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Wednesday
Feb112015

AmericaNext - What They Are Saying: America Next's Education Plan 

 

What They Are Saying About

America Next’s Roadmap to Education Reform

Read the full plan here

 

“His proposal, critically, leads with parental choice,’ Burke told The Daily Signal. ‘It includes smart policy such as eliminating assignment-by-Zip code policies, having dollars follow students to educational options of choice, and unbundling education financing from the delivery of services.”

The Daily Signal, "Jindal Emphasizes Teacher Tenure Reform, School Choice in Sweeping Education Plan", February 9, 2015

 

“Jindal bluntly charges that continuing with the current failed public education system means that American government, as created by the framers, cannot survive.”

Breitbart, "Jindal Urges Parental Choice, Limited Government, And End To Teacher Tenure In Sweeping Education Policy Plan", February 10, 2015

 

“[Jindal] attacked Common Core…as ‘a top-down, factory based approach’ to schooling.”

Bloomberg, "Jindal Attacks Common Core in Washington", February 9, 2015

 

“School choice is a central pillar in Jindal’s new education roadmap, which aims to enable education dollars to ‘follow the child,’ meaning they could be used as parents and families deem best…”

The Daily Signal, "Bobby Jindal on Anti-Common Core Moms: ‘I Wouldn’t Bet Against Them", February 9, 2015

 

“[Jindal] saying that supporters of Common Core are aligning with Washington bureaucrats and against families that want more control over their children’s education.”

Washington Times, "Bobby Jindal: Common Core supporters stand with D.C. bureaucrats", February 9, 2015

 

“…The education proposal stands out from the pack, thanks to the governor’s growing status as one of the most savage critics of Common Core.”

The Daily Caller, "Jindal Unveils National Plan To Repeal Common Core", February 9, 2015

 

“Jindal’s reform plan [will] expand parent choice and trust parents to make the right choices, limit the role and power of the federal government, and overhaul the way teachers are hired…”

National Review Online, "Jindal Sets Up an Early 2016 Cycle Clash on Common Core", February 9, 2015

 

“Jindal is taking one of his top issues and framing it as a core aspect of the most fundamental Republican issue: the scope and size of the federal government.”

CNN, "Common Core fight a larger battle over the size of government", February 9, 2015

 

“The plan would expand school choice policies to children nationwide and push back against Common Core, among other significant education reforms.”

The Washington Examiner, "Jindal releases education plan while ramping up for 2016", February 9, 2015

 

“At the heart of his proposal is a total repudiation of Common Core, as well as a general rollback of federal authority, increased school choice options for parents and greater administrative freedom for educators.”

The Daily Caller, "Jindal Unveils National Plan To Repeal Common Core", February 9, 2015

 

“[Jindal] said [Common Core], originally touted as a state-based effort to improve education standards, morphed into a system of greater federal control of schools.”

National Review Online, "Jindal Sets Up an Early 2016 Cycle Clash on Common Core", February 9, 2015

 

“Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal on Monday called for reducing the role of the federal Department of Education.”

The Washington Examiner, "Jindal calls for smaller federal Department of Education", February 9, 2015

Saturday
Feb072015

Josiah Bartlett Center - Gov's Budget, Trains, and School Choice 

Weekly Update from the
Josiah Bartlett Center

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

February is that exciting time of the year when the governor gives us a special valentine in the form of her budget address. Much better than candy or flowers, it is an outline of the two-year state budget – the policy document that guides every little thing the government does and defines an administration. With government currently divided, we should listen carefully to see if this critical address is meaningless theater or the first step toward something constructive happening despite political antagonism. Click here to keep reading.


This week, the Capitol Corridor Rail and Transit Study’s final report was released. The study, which began in 2013, examined a number of transit options for the corridor, with most of the public and political attention focused on the possibility of extending commuter rail into the state. The final study looked at 7 transit options, three for commuter rail, three for bus and a ‘no build’ option. These options were reduced to 5 with the elimination of two of the bus proposals from further consideration. This piece details the commuter rail options presented in the report. Click here to keep reading.


Last month we celebrated School Choice Week here at the Center, highlighting all of the great things that happen when parents are empowered to make get the best education possible for their children. 

A short documentary, Live Free and Learn, was produced by our friends at Cato, that details the School Choice Scholarship Tax Credit here in New Hampshire, and the impact it is having on education.

And
a podcast featuring our own Charlie Arlinghaus discussing education reform in New Hampshire. Click here to listen.

Monday
Oct202014

Daily Signal - Government to Ordained Ministers: Celebrate Same-Sex Wedding or Go to Jail 

Friday
Aug292014

NH Rep O'Brien - Supreme Court decision on Duncan v. State of New Hampshire 

In 2012 the New Hampshire legislature overrode Democrat Gov. Lynch’s veto and passed the Opportunity Scholarship Act, a law intended to give the children from poor and medium income families the opportunity to get the same educational opportunities that the children of Gov. Lynch and so many of his well-heeled political and union boss friends enjoy.  This pro-educational choice law allows businesses to give a very limited amount of their pretax dollars to private charities set up to give all but a small percentage of the funds they receive to educate children from families earning no more than 300% of the federal poverty line.
 
Ever since this law came into effect, vested educational industry interests, led by those who do not have to send their children to failing schools, have tried to reverse Gov. Lynch’s failed gubernatorial veto with a judicial veto.  They forum-shopped for a favorable judge.  They had that judge issue a decision limiting the law based on premise that would make any liberal smile: he said, in effect, that all your money first belongs to the government, so if government leaves some to you after taxes with the knowledge that you might spend it on a religious-based education, then government is supporting religion.
 
This trial court decision has now been subject to review in the New Hampshire Supreme Court and fortunately, it was reversed.  The decision found the plaintiffs lack standing to be in court challenging this law.  As a consequent, the Supreme Court overturned this clearly erroneous decision. 
 
The Supreme Court today rejected the trial court’s decision that in effect would have told the NH Legislature to be hostile and not neutral toward religions.  Our state constitution does not lay the foundation for such a radical and harmful government.
   
New Hampshire scholarship students will be able to attend the schools of their choice.  They and their parents will decide and if their decisions are for religious schools or secular schools, it will be up to them and not up to vested education industry interests trying to corral all students into failed government schools.
 
Decades of union and liberal tinkering and reforms have tainted the splendor of what was a public education system that was the envy of the world.  We must do better for our children.  We must expand the education choices available to all families, even those not as rich as the present and past New Hampshire governors opposing educational choice and the lead plaintiff in the Duncan case.  The journey to a better education for our children must and will continue.
 

Friday
Aug292014

NHDP Statement on NH Supreme Court's Decision Not to Rule on Reckless Education Voucher Law 

Manchester, NH – After the New Hampshire Supreme Court decided earlier today not to rule on the constitutionality of the reckless and irresponsible education voucher law, New Hampshire Democratic Party Chairman Ray Buckley issued the following statement:

“It is disappointing that the New Hampshire Supreme Court refused to rule on the reckless, fiscally irresponsible and unconstitutional education voucher law that could dismantle New Hampshire public schools.

“Already, two lower courts have found the law to be in violation of the state's constitution.

“This disastrous education voucher law funnels public funding to unaccountable out of state right-wing groups bent on destroying our public education system and hampers our state's ability to provide Granite State students the education they deserve.

“The education voucher law also irresponsibly shifts burdensome costs to local communities and forces property tax payers to foot the bill.

“Republicans like Walt Havenstein and Andrew Hemingway who support this misguided and right-wing education voucher law will have to answer to Granite State voters why they want to raise their property taxes and undermine their public education.”