Josiah Bartlett Center applauds Senate passage of School Choice Scholarship Act

By Grant Bosse on March 22, 2012
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“The School Choice Scholarship Act is constitutionally tested, fiscally prudent, and a remarkably powerful tool to improve public education in New Hampshire.”

(CONCORD) The Josiah Bartlett Center for Public Policy applauds the New Hampshire Senate for its 15-9 vote in favor of the School Choice Scholarship Act. SB 372 would establish credits against New Hampshire business taxes for donations towards scholarships for New Hampshire students to choose the public and private school best for them.

“New Hampshire has taken the first step toward providing more children with more opportunity. With only a fraction of 1% of education spending, we can provide new opportunities to thousands of kids who don’t have that opportunity today,” said Josiah Bartlett Center President Charlie Arlinghaus. “This is the most important bill the legislature will pass this year.”

Josiah Bartlett Center Research Fellow Jason Bedrick examined scholarships tax credit programs in several states, and the School Choice Scholarship Act used that research to determine the most effective program design for New Hampshire. According to Bedrick’s report “Choosing to Learn”, similar programs have withstood every legal challenge launched by school choice opponents, and parents participating in scholarship tax credit programs report extremely high satisfaction with them.

“The School Choice Scholarship Act encourages businesses to use private dollars to support families searching for the right school for their children,” Arlinghaus added. “The School Choice Scholarship Act is constitutionally tested, fiscally prudent, and a remarkably powerful tool to improve public education in New Hampshire.”

The School Choice Scholarship Act now heads to the Senate Finance Committee. A companion bill, HB 1607, is under consideration by the House Ways and Means Committee.

READ “Choosing to Learn” at JBartlett.org.

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