Response from Legislator
You should not have to use a canned petitioned response to a bill. New Hampshire’s schools second best? By whose accounting? Your one size fits all (public school system) from your Federal Department of Education (Arne Duncan) admits an expected failure rate of students across the country of 82%. New Hampshire is heading on a path of educational mediocrity, much like New Jersey. The New Jersey Supreme Court mandated high cost per pupil (much like NH) in poorer “abbott schools” and had little results except bankrupting the state. SB 372/HB 1607 will be minuscule aid to families and will have little affect on the $2.8 billion dollars spent on public education. For your information, the 5400 known homeschoolers save the state over $75 million per year. In his book, “Free to Choose”, Friedman supports economic freedom and not bureaucratic entities to form our educational philosophies. This concept gives parents a choice and that is the most “local control” of their child’s success. Private schools in many cases spend much less per pupil with better results. If you accept the status quo, then our kids will be significantly shortchanged over the long haul..
Sorry for the mass email but, with the Friedman Foundation making such a big investment in misleading New Hampshire legislators, it was the best we could do on short notice.
On the question of the quality of New Hampshire schools, there can be little doubt that our schools are among the best in the country. That high "failure rate" is not really an indication of the quality of our schools. A school can "fail" is only a couple of children or a small group fail to achieve yearly progress.
Vouchers are sometimes part of the solution for bad schools but that's not the case here. Our schools are much better than those in New Jersey, as you can tell by following the links on this page.
SB372 is small at first, $3.4 million in tax credits, but grows by 50% between the first and second years and could grow at 25% per year thereafter. If the program grew at the rate allow in the bill, it could have issued $130 million in tax credits in its first 10 years. That money would come out of the state coffers or the local property tax. Either way, it would not be good.
Milton Friedman wanted to shut down the public school system and replace it with a system of private schools (see Public Schools: Make Them Private). That is what we object to and what we think New Hampshire legislators should vote against.
The Voucher Debate >