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

Student Privacy at Risk

New Hampshire is one of 24 states that are participating in the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium as part of our 2010 Race to the Top grant application. By making this agreement, the NH Department of Education is exposing our children’s private data to greater risk without adequate privacy protections. The Cooperative Agreement is a legal Read More

Update: JLCAR Vote on Ed 306, Minimum Standards for Public School Approval

On January 17th, the Joint Legislative Committee on Administrative Rules (JLCAR) gave conditional approval to the Board of Education’s proposed changes to Ed 306, stating this decision is based upon the passage of legislation regarding changes to “twelve content areas.” However, the committee did not specify which legislation supports these changes. Representatives Sad, Ladd, McKay, Schmidt, Read More

Rochester School Board Member’s Letter Against Ed 306 Proposal

This is a powerful letter by Susan O’Connor of the Rochester School Board about the problems she sees with the NH Board of Education’s proposed changes to Ed 306, the Minimum Standards for Public School Approval. In this letter to the Joint Legislative Committee on Administrative Rules (JLCAR), Susan articulates the impact of a mental Read More

Two Important Charter School Bills Up for Vote on Wed, Jan 8

Charter schools need your support. Act today! The House will vote on two critical charter school bills on the legislative session’s opening day, Wednesday, January 8th. Below are suggested talking points along with the critical information on each bill. Use those that resonate most with you and the ones that may be most persuasive to Read More

Rebuttal to the Nashua Telegraph Article re New Homeschool Laws

The recent Nashua Telegraph article about the growth of homeschooling in the Granite State has critical omissions about NH’s home education law. It also does not address why the legislature passed HB 1571 and HB 545 in 2012 or tell how these new laws are benefiting the homeschool community. A little knowledge and background are needed. Read More

HB 533 Will Downshift Costs to Local School Districts

The New Hampshire House will vote on many critical issues this coming Wednesday, January 8th, when they open the 2014 legislative session. A noteworthy bill is HB 533, a bill that would increase the high-school graduation requirement from three math courses to four. Although fundamental knowledge and skills in mathematics are essential, and many college Read More

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