Over the last year, states from coast to coast have considered the policy implications of importing prescription drugs from Internet pharmacies in Canada. Proposals have faced opposition from state pharmacists, every major Canadian pharmacist organization, and a concise condemnation from the Canadian Medical Association: “We feel Internet pharmacies could jeopardize patient safety and we’re against them.”
Recent editorials and letters to the editors in various newspapers opposing the proposed constitutional amendment to restore to the Legislature its traditional power to determine education policy and funding (CACR2) all sound a common theme – those who suggest that the Judiciary should be excluded from the process are really only out to shrink the state’s share of the education budget. This is not a fair criticism.
Political leaders from the right and left, Democrats and Republicans, agree that the current system of state aid to education is a failure. Without constitutional change, legislators are stuck tinkering at the edges of the current system that no one likes. Yet opponents of any constitutional amendment contend that we can’t trust the people we elect and the current flawed system would just be replaced with the problems of the past.
The Statewide Property Tax is bad for economic development and the independence of local government. We have a short window of opportunity to repeal the tax and should do so before it becomes financially impossible.
Our study of the effects of New Hampshire’s current education funding system suggests the system is an abject failure that has not improved the relative situation of poorer towns and may be making things worse. Poorer towns have not made progress relative to wealthier towns on education spending and are losing significant ground on tax rates.
This report will enlighten people curious why charter schools did not emerge immediately after
New Hampshire’s charter school law was passed in 1995. It will provide helpful ideas for
New Hampshire legislators seeking to improve New Hampshire’s charter school law and
guidance to those who want to pursue a charter school here.
As the New Hampshire Legislature continues its struggle with the school funding issue, the debate still seems to shed more heat than light. Some of the apparent confusion derives from faulty logic, some from loose terminology used for key concepts….
This article, based on historic New Hampshire documents, shows common features between public free academy charters in the late 18th to early 19th century and today’s charter public school model.