Slight majority oppose increasing charter school funding – 104 citizens

May 16, 2015

With the future of any increase in funding for charter schools in doubt based on the current budget proposal recently passed by the NH Senate, on May 16 the Live Free or Die Alliance (LFDA) asked Facebook members to weigh in, posing the question, “Do you support increasing funding for NH charter schools?” 

Do you support increasing funding for NH charter schools?

Charter School Funding NH Citizen Voices Chart

Participation: 104 participants gave 488 responses.

A total of 77% of those participating gave a 'yes or no' response to the question. The remaining 23% of participants engaged in the discussion but did not give a yes or no response. In total, the LFDA received 488 responses from 104 individuals. (Click here for details on our methodology.)

What Participants Said

No: A slight majority of ‘yes or no’ respondents, at 57%, opposed increasing funding for charter schools.

  • “It's a private school, basically. Why are we funding charter schools at all? Public schools need the tax money.”
  • “If people choose to send their children to charter schools or private schools, then that is their choice and they need to cover the cost themselves.”

Yes: A minority, at 43% of ‘yes or no’ respondents, were in favor of increasing funding for charter schools.

  • “If public education is unable to give my children what they need, academically, socially or disciplinary, let me put them where they need to be.”
  • “These schools are better than the traditional system. I'm paying for it either way so why not give them the funding they need.”

Other: As noted above, 23% of those participating did not give a yes or no response, instead addressing their comments to related questions and issues. These included:

  • The merits of various educational initiatives, including No Child Left Behind.
  • The public school system in general: "We need school choice now. Public schools have become a joke…Time to overhaul the extremely broken system."

*Editor selection of actual participant quotes. 

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