Democratic Town Committee
WINDHAM INDEPENDENT NEWS
THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 9, 2021
Public Education on the Hot Seat:
Myth vs Fact
Who do we claim to be in this country?
For decades, there has been a coordinated attempt to dismantle public education nationwide. Now these attempts are succeeding in New Hampshire with this year's passing of one of the most comprehensive private school voucher programs in the country, disingenuously called “Education Freedom Accounts” (EFA). All four of Windham's State Representatives and Windham’s State Senator voted in favor of this program. Numerous other Republican-run state legislatures have also recently created EFA programs, including Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, and West Virginia.
School vouchers, in a nutshell, redirect public money to private institutions (which are often religious, ignoring the First Amendment clause separating church and state.) They undermine the fundamental promise of a quality, equitable education for all students, as private schools often discriminate based on factors like religion, disability, and sexual orientation, and public schools are required to serve all students.
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