The Alliance for the Separation of School & State, the only company authorized by the State of New Hampshire to receive public tax dollars diverted away from the State’s general fund, “stands as a legacy to Marshall Fritz, founder of the organization and pioneer in the field of modern freedom in education” quotes their website.
It is safe to say, after reviewing the online presence of the Alliance and its late founder that their existence is solely based ending public education in America.
In an article titled Four Ways Vouchers Harm Education, written by the Alliance’s founder Marshall Fritz, he wrote strongly against the use of vouchers, tax credits and charter schools as methods to obtain his goal.
He wrote, “All tax-credit systems proposed to-date are camouflaged vouchers that affect a wealth transfer from the haves to the have-nots.” He believed that “charter schools are just public schools on a slightly longer leash. A dog on a long leash is still a dog on a leash.”
He stated that “vouchers come with strings attached” that soon turn into chains and prevent cost breakthroughs at private schools since “who is going to invent a high quality $2,000 a year school if the voucher is for $4,000?”
But most disturbing was his assertion that not everyone belongs in a private school, even if given the means to pay for such an education. He wrote, “Vouchers blindfold the private school admissions office, resulting in increasing the number of troublemakers to unmanageable proportions.”
We can only assume who he meant when he spoke of “troublemakers,” but clearly they were the bearers of vouchers and not from the privileged or affluent families who could already afford private education.
It is to the organization founded by this man that members of the New Hampshire Senate plan on giving millions of dollars, rightfully due the State of New Hampshire, to disperse as the Alliance sees fit to privatize public education in the Granite State. One is left to wonder how they will weed out, or distribute the “troublemakers” who apply for aid.
The great accomplishment of public education is the promise that in exchange for public financing, public schools will educate all the children of this nation regardless of their circumstances. The voucher program in New Hampshire turns that promise on its head, giving public tax dollars to the Alliance to pay for the private education of only those children they select and deem worthy, you know the “non-troublemakers”.
We hope that members of the New Hampshire Senate look very closely at the group selected to administer the privatization of education in our state before they vote to proceed with the program.