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  • March 15, 2016 4:18 PM | Anonymous

    By Gary Rayno, Union Leader

    "Charter schools and their supporters took one of the biggest hits in the House approved budget package. They haven't taken that kind of hit in a long time. Not only did the House strip out the $2.5 million in funding for new charter school...s Hassan included in her budget proposal, the House added a moratorium on any new charter schools.
    While the state board suspended applications for new schools, it did not officially declare a moratorium. The House beat back attempts to reverse those changes along with another requiring state audits every three years."
  • March 15, 2016 4:10 PM | Anonymous
    A great story by Sam Evans Brown. When even NPR calls you out for playing politics, then you know what you're doing is wrong. One point of context in regard to the graph, there are approaximately 178,000 public school students in New Hampshire. Only a fraction of them are public charter school students. It makes you wonder why so many lobbyists are trying to stop this tiny program?

    By Sam Evans Brown, NPR "Today the New Hampshire House of Representatives passed a budget that doesn’t fund $2.5 million for new charter schools. If that policy stands it would be mean a de facto, two-year moratorium on charter schools. It’s a move that was met with surprise and confusion by charter school advocates. But to understand the decision takes knowing something about the long, political history of charter schools." Click here to read the complete article

  • March 15, 2016 4:09 PM | Anonymous
    In this article, Tobin offers a frank assessment of the politics behind efforts to block education reform. Unfortunately New Hampshire is not immune to this type of behavior as clearly demonstrated in HB2.

    HB2 contains a number of provisions which would harm public charter schools now and in the future. Even worse, the use of HB2 circumvents the democratic process because it allows opponents to bypass the need to hold "public hearings" in policy committees such as house education. Quite devious.

    By Jonathan Tobin

    "After decades of struggling to stifle any hope of giving children and their parents a chance to escape from failing schools, liberals are starting to fear their task is inevitably doomed to failure...

    The teachers’ unions and the rest of the state education establishment that oppose school choice tell us that this drains money from public schools and will hurt children. But the well-funded legal and political struggle they have been waging to squelch every attempt to provide choice is defending is their education monopoly, not the best interests of those interred in schools that don’t give kids a chance.

    Far from destroying public schools, the availability of private and other options, such as charters, provide the system with the competition that is the only way to incentivize their improvement. Without that, the bureaucracy will continue to process kids more than educate them, as is the case in all too many places around the country where the families with the means to choose other options have fled the public system."

    To read the full article click here

  • March 15, 2016 4:07 PM | Anonymous
    By Dave Solomon, Unioned Leader

    CONCORD - Charter school advocates hit a roadblock in their efforts to open new schools in Nashua, Plymouth and the Seacoast this fall, after a party-line vote by the House Finance Committee on Tuesday to table a bill that would have ended a moratorium on new charters.

    Click here to read the complete article

  • March 15, 2016 4:06 PM | Anonymous
    By Adam Swift, Union Leader

    DERRY - When the Next Charter High School opens in September, the school's co-directors are counting on the key to its success being its flexibility; both flexibility of space and flexibility in what it can offer its students. The state's department of education recently gave its approval for the school to open its doors in September.

    Co-directors Joe Crawford and Justin Krieger are now meeting with students and their families who might want to attend the school and are in the process of hiring two full-time teachers for the school.

    Click here to read the complete article

  • March 15, 2016 4:05 PM | Anonymous

    Charles Arlinghaus, Union Leader

    One committee chairman in the New Hampshire House admitted in a rare moment of candor that he intends to use schools as a political hostage in his grand negotiating scheme. This sort of cynical manipulation helps explain why average citizens have such contempt for politicians and their perverted sense of ethics. New Hampshire's charter school law has been in limbo for the better part of a year. The Attorney General's Office has told the state Board of Education that its interpretation of language passed last session prohibits the board from allowing any new schools to open. Oddly, the authors of that language intended precisely the opposite.
    Click here to read complete article
  • March 15, 2016 4:03 PM | Anonymous
    In a strong bipartisan vote, the New Hampshire House of Representatives voted to approve HB299 and refer it to the House Finance Committee. This is a great victory for the children of New Hampshire.

    HB299 will now go to the House Finance Committee, where it is expected to receive strong bipartisan support. The bill should move quickly to the Senate for approval before being signed by the Governor.

    The Center for Innovative Schools applauds New Hampshire's legislators from both parties for their commitment to increasing options in public education.

    The Governor's commitment to public charter schools and the passing of HB299 set the stage for exciting new possibilities for New Hampshire's students and will help the state to retain over $5.2 million in federal startup funds.

  • March 12, 2016 6:44 PM | Anonymous
    A thoughtful piece by Morgan True of the Associated Press. The piece explores the potential loss of federal start-up funds and the politics at play at the state level. You can read the full article here.

    "If the funding isn't replaced, it could dash the hopes of several groups wanting to open charter schools in the next two years. The state could also lose more than $5 million in charter startup grants from the federal government"...

    "A House budget writer, denies playing politics with charter funding, saying it was his understanding that there weren't enough completed applications to receive the grant money"...

    "He added, though, that such political maneuvers are perfectly acceptable and widely used. He said the Department of Education told him there weren't enough sufficiently completed charter applications to receive the federal grant money anyway. Deputy Education Commissioner Paul Leather said his department didn't tell Eaton that, but he declined to comment on the readiness of charter applications at that time or their bearing on federal aid. Repeated calls seeking further comment from the Department of Education weren't returned".

  • March 12, 2016 6:43 PM | Anonymous
    Good article by Danielle Curtis however there remains a lot of misinformation out there some of which you can see in this video.

    By Danielle Curtis, Nashua Telegraph

    CONCORD – If the state passes its budget for the next biennium without money for new charter schools, the effects would be devastating, and long-lasting.

    Click to read the complete article

  • March 12, 2016 6:42 PM | Anonymous
    By Mark Hayward, Union Leader

    "MANCHESTER - Gov. Maggie Hassan visited a Manchester charter school on Wednesday and said her plan for a casino represents a way to pay for an expansion of charter schools in the state."

    Click to read the complete article

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