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Tuesday
Jan142014

NHGOP Statement On Hassan Asking Supreme Court To Uphold Ruling On Education Tax Credits

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ConcordNew Hampshire Republican State Committee Chairman Jennifer Horn released the following statement today in Governor Hassan asking the State Supreme Court to uphold a ruling that deems education tax credits unconstitutional.

 

"Education choice is about parents being able to find the best possible educational opportunities for their children, regardless of family income. We must put an end to the era of allowing zip code to determine educational outcome. The School Choice Bill passed last session leveled the playing field, offering even our poorest students the opportunity to access the educational environment that is best for them.

 

"Governor Hassan's attempt to destroy this worthy program displays an elitist and callous disregard for the most vulnerable students in our community. Private funds, not taxpayer dollars, support Education Opportunity Tax Credit Scholarships raising more than $150,000 to support the students who have applied for them. It is obvious that citizens of New Hampshire are supportive of this critical program and want to see it continued."

Tuesday
Dec102013

NEO Announces 2013 Data Roundup 

NEO Announces 2013 Data Roundup

Scholarship Data Filed with DRA Form ED-05 Show NEO Awarded More Than 100 Financial Need-Based Scholarships Totaling $125k+

Concord, NH - The Network for Educational Opportunity (NEO) announced today that it has filed its 2013 ED-05 form with the state Department of Revenue Administration (DRA), in full compliance with the 2012 education tax credit law that makes education choice more accessible in the Granite State.
 
To parallel its filing with DRA, NEO – the only fully operating K-12 student scholarship organization (SO) operating under the law  - is also publishing the following snapshot of the DRA reported data, its 2013 scholarship contribution and award results.
 
Under the New Hampshire Education Tax Credit Law, corporations that contribute to state approved, tax-exempt, non-profit SOs between January and June of each year can be approved by the NH DRA to offset 85% of their contributions against their state business tax liability (BET or BPT). 
 
SOs like NEO use contributions they raise to provide scholarships to students enrolled in public school who desire to (1) attend a private school, (2) attend an out-of-district public school of their parents’ choice, or (3) for homeschooling expenses. SOs may also award scholarships to school-aged students with household incomes of 300% of the federal poverty guideline or below, whether they currently attend a private school, an out-of-district public school, or home school.
 
Highlights of NEO’s 2013 ED-05 already filed with DRA include the following data:
 
·      NEO awarded more than 100 financial need-based scholarships totaling more than $125,000 to highly deserving children under the Education Tax Credit program.
 
·      Approximately 90% of the scholarship recipients qualified for free or reduced priced lunch.
 
·      Scholarships were awarded based on highest financial need within the metrics provided in the New Hampshire Education Tax Credit law.
 
·      The average scholarship awarded to each schooled student was $2,474, with the balance of tuition costs being paid by scholarship families together with other financial aid provided by private schools.
 
·      The average value of the homeschool scholarship awarded was $215 and NEO awarded 56 scholarships to high-need families for homeschooling materials.
 
·      1,000-plus children applied for scholarships showing a clear need among New Hampshire families to receive scholarships and the opportunity for NEO to grow to assist many more children in the years to come.
 
·      Scholarship awards from contributions to NEO resulted in children attending schools with better educational settings and outcomes.
 
·      More than 100 corporations or individuals contributed to NEO in 2013.
 
For more information about the Network for Educational Opportunity and its scholarship program visit www.networkforeducation.org
Tuesday
Jun182013

NHDP - Superior Court Rules GOP Education Voucher Unconstitutional

Concord – After New Hampshire's Strafford County Superior Court ruled the Republican education voucher program unconstitutional, New Hampshire Democratic Party Communications Director Harrell Kirstein released the following statement.   The court’s decision can be read here (http://advancingnheducation.files.wordpress.com/2013/06/superior-court-opinion-skmbt_60113061713550.pdf) while more information about the plaintiffs and the case as a whole can be found here (http://anhpe.org/).
 
“This is a victory for local schools, public education in New Hampshire, as well as Granite State students and their parents.  Jeb Bradley and Senate Republicans' attempts to put their Tea Party agenda ahead of New Hampshire working families and children continue to be rebuffed and are in direct opposition to New Hampshire values and the State’s Constitution. 
 
“Senate Republicans should immediately join Democrats in defunding and repealing their reckless, irresponsible, and unconstitutional diversion of local education funding to private and religious schools.  As it was originally intended that funding should go towards providing a quality education for all of New Hampshire’s children, not funneled through a shady out of state organization with direct ties to radical right wing social conservatives.

 
“The court’s decision raises further concerns about the voucher scheme’s administrating organization, the Network for Educational Opportunity, and their unethical kickback scheme.  The NEO owes the voters of New Hampshire an explanation, why did they offer taxpayer funded kickbacks to religious schools?  And were Republican Senate Majority Leader Jeb Bradley or any other Senate Republicans aware of the NEO’s reckless kickback scheme when they irresponsibly defended the unconstitutional program on the Senate floor?”
 
Previously, the Nashua Telegraph reported the NEO was rebuffed at least once after offering Religious schools a kickback in exchange for soliciting donations for their unconstitutional education voucher scheme. [Nashua Telegraph, 4/19/2013]

Tuesday
Jun182013

Statement from NEO Executive Director Kate Baker Concerning Strafford County Superior Court Ruling 

CONCORD, NH – The Network for Educational Opportunity (NEO) released
today the following statement in response to the Strafford County
Superior Court decision affecting the nonprofit organization’s
scholarship program. Below please find comments from NEO Executive
Director Kate Baker:

“NEO works to expand educational options for students who receive
need-based scholarships sourced from private contributions. To date,
our organization has more than 1,000 scholarship applicants – bright,
young, talented students many, in settings that are failing to meet
their individual learning needs. These student applicants and their
families are counting on us to empower them to overcome barriers to
choice in education. We at NEO will not rest until we have delivered
on our promise to help all parents surmount these obstacles.

“Today’s ruling is regrettable since it imposes a limitation on the
options available to parents. With all due respect to the court, the
judge attempts to take away many parents’ right to direct the
educational futures of their children. We are optimistic that justice
will prevail in our appeal to the NH Supreme Court because the U.S.
Supreme Court has ruled that tax credits are private contributions.
Therefore, the false constitutional argument being bandied about
stands on fragile footing.

“All options should be available to parents seeking to be the ultimate
decision-makers on what arrangements suit their children’s precise
learning needs. Today’s ruling, then, changes little through the
troublesome practice of exclusion. For many parents, the ruling
perpetuates a core challenge. It shifts the current system from a
‘one size fits all’ framework to a ‘choice for some as we see it’
arrangement. This ignores what options-hungry parents tell us they
want, and it fails to meet the definition of authentic choice.

“NEO scholarships are building bridges for children from a school
where they are struggling to a school where they can succeed. We’re
giving hardworking families the power to choose schools that are right
for their child. Parents know what’s best for their children in all
facets of growing into adulthood. Certainly education should fall
within parental jurisdiction before others presume to weigh in.

“The battle for education choice in New Hampshire is a long game.
Once more, we will not rest until we keep our promise to our
applicants, and authentic choice in education is preserved in New
Hampshire.”

Tuesday
Jun182013

NHGOP STATEMENT ON SCHOOL CHOICE COURT DECISION

Concord - New Hampshire Republican State Committee Chairman Jennifer Horn released the following statement today on the New Hampshire Superior Court decision addressing school choice.

"We are disappointed with today's decision and are hopeful that this ruling will be overturned by the New Hampshire Supreme Court.

"Education choice is about parents being able to find the best possible educational opportunities for their children, regardless of family income. The School Choice Bill has leveled the playing field, offering even our poorest students the opportunity to access the educational environment that is best for them.

"Governor Hassan has attempted to repeal this important program and demonstrated an elitist and callous disregard for the most vulnerable students in our community. Private funds, not taxpayer dollars, support Education Opportunity Tax Credit Scholarships raising more than $150,000 to support the nearly 250 students who have applied to the program. It is obvious that citizens of New Hampshire are supportive of this critical program and want to see it continued."