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Heads Up - School Choice Celebration at Belknap Mill on Feb. 1

Network For Educational Opportunity To Hold School Choice Celebration & Free Children’s Concert at Belknap Mill

The Network for Educational Opportunity (NEO) announced today its inaugural School Choice Celebration to be held during National School Choice Week. NEO’s celebration will take place at the Belknap Mill, 25 Beacon Street East in Laconia, NH on Saturday, February 1st beginning at 12:30 p.m.  NEO staff are holding this first-ever event to kick off their second year of K-12 scholarship operations, and to celebrate the awarding of more than $125,000 in education tax credit scholarships for the 2013-2014 school year.


Free and open to the public, the NEO School Choice Celebration will feature interactive musical experience “Wayne from Maine” and balloon-meister White Marriot.  The celebration will also highlight the need to expand access to educational options for all children.


Organizers expect close to 250 people to attend the event: children, parents, community leaders, and other education choice stakeholders.  NEO staff will make a presentation on scholarships and school choice at 12:30 p.m. and will repeat this presentation following the concert.  NEO’s close-knit community – as well as new families seeking information – are strongly encouraged to attend for scholarship access updates, including information on how to apply.


Under the NH Education Tax Credit law passed in 2012, families may be eligible for financial need-based scholarships from NEO to pay tuition for education options. This has created a flurry of interest from families in need and levels the playing field, giving children whose parents are of modest means the opportunity to attend a school they would otherwise be unable to afford. The need-based scholarships empower families to choose an educational setting that is the best fit for their child.  Options NEO can assist with run the gamut of public schools outside a student’s zoned district, first-time or continued attendance at specialized private schools, as well as financial support for home schooling materials and experiences.


“All of us at NEO are thrilled to have the opportunity to empower NH families to overcome barriers to choosing a school or educational setting that is the best fit for their child. We’re proud to have awarded scholarships to more than 100 children in 2013 and we look forward to celebrating school choice with parents and the community,” said NEO Executive Director Kate Baker.

By participating in National School Choice Week 2014, which runs January 26th to February 1st, NEO joins hundreds of organizations, thousands of groups, and millions of Americans in raising awareness concerning the need to empower parents with the ability to choose the best educational environments for their children.


Josiah Bartlett Center - What’s Noteworthy Here is the Governor’s Chutzpah 

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What's Noteworthy Here is the Governor's Chutzpah

The governor would like to spend state revenues directly for scholarships to be used at any approved school, public or private in the state. At the same time, in the same term, she is arguing that legislation that does the same thing is an unconstitutional breach that must be stopped. Rarely has any leader been so directly and perfectly contradictory.

In her budget address just eleven months ago, Gov. Hassan proposed spending $4 million from the state treasury directly to pay for “need-based scholarships that can be used at both public and private colleges.” This is not an unreasonable program. To allow lower-income students access to greater educational opportunity, the governor wants to target limited dollars to them. Rather than dictate a list of specific providers, the governor believes students and their parents should choose from any licensed school, public or private, religious or secular, in-state or out-of-state to develop the best educational option for that specific student....Click here to keep reading


Alliance For School Choice - New PSA Features Athletes, Celebrities Calling for More Educational Options

Includes Deion Sanders, Kathie Lee Gifford, Lou Gossett, Jr., Vivica Fox, Jalen Rose, Lisa Leslie and others

PSA to be unveiled Jan. 30 during Super Bowl celebration in New York City

Washington, D.C. (Jan. 17, 2014) – The Alliance for School Choice and the American Federation for Children, today announced it is releasing a new PSA featuring athletes and celebrities calling for more educational options. The PSA will be publicly unveiled at a press conference during Super Bowl celebrations on Jan. 30, 2014 in New York City. 

“This PSA will serve as an urgent reminder that too many children are falling through cracks, only to be forgotten and left behind,” said Kevin P. Chavous, executive counsel to  Federation and the Alliance. “We’re grateful to have a diverse group of athletes and celebrities coming together to urge for more educational options, and serving as champions for children and families in need.”

The Jan. 30 press conference will feature Pro Football Hall of Famer Deion Sanders, four-time Olympic gold medalist Lisa Leslie, and Chavous, a national education reform advocate and former D.C. City Councilmember. 

The PSA features Sanders, Leslie, Kathie Lee Gifford, Jalen Rose, Lou Gossett, Jr., Vivica Fox, Stephen A. Smith, Keshia Knight Pulliam, “Mary Mary,” Janet Evans, Theotis Beasley and Mary Millben.


Franklin Center - School choice week is coming! 

School Choice Week is coming January 26th!

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Less than a year after Jon Cassidy,'s Texas bureau chief, blew the whistle on shenanigans in a local school district, two officials have been indicted. Jon's story drew attention to ongoing multi-million dollar fraud in the Beaumont Independent School District--which the rest of the state's media had willfully ignored. The two officials face 19 felony counts, and taxpayers in the district are beginning to understand where their money has gone. This is the power of great journalism, and these are the kinds of stories our Watchdog reporters produce throughout the country.

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NHGOP Statement On Hassan Asking Supreme Court To Uphold Ruling On Education Tax Credits

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ConcordNew Hampshire Republican State Committee Chairman Jennifer Horn released the following statement today in Governor Hassan asking the State Supreme Court to uphold a ruling that deems education tax credits unconstitutional.


"Education choice is about parents being able to find the best possible educational opportunities for their children, regardless of family income. We must put an end to the era of allowing zip code to determine educational outcome. The School Choice Bill passed last session leveled the playing field, offering even our poorest students the opportunity to access the educational environment that is best for them.


"Governor Hassan's attempt to destroy this worthy program displays an elitist and callous disregard for the most vulnerable students in our community. Private funds, not taxpayer dollars, support Education Opportunity Tax Credit Scholarships raising more than $150,000 to support the students who have applied for them. It is obvious that citizens of New Hampshire are supportive of this critical program and want to see it continued."

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