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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.
Tuesday
May062014

NH Sen Bradley opposes Duncan nomination to NH Board of Education 

The New Hampshire Senate

Republican Majority Office

 

Concord, NH – Statement of Sen. Jeb Bradley on nomination of Bill Duncan to NH State Board of Education: 

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, but he is also the lead plaintiff in a lawsuit challenging New Hampshire’s Education Tax Credit Law. How can Mr. Duncan serve as an unbiased administrator of programs he has spent years trying to dismantle? Charter schools seeking approval from the State Board of Education, and the students and parents who need more educational options and opportunities, would not be served well by a State Board of Education that limits the choices that students need in the 21st Century.

 

Tuesday
May062014

Hemingway Gor Governor - ANDREW HEMINGWAY COMMENTS ON HASSAN APPOINTMENT OF BILL DUNCAN TO BOARD OF EDUCATION 

 

Manchester, N.H. –Candidate for New Hampshire Governor, Andrew Hemingway, released the following statement on Governor Hassan’s appointment of Bill Duncan to the State Board of Education:

 

“Governor Hassan has doubled down on her Government take-over of our children's education, with her nomination of Bill Duncan to the State Board of Education.

“Bill Duncan is currently suing the State of NH claiming that lower income kids should not be allowed to have any choice in schooling. How can you be on the State Board of Education while suing the state over its existing education laws?  Is Governor Hassan, who opposes the Student Tax Credit Program, rewarding Mr. Duncan with this appointment in appreciation of his filing of the lawsuit? This isn't the type of leadership we need.”—Andrew Hemingway

 

Hemingway for Governor has launched a petition to oppose the appointment of Duncan to the State Board of Education.  You may find the petition at www.andrewhemingway.com/education-nomination-petition.