Where do NH citizens stand on charter school funding? – 104 citizens, 488 responses

May 16, 2015

With the future of any increase in funding for charter schools in doubt based on the current budget proposal recently passed by the NH Senate, on May 16 the Live Free or Die Alliance (LFDA) asked Facebook members to weigh in, posing the question, “Do you support increasing funding for NH charter schools?” 

A total of 77% of respondents answered the question either directly or with a concurrence, and of these a 57% majority did not support an increase in charter school funding with 43% in favor. Of the remaining respondents, 20% opted to discuss the subject in broader terms and 3% commented on unrelated issues. In sum, 104 citizens participated in this discussion with a total of 488 responses. 

The majority opposed to a funding increase argued that charter schools syphon money that is required elsewhere. “It's a private school, basically,” noted one respondent. “Why are we funding charter schools at all? Public schools need the tax money.” Others stated that it is the responsibility of the parents who choose to send their kids to charter schools to pay for them. “If people choose to send their children to charter schools or private schools, then that is their choice and they need to cover the cost themselves.”

Out of respondents who said they would support such an increase in funding, several argued that charter schools fill an important role. “If public education is unable to give my children what they need, academically, socially or disciplinary, let me put them where they need to be,” remarked one woman. Added another respondent, “These schools are better than the traditional system. I'm paying for it either way so why not give them the funding they need.”

For those who did not provide a direct “yes” or “no” to the question, several debated the merits of various educational initiatives, including No Child Left Behind. Others questioned the public school system in general, including one gentleman who remarked, “We need school choice now. Public schools have become a joke…Time to overhaul the extremely broken system.” 

Click here to read the full Facebook discussion for this question. 

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