Citizens divided on granting state funds to parents for private or home-school education - 295 participants

Feb 25, 2017

SB 193 is a "school choice" bill which would give parents of New Hampshire school-aged children who are not attending traditional public schools the option to establish education savings accounts, funded with the equivalent of the state portion of per-pupil education aid. Read more about this issue. On February 25, Citizens Count, NH’s Live Free or Die Alliance decided to put the issue to its Facebook members, posting the question, “Should NH parents be granted a portion of state funds to pay educational expenses for private or home-schooled students?”

“Should NH parents be granted a portion of state funds to pay educational expenses for private or home-schooled students?”

Results: Yes or No Respondents

School Choice New Hampshire Citizen Voices Chart

Participation: 295 participants gave 994 responses

A total of 94% of those participating gave a ‘yes or no’ response to the question. The remaining 6% of participants engaged in the discussion but did not give a ‘yes or no’ response. In total, 295 individuals from New Hampshire contributed a total of 994 responses or reactions to this question. Click here for details on our methodology.

[Note: Citizens Count NH also received additional comments from 25 individuals from outside New Hampshire.]

What Participants Said:

No: A slight majority, at 54% of ‘yes or no’ respondents, were opposed to granting parents a portion of state funds to pay educational expenses for private or home-schooled students.  

  • “School funding is for public schools. If you want to send your kid to private school, or [are] homeschooling them, the financial responsibility is yours and yours alone.”
  • “Despite going to private school and sending one child to private school, I still feel it is the responsibility of a democracy to support public education. I believe [this bill] will weaken the public schools.”
  • “This helps some kids while reducing funding in schools for the rest. Rather, work to ensure quality education for all kids.”

Yes: The minority of ‘yes or no’ respondents, at 46%, were in favor of granting parents a portion of state funds to pay educational expenses for private or home-schooled students. 

  • “I want my money to go towards the school and education I believe is best for my children.”
  • “Yes. Home school or private school parents are saving the taxpayers an average of $12,000 a year per child. And in most cases, doing a much better job than the failed experiment called public education.”
  • “School choice strengthens schools. It does not weaken them.”

Other: As noted above, 6% of those participating did not give a ‘yes or no’ response, instead addressing their comments to related questions and issues. These included:  

  • Indecision: “I’m for school choice but not sure about this question.”
  • Non-parents: “What about people with no kids that are still paying the tax?”
  • Public education in general: “The government should get out of the education business.”

*Editor selection of actual participant quotes. 

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SB 191 (2017)
Bill Status: Signed by Governor
Hearing date: May 09, 2017

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