on the Education Committee could be better spent fixing the public-school issues that prompt these families to leave.
Ask your senator and representatives to support the passage of this bill. Having a choice of where one’s children attend school the right thing for New Hampshire families.