Tag: NH BOE

Attempts to End an Educational Option Before It Begins

The innovative Learn Everywhere program is facing two attacks before it is even implemented. Senate Bill 140, introduced by Senator Jay Kahn, is a blatant partisan power-move against the program and headed for Governor Sununu’s desk. Learn Everywhere also has a critical vote by the state Board of Education at their next meeting on June Read More

Expanding Educational Opportunities

Have you ever noticed how focused children can be when playing with Legos or coloring? Mr. Fred Rogers had it right decades ago when he said, “Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children, play is serious learning.” This is no different if the student is Read More

Education Bills Scheduled for Week of April 10, 2017

The House and Senate must finalize their bills in the next few weeks and then negotiate any differences as we head into May. Not much more left! As always, the detailed schedule with our analysis and recommendations is below with legislators’ contact information at the end. Overview Public hearings are the best chance to communicate Read More

Parents Disrespected by BOE

The state Board of Education held their most recent meeting on Thursday, March 23, 2017. The agenda always allows public comment and states Board members will only ask clarifying questions but will not provide feedback. This day several parents signed up to speak. Nonetheless Chairman Tom Raffio was repeatedly rude, condescending, and disrespectful towards parents. Read More

Education Bills Scheduled for Week of March 6, 2017

This is week eight of the legislative session and “cross over,” when the House and Senate trade surviving bills, is underway. We now have some House Bills with public hearings in the Senate, so continue to follow the bills as they work through the other chamber. Public hearings are the best chance to communicate with Read More

Education Bills Scheduled for Week of February 13, 2017

This is week six of the legislative session and committees are finalizing “early bills” that need to go to another committee. Usually these have fiscal notes and move on to Finance or Ways and Means. This also means we are rapidly approaching “cross over” when the House and Senate trade surviving bills. Public hearings are Read More

Education Bills Scheduled for Week of February 6, 2017

This is week five of the legislative session with numerous important bills scheduled for public hearings, executive sessions, and full House votes. We encourage parents and caring citizens to be involved in the legislative process. Public hearings are the best chance to communicate with committee members and share your opinion. The Legislative Office Building (LOB) Read More

Education Bills Scheduled for Week of January 23, 2017

The Senate Education Committee will hold its first public hearings of the new session and the House Education Committee continues with more hearings and exec sessions on several important bills. This is the best chance to communicate with committee members and share your opinion. For the senate bills, sign the white sheet on a side Read More

Threat to Homeschoolers

More than 25 years ago the Home Education Advisory Council (HEAC) was established in New Hampshire statute to help the state Department of Education and various other associations better understand homeschooling and solve problems before they escalated. But is HEAC posing a potential threat to homeschoolers? It would seem so. HEAC’s 2016 annual report written Read More

2016 Report Card

We are pleased to publish our first annual Legislator Report Card! Grades are based on the session’s school choice bills with roll calls. We followed and reported on many more bills throughout the year, but only roll calls provide direct accountability to individual Representatives and Senators. For a fuller view of this year’s school choice Read More

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