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Six Reasons Why SB 193 Needs To Be Rejected
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1. The proposed voucher system undermines public education: Crucial public tax dollars are diverted to poorly monitored private/religious schools that can pick and choose their students, leaving the neediest behind

2. Special education students are particularly at risk: They have to waive their legal protections in order to use the vouchers.

3. The bill is a budget-buster: While the hastily amended bill promises to reimburse school districts for some of the money they will lose, the source of this funding is unclear and will put further strain on our state budget. If 3%, of students (a conservative prediction) leave their districts, these so-called “freedom savings” accounts will cost our already strained state budget close to 6 million dollars. Where will that money come from? 

4. No proper accountability: The bill has lax standards (well below those required of public schools) for assessing student achievement and the qualifications of private school faculty.

5. No appropriate financial oversight and transparency: The finances of the private schools are not subject to public oversight and the scholarship organization involved has only minimal oversight by a small group of legislators.

6. Use of public money to pay for religious education violates the fundamental Constitutional principle of separation of church and state. There are troubling questions about the selection and religious orientation of the administrative organization involved. See our fact sheet, “Four Troubling Questions about the Children’s Scholarship Fund.”

Four Troubling Questions About SB 193
And The Children’s Scholarship Fund 


1. Testimony at recent hearings indicates that the House Education Committee has apparently decided that the Children’s Scholarship Fund and its NH affiliate will be the recipient of the 5% administrative funds if SB193 passes. What criteria were used in this selection, and is the process open to other organizations? Will there be a Request for Proposals to assure competitive bidding?

2. CSF-NH is apparently the local office of a NY-based organization that would control SB193 administrative funds.  Our reading of the CSF financials indicates that the Sr. VP/CFO earned total compensation of over $290,000 in 2015. Do NH voters want their tax money spent on salaries of out-of-state executives rather than on their children’s public schools?

3. The CSF has spent more than $200,000 on “grassroots lobbying” for its causes in recent years. Should tax dollars be used to promote political agendas rather than public education?  

4. The CSF also operates a scholarship program called the “Giving and Going Alliance (GGA),” which in NH state records is listed as a trade name owned by the Concord Christian Academy Giving and Going Alliance.  GGA's website says its mission is to help children attend faith-based schools.  What is the legal relationship between CSF and GGA, and what assurances do NH taxpayers have that their public school tax dollars will not be used by a faith-based organization to further its own purposes? 

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