Letter: Charter school grant should be approved

Published: 2/18/2020 12:01:34 AM

Rejecting the $46 million public charter school grant could cost taxpayers up to $178 million over the next 10 years, according to a new report from the Department of Education. This is a costly mistake that New Hampshire families cannot afford, fiscally or opportunistically.

The in-depth study, performed as a result of the fiscal committee’s decision to twice vote down the highest grant in the country of its kind, concludes many things. First, a conservative savings estimate of $60 million to taxpayers over the next decade if the grant is approved by the committee.

These savings will help lower property taxes. As we all know, property taxes are the highest tax most residents of New Hampshire have to pay, and the majority of our property tax bill goes to education. Every taxpayer should fully support innovative ways to improve education while decreasing costs. As our population ages, and our school enrollment falls, it is imperative to the long-term viability of our state’s economy to minimize and streamline costs.

Second, the opportunity to provide expanded education opportunities for up to 4,000 more Granite State students cannot be understated in its importance. New Hampshire public charter schools are able to provide an education that meets the unique needs of individual students. These students more often than not outperform their traditional public school counterparts in most subject matters.

It’s time the fiscal committee saw the light and approved this important grant, to support Granite State education.

CHRISTOPHER MAIDMENT

Peterborough




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