NHGOP Chairman Stephen Stepanek Statement on the New Hampshire Democrat Assault on School Choice

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

February 5, 2019

CONTACT:
Joe Sweeney
603-225-9341
Joe@nhgop.org

Concord, NH - NHGOP Chairman Stephen Stepanek released the following statement regarding the New Hampshire Democrat proposed House Bill 632-FN, repealing the Educational Tax Credit program:

"This Democrat proposed repeal of our Educational Tax Credit program is a shameful attack on New Hampshire’s low-income families pursuing school choice options for their children. The scholarship program lowers the cost of education to taxpayers while enabling students to receive the education they deserve and need. In the current school year, 413 New Hampshire students have received scholarships as a result of Educational Tax Credits - a repeal of this tax credit program will force many of these students back into a public education system that already failed them."

"When it comes to education, we know that one size does not fit all - expanding school choice and opportunity should be the goal of the New Hampshire Legislature, while a vote to repeal the program via House Bill 632 restricts choice and harms our students."

Facts:

Average state-wide public education cost of almost $16,000 per student in NH, allowing a child to attend a private school with an average cost to educate in NH of $7,500 represents, in itself, a $8,500 savings.

16% of scholarship recipients have special needs.

62% of recipients are at the "free & reduced" income level for school lunch.

In total, 877 students have received scholarships since the program started in 2013.

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