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Friday
May092014

NHGOP STATEMENT ON CONFIRMATION OF ANTI-SCHOOL CHOICE ACTIVIST BILL DUNCAN 

Concord - New Hampshire Republican State Committee Chairman Jennifer Horn released the following statement today on the confirmation of anti-school choice activist Bill Duncan to the State Board of Education:

 

"Bill Duncan is the wrong person for this important position because he is a radical anti-school choice activist who has fought tirelessly to limit education opportunities for the needy children. Governor Hassan's decision to nominate Mr. Duncan was simply a favor for the teachers unions who also oppose school choice and are bankrolling her campaign.

 

"Governor Hassan continues to prove that she would rather serve liberal special interest groups than stand up for New Hampshire's families. Her elitist and callous disregard for the most vulnerable student in our community reminds voters that it is time to replace her with a responsible Republican in November."

Friday
May092014

Josiah Bartlett Center - The Governor's Inappropriate Appointment and the State's Fiscal Crisis 

Weekly Update from the
Josiah Bartlett Center

Keeping you up to date on our latest research
on the issues impacting New Hampshire

 
 

Governor Hassan made a mistake by nominating someone engaged in an ongoing lawsuit against the state to regulate the area over which he’s still suing. The mistake is not one of policy but one of propriety. The nomination can and should be withdrawn before tomorrow’s vote of the Executive Council.

So the governor has nominated someone to the State Board of Education who is currently suing the state over education policy. He didn’t once upon a time sue the state. He hasn’t expressed concerns. He is currently engaged in lawsuit – a lawsuit named after him – and is going to oversee that area – the area of his ONGOING lawsuit. Does the governor not see that this is a trifle odd? 
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The $400 million hole in the state’s budget I described two weeks ago has caused the state to be placed on a negative fiscal watch. Some would ignore or minimize the crisis but the problem is large, structural, and will require more than a small tweak to fix.

This past week, the national bond rating agency Standard and Poor’s lowered the state’s outlook from ‘stable’ to ‘negative.’ Very quickly, the other major national group, Moody’s, followed suit and advised investors and anyone watching the state’s finances that New Hampshire’s outlook was negative. The bond rating was not lowered but both major fiscal watchdogs are advising the world that New Hampshire’s outlook is negative. I think it’s fair to say that this is not putting our best foot forward as we look to attract jobs and investment to the state. Click here to keep reading

Wednesday
May072014

NH Center For Innovative Schools - Polarizing nominee threatens to politicize State Board of Education 

 

Self described political activist with history of alarming rhetoric, public school parents feel betrayed.

The Governor's nomination of a self described "political activist", with a history of alarming rhetoric regarding public charter schools threatens to politicize the State Board of Education. The SBE is a place for diverse opinions but it is unreasonable to appoint someone who exhibits such a clear bias to a body meant to represent all New Hampshire students. The nomination couldn't come at a worse time, NATIONAL CHARTER SCHOOL WEEK. Who was advising the Governor on this nomination?

 

Criticism is swift from all corners of the political spectrum

 

Nashua Telegraph - "Hassan's choice is a polarizing one" 

"...a few things about the Duncan nomination that we think reflect poorly on the Hassan administration. First and foremost, it seems that the governor went out of her way to choose the most polarizing figure she could find. Source: http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/opinion/editorials/1036006-465/hassans-choice-is-a-polarizing-one.html 

 

Union Leader - "Killing innovation: Hassan nominee opposes her agenda"

"Hassan has nominated Bill Duncan, New Hampshire's leading opponent of providing parents and children with opportunities to escape bad public schools." Source: http://www.unionleader.com/article/20140507/OPINION01/140509349/0/SEARCH 

 

Charles Arlinghaus - "The governor's inappropriate nominee"

"Bill Duncan... is regarded by the charter school community as leader of their opposition. He has said "charter schools are a political statement, not an educational improvement." He's referred to charter schools as "dismantling public education" and called them a "distraction." Despite that, he says he supports charter schools. You can see, however, why the charter schools of the state might be skeptical." Source: http://www.unionleader.com/article/20140507/OPINION02/140509350/0/SEARCH 

 

Senator Jeb Bradley

"I can not support Governor Hassan's nomination of Bill Duncan to the New Hampshire Board of Education.Mr. Duncan is not only a longtime opponent of charter schools..." 

Source: http://www.srmpac.org/bradley-opposes-duncan-nomination-nh-board-education/ 

 

Associated Press - "Hassan Nominates Public School Activist To Board Of Education"

"...nomination of longtime education activist Bill Duncan to the New Hampshire Board of Education is drawing fire from supporters of charter schools..." Source: http://nhpr.org/post/hassan-nominates-public-school-activist-board-education 

 

Union Leader - "State Board of Education nominee had sued state over education funding"

"Executive Councilor Joe Kenney said he will be voting against Duncan's nomination. "Mr. Duncan's record as private citizen suggests he is against charter schools and therefore I cannot support him,". Source: http://www.unionleader.com/article/20140506/NEWS0621/140509519/0/SEARCH 

 

Seacoast Online - Nomination for N.H. education board ripped by GOP

"Opposition to the news was swift.. "How can you be on the state Board of Education while suing the state over its existing laws?" said Hemingway...The State Board of Education is a place for many opinions, but it is irresponsible to appoint an anti-charter school activist to regulate something he wants to destroy," said Havenstein. Source: http://www.seacoastonline.com/articles/20140505-NEWS-140509856 

 

 

Examples of past rhetoric include:

"Charter schools are a political statement not an educational improvement". Source: http://anhpe.org/2013/07/05/charter-schools-are-a-political-statement-not-and-educational-improvement/

 

"I always consider policy discussions about privatization - proposals to dismantle public education and replace it with charters, vouchers and home schools  - a distraction..." Source: http://nhlabornews.com/tag/bill-duncan

 

"You see the national education reform debate and it looks like an existential threat to public education...They'll keep the public schools open for the hardest to educate kids. And they are building separate charter and voucher systems for what they consider the most desirable kids. Source: 5/13/13 speech to NH superintendents 

 

About NHCIS
The NH Center for Innovative Schools is a NH registered non-profit whose members are committed to quality public options for all children. 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.
Wednesday
May072014

Rubens For US Senate - Rubens Statement on Duncan Nomination to State Board of Education

Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, Jim Rubens, joins the broad opposition of the nomination of William Duncan to the New Hampshire Board of Education and issued the following statement: 

“William Duncan is not a suitable school leader because he opposes giving deserving parents control over where their children go to school. He opposes the single most promising set of school reforms seen in New Hampshire over the past twenty years: charter schools and scholarships. Charter schools are showing how thousands more New Hampshire students can reach their full potential in diverse learning environments at half the cost per student. 

Rubens is author of New Hampshire's charter school law and supports a national school voucher program for deserving students.

Tuesday
May062014

NH Center For Innovative Schools - Governor nominates alarming figure to State Board of Education

 

Self described political activist with history of alarming rhetoric, parents feel betrayed.

Governor Hassan has chosen to nominate what can only be described as a deeply cynical choice to join the State Board of Education.

 

The nominee in question, William A. Duncan of New Castle, is a self described "political activist", with a history of alarming rhetoric regarding public charter schools. Mr. Duncan was instrumental in leading the effort against increased funding for public charter schools in the legislature this session (HB435).

 

The governor has been thought of as a charter school supporter in the past but her decision to entrust the care of these public schools to a man with such openly hostile views is a betrayal. The State Board of Education is a place for many opinions but it is unreasonable to appoint someone who exhibits such a clear bias against these public schools.

 

A vote is expected on the nomination as early as this Thursday.

 

Examples of this rhetoric include:

"Charter schools are a political statement not an educational improvement". Source: http://anhpe.org/2013/07/05/charter-schools-are-a-political-statement-not-and-educational-improvement/

 

"I always consider policy discussions about privatization - proposals to dismantle public education and replace it with charters, vouchers and home schools  - a distraction..." Source: http://nhlabornews.com/tag/bill-duncan

 

"You see the national education reform debate and it looks like an existential threat to public education...They'll keep the public schools open for the hardest to educate kids. And they are building separate charter and voucher systems for what they consider the most desirable kids. Source: 5/13/13 speech to NH superintendents 

 

About NHCIS
The NH Center for Innovative Schools is a NH registered non-profit whose members are committed to quality public options for all children. 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.