Letter: Vouchers inserted into NH budget

Published: 4/10/2021 11:00:17 AM

A recent UNH poll and remote testimony at public hearings for school vouchers shows great opposition to bills that would use tax dollars for private, religious or home schools. Nevertheless a form of these bills will be included in the 2021-2022 NH budget where the bill’s impact on the state and local budgets will receive little if any debate. Sen. Jeb Bradley used a parliamentary maneuver to table SB 130 after it was approved on a party line vote, a tricky move to finally get vouchers passed even against public opposition.

For those unaware of what the voucher bills HB 20 and SB 130 propose, they want the state to give $4,800 or more to students who are already in or want to go to a non-public school or want to be home schooled. The expected new cost to do this is about $60 million based on the amount of money needed to fund the new students who are now not accounted for in the school formula. Add to this, local budgets will lose their state per pupil aid for each child who leaves their district. Call or write your representatives to ask them to take this bill out of the budget because we will not know what it will costs or how our local school and property taxes will be impacted.

Kathleen Malsbenden

Newmarket


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