State of New Hampshire secondary Archives: on Education


Andy Martin: Taxpayers shouldn't help pay off existing student loans

Q: Under what circumstances should taxpayers help pay off existing student loans?

A: I can't think of any, unless it involves students [who] were attending fraudulent institutions that were still approved by the federal government.

Source: AFA iVoterGuide on 2020 New Hampshire Senate race Nov 3, 2020

Dan Feltes: Urge employers to pay off part of employees' student debt

Q: Support lower interest on student loans or forgiving them?

Dan Feltes: Yes. Co-sponsored bill to encourage employers to pay off part of employees' student debt. Co-sponsored SB529, a workforce development student debt relief program.

Chris Sununu: Yes. In 2019 called for diverting scholarship funds for student debt relief, a plan rejected in the legislature. In 2020 supports SB529, a related plan.

Source: CampusElect survey on 2020 New Hampshire Gubernatorial race Nov 3, 2020

Corky Messner: No restrictions on education dollars including homeschooling

Send Federal education dollars to states without restrictions for online learning, high school-earned college credits, homeschooling, charter schools and/or innovations in special education.
Source: 2020 New Hampshire Senate website CorkyForSenate.com Jun 3, 2020

Dan Feltes: No community college salary increase when there are layoffs

Feltes co-sponsored NH SB761; Introduced 2/26/2020:
Source: BillTrack50 on New Hampshire legislative voting records Feb 26, 2020

Don Bolduc: Reduced tuition benefits through public service

?Every young person should have the opportunity to earn and receive a quality, affordable education. I believe that we can adopt a program that allows young people to earn reduced tuition benefits through the performance of public service, much like I did when I joined the Army and paid for college with the GI Bill. Public service doesn't mean military service.
Source: 2020 New Hampshire Senate campaign website DonBolduc.com Feb 10, 2020

Dan Feltes: Support existing charter schools, not fund new ones

A legislative budget oversight committee, for the third time in the past three months, set aside a federal grant to nearly double the number of charter schools in New Hampshire. Feltes said he'd support a grant to give more help to existing charter schools that are struggling but creating new ones is not productive.
Source: Union Leader on 2020 New Hampshire Governor race Jan 10, 2020

Andru Volinsky: Won case that state-funded public education is a right

I don't come from a wealthy background. I am the only one in my family to attend college--which I did on scholarship and by working summers and during the school year. Strong schools must remain a path to success. My decades of work to improve schools in New Hampshire as the lead lawyer in the Claremont school funding case is an example of how I have made a difference. We convinced the New Hampshire Supreme Court that a state-funded public education is a cherished constitutional right.
Source: Concord Monitor on 2020 New Hampshire gubernatorial race Dec 8, 2019

Andru Volinsky: Shameful that schools may lack science teachers

Because the state has never lived up to its responsibilities, sadly, the quality of a child's education remains an accident of where he or she lives. I met a fourth-grader named Aurora who wants to be a doctor. She'll struggle because Berlin doesn't have any chemistry teachers. It is shameful that in our great state we have school systems that lack science teachers and that schools have been forced to ration remedial programs and limit access to training in the trades.
Source: Concord Monitor on 2020 New Hampshire gubernatorial race Dec 8, 2019

Bill Weld: Control of education by states and parents, more choice

Parents need more options regarding the education of their children. We need to support school choice. We need to support home schooling. We need to support charter schools. And we need to consider abolishing the U. S. Department of Education, transferring decision-making authority to the States and the parents of school-age and college-age children. Oh, and the current federal provision which prevents the renegotiation of student debt? We need to repeal it immediately.
Source: Speech in New Hampshire by 2020 presidential hopefuls Feb 15, 2019

Chris Sununu: NH Career Academies: Opportunities for high school students

I am proud to announce today the creation of 'New Hampshire Career Academies'. Working with our community college system existing funds, our students can take advantage of an optional fifth year of high school that will be enable them to receive a high school diploma, a certificate and a College Associates Degree free of cost to the student. It also comes with something else, a guaranteed interview with a New Hampshire company for a job right here in the Granite State.
Source: 2019 State of the State address to New Hampshire legislature Jan 3, 2019

Andy Martin: Ensure college access for everyone

I am not surprised that congress took the first, small step towards ensuring college access for everyone when it began to tax private endowments. We have to tread carefully in managing our world-class institutions of higher education, but I will do my best to see that students today have the same access and opportunity that my uncle and mother had when they applied to UNH 80 years ago. New Hampshire did right by its students then, and we need to do right and increase college opportunities today.
Source: WMUR.com on 2020 New Hampshire Senate race Nov 1, 2018

Molly Kelly: Veto any effort to take money away from public schools

Public education is a core tenet of our democracy. Every child should have access to a quality public school education. That's why I will veto any plan that takes money from our public schools to create a voucher program for private or religious schools. College is too expensive, and too many young graduates carry too much student loan debt. I will work to make college more affordable to decrease this burden for students and ensure education remains available to everyone.
Source: 2018 New Hampshire Governor campaign website MollyKelly.com Oct 9, 2018

Molly Kelly: Freeze college tuition and lower it as well

Kelly declared, "Education is very, very important to me. It's one of the biggest reasons why I ran for the Senate and it will be my priority as well as governor." Kelly's repeatedly railed against Gov. Sununu's support for educational savings accounts, a voucher like program proposal championed by the governor that she argues would weaken public schools.

When it comes to the high costs of attending the state's colleges and universities, Kelly said she would "freeze tuition and lower it as well." And she's proposed increasing the state loan repayment program to give students more flexibility in paying their bills.

Steve Marchand laments that "we are one of 6 states that do not offer state funding for pre-K." Such state funding is one part of the plan on public school reforms that he's proposed.

And taking a shot at Kelly, he's argued that freezing in-state tuition is not enough, as he's called for "debt-free college for in-state students who attend post-secondary education."

Source: Concord Monitor on 2018 New Hampshire Gubernatorial race Sep 3, 2018

Steve Marchand: NH should offer state funding for pre-K, like most states

Molly Kelly declared, "Education is very, very important to me. It's one of the biggest reasons why I ran for the Senate and it will be my priority as well as governor." Kelly's repeatedly railed against Gov. Sununu's support for educational savings accounts, a voucher like program proposal championed by the governor that she argues would weaken public schools.

When it comes to the high costs of attending the state's colleges and universities, Kelly said she would "freeze tuition and lower it as well." And she's proposed increasing the state loan repayment program to give students more flexibility in paying their bills.

Marchand laments that "we are one of 6 states that do not offer state funding for pre-K." Such state funding is one part of the plan on public school reforms that he's proposed.

And taking a shot at Kelly, he's argued that freezing in-state tuition is not enough, as he's called for "debt-free college for in-state students who attend post-secondary education."

Source: Concord Monitor on 2018 New Hampshire Gubernatorial race Sep 3, 2018

Chris Sununu: Give parents choice instead of one-size-fits-all system

Surprisingly, I am the first Governor in the past 25 years to come up through New Hampshire's public schools. Our schools are ranked the best in the country, because they deliver results. I believe in Teachers. I believe in the students. However, I think we can all agree that a one-size-fits-all system doesn't always work for each student, which is why our education system must give parents choice and flexibility. Education Savings Accounts will be our most significant step yet, in giving parents and children the ability to choose the education path that is best suited for them.
Source: 2018 New Hampshire State of the State address Feb 15, 2018

Steve Marchand: $5M for debt-free college in needed programs

Q: How do you encourage young people to stay in the state?

Marchand: The pilot program between higher education and New Hampshire businesses I would pursue that would cost approximately $5 million a year in three programs: computer science, nursing, and education because those are three places where we don't have enough talent to match the demands. It would create a debt-free college experience for students that enter the program.to work with New Hampshire-based companies or entities. And if they did that, kept their nose clean, kept their grades up, and then worked for one of those New Hampshire-based employers for a period of years after graduation, they would have no debt. It would be half-paid by the private sector participants and half-paid by the targeted state grant for these programs.

Source: N.H. Journal on 2018 New Hampshire gubernatorial race Apr 24, 2017

Steve Marchand: Prioritize public school districts and we will see results

Q: What about school building construction, which has been frozen at the state level for a number of years?

A: First, you've got to have the credibility as a candidate and then as a governor to instill confidence that when you say something, that you need that math, that you need those dollars, and you prioritize it very high, that people will see it's the result of a process that they can trust. The number one thing businesses tell me is, if the school district around where they're thinking of putting a business or expanding a business, if it is seen as outstanding, they will win time after time the tiebreakers for the kind of talent, particularly from out of state, that we have to get if we're going to be where we want to go in the next twenty years.

Source: N.H. Public Radio on 2018 New Hampshire gubernatorial race Apr 24, 2017

Chris Sununu: Increase operating budget $10M of Community College System

Our higher education system is a critical part of ensuring New Hampshire students have an opportunity to learn beyond their high school years and enter the New Hampshire workforce with real world skills. Too often, we think of post-secondary education in terms of institutions. That's old school thinking. My budget approaches post-secondary education in terms of students and outcomes.

The University and Community College Systems of New Hampshire are key to these effort and we will continue to make investments in our partnership. In doing so, my budget proposes a significant increase to the operating budget of the Community College System, which is doing a great job in providing a gateway to New Hampshire's workforce development.

My budget proposes $10 million in capital investment into community college infrastructure. Also, today I am proud to establish the Governor's Scholarship program, with $5 million to directly assist high school students to attend colleges in New Hampshire.

Source: 2017 New Hampshire State of the State address Feb 9, 2017

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

Jeanne Shaheen: Tax-free college tuition savings plan

Higher Education: A former high school teacher, as Governor she made kindergarten a reality for tens of thousands of children and helped make college more affordable through a tax free college tuition savings plan. In the Senate, she continues working to reduce college loan interest rates and introduced legislation to allow college students to refinance their student loan debt at lower interest rates, which could save families thousands of dollars.
Source: Vote-USA.org on 2020 New Hampshire Senate race Oct 24, 2014

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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