Tag: Public Schools

Why Did NH Adopt Common Core Math Standards?

In his latest blog post, Mr. Bill Duncan, the activist state Board of Education member, claims that Common Core math standards help students to overcome their “math phobia.” He also marginalizes people who oppose Common Core standards without acknowledging any substance of their concerns. His continued willful ignorance is astounding. Professionals in various STEM industries Read More

School Policies Are About Control, Not Teaching

These aren’t about teaching policies; they are about control. We are seeing more schools trying to marginalize parents’ decisions re standardized testing, dispositional (values, attitudes, and beliefs) questionnaires, and class material opt-outs that are already permitted by law. Read more about this issue in the following article. “Parental Rights in Public School: Quickly Disappearing. Parents Read More

The Network for Educational Opportunity (NEO) Puts Options Within Reach

What works for one child, may not work for another. The Network for Educational Opportunity (NEO) believes that just as parents make decisions for their children in everyday matters, they should have that same choice in education. It is their mission to help families make that educational fit possible. NEO puts these options within reach Read More

The Next Generation Science Standards Will Fail Our Children

Time is running out for the NH Board of Education to fulfill its promise to begin development of Common Core aligned science standards. The agreement was part of the original ESEA waiver application to get out of the No Child Left Behind obligations. In the ESEA Flexibility Waiver dated September 6, 2012, the NH BOE Read More

Cut Scores — Making the Grade

Have you heard of the term “cut scores?” In a 2006 paper titled “A Primer on Setting Cut Scores on Tests of Educational Achievement,” the Educational Testing Service defines it as “selected points on the score scale of a test. The points are used to determine whether a particular test score is sufficient for some purpose.” While Read More

Innovative School Choice Program in Croydon

I had the pleasure to join Deborah Olszta on her show, “Education Matters,” to interview Dr. Jody Underwood, chair of the Croydon School Board. Croydon created an innovative school choice program that allows parents to select from a number of public and private schools for their grade 5 – 12 student. The funding follows the Read More

Recent BOE Appointment Still Playing Activist

Mr. Bill Duncan was nominated by Gov. Maggie Hassan for the state Board of Education in May. Not only does he have a strong bias against educational options including charter schools, he is also a litigant in a suit against the state and the tax-credit scholarship program. The governor should be held accountable for this grossly Read More

Parents Denied Notification and Right to Direct Their Child’s Education

Recently Gilford High School parents learned that their ninth-graders were assigned a controversial book for class, “Nineteen Minutes.” Superintendent Kent Hemingway says the district did not notify parents about the book assignment in advance, and only indicated it would do so on Monday, May 5th, well after parents expressed concerns. Many Gilford parents believe the Read More

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

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

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