Critics denounce Duncan nomination to education board
Gov. Maggie Hassan’s nomination of longtime education activist Bill Duncan to the New Hampshire Board of Education is drawing fire from supporters of charter schools and an education tax credit law.
Senate Republican Leader Jeb Bradley said yesterday that Duncan can’t serve as an unbiased administrator of programs he spent years trying to dismantle. Bradley said Duncan is the lead plaintiff in a lawsuit challenging the business tax credit that gives scholarships to students who attend private and religious schools and he opposes charter schools.
Matt Southerton, director of New Hampshire Charter Schools, called Hassan’s choice deeply cynical. GOP gubernatorial candidates Andrew Hemingway and Wal Havenstein also criticized the selection.
The Executive Council votes whether to confirm Duncan on Thursday.