Tag: Opt-Out

Education Bills Scheduled for Week of May 29, 2017

The NH House of Representatives has three school choice bills on the agenda — SB 8, one of this year’s town tuitioning (aka Croydon) bills and two others of more modest impact. As always, the detailed schedule with our analysis and recommendations is below with legislators’ contact information at the end. Weekly Schedule THURSDAY, JUNE Read More

Education Bills Scheduled for Week of April 10, 2017

The House and Senate must finalize their bills in the next few weeks and then negotiate any differences as we head into May. Not much more left! As always, the detailed schedule with our analysis and recommendations is below with legislators’ contact information at the end. Overview Public hearings are the best chance to communicate Read More

Education Bills Scheduled for Week of March 27, 2017

We are roughly half-way through the legislative session with many bills already in “cross over,” when the House and Senate trade surviving bills. As always, the detailed schedule with our analysis and recommendations is below with legislators’ contact information at the end. Overview Public hearings are the best chance to communicate with committee members and Read More

Non-Academic Surveys – Call to Action

The House Education Committee needs to hear from YOU — contact them TODAY!! They will have a full committee work session on SB 43, a critical bill that empowers parents with active consent (opt-in) for most of the invasive, non-academic surveys public schools give students. They meet on Tuesday, March 28 starting at 10:00am. Update: Read More

Testing Time

New Hampshire school districts administer the statewide assessment from mid March through June. Currently they administer the Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA) to students in grades 3 to 8, and use the SAT for 11th graders. The SBA was designed to evaluate the performance of schools and districts, to provide a more apples-to-apples comparison across districts Read More

Education Bills Scheduled for Week of January 30, 2017

This is week four of the legislative session and we’re in full stride now with several important bills scheduled for public hearings, executive sessions, and full House votes. Public hearings are the best chance to communicate with committee members and share your opinion. For the senate bills, sign the white sheet on a side table Read More

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 and share your opinion. For the senate bills, sign the white sheet on a side Read More

HB 276, Refusing Participation in Statewide Assessments

HB 276, a bill that would explicitly empower parents to refuse their child’s participation in statewide assessments had a public hearing in the House Education Committee on January 17, 2017. Below is the testimony (both written and oral) with links that we supplied to the committee. This is an important school choice bill because parents Read More

Education Bills Scheduled for Week of January 16, 2017

The House Education Committee continues with public hearings on several important bills. This is the best chance to communicate with committee members and share your opinion. The public may sign the blue sheet near the room entrance to indicate support or opposition to any bill. The public may testify before the committee; indicate that on Read More

Excuses, Excuses

New Hampshire administered the Smarter Balanced Assessment, the statewide test aligned to College and Career Readiness Standards (aka Common Core) to students in grades 3 to 8 for the second time in spring 2016, approximately six month ago. Most districts use computerized adaptive tests, which required updated technology purchases and teacher training. The promise was Read More

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