Update on HB 323, the Waiver Bill
The NH senate once again rescheduled HB 323 to the following session. It is now on the calendar for Thursday, May 21, 2015.
This bill has been very hotly debated and multiple efforts have been made to “fix” it. Thankfully, we have a good amendment submitted by Sen. Jeb Bradley, #2015-1752s.
This amendment removes the problematic language and tightens it to specifically allow only the SAT and ACT as alternative assessments for grade 11. This should satisfy district superintendents without giving undefined authority to the state Department of Education.
Although the SAT is not a great option, it is much better than the Smarter Balanced Assessment. It will be aligned to Common Core effective Spring 2016, but it is not an integrated assessment like PACE, and parents can still refuse participation, although it is less likely for their college-bound students. It also respects local control.
This is a big step forward and should be supported. We appreciate the senate’s willingness to address parents’ concerns and find an acceptable resolution.
Please contact the NH senate before Wednesday, thanking them for their efforts and to urge their support of the Bradley amendment, #1752s.
We will again gather outside the senate chamber on the second floor of the State House on Thursday morning at 9:15am. We want to encourage the senators in their latest efforts to support parents’ rights and local control. The session begins at 10:00am, and our bill should be early in the agenda. Please join us.
To find your NH senator, and his or her contact information, refer to the senate’s roster page, or you can email all of them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jeff Woodburn — District 1, Dalton
Jeanie Forrester — District 2, Meredith
Jeb Bradley — District 3, Wolfeboro
David Watters — District 4, Dover
David Pierce — District 5, Lebanon
Sam Cataldo — District 6, Farmington
Andrew Hosmer — District 7, Laconia
Gerald Little — District 8, Weare
Andy Sanborn — District 9, Bedford
Molly Kelly — District 10, Keene
Gary Daniels — District 11, Milford
Kevin Avard — District 12, Nashua
Bette Lasky — District 13, Nashua
Sharon Carson — District 14, Londonderry
Dan Feltes — District 15, Concord
David Boutin — District 16, Hooksett/Manchester
John Reagan — District 17, Deerfield
Donna Soucy — District 18, Manchester
Regina Birdsell — District 19, Hampstead/Windham/Derry
Lou D’Allesandro — District 20, Manchester
Martha Fuller Clark — District 21, Portsmouth
Chuck Morse — District 22, Salem
Russell Prescott — District 23, Kingston
Nancy Stiles — District 24, Hampton
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