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House Education Committee retains HB 471, removing requirement that school boards comply to certain SBOE rules

House Education Committee retains HB 471, removing requirement that school boards comply to certain SBOE rules

The House Education Committee voted 11-9 to retain HB 471. The bill would remove the requirement that school boards comply with the rules and regulations of the State Board of Education. It would also make local school boards responsible for curriculum and courses taught, methods for assessing pupil performance, employment of teachers, and negotiations with […]

House Education Committee votes ITL on HB 474, removing ban on denying chartered school application based on the availability of state funds

House Education Committee votes ITL on HB 474, removing ban on denying chartered school application based on the availability of state funds

The House Education Committee voted 17-3 “Inexpedient to Legislate” on HB 474. The bill would remove the provision prohibiting SBOE from denying a chartered school application based on lack of state funding alone. In other words, the bill would make lack of state funding alone grounds for denial of a chartered school application.

House Education Committee votes ITL on HB 317, changing criteria for whether a nonpublic school meets requirements for compulsory attendance

House Education Committee votes ITL on HB 317, changing criteria for whether a nonpublic school meets requirements for compulsory attendance

The House Education Committee voted 18-2 “Inexpedient to Legislate” on HB 317. The bill would amend RSA 186:11 with criteria for the state board to use in evaluating nonpublic schools regarding compulsory attendance requirements.

House Education Committee votes ITL on HB 303, establishing new criteria for statewide assessments and require written parent permission for psychological services

House Education Committee votes ITL on HB 303, establishing new criteria for statewide assessments and require written parent permission for psychological services

The House Education Committee has voted 12-9 “Inexpedient to Legislate” on HB 303. The bill would add new criteria for use of statewide education assessments. It would also set parameters for psychological services, requiring written consent of a parent or legal guardian before services are provided, except as ordered by the court.

House Education Committee votes “Ought to Pass” on HB 519, establishing a committee to study NHDOE policies affecting dyslexic students

House Education Committee votes “Ought to Pass” on HB 519, establishing a committee to study NHDOE policies affecting dyslexic students

The House Education Committee has voted 17-4 “Ought to Pass” on HB 519. The bill would establish a committee to study Department of Education policies affecting dyslexic students

House Education Committee unanimously votes ITL on HB 566, consolidating SAUs

House Education Committee unanimously votes ITL on HB 566, consolidating SAUs

The House Education Committee unanimously voted “Inexpedient to Legislate” on HB 566. The bill would create one SAU in each county, except for Hillsborough, which would have one for Manchester, one for Nashua, and one for the remainder of the county.

House Education Committee votes “Ought to Pass with Amendment” on HB 323, adding flexibility to federally mandated statewide assessment program

House Education Committee votes “Ought to Pass with Amendment” on HB 323, adding flexibility to federally mandated statewide assessment program

The House Education Committee has voted 20-1 “Ought to Pass with Amendment” on HB 323. The bill would alter the federally mandated statewide assessment program.

House Education Committee votes to retain HB 538, allowing districts to use existing assessments for up to 2 school years

House Education Committee votes to retain HB 538, allowing districts to use existing assessments for up to 2 school years

The House Education Committee voted 18-3 to retain HB 538. The bill would allow school districts to use existing assessments for up to 2 school years if the Department of Education recommends or implements the use of a new annual statewide assessment.

House Education Committee votes “Ought to Pass as Amended” on HB 276, prohibiting SBOE from making Common Core standards required

House Education Committee votes “Ought to Pass as Amended” on HB 276, prohibiting SBOE from making Common Core standards required

The House Education Committee voted 12-9 “Ought to Pass as Amended” on HB 276. The bill would prohibit the State Board of Education from requiring school boards to adopt the Common Core standards. As previously noted, the Department of Education says that this has been the policy for 20 years, and still is.

House Education Committee retains HB 242, tracking 3rd grade math and reading proficiency and provide for embedded CTE assessments in 11th grade

House Education Committee retains HB 242, tracking 3rd grade math and reading proficiency and provide for embedded CTE assessments in 11th grade

The House Education Committee unanimously voted to retain HB 242. The bill amends RSA 193-C:3, IV(i)-(j), the statute on Statewide Education Improvement and Assessment Program, adding math as a subject to report on in the 3rd grade. The bill goes on to provide for a proficiency-based alternative to the statewide assessment for 11th CTE students.

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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