Urgent Call to Action Regarding NH Board of Education Nomination

Governor Hassan has recommended Bill Duncan for the NH Board of Education. PLEASE take a moment to write to YOUR Exec. Counselor and tell them to vote NO on this nomination. Mr. Duncan’s confirmation could come as early as this Thursday making it imperative that we act quickly and alert the public and contact our Read More

Respect Students’ 1st, 4th, and 5th Amendment Rights

HB 1200 as amended by the House would protect K-12 students regarding access to students’ social media accounts by educational institutions. However, the Senate amendment would only apply to post-secondary students. All individuals regardless of age have the same protections and rights as outlined in the Bill of Rights. If the school must investigate a Read More

Dispositions Removed From Assessments

At the executive session for SB 343, Representative Rick Ladd introduced an amendment to explicitly remove dispositions from statewide assessments. This is critical because dispositions are values, beliefs, and attitudes. These are non-academic issues and should not be included in mandatory assessments. It is also inappropriate because teachers have 20% of their evaluations based on Read More

School Choice and Funding Charter Schools

Some legislators support school choice and it reflects in their actions. For others it is just lip service. Some in Concord are opposed to any options beyond traditional public schools. We appreciate the efforts of Representative Ken Weyler to bring charter school funding to approximately 50% of the current average per pupil cost. The Union Read More

The Network for Educational Opportunity Awaits the NH Supreme Court Decision

Despite the chilly temperature, approximately 50 people, including more than a dozen children, arrived early to participate in a demonstration prior to the hearing. Although the court staff brought in additional seating, the room could not accommodate everyone who arrived in support of the scholarship program. Once the hearing began, the attorneys were riddled with Read More

Appearance on “Education Matters” To Discuss NEO Scholarship Program and Upcoming Bill

Yesterday I was privileged to be invited to appear on “Education Matters,” a Manchester cable tv show on channel 23. Deborah Olszta, the host and director of this show, and I spoke about the bridge scholarship program available through the Network for Educational Opportunity (NEO). The scholarship may be used for tuition at an out-of-district public Read More

Breaking news — NH Middle School Collects Students’ Biometric Info

Yesterday afternoon a long-time education activist and blogger, Doris Hohensee, reported that Stratham’s Cooperative Middle School uses “finger scans” for their school lunch program. While this appears to be the first time biometric information has been collected for a school program in New Hampshire, other states have done the same. The practice has been widely Read More

Last Chance to Protect Student Privacy

There is one 2014 bill still alive that can protect some aspects of our students’ privacy, SB 343, but it must be altered. Senator Sam Cataldo has submitted an amendment that would explicitly exclude dispositional questions from the Common Core aligned Smarter Balanced Assessments. Dispositional questions ask students about their values, beliefs, and attitudes. Dispositions Read More

Educational Freedom Rally — Wednesday, April 16th at 9:00am

Wednesday is the big day! Please join the Network for Educational Opportunity (NEO) in defense of educational freedom. Please join NEO on April 16th to demonstrate to the New Hampshire Supreme Court the very real need for k-12 scholarships and to show that discrimination will not be tolerated. It is critical that we show the New Hampshire Supreme Read More

Homeschool Year-End Assessments

Homeschoolers, it is a good time of year to think about your student’s year-end assessment. As of June 2012, parents are not required to share assessment results with the Participating Agency (PA), the private school or local SAU to whom notification is reported. However, it is still necessary to conduct either a standardized test or Read More

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