As a believer in public education, I’m writing to alert you to a move in Concord that would take tax dollars away from public schools and send them to religious schools and other private education alternatives.
The move is profoundly un-American, which helps to explain why it didn’t even make it to the floor of the House earlier this year. But proponents of the measure – Senate Bill 193 – are pressing on with revisions. A subcommittee meeting has been scheduled for October 24, the full House Education Committee plans to vote on November 8.
I ask that you consider attending those two events, both of which are scheduled for room 207 of the Legislative Office Building just across the street from the State House. The Oct. 24 meeting starts at 10 a.m.; the Nov. 8 voting session begins at 9:30 a.m. Neither event allows for public testimony, but a strong attendance will count.
It’s a matter of social justice. In a state where fully 93 percent of young people are educated in public schools, it makes no sense to divert public tax dollars to what is essentially unregulated and unaccountable private schooling.
Worse, mere days ahead of the hearing, revisions to Senate Bill 193 are incomplete, so it’s impossible to accurately gauge the impact on public schools were the bill to become law. It’s a wrong-headed rush job.
Want more information? Check out this short video clip about Senate Bill 193 that was prepared by Monadnock United 2018, an independent citizens group in Nelson, NH: https://youtu.be/Q8O-y5-
Want to act? If you share my concerns about the bill, right now you can:
- Let the members of the House Education Committee know your feelings: http://www.gencourt.
- Add your name to a letter to Gov. Chris Sununu and the Liegislature that’s is copied below.
For Monadnock United 2018