Update on Today’s House Votes

Today was not a good day for our students or local control. Please remember these votes when Reps seek your vote this fall. For more information on all of these bills, refer to the article below which includes links and summaries. https://schoolchoicenh.org/2014/03/23/important-common-core-and-privacy-bills-week-of-march-24-2014/ HB 1239, relative to the implementation of new standards roll call vote 182 Read More

Important Common Core and Privacy Bills, Week of March 24, 2014

This is the final week before “cross over,” when all House bill must be voted on before moving on to the Senate. There are six major education bills that will be presented to the House on Wednesday, March 26th. Below are the bills and relevant information about each. Please contact your Representatives no later than Read More

Support Public Charter School Funding

Arguably the most important charter school bill of the year has a critical House vote this Wednesday, March 19th. HB 435, passed the House 177 to 124 in January to be forwarded to  Finance. It is now ready for center stage again. The House Finance Committee recommends sending it to interim study where it would Read More

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

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