State of New Hampshire secondary Archives: on Education


Kelly Ayotte: Cut Pell Grants; use private student loan financing

Q: On Student Financial Aid: Should federal student financial aid, like Pell Grants, be increased?

Hassan: Yes

Ayotte: No. Has voted to cut Pell Grants.

Q: On Student Debt: Refinance student loans at lower rates, paid for by increasing taxes on high earners?

Hassan: Yes

Ayotte: No. Voted against allowing students to draw on federal resources to refinance at lower interest rates. Introduced alternative bill to allow students to refinance at lower rates in the private market. Opponents view private sector option as benefitting financial institutions rather than students.

Source: CampusElect Voter Guide to 2016 New Hampshire Senate race Oct 9, 2016

Colin Van Ostern: Universal full-day kindergarten; more PACE; more local aid

Colin will work with educators and state and local school boards to lift the restriction that is preventing more school districts from launching PACE pilot programs. This would reduce our reliance on standardized tests while maintaining appropriate learning standards for kids at every grade.

Fully funding universal full-day kindergarten will improve our schools while also helping more working parents fully participate in the workforce.

New Hampshire cannot afford to refuse fast-growing school districts a proportional increase in state funding for their students, as has happened in recent years. Additionally, the state should consider how to reinstitute a more sustainable building aid program to support local building construction projects that are in clear need.

Source: Ballotpedia.org on 2016 New Hampshire Gubernatorial race Aug 31, 2016

Colin Van Ostern: College for America: students into workforce with no debt

Education innovator & anti-student debt champion: In 2013, Colin helped launch College for America at Southern New Hampshire University -- a nonprofit, fully-accredited college that helps frontline, working adults achieve a college education with little or no debt.
Source: 2016 New Hampshire gubernatorial website VanOstern.com Jul 20, 2016

Colin Van Ostern: College for America: students into workforce with no debt

Education innovator & anti-student debt champion: In 2013, Colin helped launch College for America at Southern New Hampshire University -- a nonprofit, fully-accredited college that helps frontline, working adults achieve a college education with little or no debt. The school has enrolled thousands of students --the vast majority taking on zero debt at all --and has partnered with more than 65 employers ranging from local nonprofits to Fortune 50 companies to strengthen their workforce. Colin has also advocated for broader public policy solutions to the crushing burden of student debt and worked with grassroots organizations to bring national attention to the need for solutions.
Source: 2016 New Hampshire gubernatorial website VanOstern.com Jul 20, 2016

Jim Rubens: Unconstitutional for federal government to control K-12

The Constitution does not grant the federal government power to control state and local education. I therefore differ with Kelly Ayotte's vote for the ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) which, for the first time in American history, unconstitutionally grants the federal government control over state K-12 education plans and assessments.

Instead, state and local education funds should be block granted so that elected state and local policymakers and school leaders are free to determine how best to use our tax money to improve student learning by means best suited to our varying local needs.

Congress must respond to parents' concerns about one-size-fits-all schools. Parents do not want their children over tested or mined for personal data. Wave after wave of experimental reforms - like Common Core, promoted by profit-making corporations with an interest in harmful standardization -- have badly stressed teachers, students and their parents and have failed to improve learning.

Source: 2016 New Hampshire Senate campaign website JimRubens.com Apr 1, 2016

Bernie Sanders: Student debt is crushing young graduates

Q: Secretary Clinton, you said of Senator Sanders that "It's very hard to see how any of his proposals could ever be achievable." Like free public college?

CLINTON: I believe in affordable college, but I don't believe in free college, because every expert I have talked to says how will you control costs. I want to make sure middle class kids, not Donald Trump's kids, can afford college. The numbers don't add up, from what Senator Sanders has been proposing. That's why all the independent experts that have vetted both of us have concluded that it is not achievable. Let's go down a path where we tell people what we will do. A progressive is someone who makes progress. That's what I intend to do.

SANDERS: I believe that public colleges and universities should be tuition free. How do we pay for that? We pay for it by a tax on Wall Street speculation. The middle class bailed out Wall Street in their time of need. Now, it is Wall Street's time to help the middle class.

Source: MSNBC Democratic primary debate in New Hampshire Feb 4, 2016

Hillary Clinton: Experts vetted my college plan, and it works

Q: Secretary Clinton, you said of Senator Sanders that "It's very hard to see how any of his proposals could ever be achievable." Like free public college?

CLINTON: I believe in affordable college, but I don't believe in free college, because every expert that I have talked to says how will you control the costs. I want to make sure middle class kids, not Donald Trump's kids can afford college. The numbers don't add up, from what Senator Sanders has been proposing. That's why all the independent experts that have vetted both of us have concluded that it is not achievable. Let's go down a path where we tell people what we will do. A progressive is someone who makes progress. That's what I intend to do.

Source: MSNBC Democratic primary debate in New Hampshire Feb 4, 2016

Maggie Hassan: As governor, I froze college tuition

Hassan cited her work freezing college tuition, the success of the New Hampshire economy and other measures from her two terms as governor as reason to send her to Washington. "Now to continue working to realize our state's potential, we need a response from Washington that meets the progress we're making here at home, and that's exactly why I'm running for the United States Senate," Hassan said.
Source: CNN coverage of 2016 New Hampshire Senate race Oct 5, 2015

Chris Sununu: More funding for charter schools; less power to bureaucrats

"We must reform education to ensure that every family has the same opportunity to maximize their student's potential in our schools," said Sununu. "That means empowering parents and teachers, and getting Washington bureaucrats out of New Hampshire's classrooms. Breaking down barriers to school choice. Providing more funding for charter schools. Paying our brightest teachers the best wages. And, it means building a responsible budget, so that we can reinstate school building aid once and for all."
Source: Union-Leader on 2016 New Hampshire gubernatorial race Sep 7, 2015

Bob Smith: Oppose nationwide Common Core standards

Question topic: The federal government should establish nationwide standards (such as Common Core) for high-school graduation.

Smith: Strongly Disagree

Source: Faith2Action iVoterGuide on 2014 New Hampshire Senate race Jul 2, 2014

Karen Testerman: Put parents back in charge, not Department of Education

Educating our children is so simple that it defies logic that there is opposition. Today we hear education lemmings, like Sen. Shaheen, promote less choice. In fact, they push for children of a younger and younger age to enter our government indoctrination centers. Over the years we have watched as oversight of our children's education is slowly removed from the parents.

SAT scores for graduating high school seniors has reached the lowest point in nearly four decades. The decline corresponds directly with the ascension of the federal Department of Education.

Let me remind you of an important fact, the purpose of the DOE was to raise math and science scores to be more competitive on the international stage.

I ask you this: Would you send your car back to a shop that makes it worse each time? Why should we force parents to do the same with their children? It's time to put parents back in charge and let them choose what style of education best suits their children.

Source: 2014 New Hampshire Senate website, KarenTesterman.net Dec 1, 2013

Karen Testerman: Stop the "common core" federal education standards

Testerman went through a litany of issues that are more closely associated with those on the far right, such as recalling elected officials who voted for gun control measures, stopping "common core" federal education standards and further investigation into the September 2012 attack on a the American diplomatic mission in Benghazi.
Source: Valley News on 2014 New Hampshire Senate debate Nov 23, 2013

Jeanne Shaheen: Must resolve permanent school funding this year

We have come a long way-dramatically increasing state aid to education, cutting in half the number of communities without public kindergarten, wiring 98% of our schools to the Internet-but our greatest challenge-a permanent school funding law-is still before us; and we must meet that challenge this year.

This will not be easy. Resolving school funding will require each of us to be honest with ourselves and the people of New Hampshire about what is required by the Claremont II decision. The State must pay for the cost of an adequate education for every child. Itís that simple and that difficult. We must face up to this obligation and we must acknowledge that we cannot meet it without change.

Make no mistake: enacting a permanent solution must be our overriding priority this year. Without a permanent solution this year, the stateís bond ratings and strong fiscal position will be jeopardized. But even more important, without a permanent solution, our public schools will be threatened.

Source: Inaugural Address to New Hampshire Legislature Jan 4, 2001

Jeanne Shaheen: Standards for teachers; kindergarten for kids

The people of New Hampshire understand that funding alone will not give us excellent schools. We must set high standards for our schools and hold them accountable for meeting those standards. We have debated school accountability for three years. This year we must act.

We must also improve educational opportunities for our youngest children. We must extend our kindergarten construction program and make sure that every five-year-old in New Hampshire has the opportunity to attend public kindergarten.

Source: Inaugural Address to New Hampshire Legislature Jan 4, 2001

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