Dave Solomon's Granite Status: Charter school advocates are just not feeling the love
He thought he'd made a convincing argument that the money is available due to declining enrollment in traditional public schools, and because four charter schools that were supposed to open last fall did not open.
"But it's not dead," he said on Wednesday.
The amended House bill, with the charter school funding attached, would then go to a conference committee of House and Senate negotiators, where it might survive last-minute horse-trading between the two chambers.
It's hard to find anyone in the state Legislature or Department of Education who is opposed to charter schools. They are enormously popular in the 16 communities where they exist. More than 4,000 students are expected to be enrolled in charter schools by the fall, when four more are scheduled to open.
But charter school advocates are not feeling the love.
The frustration boiled over on Monday, when Weyler went ballistic on Deputy Commissioner of Education Paul Leather in a hearing before the Charter Schools and Open Enrollment Legislative Oversight Committee.
"In my estimation he had a program going from as soon as the bill was introduced to try to kill it," Wyler said on Wednesday. "The Legislature is the policy-making body, not the Department of Education. But everything they do in that department is anti-charter schools."
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Another AFP ad aimed at Shaheen focuses on the narrow network of providers created for healthcare.gov in New Hampshire, titled "Hour Long Drives to See a Doctor."
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