HRA statement on Funding for Charter Schools

Date Issued: 
Wednesday, March 19, 2014

For Immediate Release
Contact: Carol McGuire

The House Republican Alliance comments on HB435, a bill to help fund charter schools and choice in education. The bill was referred for Interim Study.

"The money for new charter schools to open has been available since the budget passed. The money we are spending on charter schools is only about 2% of the education trust fund. Charter school students should not be treated as second class students; paying taxes with no benefit plus tuition, yet receiving inferior funding from the State," stated Rep. Ken Weyler, Kingston.

Rep Ralph Boehm, Litchfield, stated, "Charter schools now operate with about 1/3 of what traditional public schools receive for funding and provide an opportunity for choice in education that is sought out by many families. It is sad that the New Hampshire House of Representatives does not believe in the value that charter schools offer to our next generation."