NH Education in Transition

Business leader Val Zanchuk: “Don’t destroy a top public school system” – MyTurn in the Concord Monitor

Business leader Val Zanchuk: “Don’t destroy a top public school system” – MyTurn in the Concord Monitor

New Hampshire civic and business leader Val Zanchuk writes an oped about the damage vouchers would do to New Hampshire’s top performing school system, making the point students from higher income families would be the primary beneficiaries.

Make Private School Free or Die: The Fight Over Education Savings Accounts in New Hampshire – The 74

Make Private School Free or Die: The Fight Over Education Savings Accounts in New Hampshire – The 74

“The 74”, a national web site that covers education from a conservative viewpoint, reported on SB 193.  Here are some excerpts: Soon [“Live free or die.”] may prevail in schooling as well, as lawmakers decide whether to create a universal system of education savings accounts and a conservative new governor […]

Three opinions on Commissioner Edelblut

Three opinions on Commissioner Edelblut

Letters to the Seacoast Media papers and the Union Leader express varying opinions about New Hampshire Education Commissioner Frank Edelblut.

Union Leader: “‘School choice’ bill hitting head winds”

Union Leader: “‘School choice’ bill hitting head winds”

Dave Solomon’s State House Dome reports that SB 193, the school choice bill, is unlikely to pass in this legislative session and that the governor is ambivalent about the bill.

Concord Monitor: Voucher bill probably to be retained over the summer and state employees oppose DOE reorganization

Concord Monitor: Voucher bill probably to be retained over the summer and state employees oppose DOE reorganization

The Monitor provides background on the lack of sufficient Republican support for the ambitious voucher bill and reports that the State Employee Association has weighed in heavily against Commissioner Edelblut’s proposed reorganization plan.

Governor Sununu on SB 193: I have concerns about putting public funds towards non-public schools

Governor Sununu on SB 193: I have concerns about putting public funds towards non-public schools

On NHPR’s The Exchange this morning, Josh Rogers ran a clip of a  statement given by Governor Sununu on SB 193. The bill would create an “education freedom savings account” program, or voucher system, in New Hampshire. Here’s what the Governor said:

Union Leader editorial: Cline to replace Raffio

Union Leader editorial: Cline to replace Raffio

The Union Leader Editorial Board featured this piece on their former editor’s appointment to the State Board of Education:

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Amendments would give Commissioner some latitude, but would look at DOE structure in depth over the summer

The Concord Monitor reported on two amendments proposed by Senator David Watters (Dover), one of which creates a committee to study the structure of the Department of Education. Here’s an excerpt of the article:

Governor Sununu: Drew Cline is “a great resource” for State Board of Education

Governor Sununu: Drew Cline is “a great resource” for State Board of Education

Governor Chris Sununu has nominated former Union Leader editorial page editor Drew Cline to the State Board of Education, reported the Union Leader. Cline will replace longtime member and current chairman Tom Raffio, who has served on the board for 10 years. 

Governor Sununu replaces Chairman Tom Raffio on State Board of Education

Governor Sununu replaces Chairman Tom Raffio on State Board of Education

The Associated Press reported that Governor Chris Sununu has replaced State Board of Education chairman Tom Raffio this week. Raffio has served on the State Board of Education for 10 years. From the report: