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The NH state board of education proposes to grant graduation credits toward local high school diplomas

When Gov. Sununu says, “SB 435 was one of my major legislative priorities,”  he’s talking about a one sentence amendment to New Hampshire’s definition of an adequate education:

The state board of education shall adopt rules….relative to the approval of alternative programs for granting credit leading to graduation.

The harmless-sounding bill, sponsored by a dozen Republicans and three Democrats, sailed through both bodies on voice votes (based on near unanimous committee support).

Legislators and school administrators probably did not realize the trap that had been laid for them until the State Board of Education approved the initial draft of the of the rule required by that sentence.

What does the proposed rule actually say?  Here it is.  Under the proposed rule, the state board grants itself the authority to make use of the diploma issued by any local school board in New Hampshire. (more…)

When activists target local school boards for disruption, it works!

The towns of Northwood, Nottingham and Strafford, comprising SAU 44, are losing their successful four year superintendent as a result of a concerted effort by one school board member in one member district.  Northwood school board member Tim Jandebeur, working closely with the Northwood Taxpayers Forum, created an atmosphere that the superintendent felt made it impossible for him to continue.  Here’s how the Union Leader described it: (more…)