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 Continue reading Education Bills Scheduled for Week of March 27, 2017

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 Continue reading Non-Academic Surveys – Call to Action

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 Continue reading Testing Time

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

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 Continue reading HB 276, Refusing Participation in Statewide Assessments

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 Continue reading Excuses, Excuses

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 Continue reading Parents Can Sign Youth Employment Papers

2016 Report Card

We are pleased to publish our first annual Legislator Report Card! Grades are based on the session’s school choice bills with roll calls. We followed and reported on many more bills throughout the year, but only roll calls provide direct Continue reading 2016 Report Card