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Union Leader: Opinion: Jon Morgan: Vouchers will damage public education, raise property taxes

In Case You Missed It, the Union Leader published an op-ed by former State Senator and current Brentwood Selectman Jon Morgan about how Chris Sununu’s disastrous budget will funnel millions of dollars in taxpayer money away from public schools and send it to unaccountable private schools — and in the process raise property taxes on New Hampshire families.

Key Excerpts:

  • “It is clear that Governor Chris Sununu and Republicans in the State House do not believe in strong public schools. At every opportunity Sununu has undermined our public education system and now he has signed a budget that has disastrous implications for our students, educators, and communities.”

  • “Sununu’s budget introduces a voucher program that diverts taxpayer dollars from public schools to private and religious schools. That means when a child enrolls in a private or religious school, or is homeschooled, the state will send those families a check. School districts will lose between $4,000 and $5,000 per child that leaves the district.”

  • “The voucher program is estimated to cost towns across our state $70 million according to a study from Reaching Higher New Hampshire. That loss in state education funding will result in higher property taxes for communities across New Hampshire.”

  • “Sununu has also repeatedly attacked funding for our public and higher education systems. He has proposed flat-funding or decreasing funding for colleges in every budget. He delayed COVID-19 funding to public schools so Betsy DeVos could finish drawing up rules to siphon off more money from public schools to private and religious schools. And he has finally succeeded at defunding public schools through this unaccountable voucher system. All of these actions have one goal in common: to undermine public education.”

Read more at Unionleader.com