New Hampshire Senate Passes School Choice Bill !!
- Hello freedom friends,
I just received this email update from the Friedman Foundation. Huge
step in the "Correct" direction, in my opinion, but I share the valid
concern (as does Friedman and other fine libertarians) of excess
government control over the use of school vouchers. On a positive
note, food stamps have not destroyed the quality and variety of
supermarkets, let's work hard to ensure vouchers do not destroy the
quality and variety of private/home schooling. As your U.S.
congressional representative, I'll vote to keep the Federal
government COMPLETELY out of education (which should please my good
friend and advisor Brian Christeson).
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INDIANAPOLIS Today, the New Hampshire Senate passed a bill that
would create the state's first school choice program, giving nearly
1,000 low and middle income students the opportunity to attend a
school that meets their educational needs.
"The New Hampshire Senate took a giant first step towards empowering
families with educational options," said Robert Enlow, executive
director of the Friedman Foundation. "During our three years of
working alongside local leaders in New Hampshire, we've seen the
Granite State take tremendous strides forward in its fight for
Senate Bill 131 creates a new type of school choice program, which is
a hybrid between traditional state-funded school vouchers and
scholarship tax credits. The state will set up a non-profit called
the 21st Century Scholars Fund, a public-private venture that will be
dedicated to providing scholarships to students to attend a school of
their choice. The legislature will then appropriate $2 million in
direct aid, while also making $500,000 in tax credits available to
individual or corporate tax payers who make donations to the fund.
"Senators Carl Johnson, Chuck Morse, Dick Green and Bob Clegg have
proven their dedication to improving education in the Granite State,"
Enlow said. "Without leadership like theirs, and the determination of
the many long-time supporters of school choice, the future of New
Hampshire's children would be tied to an educational system that is
stuck in the past."
The bill now goes to the House, which in addition the acting on SB
131 will also be working on several of its own school choice measures.
About The Milton and Rose D. Friedman Foundation
The Milton and Rose D. Friedman Foundation
http://www.friedmanfoundation.org , dubbed "the nation's leading
voucher advocates" by the Wall Street Journal, is a non-profit
organization established in 1996. The origins of the foundation lie
in the Friedmans' long-standing concern about the serious
deficiencies in America's elementary and secondary public schools.
The best way to improve the quality of education, they believe, is to
enable all parents with the freedom to choose the schools that their
children attend. The Friedman Foundation builds upon this vision,
clarifies its meaning to the public and amplifies the national call
for true education reform through school choice.