school choice

School choice poses no threat to great or good public schools

by Don January 13, 2018

To The Daily Sun, Reviewing his 1/9/18 column, one has to wonder if E. Scott Cracraft intentionally tries to mislead readers, if he just doesn’t care about children getting a decent start in life, if he’s blind to public education’s failures, or if he is afraid that children, educated outside of public schools, might learn […]

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How Come America’s Socialist Government Schools Don’t Work?

by Ed Naile January 6, 2018

My wife and I have friends in Belgium. We have visited there many times. One of our friends has a daughter we have known since she was two and who is now twenty. I walked her to school one morning and stayed with her until the teachers gathered all the kids up and took them […]

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NH Democrats: School Choice is Only for Children who can Afford it

by Kimberly Morin January 4, 2018

Yesterday, the New Hampshire House of Representatives voted to pass Senate Bill 193 (SB 193), AN ACT establishing education freedom savings accounts for students. The goal of the bill is to allow parents, who choose to set up an Education Freedom Savings Account (ESA), to receive a small portion of the taxpayer dollars they are […]

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“Many parents cannot afford private schools; SB-193 will help”

by Don December 14, 2017

To The Daily Sun, If a contractor did a good job for you but a bad job for your neighbor would you force your neighbor to keep rehiring the same contractor? Would you tell your neighbor to hire a second contractor to follow the first and fix the first contractor’s poor work? No. But this […]

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Guest Post by the Honorable Norm Silber – Stop discrimination against Catholics!

by Op-Ed December 14, 2017

Isn’t it long past time that New Hampshire ended blatant discrimination against Catholics in our state? After the great Irish potato famine in the mid-1800’s, America experienced a large wave of Irish immigrants, many of whom were Catholics.   Some politicians wanted to prevent any public support of Catholic institutions and thus attempted, unsuccessfully, to amend […]

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Kate Baker: The State of Education Choice in New Hampshire

by Steve MacDonald July 14, 2017

Kate Baker is the Director of the Children’s Scholarship Fund NH and she took some time at the CNHT Taxpayer Picnic to update attendees on the state of Education Choice and reform in the Granite State, including legislation, the scholarship program private and charter schools, education victories, and how the recent SCOTUS decision in Trinty Luthern v. […]

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NH Democrats finally admit what I’ve been saying about them for years

by Skip May 17, 2017

This piece from Pravda on the Merrimack is about SB8 – the “Croydon” bill has a very pointed example of what I have been saying for years and years about Democrats.  I am still amazed that the PotM editor actually let it stay in place especially since all the Democrats save two, brought it up […]

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Governor Sununu Signs Parental Rights Measure

by Steve MacDonald April 17, 2017

Gov. Sununu signed HB103 today, a bill that allows parents to review and opt-out of sex-ed curriculum. More specifically, it is AN ACT relative to school district policies regarding objectionable course material. IX-c. Require school districts to adopt a policy allowing an exception to specific course material based on a parent’s or legal guardian’s determination that […]

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Fight over School Choice Heats Up

by Steve MacDonald April 5, 2017

Someone I know (a liberal Hillary supporter) who must remain anonymous was saying that SB193 would allow some home-schooling family with six kids to take six kids worth of money out of the school district when it wouldn’t cost them that much to home school them. My fist thought was, well, it’s not actually the […]

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HYPOCRISY: Andru Volinsky is for NH public schools, just not for his OWN children

by Kimberly Morin February 2, 2017

Yesterday, the Executive Council tabled the confirmation of Frank Edelblut for Commissioner of Education because Democrat Andru Volinsky found a statute that requires the governor to meet with the entire Board of Education before nominating the commissioner of education. According to Sununu, he met with the chairman but not all members. The confirmation vote was […]

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Steve Kenda – Education, School Choice, Heroin ‘Crisis’

by Steve MacDonald June 14, 2016
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In part two of our conversation with Steve Kenda, State Senate Candidate District 24, we talk about Education, Common core, school choice, the heroin epidemic, and bureaucracies. (Download this segment) (Listen to the entire Podcast)  

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Local Education and The Beautiful Tree

by Steve MacDonald May 18, 2016
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Are brick and mortar classrooms obsolete? Jody and Ian Underwood continue the education discussion with the book “The Beautiful Tree,” we touch on the advantages of local control in education, and real-world costs per classroom versus what your school board is charging you. (Download this segment) (Full Podcast)   Podcast RSS Feed  

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Kill This ‘School Choice’ Bill

by Steve MacDonald May 17, 2016
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Jody and Ian Underwood join us to talk about HB 1637, a school choice bill introduced to make the law clearer. We talk about what happened to it in the legislature and why we now want to see it killed. (Download this segment) Update: The NH House did manage to fix HB 1637 after all. […]

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May 14th, 2016 Podcast

by Steve MacDonald May 14, 2016
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Ashley McGuire from The Catholic Association joins us to talk religious liberty, and Jody and Ian Underwood stop in to discuss school choice. Update: The NH House did manage to fix HB 1637 after all.  

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School Choice Fight

by Steve MacDonald February 28, 2016
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Small town fights state boards and the AG’s office so parents can send their kids to a school of their choice. While that town (Croydon) battles in court, legislators work to make existing law–which supports school choice already –even clearer. Education advocate Michelle Levell joins us as we talk about Croydon, the legislation, costs per […]

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HB 1637 — School Choice for Small Towns

by Steve MacDonald February 27, 2016
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By Michelle Levell – Reposted with Permission. (Listen to segment 2c of the Feb 27th edition of GrokTALK! for relevant discussion.) Note: The House Education Committee will vote on this bill Tuesday, March 1, starting at 9:30am. Posted on February 13, 2016 by Michelle Levell On February 12th the House Education Committee held a public hearing for […]

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NH DOE Fails to Get Injunction Against Croydon

by Steve MacDonald December 16, 2015
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Michelle Levell | School Choice for New Hampshire On December 14, 2015 the presiding judge of the Strafford Superior Court, Justice Brian T. Tucker, denied the injunction brought by the NH Department of Education and Attorney General against the Croydon School Board. The NH DOE and AG claimed that the four Croydon students would be […]

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Guest Post: Our Turn: School choice matters, so drop Croydon lawsuit

by Skip December 4, 2015

By Rep. GREG HILL, Rep. JR HOELL and MICHAEL BALBONI for the Concord Monitor: New Hampshire parents want the best for their children, and that includes a great K-12 education. The state’s public schools provide a conducive learning environment for most of its children, but for some children, the local school does not meet educational […]

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Don’t Give In To A Bully

by Steve MacDonald September 29, 2015
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The Bullies in the AG’s office are prepared to take a small town to court even though the law is against them. We talk more about the intimidation factor, the press, and the likely costs to go to court to defend School Choice. The NH AG is expected to take them to court. Help by […]

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GrokTALK! – NH AG Tells Town To Violate the Law to Stop School Choice

by Steve MacDonald September 28, 2015
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The tiny town of Croydon, NH is under attack from a State Attorney General’s office that is not just ignoring the law as written (to prevent School Choice), they are asking the Town selectman to break the law to aid them in their venture. Ian and Jody Underwood joins us to talk about Croydon, NH […]

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GOP candidates show reform is possible at NH Education Summit

by Steve MacDonald August 24, 2015
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[Last] Wednesday, Govs.  Jeb Bush, John Kasich, Scott Walker, Bobby Jindal, Chris Christie, and former HP CEO Carly Fiorina traveled to the 2015 New Hampshire Education Summit in Londonderry, to sit down for a one-on-one with Campbell Brown, founder of The Seventy Four, a new education news site sponsored by the American Federation of Children. keep reading…

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School Choice – it just works

by Skip August 17, 2015

Success Academy Posted Its Latest Test Scores. The Results Are Astounding. New York’s largest charter network outperformed traditional public schools in wealthy zip codes. And yet, uber-Progressive NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio has fought hard to decrease such choice.  So has NH Democrat Governor Maggie Hassan.  Guess they hate kids and love teachers unions. And hate […]

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GrokTALK! – School Choice And the Regulatory State

by Steve MacDonald August 5, 2015
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Greg Moore from AFP joins us to talk about Milton Friedman, Free lunch, School choice, and the encroaching regulatory state. Want the entire program? Get it here! Follow us on YouTube, USTREAM, Facebook, and Twitter …and take us with you on iTunes, iHeart Radio, Spreaker,TuneIn, or Stitcher.    

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NH town allocates $70M for a public education system of 3800 kids

by Steve MacDonald April 27, 2015
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The Public education model has failed. It is time to look at other alternatives. By Steve Mac Donald | Watchdog Arena Merrimack, N.H. recently voted for and approved a $70 million school budget. This will fund one year of “education” for 3,800 students. I don’t have a college degree, so I do the pedestrian thing. […]

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GrokTALK! – School Choice in Croydon, NH Part III

by Steve MacDonald April 17, 2015
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We continue the school choice discussion touching on who benefits from a voucher program, how Croydon is ready to go court if they are forced  (because state law and the state constitution are on their side), a bit of what the law actually says, and a look at the real costs of public education. You […]

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GrokTALK! – School Choice in Croydon, NH Part II

by Steve MacDonald April 15, 2015
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We continue our discussion with Jody Underwood about how Croydon, NH discovered a taxpayer-funded School voucher program already in existing New Hampshire law, we cover what the state constitution actually says about education, and what State School Board chair Virgina Barry  tried to leave out of that debate when she insisted Croydon stop their School […]

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GrokTALK! School Choice: Croydon, NH Part I

by Steve MacDonald April 15, 2015
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Jody Underwood joins us to discuss Croydon, New Hampshire’s journey to school choice, details, background, and the state’s changing reaction to the plan. You can listen to the entire program here Follow us on YouTube, USTREAM, Facebook, and Twitter …and take us with you on iTunes, iHeart Radio, Spreaker, TuneIn, or Stitcher.

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Ian Underwood – Courcruxes

by GrokWatch News Desk April 14, 2015

Ian Underwood | GrokWatch News Desk Suppose you buy a car made by General Motors.  And there is a problem with the car — the brakes aren’t designed properly, and you’re severely injured in a car crash.  So you want to sue GM. And suppose you’re required to do that in a court that is […]

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Epic – Former NH Supreme Court Justice Chuck Douglas smack down of NH State Education Commissioner Virginia Barry

by Skip April 13, 2015

This past Saturday (I gotta get the videos done – Thank GOD that Steve got the audio done!) we had Jody Underwood, Chair of the Croydon School Board, on to talk about the fight that NH State Education Commissioner Virginia Barry (Ph.D., dontcha know) concerning Cryodon and SAU #43’s use of “school choice” to send its […]

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GrokTALK! April 11th, 2015

by Steve MacDonald April 11, 2015
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This week our guests are Susan Olsen (2A and Legislative update), Yvonne Dean-Bailey (Special election candidate for the NH House), Jody Underwood (On school choice, vouchers, and Education in Croydon, NH), and Jane Cormier drops in for an update from NH Right to Life.  We’ve also got Uber, Down-shifting, decentralization, forest management, local control, and […]

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