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HB 323 Goes Down to the Wire

The Committee of Conference met every day this week to discuss House Bill 323, the statewide assessment and NCLB Waiver bill. Their task was to reconcile the different versions as passed by the House and Senate. This was the most important and contentious education bill of the entire year with more than 35 amendments introduced Read More

HB 323 — Committee of Conference Update

The Committee of Conference will meet on Monday, June 15th at 9:30am in the Legislative Office Building room 207. The committee members are Representatives Rick Ladd, Glenn Cordelli, Terry Wolf, and Barbara Shaw, and Senators Jeb Bradley, John Reagan, and David Watters. To date we have seen one amendment, #2104 proposed by Rep. Ladd. Others Read More

Update on HB 323 — Heading to Committee of Conference

On Tuesday June 2, 2015 the House Education Committee met to discuss bills amended by the Senate. The major one was House Bill 323, the bill regarding statewide assessments and the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) waiver. This is the most important and contentious education bill of the entire year. The video of the House Read More

HB 323 — A Victory for Parents and Local Control

Last Thursday, May 21st, the NH senate voted on House Bill 323, the waiver bill. Not only is it the most important education bill of the year, it likely is the most contested with 19 amendments. The senate passed a good compromise amendment introduced by Sen. Jeb Bradley. Amendment #1863 reduces testing at the elementary Read More

HB 323 Compromise in Jeopardy

HB 323, the waiver bill, has been an extremely complicated and contentious bill all year. Multiple amendments have been proposed, but only one offered an acceptable compromise, the Bradley amendment, #1752s. Only this amendment specifically allows the SAT or ACT to be used as the 11th grade statewide assessment and closes the vague “such as” Read More

Update on HB 323, the Waiver Bill

The NH senate once again rescheduled HB 323 to the following session. It is now on the calendar for Thursday, May 21, 2015. This bill has been very hotly debated and multiple efforts have been made to “fix” it. Thankfully, we have a good amendment submitted by Sen. Jeb Bradley, #2015-1752s. This amendment removes the Read More

Things Come Apart So Easily…

HB 323 is a very critical bill as it is tied to the No Child Left Behind waiver. This waiver is the agreement that the state Department of Education made with the US DOE so the state can have flexibility to depart from some of the more punitive aspects of NCLB’s mandates. It also commits New Read More

Debunking the Myths of HB 323, the NCLB Waiver Bill

HB 323 is a very critical bill as it is tied to the No Child Left Behind waiver. This waiver is the agreement that the state Department of Education made with the US DOE so the state can have flexibility to depart from some of the more punitive aspects of NCLB’s mandates. It also commits Read More

Senate Votes on Major Education Bills — May 14, 2015

We are down to the biggest, most important education bills of the year. This is when the legislators negotiate votes and favors. It is still possible to impact decisions by contacting Senators. Brief phone calls are most effective, but succinct emails work, too, especially if they are personal. Contact information is at the end of Read More

Education Bills Special Ordered to May 14th — It’s Working!

We are down to the biggest, most important education bills of the year. We are hearing very encouraging news from the senate on the remaining bills. They are “special ordering” them to next week, Thursday, May 14th in order to gain more support for our positions. This means that we must keep up the pressure Read More

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