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

Educational Options Scholarship Opportunity

Now that it’s the new year, the Network for Educational Opportunity (NEO) can begin taking scholarship applications for the 2014-2015 school year! Scholarships are awarded to students based on highest financial need, funds raised, and the metrics in the Education Tax Credit law. Needy families can receive an average of $2500 for tuition at a private school or Read More

Another Fatal Flaw in Ed 306 Revision by the NH BOE

The fatal flaws of the New Hampshire Board of Education’s proposed changes to Ed 306, the Minimum Standards for Public School Approval, does not end with COMPREHENSIVE PSYCHOLOGICAL SERVICES. The NH BOE seeks to fundamentally change our public schools by converting the standards to “competency-based” education and they do NOT have the authority. Read the Read More

NH School District Seeks to Expand Kindergarten for Common Core Standards

The Merrimack Valley School District has announced plans to extend kindergarten from half-day to full-day, with no option for parents, as of the 2014-2015 school year. They are justifying it by claiming it will meet Common Core standards. Dates for upcoming info sessions in the Merrimack Valley School District. Call the principal of the school Read More

Board of Education, Ed 306 rules

Dear members of the Board of Education, My name is Michelle Levell and I represent School Choice for New Hampshire and the New Hampshire Liberty Alliance. Both organizations are concerned about elements in the proposed revisions to Ed 306, the Minimum Standards for New Hampshire’s public schools. There are several glaring problems with these changes Read More

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