Nashua Telegraph on Reaching Higher NH: "Group of difference-makers takes aim at the right issue"

The Nashua Telegraph commented editorially today on its high hopes for Reaching Higher NH:

Group of difference-makers takes aim at the right issue

On the list of things New Hampshire probably doesn’t need more of, coalitions would rank up there.

There’s an interest group for pretty much everything, from energy conservation and guns to business advocacy and unions.

So it’s hard to get excited when we hear about yet another coalition being formed.

But we were encouraged by the announcement this week of Reaching Higher NH, a new group dedicated to “supporting public education and fostering high standards that give our students the opportunity to prepare for college, for immediate careers, and for the challenges of life in 21st century New Hampshire.”

The lineup of board members is an impressive mix of leading Republican and Democratic political figures – including Nashua Mayor Donnalee Lozeau – teachers and school administrators, and representatives of the business community, among others. It’s led by two prominent attorneys, Tom Rath and Alan Reische.

Everybody on the board has a proven track record of making a difference, and we have high hopes that this group can effect change that strengthens the state’s schools and turns our education system into an engine that can power the state’s economy and empower its individuals.

Or, as Reaching Higher NH board member Steve Duprey put it on the group’s website: “Public education is the only way to close the opportunity gap – we need to support New Hampshire’s education system.”