Gatsas Calls Out Liberal Hassan-Sununu Education Agenda

Sununu Has Consistently Supported Hassan’s Common Core Advocates For Top State Positions

Manchester, NH – Manchester Mayor and Republican gubernatorial candidate Ted Gatsas today called out Executive Councilor Chris Sununu and his consistent support for the liberal Hassan-Sununu education agenda in Concord. The Union Leader reports that as a candidate for governor, Chris Sununu is promising to restore local control to New Hampshire schools. But as an Executive Councilor, Sununu has been a loyal vote for Common Core contracts and Governor Hassan’s nominations of radical Common Core advocates.

“Despite his phony election year rhetoric, Executive Councilor Chris Sununu has consistently voted for contracts that impose Common Core standards on New Hampshire students while regularly supporting Governor Hassan’s nominations of Common Core advocates for top education positions. Instead of standing up for students, the councilor has been a loyal vote for the liberal Hassan-Sununu education agenda that is threatening local control of our schools,” said Mayor Ted Gatsas. “As mayor, I have stood up to the federal government and opposed Common Core. As New Hampshire’s next governor, I will stand up to the liberal Hassan-Sununu education agenda by rejecting Federal Common Core standards, reevaluating standardized testing and encouraging school choice and ensuring that appointments to the Department of Education and State Board of Education reflect my philosophy that parents – not bureaucrats – know best.”

Background Research:

In March 2016,Sununu Voted To Renew A $603,000 Statewide Student Testing ContractThat Assesses Achievement Within The Federal Common Core Standard. (“Executive Council OKs Funds To Fight Opioid Epidemic,” New Hampshire Union Leader, 3/24/16)

Sununu Voted To Confirm Governor Hassan’s Reappointment Of Virginia Barry As Education Commissioner; Barry Is Defender Of Common Core Standards

Barry Has Opposed Legislative Efforts To Halt Implementation Of Common Core And Called Opponents Of The Standards “Misinformed.” “Commissioner of Education Virginia Barry came ready for a fight at a legislative hearing Thursday, calling opponents of Common Core ‘misinformed.’ “Common Core Debate Fires Up Crowd,” The Union Leader, 2/6/14)

Sununu Backed Nominations Of Pro-Common Core Board Of Education MembersReappointed By Governor Hassan.

In February 2016, Sununu Voted To Confirm Two Of Governor Hassan’s Three Reappointments To The State Board Of Education. Sununu voted to confirm the reappointments of Lucinda Chagnon and Helen Honorow for terms ending in2020. The Council confirmed Chagnon’s appointment in a 4-1 vote and confirmed Honorow’s appointment in a 3-2 vote, meaning Sununu was the deciding vote in favor of Honorow. (Governor And Executive Council Minutes, Concord, NH, 2/10/16)

Honorow Has Defended Common Core Standards As “Well-Researched” And “Developed By The States.” ‘The Common Core has been well-researched,’ said Helen Honorow, a state Department of Education employee. ‘It was not developed by the feds; the Common Core was developed by states.’” (“Nashua School Board Turns Down Measure Fighting Common Core,” The Telegraph, 11/20/13)

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