NEA-NH President Scott McGilvray spoke during two stops of a rolling press conference today to help publicize the importance of passing HB370 – the repeal of school vouchers. Speaking at stops in Portsmouth and Concord, McGilvray stated that “vouchers will take as much as $90 million out of New Hampshire’s public schools over ten years and put it into private, religious and home schools.”
“As elected officials you should be seeking ways to engage and support our neighborhood schools, hold our teachers to high standards, and provide the tools and resources required to ensure that every child succeed, rather than seek ways to dismantle them,” continued McGilvray.
The only firm authorized to collect New Hampshire taxpayer dollars and distribute them to private, religious and home schools is based in California and calls themselves The Alliance for the Separation of School and State. “They have no interest in improving education opportunities for less fortunate students. Their only interest, as stated in their materials and website, is ‘forever ending government involvement in education’.”
“I do not believe the citizens of New Hampshire want their public tax dollars controlled by such an organization.”
NEA-NH believes a vote to allow The Alliance for the Separation of School and State to control the collection and distribution of New Hampshire tax dollars is a vote to privatize public education in this state. “That will be an incredibly difficult record to run on in 2014,” stated McGilvray.