school choice

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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GrokTALK! With House Candidate Josh Moore

by Steve MacDonald October 14, 2014
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Josh Moore joins us to talk about his race for the NH House.  We start with unions (he defeated a pro-union Republican in the primary), economy and jobs, School choice, second amendment, favorite committee assignments, Josh’s cable access show, the social value of personal responsibility, and more…   Listen to or Download this segment on […]

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NH Supreme Court Upholds NH Education Tax Credit -Kids Win, Maggie Hassan And Democrats Lose

by Steve MacDonald August 28, 2014
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The NH State  Supreme Court Upholds NH Education Tax Credit.  The ACLU, Bill Duncan, Maggie Hassan, Barry Lynn and others…lose. Kids and parents who want their kids to have a shot at attending the better schools or just having more choices – Win! Court (Lewis, J.) ruling in favor of the petitioners, eight individual New […]

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Meet Michelle Levell – Liberty Candidate – Rockingham 7

by Susan Olsen July 28, 2014

She may be new to running for office, but she’s spent more time in Concord that some elected state representatives!

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An Open Letter to NH Charter School Parents

by Susan Olsen May 7, 2014

The letter below is posted on behalf of State Representative JR Hoell, Bow/Dunbarton May 6, 2014 Dear New Hampshire Charter School parents, Yesterday, we learned that our Governor nominated William “Bill” Duncan to the New Hampshire Board of Education (NHBOE).  This nomination could be confirmed by the Executive Council as soon as this Thursday, May […]

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Maybe he’ll keep the riff-raff out of Phillips-Exeter

by Susan Olsen May 5, 2014

What is Her Radiance thinking?

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Call to Action – Stop The Appointment of Bill Duncan – Enemy of School Choice

by Steve MacDonald May 5, 2014
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Rich white guy Bill Duncan, who doesn’t think disadvantaged children deserve a better chance at life and arch-enemy of school choice, has been named by Her Highness Governor Maggie Hassan to a 4-year term on the NH Board of Education that’s through two freaking governorships.  This Goes to the Executive Council Wednesday – there is […]

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School Choice for New Hampshire

by Steve MacDonald March 7, 2014
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c/o Ann Marie Banfield Tuesday is a big day!! Please support these school board candidates who are pro school choice and anti Common Core. Many districts across the state have elections next Tuesday, March 11th. Please let us know if there are any others to add to our list! Bedford SAU 25 Aaron Day and […]

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GrokTALK! Interview – Jason Bedrick on School Choice

by Steve MacDonald December 29, 2013

(Note: Audio links have been ‘refreshed.’ Everything should be working properly now. Enjoy.) We are not doing a two-hour show this week–our next full program in on Jan 4, 2014– but I found myself in Concord and took the opportunity to do a phone interview on the topic of School Choice with Jason Bedrick. Jason […]

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GrokTALK! Guest Segment – Ashley Pratte Exec Dir. Cornerstone Policy Research

by Steve MacDonald September 16, 2013
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In segment Two Ashley Pratte, Executive Director of Cornerstone Policy Research, returns to discuss Cornerstone’s legislative priorities for the upcoming session; stopping the likley attempt to repeal Parental Notification; educating about education and the issues with Common Core and defending school choice; with a side trip into the subject of liberal women objectifying all women, […]

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May 25th GrokTALK! Guest Segment – Kate Baker

by Steve MacDonald May 26, 2013

In this segment of GrokTALK! we are joined by Kate Baker,  the Executive Director at The Network for Educational Opportunity, to talk about New Hampshire’s Education scholarship Program, parent and student rights, and value of education choice. Listen Here http://granitegrok.com/GrokTalk/By-Snippets/05-25-2013%20Segment%20One.mp3 Download this segment here You can get links to other segments or listen to the complete […]

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Paging Mary Stuart Bile!

by Susan Olsen May 20, 2013

Even the Chicago Teachers’ Union gets it…. Via Weasel Zippers

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It’s about the children…

by Susan Olsen May 10, 2013

“Manchester says that loss would “cause irreparable harm to all students attending school in Manchester, as it equates to losing between 10 to 15 full-time teachers in the district.” So, 60 students required 10-15 full time teachers? What am I missing here?  

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State Senate Votes 13-11 to Table HB 370 – The Education Scholarship Credit Lives!!!

by Steve MacDonald April 18, 2013

HB 370, the government-school monopoly, anti-education-choice-bill from the union-owned Democrat House, that would have repealed the education scholarship tax credit that passed last year, has been tabled by the New Hampshire State Senate.    Tabling a bill is not legislative death but it is not unlike locking a prisoner up in a dungeon and forgetting they are there.  Someone might wander […]

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NH State Senate To Vote On Education Choice Tomorrow

by Steve MacDonald April 17, 2013

HB 370, the New Hampshire Democrats effort to punish the children of poor and lower income families, to keep them out of private schools by denying them an opportunity to get a scholarship, will be voted on tomorrow by the New Hampshire State Senate. Back in April of 2012 we reported on how 71% of New Hampshire’s public schools […]

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“Defending NH’s Public Education” Monopoly

by Susan Olsen March 13, 2013

So what it is about Christianity that Mr. Duncan dislikes so much? For starters, let’s look at that old bugaboo ‘The 10 Commandments”: Does he oppose the one that says we shouldn’t kill? How about the one that says we shouldn’t lie? Or how about the one that says we shouldn’t steal? Or maybe it’s […]

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The War on Poor Children by Religious Bigots in New Hampshire

by Steve MacDonald March 4, 2013

There is an excellent article over at Math Wizards, on the effort by some in New Hampshire to repeal a scholarship program for poor kids titled “HB370: A WAR ON POOR CHILDREN IN NEW HAMPSHIRE by RELIGIOUS BIGOTS?” The article observes that opponents are pointing to the NH State constitution as a reason for repeal, but […]

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I hadn’t really looked at it this way…

by Susan Olsen March 2, 2013

Question For Conservatives: Why Are Your Children Still In Public School? David Groessh, PatriotUpdate.com, posted this question on Wednesday.  I read it early this morning and thought gee, he’s right.  He says in his opening paragraph: ‘You would not let your little children play in a busy street, jump off the roof of a ten-story building, or […]

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Dem NH Majority Votes To Kill School Scholarship Program

by Steve MacDonald February 21, 2013

Children and poor families hit hardest So which Republicans’ voted against private scholarships for poor kids in New Hampshire? Ann Marie Banfield provided a list, with contact info, and reminds us (On Facebook), a vote against will actually cost taxpayers more.  (I talked about it here yesterday.) The HB370 (repeal) passed 188 to 155 and […]

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But who needs a Dad when Government gives you permission to literally screw up!

by Skip December 25, 2012

Ugh.  Like I said,in order to have their political jones satisfied, Progressives / Socialists / Marxists / Communists have understood for decades that they have to unmoor the American public from their traditional values in order – and in this case, a most important – Parents authority and responsibility.  Here’s a quick story that chops […]

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All we heard from the Dems was caterwauling about “Settled Law!” Consistency is not their strong suit

by Skip November 10, 2012

All we heard from these clowns the last two years was things like don’t you DARE touch the gay marriage law – the Legislature already “settled” the issue.  How DARE you Republicans even consider revisiting that law! They adopted the mantra that once done, always done when it comes to the law.  Sure, the body […]

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