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Wednesday
Apr022014

Rubens For US Senate - Jim Rubens Kicks Off "Excellence Through Charter Schools" Tour 

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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. 

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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

Wednesday
Apr022014

Rubens For US Senate - Jim Rubens "Excellence Through Charter Schools" Tour Schedule 

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

9:30am-    The Birches Academy of Academics & Art

                  419 South Broadway, 2nd floor, Salem

12:30pm-   Strong Foundations Charter School

                   715 Riverwood Dr., Pembroke

 

Thursday, April 3, 2014

9:30am-   CSI Charter School *School officials request no press on premises *

                Penacook

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

9:00am-   Ledyard Charter School

                22 School St., Lebanon

12:30pm-   Surry Charter School

                   449 Route 12A, Surry

 

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

11:45am-   North Country Charter Academy

                  4 Mayberry Lane, Lancaster

 

Thursday, April 10, 2014

9:00am-   Great Bay Charter School

                30 Linden St., Exeter

 

School officials at each location welcome and encourage media to attend unless otherwise noted.

Monday
Mar312014

Rubens For US Senate - Jim Rubens Begins "Excellence Through Charter Schools" Tour

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Rubens wrote the law that established charter schools in NH

Jim Rubens, Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, will begin a tour on Monday of charter schools throughout the state beginning in Nashua.  As state senator, Rubens brought forward a bold idea and wrote and lead passage of New Hampshire's charter school law.

Before embarking on the tour, Rubens said, "Entrepreneurial and educational excellence are key characteristics that describe the charter school system in NH. An idea that was  once considered bold, these institutions now represent what are some of the top-testing schools in NH.  They save taxpayers money and help create jobs.  I saw that first-hand when I visited the Robert Frost Charter School in North Conway a couple weeks ago.  There, they actually lowered special education costs."

The first stop on the tour will be at the Academy for Science and Design.  This will be a two-hour event that will include a welcome and tour of the school, panel discussion with students and lunch with the student panelists.

Following is the "Excellence Through Charter Schools" tour schedule:

Monday, March 31, 2014 - 11:00am

   Academy for Science and Design

   486 Amherst St., Nashua

 

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 9:30am

   Pace Charter School

   Suncook Business Park

   65 Pinewood Rd., Allenstown

 

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 9:30am

   The Birches Academy of Academics & Art

   419 South Broadway, 2nd floor, Salem

 

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

 

School officials at each location welcome and encourage media to attend.   

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Jim Rubens with the staff of the Robert Frost Charter School in North Conway on

March 20, 2014

Saturday
Mar292014

Josiah Bartlett Center - Dickens, Budgets, and Charter Schools 

Weekly Update from the
Josiah Bartlett Center


Keeping you up to date on our latest research
on the issues impacting New Hampshire
Two issues this week. Charter Schools and Charles Dickens. I enjoyed writing the piece which uses my favorite Charles Dickens quote to pass on the advice of Mr. Micawber to today’s lawmakers (though, of course, you and I could benefit by reminding ourselves of this truism now and then). You don’t have to be the greatest Dickens fan to believe that Micawber’s insight is as profound as it is simple.
 
The second issues unfolded last week. Distressingly, charter schools are sometimes used as a political football and otherwise sensible, seemingly non-controversial proposals get caught in the political vortex. That happened with a bill related to a modest charter funding change. Problematically, I made a mistake and needed to correct it in a column two days later. Both columns are reproduced here. Everything I said in the first column about misleading information was true with the exception of authorship. Charter schools were being attacked with incorrect information designed to confuse the issue. That information was contradicted by the official fiscal note produced by the department of education. I assume that the department wasn’t the author of the contradictory and incorrect information. I was wrong. In fact, the department authored and stands by both the right information and its incorrect rebuttal. If one is right the other is wrong but they have the same author. No wonder legislators were confused and changed their mind. It is very sad but the attack on charter schools continues despite their amazing success and is at least somewhat more muted here than in places like New York City.
 

The great economic principle of our time comes not from an economist or a banker but from the great Mr. Micawber, a somewhat comic character created by Charles Dickens.  Wilkins Micawber had figured out the central organizing fact of modern life when he suggested to young David Copperfield, “Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen pounds nineteen and six, result happiness. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty pounds ought and six, result misery. The blossom is blighted, the leaf is withered, the God of day goes down upon the weary scene, and  – and in short you are for ever floored.”...Click here to keep reading

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In Wednesday’s column about a misleading attack on charter school funding, I made a big mistake. I want to correct my mistake about the source of the very misleading information that was circulated and explain to you how I made the mistake and the problem with the information. It’s important that you feel free to agree or disagree with my conclusions but not have cause to doubt my information....Click here to keep reading

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A modest normalization of charter school funding, although long overdue, has become a political football and subject of misinformed and purposely misleading arguments to try and kill it. The truth, easily discovered, is that the proposal covers fewer than 2% of students and involves less than 2% of state education funding and continues to ask charter schools to prosper with less than half the funding of traditional schools....Click here to keep reading

Friday
Mar212014

NH Charter School Association - Charter school funding bill falls prey to politics

In this issue

HB 435 Falls Prey to Politics

Dear charter school supporters,

 

I am sorry to report that HB435 (the charter school funding bill) was defeated on Wednesday in a vote of 167 to 151. HB435 as amended would have increased funding for public charter school students from about 40% of the State Average Cost Per Pupil to 47.5% or about $825 per student.

The vote was disturbingly partisan.
161 Democrats & 6 Republicans
voted to send the bill to "Interim Study" (kill it).

139 Republicans and 12 Democrats tried to save and amend it but they fell 16 votes short.

 

What is Interim Study?

Put plainly Interim Study is a way to kill a popular bill without having to go on the record as voting "against" it. The tactic provides political cover for lawmakers by giving them a way to deflect criticism by saying that they want to "study the bill". In the end it achieves the same result and the bill quietly dies.

 

Who was hurt by this vote?

  • The roughly 3,000 children in the state that attend a different kind of public school
  • Students at the seven charter high schools for at-risk youth. These students have a combined average of 30% Free and Reduced Lunch Eligibility, that's higher than the state average
  • The students of the state's most rural charter elementary school with a Free and Reduced Lunch population of over 34%, higher than the state average
  • Students at the only two public choice options North of Concord
  • Source: www.education.nh.gov/data/documents/lunch_school13_14.xls  
How can you tell if your representative really supports public charters?  

The bill's chief sponsor Representative Ken Weyler said look at the record. "I never saw such a partisan vote. The 167 voting for the Interim study were 161 Democrats and 6 Republicans. Those voting against were 136 Republicans and 12 Democrats. They are so tied to the teachers union, which hates charters, that you will never get a fair vote while they are in the majority. They may tell you that they support charter schools. But here is the evidence that they do not."

 

A look at funding