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Vote no on Senate Bill 193



Thursday, October 26, 2017

New Hampshire voters from all corners of the state! Save our public schools.

Contact your state representatives and ask them to vote no on SB 193, which was retained by the House Education committee last spring as inexpedient to legislate due to vague promises, a lack of accountability, and constitutional concerns.

In early September, it was taken up again by the House Education subcommittee. The overriding issue: Can a bill which takes public school funds, distributes them with no accountability, is administered by a private, for-profit company, and offers no options for our state's most vulnerable families really benefit New Hampshire?

In presentations to the NH House Education committee, sponsors of the bill continually state that pre-K-12 education in New Hampshire is “terrible,” “very poor,” “inadequate” and “out of touch” with the needs of students. To the contrary, New Hampshire is consistently in the top five, year over year. In 2016, the U.S. News and World Report study places New Hampshire’s pre-K to 12 education at No. 1. There is no accountability built into this bill and oversight is non-existent. When questioned, the sponsors admit they have not addressed these issues. There are no policies or processes in this bill that regulate or audit how money is spent.When questioned, the sponsors admit they have not addressed the accounting concerns. The proposed amount of $3,500 per student per year does not provide an amount that permits an informed choice.

What can you do? Contact school officials, school boards, and PTOs/PTAs in your community and explain your position on this bill. Having their support is crucial. Connect with state representatives of all towns and ask them to vote against this bill if it comes to the floor. Write to every member of the NH House Education committee at gencourt.state.nh.us/house/committees/. Include one or two reasons (see above) why they should vote no.

Carol Roberts is a state representative. She lives in Wilton.