I attended a series of House Education Committee hearings yesterday. During a break, a legislator asked me, "Why aren't we hearing more from people?"
This is getting very real. The hearings were on HB 1517, which would withdraw New Hampshire from No Child Left Behind, the Bush administration version of the vital Title I program that our schools have depended on for 50 years. HB 1517 would cost our school districts $61 million per year in federal funding. The chair of the House Education Committee, who wrote the bill, said federal money has too many strings and the school districts would just have to get along without it.
And the Education Tax Credit (school voucher) bills, HB 1607 and SB 372, could be up for floor votes in no time.
Anyone who opposes the effort to replace the public school system with private, religious and home schools needs to be heard now. Call you legislator, regardless of party. Write or call the sponsors of the voucher bills (listed here and here). Write letters to the editor.
And come to Concord next Monday and Tuesday and testify! I know. Most of us have never testified and think, "That's not my thing." But it is easy - not fearsome. You speak for 3 minutes or less. You can hand in written testimony or not. And your weight as a regular citizen who cared enough to come and testify is much greater than that of the every day denizens of Concord.
Do not think it doesn't matter. It matters. Here are the particulars.
Monday is HB 1607 before the House Ways and Means Committee, at 2:00 PM in the Legislative Office Building, Room 202. (Schedule changes and updates appear here.)
The testimony itself is straight forward. I can help you, but the fundamental points are:
Your legislators need to hear from you. They are on a path of replacing New Hampshire public schools with private schools. They need to hear that you don't agree.
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