Network for Educational Opportunity - New Hampshire Office

posted Jan 10, 2012, 10:38 AM by Bill Duncan   [ updated Sep 10, 2012, 6:51 AM ]

Alan Schaeffer (same name as Cato staffer but different person) is probably the single staff for this organization but he was here advising the SB 67 committee on how to write the Education Tax Credit bill.

And, as this web page indicates, he says he's set up an office in New Hampshire.  (You go up the steep stairs to a little landing on which face the "Spank Alley Skate and Board Shop, the Read Dual Gym, a PR firm and, at Mr. Schaeffer's address, an office shared by the Coalition of New Hampshire Taxpayers and something called "Grassroots Training Central.")

As the organization's mission statement makes clear, it's all about leaving public schools behind.

We believe parents are the natural and rightful representatives and governors of their children’s preparation for life. They possess a sovereignty that is both a right and a responsibility and outweighs any claim a government may make to the lives of children.

From The Alliance for the Separation of School and State:

"The Short Answer:
    • Government schooling stands in direct opposition to the liberty this country was founded on.
    • It fosters unquestioning obedience, acceptance of authority, herd mentality, and dependency.
    • It manufactures "equality" by lowering standards.
    • It discourages individuality, innovation, curiosity, creativity and overall excellence.
    • It undermines families and other relationships.
    • It undermines religious beliefs, values and morality.
    • It fosters social, psychological, emotional and intellectual dysfunction and promotes immaturity and perpetual adolescence.
    • It makes children the victims of political change, special interests, researchers, unions and social reformers.
    • It undermines the ability of parents to provide their children with the quality and type of education they desire for them."