To The Daily Sun,
Our public education system is funded by the public, and it benefits the public. In essence, it exemplifies the principles of democracy and freedom that are the cornerstones of our society.
Some people want to create a system that weakens the quality of public schooling our children receive. Students would attend private schools partly funded by tax dollars or diverted revenue and they would cut much needed resources to teach children in our public schools.
The Koch brothers funded Americans for Prosperity is leading this assault on public education. That organization has even inserted itself into local school board races around the country to advance its extreme agenda aimed at dismantling public education.
Incumbent, and seeking re-election, Glenn Cordelli is on board with the Koch brothers extreme agenda and is supported by and champions this organization's goals. He received an A-plus rating from this group and was quoted on a local blog saying, "I am very proud of the recent A-plus rating from Americans for Prosperity for 2016."
As a candidate for the New Hampshire House representing Carroll County District 04, Moultonborough, Tuftonboro and Sandwich, I will oppose any effort to dismantle our public education system. I will reject outside groups that try to inject their ideology into our local government and school systems. I will fully support our locally controlled public schools.
All three towns that comprise our House district have excellent school systems. I would urge any concerned citizen to seek out members of their school administration and local school board members, and ask them what their schools under our local control and funded by our tax dollars are doing to continually improve the quality of our children's education. The answer I am sure will be quite a lot, and that they will hold up their work to that of any private school. They deserve our full support.
Any funding diverted from our schools will impact each and every taxpayer on their tax bill. New Hampshire has had its hands in our pockets in the not too distant past, (remember donor towns?) using our hard-earned tax dollars to pay for the education of students in other parts of the state. That is wrong and I will strongly oppose any efforts to divert any of our tax dollars away from our local schools and our local control.
Paul T. Punturieri
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