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My Latest Letter to the Local Newspaper: Questions for NH Democratic Party Gubernatorial Candidates

August 6, 2018

I appreciated reading that Molly Kelly and Steve Marchand, the two major candidates seeking to oppose incumbent Governor Chris Sununu, see education as a priority in the forthcoming election in November. Either candidate would be an improvement over the incumbent who, despite evidence to the contrary, promotes the idea that New Hampshire public schools are “failing” and already have sufficient funding. But as an Independent who is likely to vote in the primary as a Democrat, I have some specific questions for each of these front-running candidates about public education policy:

  • What is your position on the debate over the existing funding formula? Would you propose a budget that provides enough money to fully fund the stabilization grant so that property poor towns are no longer short-changed? If not, what solution would you offer to address the funding disparities that exist?
  • What is your position on the legislatures proposal to create Education Savings Accounts?
  • What is your reaction to the Governor’s assertion that the courts play no role in determining the fairness of education funding?
  • Would you replace Governor Sununu’s appointee, Commissioner of Education Frank Edelblut, who is an outspoken advocate for vouchers? If so, what kind of qualifications would you use to select his successor?
  • And lastly, how will you raise the funds required to fully fund public schools and keep your pledge to make post-secondary education more affordable?

We have five weeks left before the primary election to determine who will oppose Chris Sununu in the election. A response to these questions will help me determine which candidate will make public education a priority.

 

 

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