DEMOCRATS RESPOND TO EXECUTIVE COUNCIL TAKING ON UNSUSTAINABLE CHARTER SCHOOL FUNDING GRANT

DEMOCRATS RESPOND TO EXECUTIVE COUNCIL TAKING ON UNSUSTAINABLE CHARTER SCHOOL FUNDING GRANT

CONCORD, NEW HAMPSHIRE – Yesterday, the Executive Council voted 4-1 for the state Department of Education to accept a federal grant for charter school startups. Last term, the Fiscal Committee rejected the grant citing concerns over how the grant would impact existing charter and public schools. In response to the vote, Former Fiscal Committee Chair Rep. Mary Jane Wallner (D-Concord) released the following statement:


“Last year, the Fiscal Committee had grave concerns about accepting start-up funding to double the number of charter schools in New Hampshire while 25% of seats in existing charters remained vacant and the Department of Education failed to answer questions surrounding the sustainability of funding new schools. Today, those concerns persist and are even increased by the harsh strain that COVID-19 has undoubtedly put on taxpayers, our state budget and on public education. It is more important now than ever to fight to sustain the record-setting school funding that Democrats in the legislature achieved in the last state budget and ensure that taxpayers do not have to pick up the tab for unsustainable expansion.”

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