August 26, 2014


Senator David Watters Releases Comprehensive Education Plan
Emphasizes innovation and commitment to 21st century education while controlling costs.

Dover, NH – Today, Democratic Senator David Watters unveiled his comprehensive education plan for pre-school to higher education, “Innovation, Commitment and Cost: A Plan for a 21st Century Education.” In it, Senator Watters highlighted his priorities for strengthening New Hampshire’s education system to better prepare young people for a competitive, global economy while controlling taxpayer costs.

“As an educator of 41 years, I’m committed to bringing people together to find innovative ways to strengthen our commitment to education so we can maintain the New Hampshire advantage of quality of life, economic security and low taxes,” said Senator David Watters. “I’ve released this comprehensive plan as a blueprint for that commitment. I emphasize quality early childhood and K-12 education, forging public-private partnerships to create institutions that train students for jobs in high-tech manufacturing, which is driving growth in the region, and a higher education system that prepares young men and women for careers without leaving them buried under a mountain of debt.

Senator Watters promised to build on several of his past victories on education policy in his plan, such as successfully securing increased school funding for District 4 by working across party lines to change the adequacy formula. Sen. Watters also pointed to the $13.5 million grant he was able to secure for a new Career and Technical Education Center at Dover High, which is set to be signed into law by Governor Maggie Hassan this Friday. Senator Watters is advocating for a similar project in Somersworth.                                                             

“I’m proud of the work we’ve done on education, but to keep New Hampshire moving forward we need to look for innovative ways to strengthen our commitment to prepare Granite State children for a 21st century economy so they and their families can continue to enjoy the New Hampshire advantage,” said Senator Watters.

The entire plan is available to read at