Op-Ed: What happened with Croydon school budget misrepresented

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Free Stater Ian Underwood responded to an op-ed by Weldon Bosworth posted on InDepthNH.org: https://indepthnh.org/2022/09/06/op-ed-the-free-stater-game-plan-a-hidden – camouflaged-agenda-in-conservatism/

A July 25 op-ed by Ian Underwood talks about what Free Staters believe: https://indepthnh.org/2022/07/25/op-ed-ian-underwood-on-what-free-staters-believe/

Wikipedia on the Free State Project: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Free_State_Project

By IAN UNDERWOOD of Croydon

Weldon Bosworth’s assessment of what happened at Croydon’s annual district meeting is another entry in the continuing parade of distortions of what happened in Croydon earlier this year:

“More recently, Croydon NH had to come together to fight an effort by the Free Staters to cut their school’s budget in half. The latter, clearly an example of how the Free Staters take advantage of an inattentive audience.

It was not a Free Staters effort. This was a proposal from a resident, who has written extensively about the need to simultaneously improve the quality and reduce the cost of education in New Hampshire.

Nor was it an effort to cut the school’s budget in half. It was an effort to replace a ransom (“Give us that much money, or we’ll take your homes”) presented by the district to the taxpayers, with a budget (“It’s what we can afford, so do your best can with it’) submitted by taxpayers to the borough.

At a typically well-attended meeting, residents who showed up read a flyer, listened to a motion, discussed the merits of the motion, and then voted.

The brochure (which is available online at granitegrok.com/blog/2022/03/budget-or-ransom) presented 50 years of data conclusively demonstrating that we cannot get better education for children by spending more , and asked voters to consider the possibility of achieving this goal by spending less, precisely because it would force the district to focus on core issues and priorities that have been ignored for too long.

The purpose of the budget was, in fact, to take us away from our current obsession with money so that we could focus on success.

A substantial majority of voters at the meeting – almost none of whom were Free Staters – agreed they should be less afraid to try something that might not work, than to continue with something they knew that decades of experience would certainly not work.

Which begs the question: between the original voters and those who organized to overturn their decision – who extorted nearly a million dollars in additional expenses from their neighbors by ensuring that the discussion focused entirely on those scary Free Staters, and not at all. on education—which group was the most “belligerent and irresponsible”?

Ian Underwood was a planetary scientist and artificial intelligence researcher for NASA; the director of the famous service Ask Dr. Math; co-founder of Bardo Farm and Shaolin Rifleworks; and a popular speaker at freedom-related events. He lives in Croydon, New Hampshire.

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