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Jeanne Shaheen on Education

Previously Democratic Governor (NH); candidate for Senate 2008


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

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

Goals 2000: Maintain national standards

Source: 1996 N.H. gubernatorial National Political Awareness Test , Nov 1, 1996

Improve and invest in public schools.

Shaheen is a member of the Democratic Governors Association:

Principles of the Democratic Governors Association:

IMPROVING PUBLIC SCHOOLS AND INVESTING IN OUR YOUNGEST CHILDREN

Democratic Governors are leading the way with highly-trained teachers, strong standards and accountability, increased funding to repair and modernize public school facilities, access to technology and computers, and more discipline and safety in the classrooms. Democratic Governors believe the most important aspect to insure a childís education is to have the best possible teachers in the classroom. They believe that we must value teachers as professionals, encourage their development to be the best teachers they can be for our children and compensate them accordingly. Democratic Governors favor greater parental choice, but oppose measures that weaken public schools diverting taxpayer dollars to private schools with no accountability for results. Democratic Governors around the country are also forming innovative public-private partnerships to create programs to provide early childhood education, nutrition and health care services to ensure that our children have the best possible start in life.

Source: DGA website, www.DemocraticGovernors.org/ 01-DGA2 on Aug 15, 2001

Professional development grants for elementary principals.

Shaheen signed S.3658

    A bill to provide professional development for elementary school principals in early childhood education and development. Authorize the Secretary of Education to award competitive grants to partnerships to:
  1. provide high quality professional development to elementary school principals in early childhood education and development;
  2. gain a knowledge base and capacity to provide high quality early childhood education; and
  3. collaborate with early childhood education providers, services providers, and families in creating a continuum of high quality development and learning for children in the community and school settings.
    Directs the Secretary to establish a panel of leading experts in elementary and early childhood education to:
  1. identify the best practices in professional development for elementary school principals in early childhood education;
  2. review the effective coordination of such training among this Act's grantees; and
  3. disseminate the latest research and findings regarding such training.
Source: Elementary and Secondary Education Act Amendment 10-S3658 on Jul 27, 2010

Other governors on Education: Jeanne Shaheen on other issues:
NH Gubernatorial:
John Lynch
NH Senatorial:
Kelly Ayotte

Newly seated 2010:
NJ Chris Christie
VA Bob McDonnell

Term-limited as of Jan. 2011:
AL Bob Riley
CA Arnold Schwarzenegger
GA Sonny Perdue
HI Linda Lingle
ME John Baldacci
MI Jennifer Granholm
NM Bill Richardson
OK Brad Henry
OR Ted Kulongoski
PA Ed Rendell
RI Donald Carcieri
SC Mark Sanford
SD Mike Rounds
TN Phil Bredesen
WY Dave Freudenthal
Newly Elected Nov. 2010:
AL: Robert Bentley (R)
CA: Jerry Brown (D)
CO: John Hickenlooper (D)
CT: Dan Malloy (D)
FL: Rick Scott (R)
GA: Nathan Deal (R)
HI: Neil Abercrombie (D)
IA: Terry Branstad (R)
KS: Sam Brownback (R)
ME: Paul LePage (R)
MI: Rick Snyder (R)
MN: Mark Dayton (D)
ND: Jack Dalrymple (R)
NM: Susana Martinez (R)
NV: Brian Sandoval (R)
NY: Andrew Cuomo (D)
OH: John Kasich (R)
OK: Mary Fallin (R)
PA: Tom Corbett (R)
RI: Lincoln Chafee (I)
SC: Nikki Haley (R)
SD: Dennis Daugaard (R)
TN: Bill Haslam (R)
VT: Peter Shumlin (D)
WI: Scott Walker (R)
WY: Matt Mead (R)
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Contact info:
Fax Number:
202-228-4131
Mailing Address:
Senate Office SH-520, Washington, DC 20510
Phone number:
(202) 224-2841

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