Avoiding Common Core Aligned Assessments

We received several inquiries following a recent post about year-end evaluation options and requirements. As Common Core continues to penetrate public education, many test publishing companies are aligning to these new and controversial standards. Homeschoolers want to know how to avoid Common Core aligned assessments This is one of Common Core’s subtle threats to homeschoolers Read More

Common Core Panel Debate — May 19, 2014

“Is the Common Core good for New Hampshire families and children?” Hosted by Cornerstone Action and Cornerstone Policy Research Common Core State Standards: A Public Forum Join us for an informative exchange between supporters and opponents of Common Core. National and local experts and activists will participate in a forum explaining Common Core and why Read More

Parents Denied Notification and Right to Direct Their Child’s Education

Recently Gilford High School parents learned that their ninth-graders were assigned a controversial book for class, “Nineteen Minutes.” Superintendent Kent Hemingway says the district did not notify parents about the book assignment in advance, and only indicated it would do so on Monday, May 5th, well after parents expressed concerns. Many Gilford parents believe the Read More

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

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