DNHPE 4/6/12 Update: "I'm a school choice guy, but ultimately somebody's gotta pay and I don't see how to pay for it."

posted Apr 9, 2012, 2:10 AM by Bill Duncan


In the speeches opposing vouchers on the floor of the House last week, here, you can see the focus on fiscal issues over all others.  Here are quotes from Republicans, including very conservative Republicans, I've talked with since the vote.  You can see how adamant they are - in their support for public schools and on the fiscal issue:

"I'm a school choice guy, but ultimately somebody's gotta pay and I don't see how to pay for it.  We can't afford to take it from the schools or have a new tax for the state to pay for it." 

"I don't think we should be giving anyone a break.  If people want to send their kids to private schools, let them.  We don't need to give money to people who could send their kids anyway and hurt the kids who stay behind.  Saying it would only cost a little is horse s--t.  If it cost me anything, I don't want it."

"I believe that public schools are the pillar of American society and must be supported wholeheartedly.  The money should not follow the student.  I'm fully supportive of private education and home schooling, but people need to pay for it themselves, not ask me to pay for it."

"When I hear voucher, I think school budget.  Lose 25 kids at $4,000 per kid and that's real money and taxes go up."

"No! It was going to private schools.  If it were going to public and charter schools, OK, but to private schools, never!"

"I'd never vote for that.  I support public schools and reading!"

SB 372 has been introduced in the House and referred to the Ways and Means Committee.  This will be a good place to testify about the fiscal impact of the bill. HB 1607  has been introduced in the Senate and referred to the Senate Education Committee.   Hearings have not yet been scheduled in either committee.

Overriding local control of school curricula to protect our kids from foreign influences

HB 1403 has been introduced in the Senate and referred to the Education Committee.  See an interesting snippet, here, of Rep. Greg Hill testifying on HB 219 about how important local control is.  He is a sponsor of HB 1403 and strong advocate of overriding the choices made by Bedford, Merrimack Valley and potentially other school boards to use the International Baccalaureate curriculum, 

Lowering Standards

HB 219, The public hearing was last Tuesday.  There was strong testimony against the bill and no support from the public in favor.  The Committee went into executive session right after the public hearings on Tuesday and voted the bill Inexpedient to Legislate, 3-0.