Tag: Privacy

Breaking news — NH Middle School Collects Students’ Biometric Info

Yesterday afternoon a long-time education activist and blogger, Doris Hohensee, reported that Stratham’s Cooperative Middle School uses “finger scans” for their school lunch program. While this appears to be the first time biometric information has been collected for a school program in New Hampshire, other states have done the same. The practice has been widely Read More

Last Chance to Protect Student Privacy

There is one 2014 bill still alive that can protect some aspects of our students’ privacy, SB 343, but it must be altered. Senator Sam Cataldo has submitted an amendment that would explicitly exclude dispositional questions from the Common Core aligned Smarter Balanced Assessments. Dispositional questions ask students about their values, beliefs, and attitudes. Dispositions Read More

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

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

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

Press Conference — The NH Department of Education Overreach in Common Core, Thursday, February 6, 2014

My name is Michelle Levell. I represent the New Hampshire Liberty Alliance and School Choice for New Hampshire. The NH Department of Education is exposing our children’s private data to significant risk without adequate protections. New Hampshire is one of 24 states that are participating in the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium as part of our Read More

Important School Choice Legislation, Week of Feb 3, 2014

This letter from a Nashua middle school principal to the district superintendent is very indicting of the Smarter Balanced Assessments that will become mandatory throughout all NH schools as of Spring 2015. Keep this in mind as we have several education bills scheduled for the week ahead. For the most impact, briefly phone each committee Read More

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

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