Governor Chris Sununu: Parents "need to have the final say" on their children's education

Governor Chris Sununu spoke to NH1 News after speaking at a school choice event in Manchester earlier this week. Here’s the clip:

NH1 News covered the event. Here are some highlights:

Gov. Chris Sununu told a rally of school choice advocates that “I believe the future in education lies in alternative education, alternative choices.”

Sununu spoke Tuesday in front of a couple of hundred people, including scores of parents and their children, at a rally organized by a number of groups that advocate for school choice, the term supporters use for greater access for more kindergarten through 12th grade public education options as an alternative to publicly provided schools. Supporters call for the expanded use of public funds for charter schools, and for private and parochial schools.

But those opposed to school choice say diverting taxpayer dollars to private schools would undermine public education due to a lack of resources.

The governor closed his remarks by telling the audience that “you the parent should have the final say in where your kids are going to school. End of story.”

Asked by NH1 News how he’ll implement greater school choice in the state, Sununu said “it could be making sure that folks who want to home school maybe have a little extra money to home school or folks that want a better choice in their public education system or want better choices with charter schools have those options available to them. At the end of the day parents have to know they have the final say in where their kids are going to go to school and to provide that long term benefit for their families and ultimately it benefits everyone in the state of New Hampshire.”

The Governor added, “I think the structure of what we have in New Hampshire is pretty darn solid. It’s just a matter of having somebody in some leadership to really implement those innovations that are possible for us.”


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