AS A REPUBLICAN state Senator, improving education for Granite State students has always been a passion of mine. I struggled a lot in school and I know how difficult it can be for an atypical child to succeed in our public education system. When I was a child, I spent several years growing up in an orphanage in Nashua. I moved around a lot and settling into my new public school each year was always a challenge. To make my education even more difficult, as an adult I was diagnosed with dyslexia, a learning disability that I struggled with my entire childhood without knowing it. My challenges made succeeding in traditional public schools tougher than most of my classmates.

Today, there are more children than ever like me. Students that move from school to school often as parents change jobs or students with Individual Education Plans who need a little more help. While for most students traditional public schools provide a great education, for others, like me, we need to think outside of the box if we want to find new solutions to benefit those that fall through the cracks of traditional public education. That’s what New Hampshire has been doing these past few years, and for our efforts we are now considered a leader in educational innovation throughout the country.

State Senator Kevin Avard (R) represents District 12. He lives in Nashua.

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