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Issue Position: Expanding Opportunity Through Education

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Governor Lynch believes education is the smartest investment we can make in our children's future and the economic future of our state.

Expanding Opportunity through EducationIncreasing New Hampshire's High School Graduation Rate

Governor Lynch pushed through an innovative plan that helped reduce New Hampshire's high school dropout rate by 30 percent in the last year. The plan raised the compulsory attendance age from 16 to 18, and provides additional resources for children who do not learn well in a traditional classroom environment. Governor Lynch has set a goal of reducing New Hampshire's dropout rate to zero by 2012.
Bringing Kindergarten to Every Community

When school opened in the fall of 2009, for the first time in New Hampshire history, every child in New Hampshire had the opportunity to attend public kindergarten.
Promoting Technology Education

As part of his efforts to ensure New Hampshire has the educated workforce it needs to succeed, Gov. Lynch invested in expanding pre-engineering technology programs to serve at least an additional 1,600 students through the career and technical education centers in the White Mountains, Plymouth, Peterborough, Dover, Somersworth, Keene, Concord and Salem.
Opening the Door to Higher Education

* Increased Funding for New Hampshire's Public Colleges and Universities: Gov. Lynch is working to make college more affordable for New Hampshire students by supporting funding for NewHampshire's public colleges and universities.
* New Scholarships for New Hampshire Students: In partnership with Gov. Lynch, the University System launched a new scholarship program for New Hampshire students. The "Affordable College Effort" program ensures that first and second-year New Hampshire students who receive the maximum Pell Grant are able to attend University System institutions for no additional tuition.
* Encouraging Young People to Consider College: John Lynch worked with the University System of New Hampshire to create Project Mentor, a statewide program that recruits college students to mentor middle school students, encouraging the middle schoolers to begin considering higher education.
* Expanding Project Running Start: Gov. Lynch is making it possible for double the number of New Hampshire students to enroll in Project Running Start. Project Running Starts allows high school students to earn college credits right at their own local high schools, helping students save on future tuition dollars. The credits are transferable to hundreds of colleges around the country.

Expanding Opportunity through Education

Ensuring Safe Schools

Gov. Lynch signed legislation requiring public and nonpublic schools to develop and implement emergency response plans based on national standards to strengthen the chances for success in both college and the workplace.


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