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ALG's Daily Grind - Are millennials really dumping Obama? 


Dec. 6, 2013

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Are millennials really dumping Obama?
Harvard study: While younger voters' attitudes may be shifting slightly against Obama, that is not necessarily pointing to a conservative or Republican surge per se. They may be disappointed with Obama, but they like Republicans even less.

Alternative education shows progress
Charter schools and voucher programs across the nation have simply worked. In Washington D.C., over 1,600 low-income children participate in the district's voucher program at a 91 percent graduation rate, which is a stark contrast when compared to the 41 percent rate of those not participating in the program.

Why fast food workers should really protest
If Americans take to the streets, as they arguably should, they should be demanding not a higher minimum wage but leadership with clarity, optimism and regard for individual initiative that inspired prosperity in generations past.

Coy: Sorry, the U.S. growth surge is just a blip
"Producing more stuff doesn't help if you can't sell it, and that was the problem with the U.S. economy last quarter.


ALG's Daily Grind - Praise For Reps. Kline and Camp for investigation


Dec. 7, 2013

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ALG praises Reps. Kline and Camp for investigation
Americans for Limited Government applauds the decision of Representatives John Kline and Dave Camp to open an investigation into the allegedly compromised jobs data issued by the Bureau of Labor Statistics

Did the Pope attack 'unfettered capitalism'?
Reuters: "Pope Francis attacked unfettered capitalism as 'a new tyranny.'" But did he actually write that?

Alternative education shows progress
Charter schools and voucher programs across the nation have simply worked. In Washington D.C., over 1,600 low-income children participate in the district's voucher program at a 91 percent graduation rate, which is a stark contrast when compared to the 41 percent rate of those not participating in the program.

ALG's Rick Manning interviews Rep. Ted Yoho (R-FL)
Rick Manning, Vice President of Public Policy and Communications for Americans for Limited Government, sits down with Florida Representative Ted Yoho to discuss Benghazi, impacts of the NSA spying programs, international trade, sugar policy, and the future of the United States.

Nov142013 - School choice changes lives 

One scholarship at a time 

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Stay Connected

Last weekend in Milwaukee, Franklin Center brought together bloggers from around the country to talk about how school choice can radically change a child's life for the better.

But don't take our word for it, watch this video as parents and children share their stories!

Remembering those who served on Veterans' Day

"Today, let’s put in the extra effort to show our gratitude–and let that gratitude, respect, and honor live on throughout the year,” said Franklin Center president Jason Stverak.

Read his full statement for Veterans' Day here.

Bring your lunch and your questions!

Join WatchdogWire TODAY at NOON as we Tweet-Up with Kira Davis - actress, writer, blogger, and expert talker. Follow the conversation and ask her questions using #WDWTU!

What is a "Tweet-Up"? Find out everything you need to know at!

Seen on Drudge this week!

The Drudge Report recently picked up reporter Eric Boehm's story about a Pennsylvania town that won't be able to borrow its way out of its budget problems anymore.

Read the full story here!


ALG's Daily Grind - Obama sends kids to the back of the bus on education


Nov. 5, 2013

Obama sends kids to the back of the bus on education
Department of Justice sues Louisiana over school choice program that disproportionately benefits black students, alleges "segregation."

Cartoon: Bernie's lab
Obamacare's true architect is revealed.

New report shows way to end sugar subsidies
The Institute for Policy Innovation notes the sugar trade distorting practices of the Brazilian, Mexican and Thai governments, including subsidizing exports and keeping domestic prices artificially low.  These practices, along with those in more than one hundred countries, create market distortions that no one country can solve by itself. JP Morgan warns the biggest Risk to the "bull market" is... growth?
JPMorgan: "This summer's taper-talk crisis highlights that a sudden spurt in growth is the biggest risk to asset reflation."


NH Charter School Update 

New Hampshire Charter School Update



New Charter Schools Coming in 2014

Charter Schools Receive Awards

Polaris Continues to Inspire

Federal Grant Brings More Funding to New Hampshire

NH Department of Education Update

NH State Board of Education Update


New charter schools coming in 2014newschools

The state will see four new charter schools open next year, two high schools and two grade schools. These recently authorized groups are working hard to bring exciting new options to the children of New Hampshire. New charters will include:


The Founders Academy Charter School (Londonderry) - The Founders Academy mission is aimed at creating next generation leaders with a curriculum focusing on; leadership, history, ethics, debate, business/finance and classical literature. Founders plans to serve students in grades 6-12 and will likely open in January, 2014.


Granite State Arts Academy - (Derry/Salem) - Granite State will infuse all aspects of the arts into its studies including dance, music, theater and the visual arts. Granite State Arts Academy will serve students in grades 9-12 and is expected to open in September, 2014.


Gate City Charter School for the Arts (Nashua) - Gate City will utilize an arts integrated program which will serve students in grades K-8. Gate City is expected to open in September, 2014.


Mountain Village Charter School (Plymouth) - Mountain Village will implement an exciting model by blending a nature-based and Montessori approach. Mountain Village will serve students in grades K-8 and open in September, 2014.


Charter schools receive awardsawards

According to the Union Leader and the NH Charter Association, three of the state's public charter schools have received, The Commissioner's Circle of Excellence. It should be noted that MC2 is only in its second year, way to go!


"Three NH Public Charter schools are among the 38 schools awarded The Commissioner's Circle of Excellence by NH DOE Commissioner Virginia Barry. Congratulations to Making Community Connections Public Charter School, The Academy for Science and Design Public Charter School, and The Cocheco Arts and Technology Academy Public Charter School for being recognized for their dedication to their schools and students."


Polaris continues to inspirepolaris

In only its second year, Polaris Charter School has grown from 60-90 students and continues to inspire them to reach for the stars. Check out this Polaris video, created with the help of a parent. Go Polaris!


Federal grant brings more funding to New Hampshiregrant

The federal startup grant entered its fourth year this August when the state received about $2.7 million to open new public charter schools. The total award was $11.6 million. The bulk of which (90%), will be used to fund the creation of new charter schools from 2010-2015.


The federal grant strengthens public charter schools and the state by infusing hundreds of thousands of dollars into local communities. Federal funding provides the support necessary to cover startup costs such as teacher training, board development, curriculum development, instructional materials, computer equipment, furniture and the other materials required to open a public school. Newly authorized charter school groups are working diligently to meet the requirements of the grant and access federal funding.


NH Department of Education Updatenhdoe

The Department of Education recently hosted its monthly meeting for charter school directors and newly authorized schools. The meetings are designed to provide ongoing support and guidance for public charter schools in the state. Members of the DOE charter school office were present answering a variety of questions on issues ranging from student enrollment, charter implementation and grant management.


During the meeting Commissioner Barry answered a number of questions from board members and directors representing different schools. The Commissioner's willingness to engage and her commitment were impressive. Commissioner Barry did not leave the meeting before she had answered every question and directed the Department to provide additional guidance to charters on changes to statewide assessments.


New Hampshire State Board of Educationnhboe

The State Board of Education will be meeting next month to discuss an assortment of issues including public charter schools. We plan to attend the event and summarize for readers any important developments.


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The New Hampshire Center for Innovative Schools is a NH registered non-profit whose members are committed to helping inspire the creation of innovative public schools in New Hampshire. We offer assistance to all New Hampshire charter schools and groups wanting to learn more about these innovative programs. Our services are free, we do not charge or accept payment for our assistance.

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Matt Southerton