From a Rep.

posted May 13, 2012, 1:30 PM by Bill Duncan   [ updated May 14, 2012, 4:05 AM ]
From the Legislator

The key element to the Tax Credit Scholarship Bill that this emailer fails to recognize is that ONLY the parents of children in public schools will (and should) determine if this is a bad bill or even if it is simply not needed.  If parents choose not to apply for the scholarships, then nothing happens.  No harm to the state.  No credits given to businesses who donate.  And if no children leave the public school, the state continues to pay the adequacy payments to the school district.   No one is forced to use the scholarships.  No one is forced to attend a private school or home school or even another out-of-district public school.  Parents decide to make those choices. 
She says, "Low income families would not be able to supplement the $ 2,500 voucher to pay New Hampshire private school tuitions."   With all due respect, Isn't that up to the low income families to decide if they can afford it?   But three points Ms. Merriam fails to see.....  
One:  The $ 2,500 scholarship is the AVERAGE scholarship amount.  Some will be higher, some lower. 
Two:  Other states, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island for example, have lower average scholarships than this program and they have found it to be workable.  So what is different about NH?
Three: Private school's regularly discount their tuitions to low income people.  Very few pay "sticker price." 
It is clear to me that this emailer is doing exactly what she accuses Friedman Foundation of doing........intentionally misrepresenting. 


Rep. y is right that the decision of whether to apply for a tax credit-funded voucher is up the to parents (and the private schools who decide whether to accept them).  The problem is, New Hampshire voters and taxpayers don't want the program and would be left with the bill for a very bad piece of legislation.

Response 2

I respectfully disagree.  What this bill does, first and foremost, is divert what would be public revenue away from supporting our public institutions and puts it into the hands of private institutions which have little to no public oversight.  There are many ways to help low income families without in turn potentially causing harm to our public schools.