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NH bill would increase funding for charter schools–Nashua Telegraph

NH bill would increase funding for charter schools–Nashua Telegraph

Several charter school-related bills have been introduced to the state Legislature this session, reports the Nashua Telegraph. Charters currently receive about $5,500 per pupil from the state, and typically rely on grants and fundraisers to make up the difference. HB 563, which has been referred to the House Finance Committee, would increase the funding for […]

New Hampshire middle school math teacher Jamie Sirois takes Stanford’s James Milgram to school on the Common Core math standards

New Hampshire middle school math teacher Jamie Sirois takes Stanford’s James Milgram to school on the Common Core math standards

With bills about the annual statewide assessment going to the House and Senate in the coming days, Seacoast Online published  a long story today on the state of the Common Core debate.  The piece frames a great mini-debate between a professor famous for traveling the country opposing the math standards and a local teacher who uses […]

Politico and WaPo report that Common Core opponents are unable to repeal standards, so turn to sabotage – but misreport the NH story

Politico and WaPo report that Common Core opponents are unable to repeal standards, so turn to sabotage – but misreport the NH story

Opponents in New Hampshire and across the country are running into trouble when they attempt to repeal Common Core State Standards in state legislatures.  With diminishing support for bills that repeal a state’s commitment to the standards, they are turning to sabotage, a trend reported in both Politico and the Washington Post.

Charter school bill, HB 625, would change school authorization process in NH –Nashua Telegraph

Charter school bill, HB 625, would change school authorization process in NH –Nashua Telegraph

The Nashua Telegraph reported on HB 625, which would allow more groups–including mayors and any nonprofit in New Hampshire — to authorize new charter schools.

March 4 floor vote scheduled for HB 539, creating an early learning incentive fund in the DOE

March 4 floor vote scheduled for HB 539, creating an early learning incentive fund in the DOE

The House is scheduled to vote on HB 539 on March 4. The House Finance Committee voted 14-9 “Inexpedient to Legislate” on the bill. HB 539 would create an early learning incentive fund in the Department of Education to support districts in creating programs for families with children ages 3-5.  These grants could be used for the expansion of […]

March 4 floor vote scheduled for HB 116, reducing teacher probation from 5 to 3 years

March 4 floor vote scheduled for HB 116, reducing teacher probation from 5 to 3 years

The House is scheduled to vote on HB 116 on March 4. The House Education Committee voted the bill “Inexpedient to Legislate” by 14-7. HB 116 would reduce the teacher probation period from 5 years to 3 years.

March 4 floor vote scheduled for HB 142, protecting student social media accounts

The House is scheduled to vote on HB 142 on March 4. The House Education Committee voted the bill “Ought to Pass with Amendment” by 16-4. HB 142 would prohibit any educational institution from accessing a student’s social media account.

House Education Committee votes “Inexpedient to Legislate” on HB 444, exempting a resident from school district taxes after 36 years of residency

House Education Committee votes “Inexpedient to Legislate” on HB 444, exempting a resident from school district taxes after 36 years of residency

The House Education Committee voted 17-1 “Inexpedient to Legislate” on HB 444. The bill would exempt any taxpayer from school district taxes, providing the taxpayer had paid school taxes and resided in the state as a principal place of residence for 36 consecutive years.

March 4 floor vote scheduled on HB 302 requiring NHDOE to submit all grant applications to the House Education Committee for a public hearing

March 4 floor vote scheduled on HB 302 requiring NHDOE to submit all grant applications to the House Education Committee for a public hearing

The floor vote for HB 302, requiring the NH Department of Education to submit all grant applications to the House Education Committee for review and a public hearing, has been scheduled for March 4. It was voted “Inexpedient to Legislate” by the House Education Committee by 18-2 on February 17.

March 4 floor vote scheduled for HB 126, establishing a commission to study special ed in chartered schools

March 4 floor vote scheduled for HB 126, establishing a commission to study special ed in chartered schools

The House is scheduled to vote on HB 126 on March 4. The House Education Committee voted HB 126 “Ought to Pass” by 18-3 on February 17. The bill would establish a formal commission to study the delivery of special education in our charter schools.

Follow all education bills on the bill tracker

There are almost 70 education bills filed, too many to keep you up to date on along the other posts on the ANHPE site, so we have made a special site called “Education Bills,” where you can track the bills you’re interested in and even get specialized daily emails with everything about those bills, from hearing times to news articles and testimony.

The new site is here and, as you see, it is also the far right item on the menu at the top of this page.  You can “Follow” the site to keep up to the minute or subscribe to newsletters that cover your specific areas of interest.

Embracing Common Core as a building block for state standards: A Florida principal’s experience

In a response letter to a worried New York principal, a high school principal in Ocala, Florida wrote of her state’s enthusiastic adoption of Common Core State Standards (CCSS). (more…)

Manchester Board of School Committee votes to adopt statewide test – Union Leader

Sarah Ambrogi and other key board members understood that there was really no choice in the end.  Here is how the Union leader reported the meeting:

MANCHESTER — The Board of School Committee reversed its collision course with state education officials on Wednesday and voted to adopt the Smarter Balanced statewide assessment test.

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Talk to your child and good things happen – Concord Monitor editorial

There are many important initiatives in New Hampshire to support early childhood development but, so far, with no substantial support from the State.  There are several modest bills pending in the Legislature that serve to put the discussion on the plate.  Today’s lead editorial in the Concord Monitor contributes to the discussion by featuring the innovative Providence Talks program: (more…)

Fluency Without Fear – the Best Ways to Learn Math Facts – by Jo Boaler and others at Stanford

Here is a wonderful piece by Stanford math professor Jo Boaler.  I offer it not as part of the Common Core debate but because it lives in a world so far beyond that debate.  Whether or not you are a math person, so to speak, you will enjoy this. (more…)

Guess What, Mom? Common Core Can Be Good for Your Kindergartener – Erika Sanzi

Here’s a smart and well observed piece on learning to read:

I am always torn when I read pieces like that of Sarah Blaine, who shared her views on the Common Core State Standards for kindergartners. The gist of her piece, published on Valerie Strauss’s Answer Sheet blog, is that based on her personal experience with her two daughters, she sees the standards as “developmentally inappropriate” for kindergartners.

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