Friday, November 21, 2008

Is an Income Tax Coming to New Hampshire?

I received this from someone who wishes to remain anonymous. Enjoy.


I have heard many transplants from Communist Countries talk or testify so eloquently against the centralization of our government and our educational system. But look what is happening now.

Our NH Commissioner of Education, Lyonel Tracy has teamed up with Hillary's national education guru, Marc Tucker.

The subject never ceases to chill me to the bone, if not outright enrage me. I don't know what can be done about it.

What this means for the future of local educational control in general is just NOT GOOD. I have watched the acceleration of this from the early 80's to now, and the current push has become frightening.

The New Hampshire Business Review article is finally MUCH more candid with the plan's details than other recent articles. I feel that exposing this 'change' is an issue that is QUINTESSENTIAL to maintaining our freedom from the further centralization of education under the control of federal government, and even further away from our local control.

Apparently emboldened by the Obama presidency and enabled by the fact that NH became controlled by Democrats in 2006 NH Commissioner of Education Lyonel Tracy has collaborated with Marc Tucker -- guru and proponent of the managed workforce.

Sweeping changes in the form of "centralized funding" to me indicates they are going full speed ahead with this 'Soviet-style' system in anticipation of, or to force the issue of, an income tax, will be dumbing the curriculum down even further, training students not teaching them, and getting them ready to pledge allegiance to international government. This is not about one person's math skills being stronger than the other persons', for competition, it's about following the rules of internationalism and being pigeonholed into a job.

And we will also have to pay teachers $110K/year for THIS treasonous nonsense?

This is not the NH or even the American 'way'.

It is sickening that NH Education Commissioner Lionel Tracy is looking for advice from none other than Marc Tucker, Hillary Clinton's GRAMSCI SOCIALIST educational guru for his plan to 'centralize' our system and take it out of the hands of local control, which has already happened in great part.

“The proposal to abandon local funding of schools in favor of state funding using a uniform pupil-weighting funding formula, combined with the addition of $19 billion to the system as a whole, will make it possible, for the first time in the history of the United States, to have an equitable means of funding our schools, while at the same time leveling up the funding of the system as a whole, so that relatively well-to-do districts will not have the incentive to defeat the system that they would have if the existing funds were simply redistributed.”

Who does Tracy think he is that he can get away with this?

THIS IS NOT NAZI GERMANY. Do people really understand that this is not 'improvement'? That no one voted for this? That most people have no idea about these 'plans' for the managed workforce?

If I'm going to contribute many thousands of dollars per year to this school system, you can bet I want it controlled by our local school board, which is barely answerable to US now as it is, not some federal agency whose programs are so burned into place that none can be dropped if not successful.

After spending 35 years teaching in a public school system, this is my pet issue and it continues to upset me terribly. I watched how as more money was poured into the system, it became less accountable, less about teaching, and more about brainwashing and pigeon-holing.

Chilling quote from Tracy:

"He also said that New Hampshire’s education leaders felt preparing the Granite State’s students for a future interconnected with the world was too important “to wait and join until we had all the [funding] details. However, we are moving very cautiously and selectively.”"

Of course this includes pushing for universal MANDATORY pre-K as well, one of Hillary's pet issues.
What this boils down to is more money from us, for less education from them, delivered through a rationalised system with control beyond our reach. Say goodbye to conservatism, fiscal or otherwise. Imagine having your 3-4 year old forced to leave your home to go to school (to be indoctrinated about XYZ at an even younger age)???

If you have been following the NH group known as CNHT's work, you will see that they have already exposed the WIA (Workforce Investment Act) as it functions in NH under post-secondary education. WIA was the brainchild of Robert Reich under Clinton. It has become nothing but a corrupt means for some "business" owners to scam the taxpayers out of federal funding that is supposed to help NH people get back into the workforce. These private 'training schools' depend on this government money, but have placed very few if any people into decent jobs.

NH legislators should look for the true motivation behind any new education bills proposed.
And anyone who stills sends their kids to public schools should complain about Tracy and what he plans to do with our system.

And self-styled education "reformers" like Russell Quaglia should not be paid thousands of dollars for dubious philosophical experiments on our children and millions should not be spent on philosophies like "Follow the Child".

This shows Tracy's connection to Tucker's educational vision via Tracy's connection to Hillary Clinton:

NH Commissioner of Education Lyonel Tracy Endorses Hillary for President
New Hampshire for Hillary Announces 225 More Granite State Educators for Hillary

MANCHESTER, NH – Joining more than 500 Educators for Hillary, New Hampshire’s Commissioner of Education, Dr. Lyonel Tracy today announced his endorsement for Hillary for President. One week after announcing 312 Educators for Hillary, the New Hampshire for Hillary campaign today announced the names of 225 more educators from the Granite State who support Senator Clinton’s run for President.

“Senator Clinton has proven time and again that she is a leader in education,” said Dr. Lyonel Tracy. “Her work as First Lady in Arkansas to help set public school standards along with her efforts to reform No Child Left Behind put her leagues ahead of other presidential candidates. As President, she will be the advocate our nation’s educators need.”

As an advocate, First Lady, and United States Senator, Hillary has fought to raise the education standards in our nation’s schools. Hillary is committed to reforming No Child Left Behind (NCLB). In addition to fighting for full funding for NCLB, she is working to ensure the legislation supports early childhood education, improves teacher training, lowers class size, enhances parental involvement, eliminates environmental hazards in schools, and protects the programs that work for America’s children.

Senator Clinton is also working actively to secure full funding for Head Start, a program that has helped prepare children to succeed in school by providing comprehensive services addressing all the barriers children in poverty face.

Recently, Hillary proposed a plan to make college accessible and affordable for all Americans. By providing a $3,500 tuition tax credit—more than 50% of the cost of tuition at the average public institution—and increasing Pell grants, Hillary’s plan will unlock the doors to higher education for millions of young Americans. In addition, Hillary will simplify the student aid process and strengthen incentives for students interested in public service.

Hillary believes that investing in early childhood education is essential. Studies show that universal pre-kindergarten programs pay for themselves after nine years and produce a growing annual return in the years beyond. That is why Senator Clinton has proposed a plan to provide universal pre-kindergarten program to serve all of America’s four-year-olds. Her plan would expand access to the more than 3 million 4-year-olds who are not enrolled in state pre-kindergarten programs. It would provide states with matching funds to devise their own programs and requiring that classes be taught by highly-trained teachers.

“I am honored to have the support of Dr. Tracy and these dedicated men and women who have undertaken the critically important job of educating New Hampshire’s children,” said Senator Clinton. “With their help, I will continue working to ensure that Americans have access to the quality education they deserve from early childhood on.”

Dr. Lyonel Tracy was appointed Commissioner of Education for New Hampshire in 2005. Dr. Tracy has over 20 years of experience in the field of education. Prior to his appointment as commissioner, Dr. Tracy served as Superintendent of Schools in Portsmouth, President of the New England Association of School Superintendents and Chair of the New Hampshire Parent Teacher Association’s Education Committee.

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