Improving Education

Strong schools are critical to our city’s success and lead to a thriving community, better jobs, safer neighborhoods, enhanced property values and more. Mayor Joyce Craig and her husband Mike are both graduates of Manchester public schools, as are her two oldest children, and her youngest is a student at Central. She first ran for school board when she saw unmet potential in her children’s schools, and has always made improving our public schools a priority ever since. In her first term as Mayor, Joyce Craig increased funding for our public schools by the largest amount in 14 years, implemented new job training programs in collaboration with Eversource and Velcro, and secured a $10.5 million grant to ensure students are college and career ready.

Read Mayor Craig’s editorial on strengthening our schools.

Standing up for our students

  • Secured a GEAR UP grant giving Manchester schools $10.5 Million over 7 years, and a $500,000 grant from the Barr Foundation for Manchester High School West


  • Worked with community partners to create vocational training programs like Velcro University and Eversource Academy in Manchester High School West and Central, respectively


  • Proposed a tax cap compliant budget adding an additional $4.3 million to the budget for the district, the largest increase in school funding in 14 years


  • Teamed up with Manchester Proud to create the first-ever community-led strategic plan for Manchester’s schools


  • Eliminated overdue book fines for all children’s and young adult books at the Manchester Public Library, ensuring every child in the Queen City can afford to check out a book at our local libraries


  • Kicked off Bookmobile in Manchester to encourage literacy across our city, providing and free book and snacks over the summer to Manchester children


  • Worked in collaboration with the Manchester Transit Authority and Manchester School District to allow high school students to ride municipal buses at any time, any day — free of charge


  • With the Board of School Committee, implemented redistricting on the West side, decreasing class sizes


  • Earned the recommendation of the Manchester Educators Association and the American Federation of Teachers-NH

Joyce Craig for Manchester
P.O. Box 3893
Manchester, NH 03105