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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.


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:


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


"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 


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.

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.





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


NHDP - Havenstein Sides with Tea Party, Against Public School Students of New Hampshire

Maryland Multi-Millionaire Supports Voucher Program That Diverts Public Education Dollars To Private and Religious Schools


Concord, NH-- Walt Havenstein has yet again taken a page out of the failed Tea Party playbook of 2010, announcing his support of a voucher program that will divert public education dollars to private and religious schools. This is the most recent example of Havenstein siding against the priorities of New Hampshire's working families. Over the past two weeks, Havenstein has railed against the bipartisan plan to expand health care access to 50,000 Granite Staters, opposed a bipartisan plan to reinvest in our state's infrastructure, and came out against restoring and improving our state's minimum wage.
"Maryland mult-millionaire Walt Havenstein's support of the education voucher tax credit program is yet another example of why the families and students of New Hampshire simply cannot trust Havenstein to stand up for them," said New Hampshire Democratic Party Press Secretary Lucas Meyer. "This misguided policy not only works to undermine our state's public school system, but also directly violates the New Hampshire Constitution."
This law, which has been found unconstitutional by two lower courts, strips public schools of crucial funding by diverting millions in already limited education funds from public to religious schools. This program would make it more difficult for the state to meet its obligation to provide Granite State students the education they deserve.
"The people of New Hampshire rejected this type of radical and out-of-touch ideology in 2012, and with positions like this, Walt Havenstein can expect the same result," concluded Meyer.