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Friday, December 11, 2015

Every Student Succeeds Act Signed into Law

I haven't had a free month  or so to read the 1061 pages of the  Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which reauthorizes and reforms No Child Left Behind, originally signed into law in 2001 . ESSA was signed into law Thursday by President Obama. It remains to be seen how the changes will impact NH and Moultonboro specifically. 
The bill  passed by a large bipartisan margin, in the US Senate  85 to 12 , and the US House U.S. House of Representatives, 359 to 64 .
Here is how our NH delegation to Congress voted: 
Senator Kelly Ayotte (R)  YEA
Senator Jeanne Shaheen  (D) YEA
Congressman Frank Guinta (R): NAY 
Congresswoman Anne Kuster (D): YEA

The law is purported to substantially reduce the strings attached to federal funding, unlike  No Child Left Behind and brings more local control to education. 
This article in the Union Leader provides some insight in the new law. “This bipartisan bill will return accountability and responsibility for education decisions back to where it belongs — in states, local school districts and classrooms,” said Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H. 
“This marks a fundamental shift in the way the federal government looks at education,” said Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H. “It gives New Hampshire more control over how our schools are run. While states will be required to adopt challenging academic standards, they are not required to use any particular set of standards like Common Core, and teacher evaluation is not going to be tied to student test scores.” 


Town Hall Junkie said...

So here is another 1061 pages just encrypted into law by our rulers. Could our school superintendent proof read this, to see ii the content matches her common sense. I trust all have learned from the Common Core fiasco, where our state government and local school officials signed up for the promised $$ before the fine print was even written. Word should be: fool me once, shame on me...Fool me.... etc etc etc.
Did anyone ever realize that we even had to reprint history books, to align them with the current administration ? .. The text book cabal made a fortune off Common Core, and the N G C... They were instrumental in the debacle.

Anon said...

Good old Frank Guinta.
Just got a call from him today.
A recording, of course.
He might be running a tad scared.
With all of that financial news that has been in the newspapers.
There is a disdain for incumbents. Ala Donald Trump.
Back to education.
No Child Left Behind.
That's a Republican initiative. George Bush.
But my guess is someone will rant about President Obama and blame all ills on him.

You do realize that the rest of the Western world has a national education system. None of this local school boards wasting time and money and repeating what other schools boards do.
Over 13,000 local school boards hashing the same stuff and still here in Moultonborough the scores go down.

On another note.
The Men's Breakfast at the Lion's Club.
A guest speaker was a gal from Norway. Exchange student. High school.
She spoke better English then anyone in the room.
Ah . . but we are not Norway. Some sort of Socialist country.
We ain't gonna copy no foreign country. Even if they do a better job.

Let's get back to the banned book list for Moultonborough Schools.
We don't want our precious students filled with ideas - do we?

Joseph Cormier said...

Obama signing ...

As applied ...
Is this Delegation or Commission or Moultonborough BoS?

What's actually needed today ...

Anonymous said...

I agree with ANON. The reason people were hell bent against common core was that the government was involved. It mattered not about quality education.

Apple a Day said...

Before pointing fingers, did you forget about the negative impact teacher Unions have played in the dumbing down of American education. It's all but impossible to fire an incompetent teacher because of tenure.

To the two anonymous comments, name one government program that actually works?

How about dem apples? said...

How about:
The finest military in the world
Public Health Programs, like the CDC
Interstate Highway System-best in the world
Federal Deposit Insurance
Social Security-Social Security has cut the rate of poverty for the elderly by over half – from 29% in 1966 to 10% today
Medicare- has doubled the number of the elderly covered by health insurance, so that 99% now enjoy that benefit
GI Bill- the middle class as we know it would not exist. The GI Bill provided government funds for 16 million World War II and Korean veterans to attend college.
Federal Housing Authority-insures over $50 billion a year in mortgages, and remains especially important for low-income house buyers.
Consumer Protection-products kill over 20,000 consumers a year and injure over 25 million more. It would be far worse if the CPSC did not recall hundreds of products every year
How about the Civil Rights Act, Clean Air and Water, National Weather Service, NASA...
There is very long list.... People keep screaming for smaller government and don't really know what they are talking about.

Anonymous said...

You Gotta love Frank Guinta who vote against this legislation and then, according to his call, tries to bribe seniors by telling everyone he is sponsoring a 1 % increase in Social Security payments for seniors who he hopes will now vote for him, after he sponsors another budget busting proposal.

Hooray for Frank!!

Anonymous said...

Dem Apples you're out of touch with views that may have been true 30 years ago but not so today.

Our Commander in Chief can't say the words Islamic terrorism much less deal with the terrorists. He continues to refer to the Fort Hood shooting and other terrorist atrocities as work place violence. He's more concerned with Global Warming than eliminating ISIS.

Under Obama's watch our military is no longer the finest in the world.

The middle class is no longer the majority instead they're falling behind financially.

"With 45 percent of roads in less than good condition and 12 percent of bridges structurally deficient, the U.S. faces severe infrastructure needs that significantly impact the nation's economy."

Social Security is far from solvent and Obamacare's not cutting it.


The housing market's been in decline for several years with no recovery in sight.


You're right, the list is long. EPA's over regulating policies are forcing companies and jobs out of the country. The economy is sluggish, the IRS picks and chooses who to investigate and punish, the DOJ has become much too powerful, etc. etc. but don't count on big government for solutions.

Let's HOPE 2016 brings the CHANGE needed to put America back on track.

Anonymous said...

Anon at 8:39

What does this have to do with the subject of this posting? Really? More Obama bashing. 'America back on track' sounds like Trump BS. Why not try heading to Utah underground and taking your generator with you as you know the Chinese are going to shut off our electricity!

Anonymous said...

anon at 8:39 pm, you are the one out of touch. With reality. The question was name one government program that has worked. You didn't answer, because you can't. Why avoid the question by attacking the current President? Just can't stand the truth, so you chose to turn on the Obama hatred. Thats the best you got? You think extremists like Trump and Cruz are the answer? None of the front running GOP candidates has any more experience than Obama had before being elected. Heaven help us if they are elected.

Anonymous said...


Joseph Cormier said...

A tangent issue on education, and the fear-mongering that geezers are going to burden the town; NH "in-migration" trends; a video clip from WMUR.

Hope for folks that want younger people in NH/MoBo.


Ombudsman said...

"What does this have to do with the subject of this posting?"

"anon at 8:39 pm, you are the one out of touch. With reality. The question was name one government program that has worked. You didn't answer, because you can't. Why avoid the question by attacking the current President? Just can't stand the truth, "

Anon December 12, 2015 at 8:39 PM was responding to an earlier post in this thread.

It's you mindless, flaming liberals that can't debate, or provide anything but CNN, MSNBC, and other non-sequitur! Your modus operandi are personal attacks and mob mentality.

I didn't say all liberals. Some do have half a brain. Some conservatives, also. have half a brain. Now, if the brainless can be identified ... keep posting!

Brainless Liberals that infect Moultonborough are of particular concern.

Anonymous said...

A hit piece on Cruz, not surprising coming the Democratic mouth piece, I mean the NY Times. Why would the Times say anything positive about a Republican candidate that has the ability to win the White House. Ted Cruz is a man with character and integrity. Can't blame the Dems for running scared,

Joseph Cormier said...

To: December 13, 2015 at 8:39 AM

Was the URL a comment on the New Times?
Was your intent a comment about Cruz?
Maybe it is about Bruni, the columnist. Quite an impressive resume.

"He was the chief restaurant critic of the New York Times, from 2004 to 2009. In June 2011, he was named an Op-ed columnist for the newspaper ... —its first openly gay one. "


What does being gay have anything to do with politics?
That, surely, qualifies him for the world to bow in deference, to his superior view!

Yes, the NY Times, that pillar of reality!

Maybe your insinuation is a comment on hard it is to find good help, today! Poor NY Times! Then again, that instills more hope for the entertainment field.

Anonymous said...

To ombudsman, look who is calling people names. "Brainless liberals that infect Moultonborough." You should take your own advice. You present nary a fact in your rant. Only hatred.
Anyone who thinks Ted Cruz is electable is totally clueless. He would be a disaster. The democrats are hardly running scared. They are salivating watching the GOP implode and run over by the Tea Party handing the election to the next President Clinton.

Moultonboro Blogger said...

Maybe it's just me, but I think this was a post about education and more local control of it? This is a good thing and it was a true bipartisan effort. Lets be positive for a change.

Anonymous said...

It was , Blogger, but politics are more important than education to some people. My take on some of the comments is that despite the Republicans best efforts to make Obama a one term president, he isn't, so I guess that Party is the failure. The majority of the American people spoke.

Joseph Cormier said...

"It was , Blogger, but politics are more important than education to some people"

... and you're a case on point!

Let's move on!