Earlier this week, Gov. John Lynch vetoed Senate Bill 372, which would create a school voucher program granting tax credits to fund scholarships for students attending private schools, religious schools and home schools.
An editorial in today’s Portsmouth Herald calls it “possibly the worst piece of legislation passed by the House and Senate this session” and implores lawmakers to let the veto stand.
Frankly, the bill is baffling. If parents want to send their students to non-public schools, that is their right. But the state has no obligation to fund this family education decision. The state’s responsibility is to the vast majority of students who attend its public schools, and part of that responsibility is to fund them, not make a bad situation worse by taking money away.