The New Hampshire Senate voted to table HB370 this morning effectively killing the bill that would have repealed the misguided voucher law enacted over Governor Lynch’s veto last year. Most notably, Senator Nancy Stiles, who voted against vouchers last year, flip-flopped this morning and voted to table a bill that would repeal a law she did not support last year.
Today’s vote tells the citizens of New Hampshire that Senator Stiles, and those who voted with her, do not mind that millions of New Hampshire tax dollars will be drained from public schools across the state and given to a private California-based company who’s goals include abolishing public education, giving public funds to private and religious schools, and ensuring that “troublemakers” are not allowed into private schools.
The 16,000 voting members of NEA-NH and their families are united in their opposition of a scheme that drains funding from an already underfunded system. The current voucher scheme will take as much as $90 million out of New Hampshire’s public schools over the next ten years and put it into private, religious and home schools – a practice not allowed by our Constitution, and a betrayal of the fiduciary responsibilities and the public trust by those who voted to enact this law, and by those who failed to repeal it this morning.
There is no provision for holding the private, religious and home schools who receive New Hampshire tax dollars under this voucher scheme accountable for their educational results, nor any accountability on the quality of education or the credentials and backgrounds of those in charge of our teaching and caring for our young children.
Earlier this year the House voted 188-151 to repeal vouchers. Governor Hassan’s budget proposal also calls for the repeal of the voucher scheme.