Libertarian NH Senate Candidate's Letter to "School Choice for NH"
As you may be aware, I'm the Libertarian candidate on the ballot for NH Senate District 10. Today I received a letter from "School Choice for NH" inviting me to send a statement to their members that they say will be published unedited. Since I've been posting all my replies to candidate inquiries from organizations online, here is my letter to the supporters of School Choice for NH:
Dear Supporters of School Choice for NH,
As a libertarian, I believe in choices. Real school choice isn't just choosing where to direct some tax money, which is typically what is considered "school choice" when talked about politically. Real school choice is being able to choose whether or not to support the government's "education" programs entirely.
Government forces you to pay for its awful monopoly system, even if you want to unschool, homeschool, or send your children to private school. If you don't pay their school taxes, the people calling themselves "the State of New Hampshire" will steal your home from you.
The best solution for real school choice is to end the government's monopoly control of education. Let the current staff have ownership stakes in their schools and have to raise their operating money through consensual, voluntary means like charging tuition, holding fundraisers, or whatever peaceful means. Allow parents to decide whether to fund or not fund those schools.
Freedom means the ability choose to say no. Please vote Libertarian this November.
Thank you for reading and for your consideration,
Libertarian Candidate for NH Senate District 10
Very well said. I hope it does get to the public exactly as you've outlined. We do not have the choice to not pay for services associated with our property tax. In my case (I live in rural Oregon), our property taxes went up from around $2,000 to over $4,500 because of bond measures floated by both the local school district (which we've never used in the 13.5 years we've lived here) and the community college (that both our sons went to for a couple of years). Both are for expansion and renovation.
And then I read that education in the United States, however it's measured, ranks well down the list from the rest of the civilized world. I'm not sure if I agree with how they rank things, but I also know throwing more money at it is not the answer, either.
I homeschooled our boys for a couple of their middle school years. It was great for all of us. They learned a lot more than they did in class, and I got to be around them more during that age, and I learned some things, too.
So, I wish you well. I can't vote for you, but hopefully New Hampshire will finally have enough and vote Libertarian. :)