AS THE SON of two New Hampshire educators and a proud graduate of Manchester public schools, I was raised to believe in the promise of public education. And for my three children, public schools should provide them the same opportunity and promise. But it is clear that Governor Chris Sununu and Republicans in the State House do not believe in strong public schools. At every opportunity Sununu has undermined our public education system and now he has signed a budget that has disastrous implications for our students, educators, and communities.

Sununu’s budget introduces a voucher program that diverts taxpayer dollars from public schools to private and religious schools. That means when a child enrolls in a private or religious school, or is homeschooled, the state will send those families a check. School districts will lose between $4,000 and $5,000 per child that leaves the district. Meanwhile, the average cost of private school tuition in New Hampshire is $19,500. This plan that siphons money from our public schools won’t even help many families afford private school tuition.

Jon Morgan (D) is chairman of Amplify New Hampshire, an advocacy and state accountability non-profit. He lives in Brentwood, where he is a selectman.

Tuesday, August 09, 2022

IN HER recent op-ed “A pro-lifer and a pro choicer do lunch”, Mona Charen posits that easily available and inexpensive contraception would reduce the number of unwanted pregnancies and thus reduce the number of abortions. This might work in a small number of cases. However, if the contracept…

Monday, August 08, 2022

WHAT DEFINES a community? Is it a location, a value system, a bit of both? Should something be called a “community center” when the people who live there don’t want it? Can you claim to be building “community” when you don’t inform abutters, the residents who would be most impacted?

Sunday, August 07, 2022
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Thursday, August 04, 2022

WALKING DOWN a grocery aisle in Concord, it’s clear to see that costs are on the rise in New Hampshire. I hear about these costs all the time from my constituents, friends, and neighbors. As a working parent, I see the impact every single day on our family budget. The cost to fill up our gas…

Wednesday, August 03, 2022

I CAN’T SPEAK to all of the misstatements in Kathleen Sullivan’s recent hit piece on the Free State Project (FSP), but I can correct the ones she made regarding the Town of Croydon. These corrections can be verified by looking at the minutes or recordings of the relevant meetings.

Tuesday, August 02, 2022