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Imagine! NH GOP Governor Misrepresented Union Role in School Closures and Overlooked Reality: Charter Schools Are the Problem!

Our local newspaper offered an AP fact check on a statement made by GOP Governor Sununu when he issued a declaration that all schools must open by a date certain:

Gov. Chris Sununu has blamed teachers unions for delaying the return of students to classrooms during the coronavirus pandemic, but most of the schools that remain completely closed are charter schools where unions have no role.

Some Governors would praise the fact that somewhere north of 90% of “union schools” have worked collaboratively with local Boards and administrators to open… but not Mr. Sununu who wants to perpetuate the national GOP narrative that UNIONS are blocking the opening of schools. Oh… and imagine the surprise of Somersworth schools when they were singled out:

“I’m glad to hear the governor make a statement, that’s helpful. But it’s probably not going to impact our plans in Somersworth because we put a plan together and we’re sticking to it,” said school board member and Democratic state Rep. Gerri Cannon. “We’ll meet those dates, but we were planning to meet those dates before the governor said anything.”

Will Sununu acknowledge either of these gaffes? Will I see a unicorn at my bird feeder?

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