My Turn: SB 193 is a threat to public education and democracy

Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 12:46:12 AM. On Nov. 8, after a lengthy caucus discussion of Senate Bill 193, the school voucher bill, New Hampshire House Education Chair Rick Ladd announced that the vote on this bill would be delayed until today, Nov. 14. Why should you care? I believe every...
On Nov. 8, after a lengthy caucus discussion of Senate Bill 193, the school voucher bill, New Hampshire House Education Chair Rick Ladd announced that the vote on this bill would be delayed until today, Nov. 14. Why should you care? I believe every single taxpayer and citizen of our democracy should care because SB 193, patterned on bills introduced in state legislatures across the nation, is designed to take your tax dollars, money the state would ordinarily provide per pupil, to pay for home-schooling, or private or religious schools chosen by parents but not seriously regulated or overseen by any of us who will have invested our money in them. No principal or superintendent or school board will be available to you to discuss any concerns or recommendations regardless of the fact that your tax dollars will be used to support that private educational enterprise. Your tax dollars will be given directly to parents, who meet eligibility requirements, to spend as they choose, even if that means paying for religious education for their child. New Hampshire’s school voucher bill, called a parental choice bill by its supporters, is part of a national movement that will gradually but surely drain tax dollars from local public schools and invest them in private education over which taxpayers will have virtually no oversight or control. Gov. Chris Sununu, noting that there are underperforming schools and that not every child is successful in winning a charter school lottery, suggested...Read more
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