Tag: Parents’ Rights

Win for Directing Children’s Education

In late May Governor Chris Sununu signed HB 1744 into law to empower families with the ability to refuse their children’s participation in statewide assessments. It was a multi-year effort and it finally crossed the finish line. It goes into effect as of July 24, 2018. This bill had three rounds before: HB 276 (2017) that Read More

Schedule for Week of March 5, 2018

The legislature has its winter break this week and will resume the week of March 5. All of our bills have been exec’d in committees and several will likely have votes in the NH House of Representatives at their next session. Unfortunately, we had mixed results that show some Reps believe accountability is not to Read More

Accountability to Families or the State

Update on House Executive Sessions Several important school choice bills met their fate in House committees this week with executive sessions scheduled all day Tuesday and Wednesday. Unfortunately, we had mixed results that show some Reps believe accountability is not to families, but to the state. The entire New Hampshire House of Representatives will vote on Read More

Schedule for Week of February 12, 2018

Only one school choice bill has a public hearing continued this week; the rest are awaiting amendments and executive sessions. The pause allows us to advocate for our bills while committees deliberate and handle other business. Below is the upcoming schedule for the next couple weeks; we include our analysis and recommendations for priority bills. Read More

2017 Legislator Report Card

We are pleased to publish our second annual Legislator Report Card! Grades are based on this session’s school choice bills with roll call votes. We followed and reported on many more issues and bills throughout the year, but only roll-call votes provide direct accountability of individual Representatives and Senators. As previously mentioned, 2017 was a Read More

Education Bills Scheduled for Week of March 27, 2017

We are roughly half-way through the legislative session with many bills already in “cross over,” when the House and Senate trade surviving bills. 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 with committee members and Read More

Non-Academic Surveys – Call to Action

The House Education Committee needs to hear from YOU — contact them TODAY!! They will have a full committee work session on SB 43, a critical bill that empowers parents with active consent (opt-in) for most of the invasive, non-academic surveys public schools give students. They meet on Tuesday, March 28 starting at 10:00am. Update: Read More

Testing Time

New Hampshire school districts administer the statewide assessment from mid March through June. Currently they administer the Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA) to students in grades 3 to 8, and use the SAT for 11th graders. The SBA was designed to evaluate the performance of schools and districts, to provide a more apples-to-apples comparison across districts 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

Non-Academic Surveys in the Classroom

Earlier today the Senate Education Committee held a public hearing on SB 43, relative to non-academic surveys administered by a public school to its students. It is similar to SB 320 (2016) that was vetoed by Gov. Hassan as well as HB 206 (2015), but would require active parental consent (opt in) for all non-academic Read More

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