Children have one chance at their K-12 education and all students, regardless of their zip codes and income levels, deserve the opportunity for an education that fits their unique needs and goals. As a state, we have an obligation to support children, not only one potential provider of their education. Each child’s education and future matters.
New Hampshire has the opportunity to put more options within reach for low-income children with Senate Bill 193, the Education Savings Account (ESA) bill. ESAs are funds that children receive to a designated account that are used for specified educational purposes. Approved uses may include textbooks, online classes, tutoring, testing, AP classes, dual-enrollment courses, private school tuition, homeschool expenses, and other education-related fees. ESAs will benefit the most vulnerable in our communities who otherwise cannot access options. Even if the pilot ESA program can only help a few hundred children, it still makes a big impact on their individual lives.
Below is a letter we received from a Manchester father and business owner who supports the Education Savings Account (ESA) bill, SB 193.
I am a Manchester parent of four daughters who have attended public, private, and charter schools at various stages of their education. No single system was best for each child and no single system was best for each grade level for each child:
Amanda – Private elementary, public middle, public high
Jacqueline – Public elementary, public middle, public high
Paige – Public elementary, charter middle, charter high
Jenna – Public elementary, charter middle, T.B.D.
As you can see, there has been quite a mixture of education choices. I was fortunate to be able to mix and match the best education opportunity at different stages of my daughters’ academic lives. I’m not anti-public school any more than I am anti-private school or anti-charter school. Each has its pros and cons.
Please remember that a child only gets one shot at third grade or seventh grade or freshman year. It’s important that we afford parents the opportunity to find the best fit for their child at every stage of their academic life.