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Opinion

March 13, 2013

Letter: Don’t give public money to private schools

To the editor:

I have spent many years advocating for adequate state aid to education. I support public schools, and public charter schools, because they are accountable to the state, and the towns in their use of precious state and local money.

In contrast, the voucher bill passed last legislative session allows for private schools to receive state money without any such accountability. It will take millions of dollars from local public schools. The result will be a reduction in local programs or a raise in local property taxes. State senators Nancy Stiles and Russell Prescott should support HB 370, which repeals this voucher bill.

I have heard Sen. Stiles’ argument that it is not a good idea to repeal a law passed in the last term in the very next session, because this is too short a time. But this law is unique because it directs a sizable portion of revenue away from the general fund, that would have been used for public schools, and it does it immediately, at this time of revenue crisis.

This revenue crisis makes it even more essential to maximize funding to local public schools and public charter schools that serve, and serve well, the great majority of children here in New Hampshire. I believe Sen. Stiles’ constituents will hold her, and Sen. Prescott, responsible when their local districts suffer revenue losses if they do not modify their stance and support HB 370.

Kim Casey

East Kingston

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