New Hampshire Alliance for Public Charter Schools


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  • March 15, 2016 4:05 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Charles Arlinghaus, Union Leader

    One committee chairman in the New Hampshire House admitted in a rare moment of candor that he intends to use schools as a political hostage in his grand negotiating scheme. This sort of cynical manipulation helps explain why average citizens have such contempt for politicians and their perverted sense of ethics. New Hampshire's charter school law has been in limbo for the better part of a year. The Attorney General's Office has told the state Board of Education that its interpretation of language passed last session prohibits the board from allowing any new schools to open. Oddly, the authors of that language intended precisely the opposite.
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  • March 15, 2016 4:03 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    In a strong bipartisan vote, the New Hampshire House of Representatives voted to approve HB299 and refer it to the House Finance Committee. This is a great victory for the children of New Hampshire.

    HB299 will now go to the House Finance Committee, where it is expected to receive strong bipartisan support. The bill should move quickly to the Senate for approval before being signed by the Governor.

    The Center for Innovative Schools applauds New Hampshire's legislators from both parties for their commitment to increasing options in public education.

    The Governor's commitment to public charter schools and the passing of HB299 set the stage for exciting new possibilities for New Hampshire's students and will help the state to retain over $5.2 million in federal startup funds.

  • March 12, 2016 6:44 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    A thoughtful piece by Morgan True of the Associated Press. The piece explores the potential loss of federal start-up funds and the politics at play at the state level. You can read the full article here.

    "If the funding isn't replaced, it could dash the hopes of several groups wanting to open charter schools in the next two years. The state could also lose more than $5 million in charter startup grants from the federal government"...

    "A House budget writer, denies playing politics with charter funding, saying it was his understanding that there weren't enough completed applications to receive the grant money"...

    "He added, though, that such political maneuvers are perfectly acceptable and widely used. He said the Department of Education told him there weren't enough sufficiently completed charter applications to receive the federal grant money anyway. Deputy Education Commissioner Paul Leather said his department didn't tell Eaton that, but he declined to comment on the readiness of charter applications at that time or their bearing on federal aid. Repeated calls seeking further comment from the Department of Education weren't returned".

  • March 12, 2016 6:43 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Good article by Danielle Curtis however there remains a lot of misinformation out there some of which you can see in this video.

    By Danielle Curtis, Nashua Telegraph

    CONCORD – If the state passes its budget for the next biennium without money for new charter schools, the effects would be devastating, and long-lasting.

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  • March 12, 2016 6:42 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    By Mark Hayward, Union Leader

    "MANCHESTER - Gov. Maggie Hassan visited a Manchester charter school on Wednesday and said her plan for a casino represents a way to pay for an expansion of charter schools in the state."

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  • March 12, 2016 6:41 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    "Charter schools and their supporters took one of the biggest hits in the House approved budget package. They haven't taken that kind of hit in a long time. Not only did the House strip out the $2.5 million in funding for new charter school...s Hassan included in her budget proposal, the House added a moratorium on any new charter schools.

    While the state board suspended applications for new schools, it did not officially declare a moratorium. The House beat back attempts to reverse those changes along with another requiring state audits every three years."

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  • March 12, 2016 6:40 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    By Barbara Taormina, Union Leader

    "Letters will go out this week to the 140 families with children enrolled in Gate City Charter School for the Arts with a last-minute announcement that the school, which had planned to open on West Hollis Street, will instead be located in Merrimack.

    The new charter school, which will open in September with an arts-integrated program for children in kindergarten through grade 6, was forced to change sites when the cost of renovating the former Dartmouth-Hitchcock medical building at 591 West Hollis St. turned out to be more than the $750,000 sales price for the property."

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  • March 12, 2016 6:37 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    By Aaron Sanborn, Seacoast Online

    "EXETER — Gratefulness was the dominant emotion for the graduating seniors at Great Bay eLearning Charter School during Wednesday evening's commencement ceremonies. Student after student who spoke on stage at the Tuck Learning Center shared stories about how they struggled in school until they found a home at the Exeter charter school.Graduate Amy Schultz said that she never imagined that she would graduate high school when she was a sophomore. Schultz said she learned differently than others and never felt right at school."

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