Letter: Anti-education Democrats
During Maggie Hassan’s campaign for governor she promised to improve academic standards for New Hampshire students. To this date, there has been no word on how she will accomplish this task.
Hassan also promised to fund charter schools. The state Board of Education, using the excuse of the lack of funding, denied expanding charter schools.
To remedy this problem, Rep. Ralph Boehm introduced legislation to fund new charters that have already moved to create schools to meet the needs of New Hampshire families. This would make the law consistent with the funding of regular public schools. If this legislation is not approved, existing charter schools could lose their federal grants.
Boehm’s legislation has been derailed in the House Finance Committee.
We hear that the Democrats are fully supportive of charter schools, but their actions continually say just the opposite. Not only do their actions harm charter schools, but they also impact funding for all public schools. Race to the Top grants are awarded to states that expand charter schools. These grants help schools implement the new Common Core standards. Denying the expansion of charter schools puts New Hampshire in a less favorable position.
House Democrats also supported legislation that would deny helping low-income children receive scholarships through private donations. Offering low-income families these scholarships helps them choose a private school, home-school or even a different public school for their children.
When the Nashua Telegraph reports that 65 percent of incoming college freshman enter community college in need of remedial education, something needs to be done.
Helping parents and families acquire options for their children, seems to be a problem for Democrats.
Is this the most anti-education Legislature we’ve seen in years?
ANN MARIE BANFIELD