CONCORD — The following is a statement from Executive Director Carl Ladd and the New Hampshire School Administrators Association regarding recent actions by the State Legislature, Education Secretary, and Board of Education.
“Sixty-five superintendents and systems leaders in the New Hampshire School Administrators Association met in a special session on May 24, out of concern about the recent New Hampshire legislative session and positions taken by the Commissioner of Education and the State Board of Education. Attendees discussed the history of supporting and advocating for public education in New Hampshire, and re-affirmed the NHSAA’s mission.
“Since its founding in 1941, the NHSAA has been guided by its vision to be a credible and compelling voice of educational leadership. Each year our membership adopts resolutions that guide our Executive Board and Executive Director in their advocacy and service.
“This document codifies the guiding principles of quality education for all, advocacy, and equitable opportunities for New Hampshire’s public-school children.
“NHSAA steadfastly supports programs and partnerships that address at-risk students, and engages parents in identifying personalized educational opportunities for each child. NHSAA stands opposed to unfunded mandates, restrictions on the freedom of intellectual inquiry in the classroom, and attempts to divert public funds for private, parochial, or home school programs through vouchers.
“The NHSAA is strongly committed to challenging the anti-public education culture being promulgated by a vocal minority. Given that 90 percent of New Hampshire’s children attend public schools, we urge these elected and appointed officials to review these resolutions.
“The NHSAA stands for a high-quality, equitable public education. For more than 80 years we have joined with members of both political parties to support public education as a common good and as the foundation of American democracy. We urge all those charged with the responsibility and privilege of educating our young people to stand for the same.”