The numbers of minority students in Manchester and Nashua public charter schools (a lower percentage than in other city schools) are neither surprising nor should they be considered discouraging. Charter schools are all about providing innovative alternatives to the traditional public school system. Getting the message out to everyone, especially in those cities, is akin to the challenges public health officials face in reaching, and convincing, some in poorer areas of the benefits of the COVID-19 vaccine.

In a Sunday News article on the subject this week, a spokesperson for a leftwing organizing group speculated that pressure on charter school parents to raise money for a school was a barrier to low-income families. She offered no examples; and that hasn’t been our experience with charter schools.

These schools often ask for help in ways other than money. The organizer cited lack of bus service as another roadblock but that’s not the case in Manchester, where the school district provides bus service to charters as it does to all public schools.

One thing that would greatly help charter schools, and low-income parents, is to have public monies for schools “follow the child” rather than parents being forced to pay for traditional public schools that have little incentive to improve their own performance. That idea, of course, is anathema to big-government liberals and public school unions.

Charter schools vary widely in both curriculum and quality. They are by nature experimental. They need to be tracked so that their pluses can be copied and their failings addressed. They most certainly offer an alternative to disadvantaged students of all sizes, shapes, and colors. The Manchester and Nashua school boards should get the word out by providing a charter presentation to parents who may not be aware of them. We have the perfect venue: the auditoriums of some of their other public schools.

Wednesday, May 05, 2021

The numbers of minority students in Manchester and Nashua public charter schools (a lower percentage than in other city schools) are neither surprising nor should they be considered discouraging. Charter schools are all about providing innovative alternatives to the traditional public school…

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Don’t worry, White people. It’s not your fault that you are racists and that New Hampshire, like the nation, is rife with “systemic racism.” You just don’t know any better. You have “an overly simplistic and inaccurate view of racism.”

Sunday, May 02, 2021

A bill to make public the small list of current New Hampshire police officers who have had credibility issues should not have been necessary. But unanimous passage by the state Senate last week was nonetheless welcome. The House should follow suit.

Friday, April 30, 2021
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U.S. Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina gave the official Republican response to President Biden’s address this week. If the GOP ever hopes to recover from its 2020 losses, it will keep Scott in the spotlight.

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

It was good to read that Fish and Game Conservation Officer Chris Egan is on the mend from a serious snowmobile accident earlier this year. It’s even better to read that CO Egan is “paying it forward” in appreciation of what others with acute physical problems face down every day.

Sunday, April 25, 2021

There is much wrong with New Hampshire House Bill 544, currently attached to state budget legislation. It would supposedly stop the propagation of such divisive concepts as “Critical Race Theory” (CRT) in public classrooms or in private work spaces.

The Business and Industry Association of New Hampshire was right to oppose HB 544 (see related editorial). Government shouldn’t be telling private companies what they can and cannot address with their employees.

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One of the more uplifting moments of World War II happened this day in the spring of 1945. On April 25th in Torgau, Germany, and elsewhere nearby, Soviet and American troops met, cutting remaining German resistance in two. Hitler would take his own life less than a week later in the rubble o…

Friday, April 23, 2021

We don’t know what intoxicant or drug may have impaired a wrong-way driver on the Everett Turnpike last Friday night week. But the result — two young lives lost — is another reminder of what a potentially deadly weapon we wield whenever we get behind the wheel.

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

We hate to rain on anyone’s parade but we wonder what standards were used at the state level in naming Manchester its “School Board of the Year.” Is this for perfect attendance or just for playing well with others?