Joe Pitre

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The budget should be balanced, the Treasury should be refilled, public debt should be reduced, the arrogance of officialdom should be tempered and controlled, and the assistance to foreign lands should be curtailed, lest Rome become bankrupt. People must again learn to work instead of living on public assistance.

Cicero , 55 BC. We haven't learned a lot in 2073 years!

The thing that sets the American Christian apart from all other people in the world is that they will die on their feet rather than live on their knees.

Francis Scott Key

Does This Look Like What Is Happening In Our Country?​

Radical liberal Congresswoman Maxine Waters just revealed that Democrats have no intentions of giving President Trump a fair impeachment inquiry or to lead this country peacefully. Their minds are made up, and they're going to move FAST and try to impeach him regardless of no evidence of high crimes and misdemeanors. This is the same woman who has called our President vile things, such as:

"embarrassing unAmerican traitor" – May 28, 2019,"Con Man Don" – Jan 13, 2019,"lying, crooked, tax evader, porn star fornicator" – May 28, 2019

"good for nothing liar" – Mar 4, 2019, Maxine has been calling for President Trump's impeachment since he got elected! Do you think she's going to be anything BUT completely biased?  The press and radical "Green New Deal" radicals want a socialistic United States of America. These radicals are acting like globalist and are attacking the sovereignty and the diverse fabric that which our country is made.  They are hell bent to control the means of production and subvert the formula of the people taking charge of their government and being subjects of their government.  President Trump is a brash and unapologetic sort, but his policies are strong and putting this country on a track for all areas of the economy to prosper.   It is clear that much of the faults exposed  by the press and Democrat operatives have been fabricated and threaten free and fair elections and the ability of this elected official the latitude to do his job.  "God Bless America"


It is very important that you stay informed on the issues being decided for the citizens of New Hampshire.  Contact me your State Representative at [email protected] or call or text 603-793-9055​ to voice your concerns for or against bills on the docket.  Thanks for your support

The Truth about Gun Statistics 

Of the 72,000 Applications not Passing the NCIS Background Check,

30 People were Charged and got 13 Convictions

This is not an outstanding success

5 facts about crime in the U.S.


Donald Trump made fighting crime a central focus of his campaign for president, and he cited it again during his January 2017 inaugural address. His administration has since taken steps intended to address crime in American communities, such as instructing federal prosecutors to pursue the strongest possible charges against criminal suspects. Here are five facts about crime in the United States.

1Violent crime in the U.S. has fallen sharply over the past quarter century. The two most commonly cited sources of crime statistics in the U.S. both show a read more

Is Kamela Harris Not Going t Defend the Constitution?

Star Parker gives compelling arguments on who is protecting life and liberty,  (here)

Ru​ssian Collu​sion?  Is ​the Mu​eller Probe ​Investigating Clear Evidence of Collusion?

 Judicial Watch Obtains Emails Showing Podesta Group’s Work for Pro-Russia Ukrainian Political Party

MAY 17, 2018

Updated: 5/23/18

Emails show Longtime Obama and Clinton Counselor John Podesta Lobbying on behalf of the Podesta Group

(Washington, DC) — Judicial Watch today released new documents from the U.S. Department of State showing the Podesta Group working on behalf of the pro-Russia Ukrainian political group “Party of Regions.” The new documents also show longtime Obama and Clinton counselor John Podesta lobbying on behalf of his brother’s firm.

Judicial Watch obtained the documents in a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the State Department filed on November 20, 2017, (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of State (No. 1:17-cv-02489)). The lawsuit was filed after the State Department failed to respond to a September 13, 2017, FOIA 

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Veteran's Administration Out of Control?

The Continuing Scandal at the Los Angeles Veterans Affairs Office

You have followed our extensive coverage of Veterans Affairs officials in Los Angeles who are blatantly ignoring the needs of veterans and appear to be running some kind of business out of their offices. Despite our lawsuits, the outrages continue, as our Corruption Chronicles blog reports.

The Los Angeles Veterans Affairs (VA) facility that illegally rents its sprawling grounds to institutions that don’t serve veterans just evicted several groups dedicated to veterans, including a nonprofit that for decades has comforted dying vets and another that helps those who are disabled. While the VA gave the volunteer organizations the boot without offering an explanation, it continues housing a parking lot for nearby upscale shops, a university baseball stadium, a dog park for the professional dog walkers of affluent residents, and athletic fields for a fancy prep school.

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Judicial Watch, Tom Fitton: Immigration Crisis Update, House Dems Harassing Trump, Mueller/CNN Leak Investigation

February 08, 2019

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Republican Mayor Allocates $70,000 to Hire City “Immigrant Affairs Manager

The Republican mayor of the nation’s eighth largest city is dedicating $70,000 to hire an “immigrant affairs manager” that will help facilitate a successful integration of refugees and immigrants. The goal is to implement the orders of a community-written blueprint that aims to welcome immigrants as they transition into the city. Known as the “Strategic Plan on Immigrant and Refugee Integration,” the document was created with the input of open borders groups, residents and a “cross-sector steering committee” that direct city officials to skirt federal law.

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Census confirms: 63 percent of ‘non-citizens’ on welfare, 4.6 million households

A majority of “non-citizens,” including those with legal green card rights, are tapping into welfare programs set up to help poor and ailing Americans, a Census Bureau finding that bolsters President Trump’s concern about immigrants costing the nation.

In a new analysis of the latest numbers, from 2014, 63 percent of non-citizens are using a welfare program, and it grows to 70 percent for those here 10 years or more, confirming another concern that once immigrants tap into welfare, they don’t get off it.

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COMMENTARY: Common Core’s effect on language skills

By Jamie Gass

Posted May 2, 2016 at 10:23 PM

Updated May 2, 2016 at 10:27 PM

“The best words in the best order,” is how Samuel Taylor Coleridge, who wrote the lyric sea ballad “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” (1798), defined poetry.

British Romantic poetry, a wellspring of our language, profoundly influenced the flowering of the American Renaissance. That antebellum age of spiritual idealism was charted by Bay State writers, including Emerson, Longfellow, Dickinson, Hawthorne and Melville.

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Early Childhood Education: Stanford Study

How much is too much? The influence of preschool centers on children’s social and cognitive development.  What we do not know is whether the effects of preschool centers vary by intensity of exposure and for children from different backgrounds. This paper extends recent work by Magnuson, Ruhm, and Waldfogel (2004) to consider the effects of different child-care arrangements on children’s cognitive and social proficiencies at the start of kindergarten, estimating the effects of the duration and intensity of children’s participation. We also focus on how effects vary across children from different social classes and ethnic groups. These issues are directly germane to debates over whether extending free preschool to all children is a cost-effective policy, whether full or half-day programs are advisable, and which groups of children would likely benefit from them.

Our analyses, drawing on data from the Early

Childhood Longitudinal Study (ECLS-K), starts by

asking the question: does exposure to center care in

the years before kindergarten improve children’s

cognitive and social-behavioral outcomes at kindergarten entry?  

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It Begins: Medicare Rationing Starts New Year’s Day

Andrew Quinlan  |Posted: Dec 21, 2018 12:01 AM

     Free market proponents have long argued that government involvement in health care ultimately leads to rationing. Bureaucrats at the Health and Human Services Department (HHS) are now proving them right by allowing partnered insurance companies to interfere with the recommendations of doctors without safeguards or patient protections.

The new policy, dubbed "fail first," permits insurers to force Medicare patients to initially try a cheaper treatment course, only paying for their doctor's original plan if the first treatment fails.

This new "policy" raises a range of troubling questions, including:

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 Parkland School Shooting: Were not Prepared

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 Common Core: A Threat to Democracy? read more

Should School Choice Families Take Any Federal Dollars?

Stop Experimenting On My Kids (Common Core)

This is a guest post by Manchester resident and concerned parent Jon DiPietro.

common core math lesson on Wednesday, October 16, 2013, the public session of Manchester Board of School Committee’s meeting, I voiced my opposition to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). In order to ensure my comments fit within the allotted three minutes (unlike many proponents who arrogantly droned on for five, six, seven minutes and longer), I delivered a shortened version of the following plea:

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New Evidence Reveals Full Extent of Common Core’s Historic Failure                     Posted 22 Nov 2018

Jane Robbins

Most public schools are still afflicted with the Common Core national standards. Paid advocates such as the Thomas B. Fordham Foundation continue to push Common Core despite overwhelm​ing evidence of the slow-motion train wreck that has resulted – reduced student achievement by almost every metric. Fordham refuses even to        Acknowledge the bad news, much less try to rationalize it.  That’s why it was refreshing to hear the blunt truth proclaimed at a Heritage Foundation event last week entitled “Rethinking Federal Intervention in K-12 Education.” At this program the authors of a new Pioneer Institute study, ​

Bill Gates Admits Common Core is a Failure

“Based on everything we have learned in the past 17 years, we are evolving our education strategy,” Gates wrote on his blog as a preface to a speech he gave last week in Cleveland. He followed this by detailing how U.S. education has essentially made little improvement in the years since he and his foundation — working so closely with the Obama administration that federal officials regularly consulted foundation employees and waived ethics laws to hire several — began redirecting trillions of public dollars towards programs he now admits haven’t accomplished much.

Thus, teachers and schools are not rewarded in direct correlation with the needs and desires of their customers. This is a core reason public education persistently perpetuates bad curricula, bad teaching methods, and poor attention to kids’ specific needs.

I have been hard on Gates over the years for Common Core because he has used his fabulous financial power irresponsibly. He’s forced American citizens into an experimental and at best academically mediocre policy fantasy that has further eroded American government’s legitimacy, which depends upon the consent of the governed. He and Melinda may mean well, but they haven’t done well on this major initiative. It’s going to take a lot more than passive-aggressive side references to their failure to make up for the years of classroom chaos their bad ideas inflicted on many U.S. teachers and kids without their consent. A direct apology and dedication to the “first, do no harm” principle would be a start.

Joy Pullmann is executive editor of The Federalist and author of "The Education Invasion: How Common Core Fights Parents for Control of American Kids," out from Encounter Books in 2017.

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Union Leader Article by

Majority Republican Leader Dick Hinch                                     

"A glowing testimonial! of NH House Republican Accomplishments"

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Op Ed NH Union Leader

GOP moving forward, despite Democratic opposition


April 24. 2017 10:16PM

Constituents of New Hampshire, the reports of the demise of the Republican Caucus in the New Hampshire House of Representatives are greatly exaggerated.

If you were to believe the political gossip as of late, you might think that the failure of House of Representatives to pass a budget lies solely on the shoulders of House Republicans. But let’s be clear — a strong majority of Republicans supported both budget bills.

Why wouldn’t the majority of Republicans support a budget proposal that met a number of goals set forth in the Republican Party platform, and the House Republican agenda? These items included no new or increased taxes or fees, limiting total fund spending to no more than the rate of inflation, reform and reorganization of government agencies to be more efficient and responsive, and eliminated downshifting by proposing to send $50 million in additional aid to cities and towns and an additional $45 million in local infrastructure aid.

There is no budget that will be 100 percent favorable to any individual legislator. It isn’t easy finding the perfect balance with legislation as complex as the state budget. In the end, we are confident that with a Republican Legislature and a Republican governor, the final product will achieve many of the points the House budget sought to achieve.  ​Read More

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The Problem With Hurrying Childhood Learning

By Justin Minkel, April 18, 2018


When he lectured in the United States, Swiss psychologist Jean Piaget would invariably get what he called "the American question" from a member of the audience. After he had explained various developmental phases that young children go through in their understanding of concepts like length and volume, someone would raise their hand and ask, "How can we accelerate a child’s progress through the stages?"  More....

To Whom Do The Children Belong:  the parents or the government?

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Looming 6 Trillion Dollar Crisis- 

A Debt our Children And Grandchildren Will Pay

A report from the American Legislative Exchange Council estimates that state and local pension funds have promised $6 trillion more in benefits than they have set aside to pay. That is $18,676 for every man, woman and child in America, or nearly $50,000 per household.

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The United States Supreme Court Strikes Again

Let Freedom Ring

Supreme Court smacks down liberal double standard on free speech

by JOE CARTER • June 20, 2018

The exchange has to be seen in full to appreciate the devastating effect, so I’ll reprint each part and note which examples of clothing Rogan considers “political” and what he views as “not political”:

JUSTICE ALITO: How about a shirt with a rainbow flag? Would that be permitted?  See more 

Center for Education Reform


Guns and the Safety of our Citizens,  Especially our Students

Debate Speech here-A reasonable point of view - Virginia Delegate Nick Freitas Speech on Floor of House of Delegates

Delegate Freitas served two combat tours in Iraq in the Army Special Forces

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Senate Bill 193, Education Savings Account Bill 

Amendment proposed by House Finance Committee




Representative Joe Pitre Cosponsored the Following Bill


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Breaking Down New Hampshire’s ESA Bill, SB 193

 House Education Committee Version

We broke down the Granite State’s ESA bill, SB 193, so you don’t have to.

Jason Bedrick, M.P.P.(former NH House member)

Director of Policy, EdChoice

Michael Shaw

Research Assistant

Last year, New Hampshire legislators introduced a bill to create Education Freedom Savings Accounts. The New Hampshire Senate passed a version of SB 193 that would set up an education savings account (ESA) program that is open to all public and homeschooled K–12 students in the Granite State.

That would be a vast upgrade from New Hampshire’s income-based tax-credit scholarship program, and the result would be a nearly universal educational choice program!

The New Hampshire House Education Committee, however, recommended a considerably scaled-down version of the bill, which the New Hampshire House of Representatives passed last month by a vote on 184-162. Although not as ambitious as the New Hampshire Senate version, the New Hampshire House version would still make significant progress toward providing all Granite Staters with educational choice. The bill is currently under consideration in the New Hampshire House Finance Committee.

The potential program would operate in a similar fashion to ESAs in other states. Here’s how the New Hampshire House Education version of the ESA program would work:

Student Eligibility

Students must be residents of the state who are at least 5 years old but not older than 20 and have not graduated from high school. To enroll in the ESA program for the first time, students must also be currently attending a public school, including a charter school, or be incoming kindergarten students and must meet at least one of the following criteria: (1) have an annual household income less than or equal to 300 percent of the federal poverty guidelines, (2) be assigned to a district school that, for at least two consecutive years, has been deemed by the state to have been “unable to demonstrate that it provides the opportunity for an adequate education” as defined by state law, (3) have an individualized education plan (IEP) or accommodation plan under section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, or (4) who applied to and was not admitted to a charter school or who applied for but did not receive a tax-credit scholarship under the state’s education tax credit law.

Although significantly scaled back relative to the New Hampshire Senate’s universal eligibility, the New Hampshire House Education Committee’s version of SB 193 would still likely make more than half of New Hampshire families eligible. The median household income in New Hampshire is $76,260, which is just above 300 percent of the federal poverty line for 2018 for a family of four ($75,300). In addition, students in the latter three categories, such as those with special needs, are exempt from the income limits.

Broad eligibility is important to create a critical mass of ESA students over time that will encourage education entrepreneurs to provide new and innovating ways of meeting students’ learning needs. Programs limited to small populations, such as students eligible for the federal free and reduced-price lunch program, tend only to fill empty seats at existing private schools but don’t do much to encourage innovation or even the expansion of existing options.

Student Funding

Accounts may be worth 95 percent (50 percent for incoming kindergarteners) of the state’s per-pupil funding amount plus differentiated aid. For the 2017-18 school year, New Hampshire’s base “adequacy” funding is $3,636 per pupil. Differentiated aid includes $1,818 for low-income students (those eligible for a free or reduced-price lunch), $1,956 for students with special needs, and $711 for English Language Learners. The typical low-income ESA student would, therefore, receive about $5,450 annually and a low-income student with special needs would receive more than $7,400.

According to Private School Review, the average private elementary school tuition is about $8,900, although 29 schools charge less than $15,000 per year and 15 schools charge less than $6,000. Excluding elite boarding schools and schools dedicated to special education, the average private high school tuition is about $7,560, with some charging as little as $1,525.

In other words, although the typical ESA student would receive only about one-fifth of the $18,216 that New Hampshire district schools spend per pupil, on average, the funding level would still put a wide variety of educational options within reach of the average Granite State family.

Allowable Uses

Funds may be used to pay for:

Tuition and fees at an eligible in-state public district, charter or private school

Online learning programs

Textbooks, curriculum or other instructional materials

Tutoring services

In-state community college costs

In-state higher education expenses

Fees for testing, including nationally norm-referenced tests, AP exams and college placement exams

Services for special needs students, including educational therapy

Transportation (up to $750 per year)

Any unused funds still left in an account at the end of the school year may be rolled over to the next school year, which can continue until a student moves out of state, graduates from college or two years after they graduate from high school if they do not enroll in college.


Parents must sign a contract agreeing to provide an education for their student in science, mathematics, language, government, history, health, reading, writing, spelling, the history of the constitutions of New Hampshire and the United States and an exposure to and appreciation of art and music. ESA students must take either the statewide assessment test or a national norm-referenced test. The results of these tests are to be submitted to the scholarship organization administering the ESA program, which then reports the aggregate results to the New Hampshire Commissioner of Education.

ESA-granting organizations must conduct an annual parental satisfaction survey, submit both biannual and annual reports, and undergo an annual audit, but participating schools and educational service providers need only furnish receipts to parents and ESA-granting organizations.

What the Research Says

New Hampshire voters are very supportive of expanding educational choice, and for good reason. These programs are constitutional and fiscally responsible ways to help families provide their children with an education that’s the right fit for their individual learning needs—and parents exercising these options are highly satisfied.

In addition to charter schools, New Hampshire already has two school choice programs—a tax-credit scholarship and a town tuitioning voucher program. A 2017 EdChoice poll found most New Hampshire voters are not familiar with the various school choice options that the state provides (or is considering adopting) …

… but they are strongly supportive of them when informed about them.

Support was especially high among New Hampshire school parents, who expressed strong support for ESAs (71 percent) and tax-credit scholarships (66 percent). It’s no wonder that parents of school-aged children are the most supportive of choice, given the high level of satisfaction among scholarship families.

The state’s Education Tax Credit Program was launched 2013. It has 332 students and 51 schools participating, according to the most recent data, with an average scholarship value of $2,148. Each year, the state’s two scholarship-granting organizations must submit reports to New Hampshire’s department of revenue. Somewhat unique to New Hampshire, these reports detail parental satisfaction with the program (see page 3 here and here).

These reports show parents are tremendously satisfied.

In 2017, 93 percent reported being satisfied or strongly satisfied with the school their children were attending using tax-credit scholarships. A similar figure (91 percent) said their children had “seen a measurable improvement in academic achievement” due to the scholarships. It is worth nothing that 84 percent of families would have been unable to send their children to the schools of their choice had it not been for tax-credit scholarships.

Although the legislature clarified the legality of town tuitioning last year, a recent report from the Granite Institute shows that the practice of towns using public funds to support resident children at private schools dates at least as far back as 1792.

In conjunction with EdChoice, the Granite Institute also published a primer on ESAs. Additionally, the Josiah Bartlett Center for Public Policy published a fiscal analysis of the New Hampshire Senate version of SB 193, which finds that if 1 percent of students left their district schools to accept an ESA, the districts would keep more than 99.8 percent of their budgets. The Josiah Bartlett Center also teamed with the Institute for Justice to publish a legal analysis that explains why a publicly funded ESA would pass constitutional muster in New Hampshire.

Finally, be on the lookout for an upcoming EdChoice survey of New Hampshire private schools. It will explore enrollment and capacity information, familiarity with the tax-credit scholarship program, regulatory concerns and openness to the possible education savings account program, among other issues facing private schools in the Granite State.

New Hampshire has the opportunity to lead the nation in expanding personalized learning options to a wide swath of students. As we at EdChoice have stated before: it’s time for all New Hampshire families to live free and choose their children’s education.

Director of Policy, EdChoice

Jason Bedrick, M.P.P.

Director of Policy, EdChoice

Jason Bedrick is director of policy for EdChoice. Previously, he was policy analyst with the Cato Institute’s Center for Educational Freedom. He also served as a legislator in the New Hampshire House of Representatives and was an education policy research fellow at the Josiah Bartlett Center for Public Policy.

Joshua Bartlett Center Report answers questions:

Education Savings Accounts (ESAs) will not decimate public school budgets, a report released today by the Josiah Bartlett Center for Public Policy shows. In fact, even using a high average cost for each ESA and a high ESA take up rate of 5 percent, the report shows that every school district in New Hampshire would keep more than 98 percent of its operating budget. More.......




Who Won the Math Wars?

Nicholas Tampio

Articles to Ponder

Let Us Stamp OutPoverty You Say??


For the Concord Monitor

Saturday, July 08, 2017

There are a lot of ways we could help poor people. We could cut their taxes. We could cut taxes on people that hire them. We could let them go to schools of their choice, instead of forcing them into dropout mills that will label them for life as “failures.” "read more"

Increase Taxes to Increase Government Revenue?

Successful Alternative Learning: ​

Meet the MET Schools of Rhode Island

School Choice Innovation


Jeb Bush: Let’s leave education decisions up to New Hampshire families

Jeb Bush: Let’s leave education decisions up to New Hampshire families



For the Monitor

Thursday, April 06, 2017


Since our nation was founded, the “Live Free or Die’’ state has stood out for its embrace of individual liberty. This makes pending legislation that would set up Education Freedom Savings Accounts a natural fit for New Hampshire families.

The first two words here are key: Education Freedom.

The current, outdated model of public education is based on funding government bureaucracies that in turn make decisions best left to families, such as decisions on where kids will go to school and what classes they can take.

The proposed accounts would instead fund students directly and let parents make those decisions. If for whatever reason a public school isn’t working for their child, they can find a better fit in another school. They also can access the funds for online classes, tutors, and supplies. Or if they are the parents of a student with disabilities, they can use the funds for approved therapies critical to their child’s development.

These accounts are an acknowledgment that parents, not government institutions, are the best decision makers for children. They love them the most, know them the best and are the ones most vested in their future success. And therefore, they should be given the freedom and resources to pursue the right education options for them.

This legislation is not an attack on public schools. It simply is an acknowledgment that kids are unique individuals and one size does not fit all. Nor will this legislation hurt public schools. In fact, a large body of research, including that done in my home state of Florida, indicates quite the opposite. When public schools face increased competition, they get better and kids learn more. Education Freedom Savings Accounts not only would benefit the children whose parents take advantage of them, but also the children who remain in their traditional public schools.

The approach was first introduced in Arizona in 2011, focused on the parents of students with disabilities. In subsequent years, the program was expanded to include students zoned in low-performing schools, the students of military personnel and students living on Native American lands. Based on their success, Arizona lawmakers are now considering making them available to every student.

Other states have taken notice. Mississippi, Tennessee, Florida and Nevada all have approved versions of the program, each with its own eligibility requirements. In 2015, Nevada became the first state to make the accounts available to all parents. I encourage New Hampshire to follow suit.

Empowering parents with the freedom to choose encourages positive change because the right to educate their children no longer can be taken for granted. It must be earned. I commend state Sen. John Reagan, state Reps. Joseph Pitre and Glenn Cordelli for introducing this legislation, and Gov. Chris Sununu, who has been a passionate advocate for school choice.

The issue boils down to this: Do we trust mom and dad, or not?

(Jeb Bush, a former governor of Florida, is founder, president and chairman of the board of directors of the Foundation for Excellence in Education.)

NH Political Buzz called and wanted to know what was said in the House Education Committee Meeting on June 9.  The link above accurately accounts for what I said and the astonishment of all the Education Committee members that were present.


 In October 2011, I attended a Northeast Regional conference sponsored by Council of State Government and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and were focusing on Common Core State Standards. As a side note, the concept of the Met School was presented by the conference with two students of the program explaining their success. The young man, who was autistic(Asperger's syndrome) was mentoring with a civil engineer as part of his individual education plan. He explained how the family plays an integral role in the educational process of their children. Parents are members of the learning plan team (along with the student, an advisor, and the mentor) and help design their child’s curriculum. As panelists at a student’s exhibition, parents are also involved in assessing their child’s work. He was proud to have recently submitted a patent for his invention, but could not divulge the invention. 

     Another student had quit school and went to Haiti to visit family. During her visit, a devastating earthquake struck Haiti. The level of injuries overwhelmed hospitals and calls to the public for volunteers were made. This young lady volunteered to care for the injured and found her calling for nursing. She returned to Newport and was accepted in the local MET School with a plan for an eventual nursing degree. Salva Regina College mentored her which co-op her skills within their hospital facilities.

There is no direct teaching in the conventional classroom with the MET Program. The student agrees to do required reading etc with guidance from their education team.  The Met design had been scaled up to a network of more that 65 Big Picture schools across 16 states, and more than 80 schools internationally.  This is a great example of how school choice can benefit children and lead to productive meaningful lives.

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Farmington state rep says he’s not racist

State Rep. Joe Pitre of Farmington

By Kyle Stucker [email protected]

Posted Jun 16, 2017 at 2:15 PMUpdated Jun 16, 2017 at 2:15 PM

FARMINGTON — A Farmington state representative says allegations that he made racist remarks during a House Education Committee session are “ridiculous” and categorically false.

Rep. Joe Pitre, R-Farmington, came under fire on social media after a June 9 committee debate on school voucher legislation. Public education advocacy group Reaching Higher New Hampshire tweeted during that session that Pitre claimed the proposal, Senate Bill 193, could be funded using the money spent on “black children and Latinos.”

Pitre was emphatic during a phone call with Foster’s Daily Democrat on Thursday that he made no such statement during the June 9 discussion. Pitre also insisted to Foster’s that he isn’t racist.

“It’s unfair and it hurts because I am an advocate for all kids,” said Pitre, 71. “It doesn’t matter to me what color your skin is.”

No transcript of the session exists. Robin deAlmeida, the communications director for Reaching Higher New Hampshire, couldn’t be reached for comment despite multiple attempts on Monday and Thursday. Reaching Higher New Hampshire’s Twitter account doesn’t provide additional context about Pitre’s alleged statement.

Jim Rivers, the House communications director, said the matter is a nonstory and that Pitre “absolutely” did not make those alleged comments.

The Legislative Administration Committee recently reviewed two state representatives — Republican Robert Fisher, of Laconia, and Democrat Sherry Frost, of Dover — due to comments they made on social media. Rivers said Pitre is not under review by the committee, nor have any complaints and issues been voiced to any committee about Pitre.

Other members of the House Education Committee couldn’t be reached for comment this week, although one of its members, Rep. Victoria Sullivan, R-Manchester, issued a statement on Twitter on June 9 in which she also denies Pitre made any racist remarks.

“No one in committee found Rep. Pitre’s statement to be racist, and were stunned that his comments were misrepresented in this fashion,” Sullivan wrote in her statement.

Pitre claims his actual June 9 statement was in relation to the fact that studies since the 1960s have shown, on average, that there is an education gap between children in minority groups and white children.

Pitre claims he outlined that individuals have spent significant amounts of money at the national level and in cities and states throughout the country in an attempt to close that gap, and that those efforts haven’t been successful.

Pitre told Foster’s he outlined all of this on June 9 because he believes SB 193 would give all families more freedom to choose the best school to allows their children “to reach their maximum potential.”

The June 9 Reaching Higher New Hampshire marked the second time Pitre has been accused of racism on Twitter.

In 2012, Annmarie Timmins, at the time a Concord Monitor reporter, tweeted that Pitre emailed to his House colleagues an altered photo that depicted former President Barack Obama as a pimp and former First Lady Michelle Obama as a prostitute.

On Thursday, Pitre denied having sent such a photo.

“I’m not into this racist business,” he said.

Pitre also shared a number of stories with Foster’s on Thursday which he said illustrated that he isn’t racist.

Pitre said he literally couldn’t recognize the difference between different skin colors while he was growing up. To support that point, Pitre said he didn’t realize one of his classmates, a boy from Jamaica, was black until a friend pointed it out during their 20-year reunion.

Pitre also said he “did not know the difference” between the white and black soldiers while he served in the military for 11 years.

“Matter of fact, I can remember a guy named Boone,” he said. “He was from New York City. One on one, he was fine. When he was with other blacks — you know, that was the ’60s. I understand that.”

Pitre said he only takes issue with someone if they treat him negatively.

“There are some blacks that I like — some I don’t,” he said. “I don’t like some of their traits, some of them. You know, I choose not to be friends with them, but I’ve got white friends the same way. If I don’t like somebody’s attitude, that’s it. Like I said, it’s a mirror.”

Pitre also said the “black folks” for whom he has worked have told him he’s trustworthy and loyal. He also said he’s “seen great progress among some black people” he knows.

“They’re better educated,” he said. “Matter of fact, look at athletes. I mean, they express themselves very, very well — you know, most of them. Back in the old days, they could hardly speak. I remember Connie Hawkins. He was a great basketball player, but he couldn’t express himself.”

In reference to the Latino portion of Reaching Higher New Hampshire’s allegation, Pitre said he would never make such a statement because he has Portuguese heritage, which he said is of “Latino descent.”

He also said he “probably identified” more with Latino friends than white friends growing up because many Latinos are Catholic.

“I wouldn’t slam my own,” said Pitre. 


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2016 Candidate Summary (here)

 The session began with an attack on our education adequacy which would have been a $1.6 million dollar reduction for our Farmington schools. After intense debate and lobbying in the decrease was 4% of our adequacy stabilization grant and a total $116,000 reduction per year. This is based on the number of pupils in our schools and we have nearly 400 pupils than at past peak, which stabilization monies are based. I have reminded fellow committee members, that I made a promise to you, my constituents and that promise was to hold the line on any new taxes or fees and any downshifting of cost to cities and towns.

Strafford County Delegation:

As a State Representative, we become part of the governing process of Strafford County. I have been also elected to the Executive Committee of and the nearly $60 million budget. I also serve on the Criminal Justice Subcommittee and very instrumental in working on the drug epidemic with the County Attorney, area police chiefs including our own Chief Drury, and county officials.

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for the honor of this privilege of sending me on this journey by the voters of Strafford District 2, Farmington in November 2012 and elected to the New Hampshire House of Representatives a truly awesome experience. I treasure the trust you have given me.