New Hampshire Challenges Candidates To Make Education Rock

Manchester, NH—Today, the Strong American Schools’ ED in ’08 campaign joined with New Hampshire leaders at Manchester Central High School to challenge to each presidential candidate to make education “rock” by autographing a guitar with their pledge to reform K-12 education.

“The policy agenda of the future president often begins with New Hampshire voters,” said Mary Heath, Deputy Commissioner for the New Hampshire Department of Education. “I implore all of you to make sure your voice is heard. You must remind candidates that education is the key to a brighter future for our state and our nation and that we must have strong American schools for all of our students.”

The event was held at New Hampshire’s oldest public high school and featured The Latham Band, a local group, who debuted their new song about education. The Latham Band includes two Central High School graduates: guitarist Joe Pelletier and drummer Mike Laferriere. A guitar already signed by one presidential candidate was on display.

“I hope that all of the candidates will rise to meet this challenge from the voters of New Hampshire, and that together we can show them that New Hampshire cares about education,” announced Fred Bramante, New Hampshire State Board of Education member and owner of Daddy’s Junky Music, who donated the fifteen guitars for the event.

The guitars were presented to the New Hampshire Political Library to be showcased as a piece of New Hampshire’s rich presidential history.

“As millions of students and teachers return to school this fall, it is time for the presidential candidates to make clear how they intend guarantee strong American schools for every student in New Hampshire and across the United States,” said Marc Lampkin, executive director of ED in ’08. “In New Hampshire one in five students will not graduate from high school and one in three college freshmen fail to earn a diploma. We need to hear real talk about how America’s next president plans to reform and rock education.”

ED in ’08 opened its Manchester office earlier this year to signal its commitment to make K-12 education reform a top priority on the campaign trail. To join the ED in ’08 campaign or for more information about ED in ’08 events and a list of the campaign’s New Hampshire leadership team, visit