A New Hampshire Democrat Executive Councilor has a problem when it comes to New Hampshire’s students and federal funding. Some students and their educations, in her mind, are “more equal” than others.
This is, of course, a play on Orwell’s Animal Farm and the ‘Rules’ on the side of Farmer Jones’ barn. But it fits.
According to NH House Rep. Katherine Prudhomme O’Brien,
Executive Councilor Debra Pignatelli warned on WMUR this morning that federal Covid funds may go to “non legitimate concerns” such as PUBLIC charter schools. Charter schools in NH are legitimate concerns and I’m glad my child was able to attend one.
When it comes to doling out federal emergency dollars that – to hijack an infamous phrase “we all paid for together” – even though they all pursue accepted legal paths to education in the Granite State, the children of some parents are more worthy than others.
If they fail to pass Councilor Pignatelli’s partisan litmus test, they are illegitimate. Did you get that? Your kids and their education are not legitimate unless Deb Pignatelli says so even though the state recognizes the education they receive. No money for you.
And just so we are clear, here is the text from the transcript of the interview. (Emphasis, mine.)
ADAM: YOU MENTIONED THE $42 MILLION, DO YOU THINK THAT MIGHT BE OUTSIDE THE SCOPE OF PRIVATE SCHOOLS?
DEBORA: THAT’S THE PROBLEM. WE DON’T KNOW WHERE THAT MONEY IS GOING. IT COULD BE GOING TO LEGITIMATE CONCERNS OR IT COULD BE GOING TO CHARTER SCHOOLS AND PRIVATE SCHOOLS. WE DON’T KNOW.
Charter schools, private schools, which include Religious Schools, and I bet we could add Home Schoolers, are not legitimate and therefore, should not receive federal dollars.
It concerns her that they might.
This proves a point we’ve been making for years. It is why the Left opposes vouchers or having the money follow the child or scholarships for those other education options she deems illegitimate. It’s never about students or learning, or even teaching because charter and private schools do more with less and get better results. “Education” is about controlling the money, the curriculum, and the kids.
Their interest is not in what is best for students (or even teachers) but what is best for their political surrogates, which is why I picked that title.
In George Orwell’s Animal Farm, which started as a ‘union’ of equals escaping a despot, evolved into something just as bad as that which they thought they escaped. The original idea lost in the blind pursuit (by a few) of power and privilege.
Whatever the original goals of public education, it has become a reliable consumer of local budgets and launderer of taxpayer dollars to help elect Democrat politicians. And a mill for grinding out pliable and dependable voters for the Left. Education and learning have become secondary to this goal. If it were not, politicians like Deb Pignatelli would be more interested in making sure every child in every state-recognized program got support, not just the ones she deemed legitimate.
Residents in her Executive Council (EC) District 5 – of which I am one of many – need to take notice because education is not the only issue where Democrats like Deb Pignatelli put their politics before your needs and those of your children.
EC Dist 5 Includes Amherst, Antrim, Bennington, Brookline, Deering, Dunbarton, Fitzwilliam, Francestown, Greenfield, Greenville, Hillsborough, Hollis, Hudson, Jaffrey, Litchfield, Lyndeborough, Mason, Merrimack, Milford, Mont Vernon, New Boston, New Ipswich, Peterborough, Richmond, Rindge, Sharon, Swanzey, Temple, Troy, Weare, Wilton, and Windsor, and the city of Nashua.