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(October 11, 2017) – Save the Children Action Network (SCAN) today announced its endorsement of Liza Poinier of District B and Chuck Crush of District C in the Concord School Board election.
“We are proud to endorse Liza Poinier and Chuck Crush, who will each work hard to ensure Concord’s kids have the chance to attend high-quality early education programs, including full-day day kindergarten,” said Mark Shriver, president of SCAN. “I encourage Concord voters to support these candidates because they each know that high-quality early learning helps put kids on a path toward success later in life and is a key component to any long-term strategy to fight the state’s heroin and opioid epidemic. It also improves the state’s economy.”
“While we’ve made great progress recently with the passage of increased state funding for full-day kindergarten, there is more work to do at the local and state levels.” Shriver said. “Concord needs leaders who will prioritize not only kids’ futures, but the future of the Granite State as a whole.”
SCAN sent all school board candidates in Concord a questionnaire asking if they would support full-day kindergarten. Both Poinier and Crush replied with positive responses to the SCAN survey.
“Early childhood education, including full-day kindergarten, is a way to ensure that every young community member has an equal chance at a good start,” said Poinier.
“I think currently regarding early childhood education in Concord, our top priority is full-day kindergarten,” said Crush.
SCAN did not make an endorsement in District A, but praised all three candidates for expressing their support for early learning in SCAN’s survey.
“I will support full-day kindergarten and work tirelessly toward that end while being as fiscally responsible as possible,” said Thomas Croteau, an incumbent who mentioned that while he voted against full-day kindergarten earlier this year, it is one of his top priorities following further research into questions he had on transportation, physical classroom space, and personnel and staff needed to determine feasibility.
“Investing in universal full-day kindergarten has been my priority from the start,” said Danielle Smith.
“In addition to full-day kindergarten and preparing the district for universal pre-K, I’m running to promote fair and equitable school communities,” said Liza Dube.
SCAN will work with its local supporters to educate Concord voters about where the candidates stand on full-day kindergarten, with some volunteers writing letters to the editor and participating in door-to-door canvassing and phone banking.
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