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Friday
Jan312014

NH GOP - Gov Bobby Jindal: A Chance for Every Child 

Friend,

This week marks 'National School Choice Week' in America - an appropriate time to reflect on the fact that education is one of the most important investments that we can make.

A good education can change a life, lift somebody out of poverty and create economic opportunity and equality.   

 

As Governor of Louisiana, I have fought to give every child an equal opportunity to get a great education. 

 

Too often children are trapped in failing schools - not because of their skills or abilities - but because of their zip code.

 

That's unacceptable, and that's why New Hampshire Republicans stepped up to pass the state's outstanding education tax-credit law. This law gives businesses a tax credit when they donate to a new scholarship fund that helps parents choose the education setting that is best for their children.

 

Unfortunately, activist judges and liberal Democrats have relentlessly attacked this worthy program. They have made it clear that they would rather stand up for government unions that oppose this law, instead of the kids who stand to benefit from it.

 

Please Stand Up For School Choice And Help Support Republicans Who Passed This Law By Donating $25, $50 or $75 To The New Hampshire Republican State Committee Today.

 

Governor Maggie Hassan has demonstrated a callous disregard for children who depend on these scholarships. She has repeatedly fought to repeal this popular tax credit - recently she even took the step of urging the state supreme court to restrict school choice by invalidating this good law. Her disgraceful effort to kill this popular program shows that she is out of touch with the values and priorities of her constituents.

 

In November, New Hampshire voters will have a chance to replace Governor Hassan with a Republican governor who will stand up for policies that will improve educational opportunities for children across the state. They will have a chance to elect a leader who will do what is right for students and parents instead of the liberal special interests and unions that have bankrolled Governor Hassan's political campaigns.

 

But in order to win, Republicans will need your help to build a strong grassroots network. That's why the New Hampshire Republican State Committee needs your time, efforts, and your donations today to take back the corner office in November.

 

Thank you,

 

Governor Bobby Jindal

 

P.S. If you stand for school choice and giving families and children all the tools they need to get the best education possible - regardless of zip code - then please join me today in making your most generous donation to the New Hampshire Republican State Committee today so they can keep up the fight for this good law.

Monday
Jan272014

AFP Foundation - National School Choice Week 2014!

Friend-

Today is the official start of National School Choice Week 2014! To celebrate, hundreds of organizations and thousands of schools are joining together to host more than 5,500 events as part of a nationwide effort to support expanding freedom and choice in education. Americans for Prosperity Foundation is proud to be an official coalition partner and will be hosting several of these events around the country.

Find out what School Choice Week events are happening in your area.

All children deserve a quality education and the opportunities that come with it. Some states have made strides in allowing parents more decision rights over their children's education, but there's still a lot of work to be done.

Parents know better than government bureaucrats what's best for their children. That's why we're working so hard to educate Americans on what they can do to make sure parents are allowed to choose the best education for their kids.


All the best,

Peggy Venable
Americans for Prosperity Foundation
Senior Policy Advisor

P.S. Please share this email with your family and friends, and encourage them to get involved. Find out what School Choice Events are going in your area.

Friday
Jan242014

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.

www.networkforeducation.org

Sunday
Jan192014

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

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


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

Sunday
Jan192014

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.

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