Despite lack of data, NH lawmakers push expanded private-school vouchers
New Hampshire’s program to subsidize private education with public tax dollars is rapidly expanding, but opponents believe a lack of data on student outcomes should put the brakes on funding.
Education Freedom Accounts will cost the state an estimated $24 million this school year to subsidize the private education of more than 4,000 students, most of whom have never attended public school. Mary Wilke, board member of the NH School Funding Fairness Project, said no one knows just how the money is spent. “We don’t have any data about student outcomes in the program,” Wilke pointed out. “We don’t have any idea if it’s helping.”