Tag: Parents’ Rights

2017 Legislator Report Card

We are pleased to publish our second annual Legislator Report Card! Grades are based on this session’s school choice bills with roll call votes. We followed and reported on many more issues and bills throughout the year, but only roll-call votes provide direct accountability of individual Representatives and Senators.  As previously mentioned, 2017 was a 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 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 they work through the other chamber. Public hearings are the best chance to communicate with Read More

Non-Academic Surveys in the Classroom

Earlier today the Senate Education Committee held a public hearing on SB 43, relative to non-academic surveys administered by a public school to its students. It is similar to SB 320 (2016) that was vetoed by Gov. Hassan as well as HB 206 (2015), but would require active parental consent (opt in) for all non-academic 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

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

Parents Can Sign Youth Employment Papers

In late June Governor Hassan signed HB 1301, a bill that allows parents, not just public school superintendents, to sign youth employment certificates for students under age 16. The new law went into effect as of August 23, 2016. Background Prior to the changes by HB 1301, RSA 276-A:5, a section of the Youth Employment Read More

Presumption of Guilt

On Tuesday, September 6th the state Department of Education and Attorney General dragged the Croydon School Board back in court, accusing them of contempt for paying partial tuition for six students for the 2016-2017 school year. The NH Superior Court hearing took place in early March. As the months went by without a ruling, Croydon Read More

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