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School Vouchers or Scholarship Tax Credits?

Today on the Exchange, we examine the controversy over education tax credits.  Under a proposal at the Statehouse, businesses could donate to private school scholarships,  and get a tax credit for doing so.  Supporters say it’s a way to help all students achieve, regardless of means, but opponents say it’s a back-door way to use public money for private-school vouchers.  We’ll look at this idea, and why it’s provoked so much debate.  


Mary Stuart Gile -  Democratic State Representative from Concord 

Gregory Hill - Republican State Representative of Northfield 

We'll also hear from...

Charlie Arlinghaus: President of the Josiah Bartlett Center, which has published a study called “Choosing to Learn: Scholarship Tax Credit Programs in the United States and Their Implications for New Hampshire.”

Bill Duncan: member  of “Defending New Hampshire Public Education," an organization that formed in Sept. 2011 to address legislative initiatives on education.




Laura is well known in New Hampshire for her in-depth coverage of important issues and is widely regarded for her interviews with presidential hopefuls. Laura is a graduate of Keene High School in New Hampshire. Prior to hosting The Exchange, Laura worked in public radio in Washington, D.C. as a local reporter and announcer for WAMU and as a newscaster for NPR. Before her radio career, she was a researcher for USA Today's "Money" section, and a research assistant at the Institute for International Economics. Laura occasionally guest hosts national programs such as The Diane Rehm Show and Here and Now. In 2007 Laura was named New Hampshire Broadcaster of the Year by the New Hampshire Association of Broadcasters.

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