Perspective: the education advocacy of Fred Upton

posted Apr 14, 2012, 5:26 AM by Bill Duncan
Fred Upton is in his 90's, living at Riverwoods, in Exeter. Here, for some perspective on the education funding debate, is the search results on his byline back to 2004 in the Concord Monitor.



An amendment that's at war with itself

Author:    FREDERIC K. UPTON For the Monitor 
Date: May 12, 2008 
Publication: Concord Monitor (NH) 
Word Count: 388 A schizophrenic thought is often characterized by the co-existence in the mind of opposing or antagonistic elements. The "bipartisan" constitutional amendment under consideration in the House is schizophrenic in the sense that it combines two incompatible and antithetical propositions: the idea that the same money required and earmarked to provide every child of the state with an adequate education is also available for alleviating local disparities in fiscal capacity...
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School funding amendment is attempt to avoid responsibility

Author:    FREDERIC K. UPTOn For the Monitor 
Date: February 18, 2008 
Publication: Concord Monitor (NH) 
Word Count: 706 The state constitutional amendment sponsored by 12 senators and supported by Gov. John Lynch (CACR 34) deserves short shrift. It has unintended consequences, failing to accomplish what its sponsors had in mind, as noted by Eugene Van Loan in the Sunday Monitor. (What they had in mind: watering down the concept of an adequate education and taking away its primacy.) The two principal authors of the amendment proclaimed that their product was couched in such simple terms that any voter could...
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Our rich state must do better than half of adequate

Author:    FREDERIC K. UPTONFor the Monitor 
Date: April 8, 2007 
Publication: Concord Monitor (NH) 
Page: D01 
Word Count: 911 The constitutional amendment proposed by Gov. John Lynch would enshrine a weak and improvident status quo. It would allow the Legislature to reduce the state's financial responsibility for public education to half the annual cost of an adequate education as defined by the Legislature. It would require the Legislature to distribute this money among our 176 school districts by the discredited method called targeting, subject to the proviso that "some state...
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Please, Governor, reconsider your plan

Author:    FREDERIC K. UPTONFor the Monitor 
Date: February 10, 2007 
Publication: Concord Monitor (NH) 
Page: B07 
Word Count: 771 In his inaugural address, Gov. John Lynch pitched to the Legislature what he called a "narrow" constitutional amendment. His amendment would not, he said, allow the state "to walk away from its responsibility for education." Rather it would affirm the state's responsibility for education and allow the state "to direct educational aid to the children and communities which need it...
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Grab-bag school law is ludicrous

Author:    FREDERIC K. UPTONFor the Monitor 
Date: July 17, 2005 
Publication: Concord Monitor (NH) 
Page: D01 
Word Count: 997 The new school funding law no longer even pretends to provide statewide per-pupil "adequacy" aid to the children of New Hampshire. It scraps the whole concept of a state-financed adequate education.In its place, the new law delivers an "equitable education" through the medium of "targeted aid" to property-poor communities for the benefit of select groups of children living in those communities. According...
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Lynch's plan befits an ostrich

Author:    FREDERIC K. UPTONFor the Monitor 
Date: February 13, 2005 
Publication: Concord Monitor (NH) 
Page: D01 
Word Count: 1226 Whatever its educational merits, the purely targeted aid plan that Gov. John Lynch has proposed is unconstitutional on its face and can only lead to divisive litigation, defeated expectations, spinning of wheels and lost time.In the first Claremont decision in 1993, the New Hampshire Supreme Court wrote in unmistakable language that the New Hampshire Constitution imposes on the state, not on the towns,the exclusive obligation to fund an adequate education for every educable...
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Lynch school funding plan won't work

Author:    FREDERIC K. UPTONFor the Monitor 
Date: August 28, 2004 
Publication: Concord Monitor (NH) 
Page: B07 
Word Count: 878 Martin Gross, Peter Burling, Liz Hager and Arpiar Saunders wrote an "Our Turn" piece for the Aug. 18 Monitor in which they assured the public that gubernatorial candidate John Lynch's educational "compact" was sound and would "work." I much respect these four writers - all dedicated public servants and some personal friends - and so hesitate to take issue with them. But the Lynch plan flies in the face of...
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Minimal education isn't enough

Author:    FREDERIC K. UPTONFor the Monitor 
Date: June 27, 2004 
Publication: Concord Monitor (NH) 
Page: D01 
Word Count: 2500 After more than 10 years of feckless and irresponsible avoidance, the Legislature's provisions for paying for an adequate education for each child have become so deficient that they are vulnerable to constitutional challenge by any citizen.As many school districts scramble to deal with five-, six- and even seven-figure cuts in what they expected from the state for next school year, it is a good time to review the trail of events that brought us to this sorry...
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