Tag: Public Schools

Education Bills Scheduled for Week of February 1, 2016

The following is the legislative schedule for the week of February 1, 2016. Some bills are starting to work their way through the committee to the entire House for a vote. They are clearly marked and we encourage the public to contact all of their representatives. However, most of the bills are scheduled for public Read More

Education Bills Scheduled for Week of January 11, 2016

The following is the legislative schedule for the week of January 11, 2016. Unless otherwise marked, the bills are scheduled for a hearing which is the opportunity for public testimony. This is the best chance to communicate with the committee members and share your opinion on the bills. The public has until the executive session Read More

Injunction Hearing for Croydon vs the NH DOE

Monday, November 30th was the injunction hearing for Croydon versus the NH Department of Education in the Strafford Superior Court in Dover. We live-blogged the hearing on Facebook.  The post include real-time comments as well as questions and remarks from followers after the hearing concluded. Some of the most shocking statements of the day came Read More

Response to the NH DOE and Attorney General

Over the weekend we launched an email petition to the New Hampshire Department of Education Commissioner, Dr. Virginia Barry, and the Attorney General, the Honorable Joseph Foster. They are pursuing an injunction against the tiny town of Croydon in an effort to shut down their school choice program. The program was developed with the approval Read More

It’s About Control, Not the Kids

As threatened, the New Hampshire Department of Education directed the Attorney General’ s office to pursue an injunction against the Croydon School Board to immediately stop sending tuition payments for the four students enrolled in a private school through their school choice program. A hearing in Strafford Superior Court is set for Monday, November 30th Read More

Responding to Critics

Our article on New Hampshire’s missing Smarter Balanced Assessment scores is causing quite a stir among parents, school boards, and legislators. Some who support the state Department of Education claim that our assertions are false and unsubstantiated. We will address those critics with information taken directly from the NH DOE’s website. In yesterday’s article, we Read More

Where are NH’s Scores?

Where are New Hampshire’s scores for the Smarter Balanced Assessment? It was administered in Spring 2015 with the promise that results would be available in a timely basis. The state Department of Education indicated teachers could use the results as meaningful feedback to improve student instruction. Governor Hassan spoke of the SBA as an important Read More

The NHDOE Continues to Bully Croydon

Croydon, NH continues to be harassed and threatened by the state Department of Education. Croydon is a tiny town, northwest of Concord. They have one school that serves roughly 30 students in Kindergarten through fourth grade. They have routinely tuitioned-out their older students, and when the contract with Newport ended in 2012, they negotiated with Read More

Demand Parents’ Rights — Overturn Hassan’s Veto on HB 603

We have a chance to overturn Governor Maggie Hassan’s veto of HB 603 when the NH House of Representatives returns on September 16th. This was a bill that would explicitly give parents the right to refuse their child’s participation in statewide assessments. Please sign our petition to send an email to all senators and representatives, Read More

Starting the Year Right

The beginning of the school year is an opportune time to establish a clear directive with your child’s school regarding all the various assessments administered throughout the year. Traditionally standardized testing begins in October, so if it is your intention to refuse your child’s participation in these assessments, submit your wishes in writing promptly. Some Read More

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