Tag: Public Schools

Education Bills Schedule for Week of April 13, 2015

“Cross over,” when the House and Senate exchange bills, is well underway. Unless otherwise indicated, the following bills are scheduled for a committee meeting which is the opportunity for public testimony. This is the best chance to communicate with the committee members and share your opinion on bills. The public has until the executive session Read More

Noble Goals of Pre-K Programs Fail to Deliver

Many NH legislators fall for the empty promise of pre-K programs though they have yet to prove any substantial success. Good intentions are not enough. A recent article in US News & World Report debunked the two studies from decades ago that show lasting gains from two “boutique” preschool programs. The problem is these results Read More

Rep Denigrates Constituents in Executive Hearing

Rep. Mel Myler (D-Hopkinton/Concord Ward 5) denigrated his constituents at the House Education Committee’s executive session on SB 101 earlier today. In the executive session, the House Education Committee compared SB 101 to a bill they previously passed, HB 276. There were mixed comments about which bill is better and discussion about what may happen Read More

Education Bills for the Week of March 30, 2015

The legislative session is in the process of “cross over,” when the House and Senate exchange bills. Only a few have been reassigned; look for more in the weeks ahead. Most of the bills below are scheduled for a committee meeting which is the opportunity for public testimony. This is the best chance to communicate Read More

PACE: the Next Educational Reform from the NH DOE

Just as the whole state is rolling out the much-lauded Smarter Balanced Assessment, the NH Department of Education is converting to the next educational fad, the PACE assessment. It is part of their ESEA (No Child Left Behind) waiver draft that will be finalized on March 31, 2015. There are no refusals or opt-outs with Read More

Mixed Messages About Refusing Assessments

This is a major week for the NH Department of Education (NH DOE) and school districts as the Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA) is rolled out across the state. In anticipation of the testing period, a few districts issued policies regarding parents’ rights to opt out of, or refuse, the testing for their child. Manchester sent Read More

The DOE Wants to End School Choice

Late last week it was revealed that the NH Department of Education issued a letter to the Croydon School District to end their newly enacted school choice program. Beginning with the current school year, Croydon initiated a program that allows families to select from a number of public and private schools for their grade 5 Read More

Education Bills Schedule for Week of Feb 16, 2015

The following is the legislative schedule for the week of February 16, 2015. Unless marked as an executive session, the bills are scheduled for a committee meeting 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 schedule is Read More

Controversial Non-Academic Materials Given to Students

Schools routinely ask students to complete surveys and non-academic questionnaires. Usually they are part of state or federal programs to assess students’ attitudes, values, decision-making, and behaviors. However, the intrusiveness and nature of these surveys are not fully disclosed to parents to make a informed decision about their student’s participation. For example, middle-school students in Read More

What Do They Have Against Needy Students?

The wealthy have educational options. They can afford to send their children to private schools or move to expensive towns that have top-performing schools. However, few families have $10K + per child to spend on private school tuition. That restricts families to their zip-code assigned schools and limits their access to educational choices. That’s where Read More

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