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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!

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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.

New Hampshire Center for Innovative Schools

Matt Southerton



ALG's Daily Grind - Official Washington vs. the People 

August 5, 2013

Editorial: Official Washington vs. the People

President Obama and Harry Reid have worked out a deal to exempt Congressional employees  including members of Congress from being treated like everyone else, and having to help pay the cost of premiums under Obamacare.

Time to sue for educational choice

Every state in the nation continues to practice via its public school establishment mental sterilizations that should be just as shocking as once commonly accepted eugenics and are primarily aimed at poor, minority children.

Defund Obamacare: 20 million under and unemployed deserve hope

It is time for Congress to pass a debt-ceiling increase that stops funding the president's healthcare law funding immediately, and if Obama wants to shut down the government by exercising his veto powers, so be it.

Oversight Subpoenas Treasury for IRS Targeting Documents

Issa: "During the past two weeks, President Obama and you have repeatedly labeled the IRS's strategy of targeting Americans for their political beliefs as a 'phony' scandal.  While the Obama Administration has so publicly deflected responsibility for the targeting, it simultaneously has attempted to thwart congressional oversight into the matter… the IRS has engaged in a systematic effort to delay, frustrate, impede, and obstruct the Committee's investigation."


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.