Education Bills, Week of March 3, 2014

Tuesday, March 4, 2014 There are no additional public hearings scheduled for any bills before the House Education Committee. However, there is still an opportunity to contact them before they exec these bills. Please consider contacting the House Education Committee. Phone calls are the most effective way to make an impact. The HEC’s email is Read More

Homeschoolers Are Not Immune From Common Core

Some homeschoolers mistakenly think the problems associated with the Common Core State Standards are exclusive to the public school system. Sadly, it is very easy for homeschoolers to also be effected. There are four primary ways Common Core can impact home-educated students. Many curricula providers are aligning their textbooks and educational resources to Common Core. Read More

Testimony for HB 1432, a Bill to Delay NH’s Common Core Assessment

The following is testimony I submitted for HB 1432, a bill that would delay implementation of the Smarter Balanced Assessments (SBA) by two years. This testimony addresses only one area of problems with the SBA. Please read my other posts regarding student privacy, associated implementation costs, and other  Common Core related posts for a more Read More

Financial Aid and Scholarship Information Night — Feb 20, 2014

The Network for Educational Opportunity (NEO) will hold a financial aid and scholarship information evening on February 20th in Manchester. Don’t miss this opportunity to find out how NEO can help put educational options within reach! Bring a friend! Did you know…. * The bridge scholarships available through NEO may be used for tuition at a private school Read More

Education Bills — Schedule Update

Tuesday, Feb 18, 2014 8:00am  Subcommittee Work Session on HB 1393, relative to tuition payments for students attending a chartered public school in the student’s district of residence 9:00am  Subcommittee Work Session on HB 1262, relative to student assessment data privacy and HB 1496, relative to the objectivity and validity of student assessment materials 10:45am  Read More

Legislative Agenda for Week of February 10, 2014

Coming Up: Charter Schools, Student Privacy, and Common Core Please consider attending the public hearings for these important charter school, student privacy, and Common Core related bills. Unless otherwise noted, the hearings will take place in the House Education Committee, located in room 207 of the Legislative Office Building. The committee has a small table Read More

Public Testimony by NH DOE Commissioner Virginia Barry on HB 1508

Commissioner of NH DOE, Virginia Barry, loses control at today’s public hearing for HB 1508, a bill that would end Common Core in NH. She is insulting and resorts to appeals to authority instead of honestly addressing the concerns of NH citizens. In her testimony, Dr. Barry refers to opponents of Common Core as “a small, Read More

What are the Costs of Implementing Common Core in New Hampshire?

Sadly, this is not known. Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts (ELA) and math were released just days before the NH Board of Education’s June 2010 meeting. At this meeting, the BOE only discussed the new ELA standards as they compared to the then-current Grade Level Expectations. They covered the math standards the Read More

Press Conference — The NH Department of Education Overreach in Common Core, Thursday, February 6, 2014

My name is Michelle Levell. I represent the New Hampshire Liberty Alliance and School Choice for New Hampshire. The NH Department of Education is exposing our children’s private data to significant risk without adequate protections. New Hampshire is one of 24 states that are participating in the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium as part of our Read More

Important School Choice Legislation, Week of Feb 3, 2014

This letter from a Nashua middle school principal to the district superintendent is very indicting of the Smarter Balanced Assessments that will become mandatory throughout all NH schools as of Spring 2015. Keep this in mind as we have several education bills scheduled for the week ahead. For the most impact, briefly phone each committee Read More

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