LEAGUE OPPOSES CACR43

RELEASE: IMMEDIATE
CONTACT: Jane Armstrong, President
          League of Women Voters of New Hampshire
          (603) 225-5344 or president@lwvnh.org

THE LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS OPPOSES CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT

Concord, NH—The League of Women Voters of New Hampshire is urging members of
the New Hampshire Senate to protect public education and reject CACR43, a
proposed constitutional amendment.

“Concurrent Resolution 43 would remove public education from the cherished
interests New Hampshire’s Constitution holds to be essential to the
preservation of a free government,” said Jane Armstrong, president of the
League.

She added, “The proposed amendment to the Constitution would demote public
education from a protected right to nothing more than another commodity
subject to the control and regulation of those elected to the Legislature
every two years.”

The full text of the letter follows:

THE LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

March 18, 2006
Senate Finance Committee
State House, Room 100
Concord, NH 03301

Dear Senators:

The League of Women Voters of New Hampshire strongly urges you to reject
Concurrent Resolution 43.

The League of Women Voters believes there are certain principles that are
fundamental to our country’s concept of government. Access to free public
education that provides equal opportunity to all is one of these principles.

Concurrent Resolution 43 would remove public education from the cherished
interests New Hampshire’s Constitution holds to be essential to the
preservation of a free government. Part 2, article 83 of the Constitution of
New Hampshire specifically gives courts the duty to guarantee that the
citizens of New Hampshire have access to free and equal educational
opportunities and advantages.

The proposed amendment to the Constitution would demote public education
from a protected right to nothing more than another commodity subject to the
control and regulation of those elected to the Legislature every two years.

The League of Women Voters of New Hampshire believes it would be a grave
mistake to erase the guarantee of equal public education from our
Constitution and we urge you to reject this proposed amendment.

Sincerely yours,

Jane Armstrong, President
League of Women Voters of New Hampshire
4 Park Street, Suite 200
Concord, NH 03301

cc: members of the NH Senate
Governor John Lynch