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Letter: Hostile to charter schools

I don’t know what is in the water in Concord, but in the last year the House has gone from strongly supportive of public charter schools to outright hostility. Last week the House Finance Committee continued its assault on charters in a party-line vote to cut about $2.5 million from charter school tuition and leave charter school lease aid at $0.

While public charter school students represent only 1.4 percent of the public school population and the federal government wants to give the state $5.6 million to open new schools, charter students are still perceived as some great threat to the status quo. A gentleman from Democrats for Education Reform was recently quoted as saying, “Hey, if New Hampshire doesn’t want the money, I know states that would love to take it.”

Still, the House isn’t done yet. Legislators have crammed HB 2 full of poison pills for public charter school students. For example, HB 2 would release the Department of Education from its duty to apply for all federal charter school funding. Yes, this is the same agency that can’t accurately project student enrollment, even when it’s written into each charter application. Yes, this is the same agency that was completely unaware that it was statutorily required to include charter school lease aid until I notified it last November.

Now can you imagine what would happen if someone tried to play these games with traditional public schools? It wouldn’t happen. The House knows that a tidal wave of lobbyists would rain down upon it. How many lobbyists do charter schools have? That would be zero.



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"Now can you imagine what would happen if someone tried to play these games with traditional public schools? It wouldn’t happen." YOU'RE ABSOLUTELY CORRECT MATT! Know why???? BECAUSE PUBLIC SCHOOLS ARE DIFFERENT FROM CHARTER SCHOOLS THAT'S WHY!!!

...the difference is that public schools put out a mediocre product at best

Greetings Dan, Just to clarify, charter schools are public schools. If by different you mean that they can’t afford to hire $250,000 a year lobbyists with taxpayer money, then yes I would agree with you. "III. "Chartered public school'' means an open enrollment public school, operated independent of any school board and managed by a board of trustees. A chartered public school shall operate as a nonprofit secular organization under a charter granted by the state board and in conformance with this chapter".

Charter schools are similar to other public schools in that they are subject to some of the rules, regulations, and statutes that apply to other public schools. They are different, however in that they generally have more flexibility than traditional public schools. In exchange for this flexibility, charter schools receive less funding than public schools.

Well Matt, it is difficult to fight the Government-Educational Complex. They have it pretty good, unionized professionals who hold the public hostage and have a monopoly going and it is sanctioned by the government. Now, Dan is right, public schools are different, they offer less of an education and cost more. They embrace mediocrity and the educators are often tenured. Look to the Atlanta cheating scandal that was on the news this morning. Teachers cheating to meet government standards. I think we need to assume that is happening everywhere, not just in Atlanta.

Education is an industry, we live under the control of the Government-Education industrial complex. The unions and those in the industry protect themselves by monopolizing the field. Most of all if a company did this with any other product, it would be prosecuted. These same progressives who defend public education as if it is the only option, excoriate 10-12 major oil companies for monopolizing the energy sector. To me, it is six of one and half dozen of another. But, the real hypocrisy is that government in the latter case gives loans to green companies which fail left and right but to alternative educational choices, they simply can't even give them a chance.

,As long as no money goes to religious schools. The NH Constitution makes that clear

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