By Michelle Levell
The New Hampshire chapter of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) is promoting a robo-petition intended to dissuade New Hampshire legislators from helping children get the education that is the right fit for them. This teachers union spent over $37 million on lobbying and political activity in the 2015 fiscal year alone.
Teacher union leaders see dollar signs when they see children and want all the money to stay only at public schools, whether or not the kids receive a good education. This is why they are promoting an online petition to spam legislators regarding SB 193, a proposed Education Savings Account bill.
Think about it – while many public school teachers refer children with need to school choice education options, this mega union is lobbying directly against children’s education, spending thousands and thousands of dollars in the small state of New Hampshire.
Supporting our New Hampshire students means giving them the best opportunity to thrive. One size does not fit all when it comes to clothing, so why would anyone presume one-size-fits-all magically works in education? It defies logic and puts an unreasonable expectation on public schools.
Study after study shows that school choice benefits all students, including those remaining in public schools. A separate meta-analysis of studies confirms these results. Jason Bedrick, formerly with the Cato Institute, explained that school choice programs improve educational outcomes. He said that the meta-analysis showed “highly statistically significant, educationally meaningful achievement gains of several months of additional learning from school choice.”
Let parents — those who know the children best — decide where their children should be educated. For some that may mean a public school. For others it may mean a private school, or home education. It could be a better fit to take online classes, or the student may benefit from special tutoring and other resources. The Education Savings Account (ESA) program can put these options within reach.