Published DateTo the editor,
I think Senator Hosmer set a new record for hypocrisy in one letter on Thursday. For the layperson, the state of N.H. pays school districts a stipend for each student in attendance. The student leaves, the payment stops. Simple. The senator says he worries about the damage to the public schools financially when a possible 1,400 kids from low to moderate income families leave their assigned public school with a School Choice scholarship but he has a problem.... you see, N.H. has 10,000 wealthy kids (mom and dad pay the tuition) currently attending private schools. No stipend gets paid for any of those kids. Four of these wealthy kids have the same last name as his.
So, Senator, why aren't your kids causing the same "damage" to the schools when they attend their private religious schools? You seem to be causing the same downshifting of costs onto the taxpayer that you say is a valid reason to oppose this scholarship program.
Lastly, a campaign video said you and your wife send four kids to private school to get what you called "a superior education". My question is, why can your kids get this superior education while poor kids have to stay in their assigned public schools? The Commissioner of Education said two weeks ago that 72 percent of our public schools in N.H. are not meeting Annual Yearly Progress. I want ALL kids to have access to that same superior educational opportunity just like your kids have. Is that so bad?