2017 Highlights

2017 was very successful and lays the groundwork for more progress next year! We set an ambitious agenda and advanced on nearly every effort. Once again the game-changer was grassroots involvement and support. Engaged parents and citizens play a major Continue reading 2017 Highlights

Education Bills Scheduled for Week of March 6, 2017

This is week eight of the legislative session and “cross over,” when the House and Senate trade surviving bills, is underway. We now have some House Bills with public hearings in the Senate, so continue to follow the bills as Continue reading Education Bills Scheduled for Week of March 6, 2017

Education Bills Scheduled for Week of January 23, 2017

The Senate Education Committee will hold its first public hearings of the new session and the House Education Committee continues with more hearings and exec sessions on several important bills. This is the best chance to communicate with committee members Continue reading Education Bills Scheduled for Week of January 23, 2017

Defining School Choice

What exactly is school choice? School Choice is a term used extensively in political, education policy, and advocate circles, but what does it mean? In the strictest sense it refers to the various educational institutions available to families, namely public, Continue reading Defining School Choice

Alternative College Exams

A major reason why Common Core is a threat to school choice is that the aligned high-stakes tests may drive curriculum choices for public and private schools as well as home education programs. Prospective college students face competitive entrance requirements Continue reading Alternative College Exams

Tests and Accountability

The New Hampshire Department of Education just announced the results of the spring 2016 statewide assessments, noting that scores rose three percent from last year’s baseline. Results reflect three different assessment components: the Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA), the Common Core Continue reading Tests and Accountability

Threat to Homeschoolers

More than 25 years ago the Home Education Advisory Council (HEAC) was established in New Hampshire statute to help the state Department of Education and various other associations better understand homeschooling and solve problems before they escalated. But is HEAC Continue reading Threat to Homeschoolers