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Defend Public Education in New Hampshire

Stand up for New Hampshire’s public schools that are increasingly under attack!

This legislative session New Hampshire’s public schools were threatened by SB-193, which was called the most dangerous school voucher bill in the nation.  The bill would have siphoned millions of taxpayer dollars from local school districts and given to parents to pay for private and religious schools or to homeschool. A sustained, public outcry defeated this bill and protected public schools ... for now. We know the opponents of strong public schools will be back!

Volunteer with Rights & Democracy to protect and improve public education during the current midterm election season.


606 signatures


We—parents, taxpayers, and supporters of public education—urge state legislators and Gov. Chris Sununu to uphold these basic principles:

✓ Every child, regardless of their income level, zip code, race, or ability deserves a quality education, as a right not a privilege.

New Hampshire should invest in our public schools to build strong communities and our future leaders.

We will protect our public schools from being dismantled at the federal and state levels and work to provide all students with a quality public education.



Will you sign?

  • Barbara Bryce
    signed 2018-12-05 22:10:33 -0500
  • Mary deGozzaldi
    signed 2018-12-05 16:53:16 -0500
  • Elizabeth Zimmerli
    signed 2018-12-03 09:50:56 -0500
  • Dorothea Vecchiotti
    signed 2018-12-03 08:30:15 -0500
  • Terri O'Rorke
    signed 2018-11-26 09:04:32 -0500
  • Tom Bassarear
    signed 2018-11-19 10:40:39 -0500
  • D'Vorah Kelley
    signed 2018-11-19 10:11:50 -0500
    Retired public school teacher who knows the importance of adequate funding for our schools!
  • Rachel Hawkinson
    signed 2018-11-12 21:38:16 -0500
  • John Pierog
    signed 2018-11-06 16:04:39 -0500
  • Charles Cocchiaro
    signed 2018-11-06 10:04:52 -0500
  • Penelope Morrow
    signed 2018-11-05 20:28:38 -0500
    I’m a prof at UNH & my students writing & reading is lesser over 30yrs.

    My grandchildren are in the public schools & theyre doing well cos they’re privileged, but I worry for most. Many of their friends are being sent to other schools.

    We need to focus on our public schools.
  • Terri Herzog
    signed 2018-11-05 17:37:25 -0500
  • Dianne Tyree
    signed 2018-11-04 17:03:51 -0500
  • Joyce Fairbrother
    signed 2018-11-04 16:00:39 -0500
  • Maggie Ball
    signed 2018-11-04 15:00:14 -0500
  • Andrea Baver
    signed 2018-11-04 13:05:13 -0500
  • Aislinn Kalob
    signed 2018-11-04 12:47:59 -0500
  • Maryan Davis
    signed 2018-11-03 16:08:47 -0400
  • Madelin Masson
    signed 2018-11-03 15:14:05 -0400
  • Jeanne Carroll
    @Eulogia5 tweeted link to this page. 2018-11-03 15:03:11 -0400
  • Jeanne Carroll
    signed 2018-11-03 15:02:46 -0400
  • Randy Tallent
    signed 2018-11-03 14:33:13 -0400
  • Lisa Demaine
    signed 2018-11-03 14:10:31 -0400
  • Vicki Abbott
    signed 2018-11-03 14:01:36 -0400
    I am a retired public school teacher. I worked in two different school districts in NH and saw first hand the difference between districts that are well funded and those that are not. I have also taught in Tacoma, Washington and Williams, Arizona where I did not see those differences. Instead of siphoning money off to fund private schools, we should be doing everything we can to insure a quality public education for all children.
  • Shawn & Jennifer Bertrand
    signed 2018-11-03 13:56:45 -0400
    A quality public education is every New Hampshire citicens’ opportunity for a better life and necessary to foster a skilled workforce, personal responsibility and self-sufficiency to strengthen our state! Public accountability is essential to ensuring our text dollars are producing real results! Any fundamental system changes we make to public education must ensure ALL students with equal and equitable access and opportunity!
  • Matt Pappas
    signed 2018-11-03 13:51:15 -0400
  • George Barksdale
    signed 2018-11-03 13:42:28 -0400
  • Sharon Dowling
    signed 2018-10-29 09:07:50 -0400
  • Brenda M. Dunn
    signed 2018-10-22 11:27:11 -0400
    To the Editor

    As a “poor” kid, I was so lucky to grow up in NYC where there was quality public education from K through college. I taught for 34 years in public schools and consider my career to have been a distinct honor. In Keene, there was objection when certain zip codes were added to the towns sending kids to Keene High, fearing they would “lower standards” — we proved that wrong! Many of these kids from “poor” towns discovered their own abilities and ambitions when they were given strong teacher support and academic challenges. Every child, regardless of income level, zip code, race, or ability, deserves a quality education.

    We need to support teachers in order to provide a safe and productive learning environment for all students. Outstanding college students are now choosing careers other than education because the salaries are too low to make payments on their student loans. Even worse, in New Hampshire there is a growing sense of disrespect toward teachers from elected officials, including the Commissioner of Education. This November, we need to elect leaders who will work to provide all students with a quality public education.


    Brenda M Dunn

    Keene NH
  • Cathy Lanigan
    signed 2018-10-19 18:02:01 -0400


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