House Republican Leaders Comment on Committee Vote on Bill to Repeal School Choice Law

CONCORD – Today House Republican Leader Gene Chandler (R-Bartlett) and House Republican Policy Leader Laurie Sanborn (R-Bedford) issued the following statements in reaction to the House Ways & Means committee vote on HB 370, a bill that would repeal the education tax credit program enacted in 2012. The committee voted 10-7, along party lines, to recommend the bill ought to pass.

House Republican Leader Gene Chandler (R-Bartlett)

“Needless to say I’m disappointed in the committee recommendation. Choice in education should not be available only to the rich and no parent should be forced to send a child to a school that does not meet the child’s needs. The School Choice Bill we passed last year gives more options to students and parents, protects local property taxpayers and gives businesses the chance to ensure a strong workforce in the future. We need to protect choice in education, empower families and give this program a chance to succeed. We will work with the Senate to defeat this bill and ensure this program has an opportunity to prove itself.”

House Republican Policy Leader Laurie Sanborn (R-Bedford)

“No child learns exactly the same and each child has his or her talents and strengths. Unfortunately, other than the choice to uproot and move to a different school district, most middle class families have lacked choice in education, which is a barrier preventing many children from achieving their full potential. It’s a real shame the committee voted today to take that opportunity away from our state’s lower income families. Parents know their children best and we should allow families to make choices together that are in the best interest of individual students.”