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Letter: Cryans gets it

I attended the District 1 Executive Council candidates forum for Mike Cryans and Joe Kenney at the Meredith Community Center on Feb. 11, at which Kenney stated his opposition to the Common Core standards for public education. In a recent interview published in a local newspaper, Kenney is quoted as saying, “The most important problem facing the state – and especially District 1 – jobs, jobs and jobs.”

These two positions are at odds.

Kenney says more local control of schools would be better than the Common Core standards, but he offers no explanation of what public education in New Hampshire would look like without any common academic expectations for our students.

This position is identical to the opinion advocated and applauded at the Lakes Region Tea Party meeting I attended last May at the Moultonboro Library.

Common Core standards for public education were developed to identify and promote a skill set that all students need to compete for jobs in an evolving economy regardless of town or state residence. The standards are designed to level the education playing field so all students have an opportunity to be competitive in the jobs market. Mike Cryans understands this and the standards’ connection to attracting employers who go where they find the most qualified applicants.

New Hampshire is losing population. We need to keep our young people. Cryans gets the connection between attracting employers and attracting young families who want the quality public education that Common Core Standards assure their children will have.

New Hampshire needs Cryans.

KAY M. ANDERSON

Laconia

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