Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Voucher Mania Spreads to New Hampshire: Is This a Sign That Public Education Advocates in Other States Should Brace Themselves?
That expansive voucher programs found a receptive audience in Nevada and Arizona's legislatures is not altogether surprising. When similar programs gain steam in places like New Hampshire, it is worth taking serious notice. The AP reports that a sweeping voucher bill breezed through the state's senate. "The legislation would allow any public school student to use roughly $3,500 in tax dollars to attend a private or religious school or use the money on homeschooling, tutoring or other expenses. It would be one of the nation's broadest school choice bills, similar to programs that have passed in Arizona and Nevada." Fortunately, the bill has slowed up in the state house. "The Republican-controlled House Education Committee is likely to retain the bill Tuesday, meaning it won't get a vote until next year." The governor has also expressed reservations.