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AFC - Educational Choice Becomes Reality in North Carolina 

New Bipartisan Program Creates New Educational Opportunities 

WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 21, 2013) – The American Federation for Children (AFC), the nation’s voice for educational choice, today applauded the North Carolina Legislature for creating the nation’s newest statewide voucher program, the third created this year. AFC encouraged legislators to remain committed to expanding the program, to ensure thousands of children from low-income families will have access to quality educational options. North Carolina’s new Opportunity Scholarship Act received bipartisan support and was included as part of the budget bill which cleared conference committee and is expected to pass both chambers before being presented to the governor. The program is tailored to children who participate in the federal free or reduced lunch program. 

“North Carolina took a historic and positive step forward by creating this initial educational choice program and we remain committed to ensuring the program expands in order to provide greater access for children from low-income families who are in need of quality educational options,” said Betsy DeVos, chairman of the American Federation for Children. “The bipartisan support for educational choice demonstrates the importance of this common sense education reform that empowers parents and puts kids first.”

Low-income families who qualify will be able to use a $4,200 voucher to send their child to the school of their choice. The program also includes strong testing and accountability measures.

In addition, the North Carolina Senate last week passed House Bill 269, known as the “Children with Disabilities Scholarship Grant,” which provides up to $6,000 to children with disabilities to pay for private school tuition or related special educational services. 

These important education reforms were aided by the strong local support and leadership of Darrell Allison and his team at Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina (PEFNC).

“Parents and children across North Carolina and school choice advocates nationwide are grateful for the efforts of PEFNC and the bipartisan members of the legislature who fought to pass educational choice in North Carolina," said Kevin P. Chavous, executive counsel for AFC. "We are certain that the program will be substantially oversubscribed by parents anxious to obtain better educational options for their children and we urge the legislature and Governor McCrory to continue their efforts to expand parental choice and help more disadvantaged children across the state."

The American Federation for Children is the nation's leading school choice advocacy organization and works in states across the country to help secure additional, high-quality educational options for families.


AFPNH - Please Join Us to Celebrate School Choice and Economic Freedom 

In honor of the anniversary of the birth of one of the most famous free-market economists in American history, Dr. Milton Friedman, the Americans for Prosperity Foundation and the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice will be hosting a roundtable presentation discussing his legacy. 

The event will take place at Damon Hall in Hartland (intersection of Rtes. 5 and 12) Convenient to Interstate 91 on Wednesday, July 31st at 7PM. 


Refreshments will be served and the event is FREE!


For further information or to RSVP, contact Suzanne Butterfield at 802-234-5294 or

As you may know, Dr. Friedman (1912-2006) was admired by Republicans as well as Democrats. Friedman was an economic adviser to President Ronald Reagan. His political philosophy extolled the virtues of a free market economic system with minimal intervention, and his support for school choice led him to found The Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice.

I hope you can attend this informative and unique event.   


Live Free or Die!


Greg Moore,

State Director

AFP Foundation New Hampshire


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NRSC - Shaheen Fails Struggling Students 

Shaheen Fails Struggling Students on Loans,
Chooses Politics Over Solutions

Schumer-Shaheen Agenda: Failing to enact permanent fix is “a messaging winner for democrats”

Washington, D.C. - In less than two weeks, loan rates for New Hampshire students will double from 3.4% to 6.8%, yet Jeanne Shaheen is doing nothing to help them.  Shaheen would rather toe the party line than rally behind a solution to help New Hampshire college students who are already struggling to stay above water.

Two weeks ago, Shaheen insisted “The last thing we should do at a time when Americans owe more on student loans than credit cards is to let interest rates on student loans double.” 

Yet, when Shaheen had the chance to vote for a long-term solution...

Shaheen voted against a permanent fix to student loan rates which would have prevented the rates from doubling on July 1st. (S. 1003, CQ Vote #142: Motion rejected 40-57: R 39-5; D 1-50; I 0-2, 6/6/13, Shaheen Voted Nay)

Why did Jeanne Shaheen turn her back on struggling college students? Because New York Senator Chuck Schumer told her to.  According to Roll Call, Schumer said the student loan issue was “a messaging winner for democrats.” Meanwhile, college students are left without a sound solution to prevent loan rates from doubling and time is running out.

"Students are already struggling to pay the bills and face a tough job market, yet Jeanne Shaheen voted against a permanent solution that would have prevented their loan rates from doubling.  Preventing student loan rates from crushing struggling students should be an area of bipartisan agreement in Washington, but Jeanne Shaheen would rather politicize the issue than help working families and students get ahead. New Hampshire needs a serious Senator who works across the partisan divide to fix problems, not someone who instead takes pleasure in inflaming the division," said NRSC Press Secretary Brook Hougesen.


NHDP - Superior Court Rules GOP Education Voucher Unconstitutional

Concord – After New Hampshire's Strafford County Superior Court ruled the Republican education voucher program unconstitutional, New Hampshire Democratic Party Communications Director Harrell Kirstein released the following statement.   The court’s decision can be read here ( while more information about the plaintiffs and the case as a whole can be found here (
“This is a victory for local schools, public education in New Hampshire, as well as Granite State students and their parents.  Jeb Bradley and Senate Republicans' attempts to put their Tea Party agenda ahead of New Hampshire working families and children continue to be rebuffed and are in direct opposition to New Hampshire values and the State’s Constitution. 
“Senate Republicans should immediately join Democrats in defunding and repealing their reckless, irresponsible, and unconstitutional diversion of local education funding to private and religious schools.  As it was originally intended that funding should go towards providing a quality education for all of New Hampshire’s children, not funneled through a shady out of state organization with direct ties to radical right wing social conservatives.

“The court’s decision raises further concerns about the voucher scheme’s administrating organization, the Network for Educational Opportunity, and their unethical kickback scheme.  The NEO owes the voters of New Hampshire an explanation, why did they offer taxpayer funded kickbacks to religious schools?  And were Republican Senate Majority Leader Jeb Bradley or any other Senate Republicans aware of the NEO’s reckless kickback scheme when they irresponsibly defended the unconstitutional program on the Senate floor?”
Previously, the Nashua Telegraph reported the NEO was rebuffed at least once after offering Religious schools a kickback in exchange for soliciting donations for their unconstitutional education voucher scheme. [Nashua Telegraph, 4/19/2013]


Statement from NEO Executive Director Kate Baker Concerning Strafford County Superior Court Ruling 

CONCORD, NH – The Network for Educational Opportunity (NEO) released
today the following statement in response to the Strafford County
Superior Court decision affecting the nonprofit organization’s
scholarship program. Below please find comments from NEO Executive
Director Kate Baker:

“NEO works to expand educational options for students who receive
need-based scholarships sourced from private contributions. To date,
our organization has more than 1,000 scholarship applicants – bright,
young, talented students many, in settings that are failing to meet
their individual learning needs. These student applicants and their
families are counting on us to empower them to overcome barriers to
choice in education. We at NEO will not rest until we have delivered
on our promise to help all parents surmount these obstacles.

“Today’s ruling is regrettable since it imposes a limitation on the
options available to parents. With all due respect to the court, the
judge attempts to take away many parents’ right to direct the
educational futures of their children. We are optimistic that justice
will prevail in our appeal to the NH Supreme Court because the U.S.
Supreme Court has ruled that tax credits are private contributions.
Therefore, the false constitutional argument being bandied about
stands on fragile footing.

“All options should be available to parents seeking to be the ultimate
decision-makers on what arrangements suit their children’s precise
learning needs. Today’s ruling, then, changes little through the
troublesome practice of exclusion. For many parents, the ruling
perpetuates a core challenge. It shifts the current system from a
‘one size fits all’ framework to a ‘choice for some as we see it’
arrangement. This ignores what options-hungry parents tell us they
want, and it fails to meet the definition of authentic choice.

“NEO scholarships are building bridges for children from a school
where they are struggling to a school where they can succeed. We’re
giving hardworking families the power to choose schools that are right
for their child. Parents know what’s best for their children in all
facets of growing into adulthood. Certainly education should fall
within parental jurisdiction before others presume to weigh in.

“The battle for education choice in New Hampshire is a long game.
Once more, we will not rest until we keep our promise to our
applicants, and authentic choice in education is preserved in New