Denise Ricciardi, who won election to the New Hampshire Senate in November, included in her campaign platform her belief that parents should have more education choice and that education funding should follow the student.

It should come as no surprise that Florida isn’t the only state plagued by misinformation and disinformation about education choice.

Despite ample evidence to the contrary, school choice opponents continue to recycle a handful of claims that are a disservice to the thousands of students who have benefited from education options over a two-decade span.

One of the latest efforts to debunk school choice myths comes from Sen. Denise Ricciardi, a Republican representing Senate District 9 in New Hampshire. Writing for the New Hampshire Union Leader, Ricciardi addresses some of the same claims redefinED has been addressing for years:

School choice hurts school districts. (False)

School choice programs lack transparency and accountability. (False)

Parents cannot be trusted to make good choices for their children. (False)

Ricciardi makes a passionate case that school choice “is about helping those families who need other options, not tearing down a system for the students who succeed in our local schools.” School choice, she maintains, is about opening the door to more children, particularly at-risk and underprivileged children.

You can read Ricciardi’s commentary – and her plea that education innovation come to New Hampshire – here.

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