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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…)

The Oct. 12, 2017 SBOE meeting: social studies standards, manifest educational hardship, charters and more

Here are the agenda the full board packet and the video:

Highlights

Social Studies Advisory Panel

The department of education is undertaking an informal social studies standards review.  No plan or budget has been proposed but SBOE agrees with the many commenters over recent months that New Hampshire social studies standards need revision.    (more…)