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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

O’Brien wrong for New Hampshire

Letter to the Editor

Say it isn’t so! Bill O’Brien wants his Speaker of the House job back? Bad news for New Hampshire.

Before O’Brien, the Evergreen law was recognized. It meant that if an educator’s new bargaining agreement was defeated at the polls, they would still receive the step increase as defined in their respective contract. Repealing Evergreen was first on O’Brien’s agenda in attacking educators. Thankfully, he failed. ...

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Say it isn’t so! Bill O’Brien wants his Speaker of the House job back? Bad news for New Hampshire.

Before O’Brien, the Evergreen law was recognized. It meant that if an educator’s new bargaining agreement was defeated at the polls, they would still receive the step increase as defined in their respective contract. Repealing Evergreen was first on O’Brien’s agenda in attacking educators. Thankfully, he failed.

Through his anti-education “leadership” he took another 2 percent out of educators’ paychecks to pay for the pension deficit which he and his friends created. He extended the probationary period for teachers from three years to five. Who needs 5 years? He reduced school adequacy funding by $140 million per year, established the unconstitutional voucher scheme diverting tax dollars from public schools to private schools, and reduced funding to the university system by 40 percent.

O’Brien wanted to repeal kindergarten and the teaching of art, music, technology communication, foreign languages and health education. He wanted to repeal public sector collective bargaining, open private personnel files to the public, repeal compulsory school attendance and abolish the Department of Education.

O’Brien also wanted to change the state Constitution to take away the fundamental right to an education and remove the state’s responsibility to adequately fund education for all of its youth.

O’Brien even wanted to repeal provisions of the anti-bullying law.

His legislative presence damages public education and the public in general. He wasn’t good for the state before and won’t be now, or ever.

Penny Arsenault

Milford