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Yesterday and today, in six separate roll call votes, the New Hampshire House refused to pass a single anti-Common Core bill on to the Senate. All those bills were voted either Inexpedient to Legislate or Interim Study. (more…)
The HB 1397 study committee proposal was defeated on Tuesday, 228-77. Here are the remaining four bills about the Common Core and the Smarter Balanced assessment in the order in which the House will take them up today.
HB1239 -FN-L (testimony here) This is a “sand in the gears” bill to bring adoption of education standards to a halt. It would be hard to ever adopt a new standard again. No law or regulation has to endure this level of process. Among other things, the bill requires the department to hold hearings in each executive council district. Committee recommendation: ITL, 13-6
Sponsors: Cordelli, Boehm, Hoell, Harris, Murotake, Reagan, Cataldo, Marston
HB1432 (testimony here) was amended out of existence in the education committee but is still listed here in case it comes back as a floor amendment. If HB 1432 were to pass, New Hampshire would be in violation of federal law. The State would risk going back to AYP and losing $116 million in federal funding. It was never clear what the bill actually said, but my best guess is here. The main problems with the bill are listed here. Committee recommendation: Interim Study on amended version.
Sponsors: Murotake, Boehm, Cordelli, Kelley, Sanborn
HB 1432 committee amendment is a hastily written amendment that, unlike the original bill, would allow NHDOE to administer the Smarter Balanced assessment for one year but would require legislative action by the new Legislature next year to continue Smarter Balanced, making the annual assessment a political decision. Here are the details. Committee recommendation: Interim Study, 8-7
Sponsors: Murotake, Ladd
HB 1496 would prevent the Smarter Balanced Assessment from being used. The bill is a collection of blog quotes about what’s wrong with the Smarter Balanced assessment and never became a serious contender for OTP. Committee recommendation: Interim Study, 15-3
Sponsor is Hoell
HB 1508-FN (testimony here) is a one sentence bill that seeks to “terminate all plans, programs, activities, and expenditures relative to the implementation of the common core….any assessments and instruction based upon such standards.” This bill would shut down real teaching in New Hampshire public schools, which have been implementing the Common Core for 4 years, and have no alternative education standard or assessment. Committee recommendation: ITL, 13-6
Sponsors: Peterson, Baldasaro, Tucker, Bick, Harris, Murotake, Cormier, LeBrun, Notter, Infantine.
Kimberly Kelliher, social studies teacher and curriculum leader at Prospect Mountain High School in Alton, testifies based on her first hand Common Core experience
Kim Kelliher’s school, Prospect Mountain High School, is jointly managed as SAU#301 by Alton and Barnstead. Each town has its own K-8 elementary/middle school. (more…)