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Senate Republicans Pass School Voucher Bill

Contact Name: Marina Altschiller

Phone: (603) 271-3207

CONCORD – Today, in a 3-2 party line vote, Republican members of the Senate Education Committee voted Ought to Pass on SB 130, a flawed piece of legislation to create a school voucher program in New Hampshire. SB 130 is a near mirror bill to HB 20 which was unanimously retained by the House Education Committee.

After the vote, Senate Education Committee members Senator Jay Kahn (D-Keene) and Senator Sue Prentiss (D-West Lebanon) issued the following statements:

“Today, Senate Republicans passed so called ‘education freedom accounts,’ spending public money on private and religious educations, but refused to approve funds for communities with the lowest property valuations per pupil and the highest education tax rates,” stated Senator Jay Kahn (D-Keene). “There were no victories for New Hampshire taxpayers in these decisions, only higher property taxes.”

“SB 130 is a flawed bill that does nothing to improve the quality of our education system,” added Senator Sue Prentiss (D-West Lebanon). “New Hampshire overwhelmingly rejects the idea of school vouchers, as illustrated by the fact that 3,200 out of 3,700 people signed up in opposition to SB 130. Today’s vote directly contradicts the will of New Hampshire voters while directly harming our public schools.”



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