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NH Voucher Bill Needs to Address One Key Question: Why Aren’t “New” Funds Being Used to Address Inequity?

January 23, 2018

Our local newspaper today features an article by a local reporter who looked at the benefits of SB193, a bill designed to provide de facto vouchers to parents. The article profiled a homeschooling parent and a local priest who hopes to open a parochial school in a nearby community, Claremont, that is involved in a lawsuit seeking equitable state funding. The article led to me writing a letter to the editor, which is pasted below:

Rob Wolfe’s article in Tuesday’s Valley News understates the adverse impact to public education that will result from the passage of SB 193, the New Hampshire bill establishing education savings accounts for students. His article overlooks one key question: How can legislators who claim there is no money available to address the lawsuits dealing with inequitable funding of public education in New Hampshire suddenly find funds for “stabilization grants” to underwrite vouchers for homeschoolers and private and parochial schools? I believe advocates for SB 193 need to explain to cash-strapped public schools like Claremont where the additional funding for “stabilization grants” will come from and why that additional funding isn’t being used to help those public schools who have been shortchanged for years.

 

 

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