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No to SB 193

January 02. 2018 9:30PM

To the Editor: This week, the New Hampshire House votes on whether to redirect the state portion of school taxes to a private scholarship fund, setting up a “freedom educational savings account.” The bill diverts educational funds away from communities and increases local taxpayer costs to maintain the quality of their schools. Towns will be expected to make up any difference, without having a say.

This bill duplicates the efforts of public schools, which already use parent choice in planning for students; it additionally does not consider the importance of parent and community involvement, which provides opportunity for every student. School choice is already in place in ways that are not acknowledged in this bill.

Public schools are a living commitment to democracy at work. Our schools teach the rewards of cooperation and fairness for all. Ask an elementary school student about the Tiger program. Watch a class help a blind student find his classroom. It will warm your heart.

SB 193 offers a consumer approach to education. Pick out the program you like, and they will give you roughly one third of the cost toward it. Don’t like the private school? Try religious school.

Home schooling is considered. Certainly, those who do it would like to receive state funds. And so would taxpayers who pay hundreds a week for child care.

New Hampshire doesn’t need a business model of education. Our local management, with built-in checks and balances, works well.

Tell your representatives to vote no on SB 193.



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