In late August, NEA-NH announced its backing of Governor Maggie Hassan for United States Senate.
“I am proud to receive the endorsement of the National Education Association-New Hampshire and to stand with them as we continue work¬ing to advance educational opportunities for all of our students,” said Governor Maggie Hassan upon learning of the recommendation.
“When our young people are equipped with a strong education, we are able to expand opportunity and ensure that our workforce can compete in our changing global economy. And it is unacceptable that politicians in Washington like Senator Kelly Ayotte have put their special inter¬est backers ahead of our students.”
“Throughout her time in office, Maggie Hassan has consistently stood up for students, educators, and their families,” said NEA-NH President Scott McGilvray. “As our Governor, Maggie fought to protect funding in our K-12 schools and has worked tirelessly to make college more affordable, and we know she’ll continue fighting for us in the Senate. Unlike Senator Kelly Ayotte, Governor Hassan will always put New Hampshire and New Hampshire students first. Governor Hassan understands that our state and nation are better off when students have access to a quality education, and we are proud to recommend her to be our next United States Senator.”
At the K-12 level, Governor Maggie Hassan has fought to protect funding levels for New Hampshire’s public schools, launched a Science Technology Engineering and Math Task Force to modernize STEM education, developed a new program to partner manufacturing companies with local schools, and led efforts to reduce standardized testing in favor of more locally managed assessments – a model that is expanding nationally based on New Hampshire’s success. Governor Hassan has also fought to make college more affordable for students and families while building a 21st century workforce pipeline for our businesses. Under Maggie’s leadership, New Hampshire froze in-state tuition at our universities for the first time in 25 years and reduced tuition at community colleges.
Meanwhile, Senator Kelly Ayotte puts her party leaders and special interests backers ahead of Granite State students. Senator Ayotte has said she would eliminate or drastically cut the Department of Education, and has supported reckless Paul Ryan budgets that included steep cuts to K-12 education. Ayotte has also voted for deep cuts to Pell Grants while voting against allowing students to refinance their student loans, and most recently said she believes Donald Trump is a role model for our children.
“Senator Ayotte’s statement that she ‘absolutely’ would point to Trump as a role model for children speaks for itself and was a revealing moment that she cannot take back,” said Governor Maggie Hassan. “The President of the United States is a role model for millions of children, and Senator Ayotte’s continued support for Trump is deeply concerning.”