ubens wrote the law that established charter schools in NH
Jim Rubens started his "Excellence Through Charter Schools" tour on Monday with a visit to New Hampshire's largest charter school, the Academy of Science and Design (ASD). Rubens wrote the law in 1995 that established charter schools in the state. For years, ASD has earned the top NECAP scores in New Hampshire.
With 450 students and projected growth in the years ahead, ASD serves grades 6-12 in a 70,000 square feet facility. The majority of students are from Nashua and Merrimack with the rest being served from 39 districts.
Following a tour of the growing facility, Rubens meet with several students for a panel discussion which focused on the importance of charter schools. During the session, Rubens told the students:
"Charter schools provide more flexibility within the public school system. For parents with different viewpoints, students with different needs and students with different interests in life have a place within the public school system. The federal government should not be messing very much with local and state school systems. Every ten years, there's a new school reform fad coming out from the federal government. Charter schools attempt to address the problem of public schools failing to serve the needs of student and the country. This is a bottom-up approach from the public, parents, students and the community. There are 22 charter schools in the state, they are great experiments and show how they provide excellence while working within budgets that are already stressing property taxpayers. It's a sharp contrast from the one-size-fits-all approach from Washington."
Upcoming "Excellence Through Charter Schools" tours:
Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 9:30am
9:30am Pace Charter School
Suncook Business Park
65 Pinewood Rd., Allenstown
Noon-1pm Next Charter School
5 Hood Rd., Derry
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 –
9:30am The Birches Academy of Academics & Art
419 South Broadway, 2nd floor, Salem
12:30pm StrongFoundations Charter School
715 Riverwood Dr., Pembroke
Thursday, April 3, 2014 - 1:00pm
Polaris Charter School
100 Coolidge Ave., Manchester
Friday, April 4, 2014 - 8:30am
Cocheco Arts and Technology Academy
40 Hampshire Circle, Dover
Monday, April 7, 2014 - 12:30pm
Surry Charter School
449 Route 12A, Surry
Tuesday, April 8, 2014 - 11:45am
North Country Charter Academy
4 Mayberry Lane, Lancaster
School officials at each location welcome and encourage media to attend.
Jim Rubens with students who participated in a panel discussion on the importance of charter schools at the Academy for Science and Design in Nashua - March 31, 2014