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Saturday, January 7, 2017

25 Bills to be Taken up by NH House Education Committee

There are a number of relevant bills coming before the NH legislature this session relating to public education. After the positive accomplishments of our school district, and the fact that public hearings will be occurring shortly in Concord, ( as early as next week) , now is an opportune time to pay close attention. The following are some of the bills in the  NH House Education Committee. This is important. There are those in Concord that want to see our public education system dismantled in the name of " education freedom"and one of them is our own Glenn Cordelli, who happens to sit on the NH House Education Committee, and has sponsored some of these bills. Pay close attention. 

Note:  All meetings of any committee of the House and Senate are open to the public subject to the provisions of N.H. RSA 91-A, the Right to Know Law. The hearings noted below are also open to the public and typically allow public comment. 

HB113-  Sponsors: Rep. Horrigan, Straf. 6; Rep. Gile, Merr. 27
This bill seeks to no longer  prohibit the state board of education from denying a chartered public school application based on lack of state funding. 
Hearing: Education on 1/11/2017 at 12:00 AM in LOB Room 207 

HB129-FN-Sponsors: Rep. Myler, Merr. 10; Rep. Rosenwald, Hills. 30; Rep. Porter, Hills. 1; Rep. Wallner, Merr. 10; Rep. Berch, Ches. 1; Rep. Luneau, Merr. 10; Rep. Heath, Hills. 14; Rep. Gile, Merr. 27; Rep. Burton, Straf. 6; Rep. Horrigan, Straf. 6; Sen. Feltes, Dist 15.
This bill repeals the education tax credit program. The tax credit program was established in 2012 and provides  an education tax credit against the business profits tax and/or the business enterprise tax for business organizations and business enterprises that contribute to scholarship organizations which award scholarships to be used by students to defray  educational expenses. As of November 30th, 2016, about $386,000 in donations were received and about $347,000 we used for tuition. Approximately 180 students received scholarships and the vast majority were for private, religious schools.  There was only one student from our zip code that received payment. 
Hearing: Education on 1/12/2017 at 2:15 PM in LOB Room 207

HB 147- Sponsors: Rep. Horrigan, Straf. 6
This bill requires chartered public schools to comply with the laws applicable to public schools. Currently  chartered public schools are fully exempt from complying with state laws and rules which otherwise apply to public or nonpublic schools, or local school boards, or districts. 
Hearing: Education on 1/11/2017 at 9:50 AM in LOB Room 207 

HB 148- Sponsors: Rep. Horrigan, Straf. 6; Rep. Myler, Merr. 10
This bill changes the qualifications required for chartered public school teachers.
Currently, teaching staff of a chartered public school shall consist of a minimum of 50 percent of teachers either New Hampshire certified or having at least 3 years of teaching experience.  This bill would require all teachers to possess a valid New Hampshire teaching credential.
Hearing: Education on 1/11/2017 at 10:20 AM in LOB Room 207 

(Charter schools are public and tuition-free schools authorized by the New Hampshire State Board of Education. Charter schools currently operate independently from many of the rules and regulations that apply to local school districts, and that is a major flaw. If we look at the failed Michigan experience, where U.S. Dept. of  Education Secretary nominee Betsey DeVos has been the driving force as a test lab for charter schools, they will fail when not held accountable to the same standards as traditional public schools.) 

HB 166-Sponsors: Rep. T. Wolf, Hills. 7; Rep. McGuire, Merr. 29; Rep. Cordelli, Carr. 4; Rep. Hinch, Hills. 21; Rep. Grenier, Sull. 7; Rep. Myler, Merr. 10; Rep. Shaw, Hills. 16; Rep. Ladd, Graf. 4
This bill requires a school district for those years in grades 3 through 8 in which the school district does not administer the statewide assessment, to develop and administer an assessment in those years.
Hearing: T/B/D

HB 207- Sponsors: SPONSORS:Rep. Chandler, Carr. 1; Rep. Ladd, Graf. 4; Rep. Nigrello, Rock. 16; Rep. Cordelli, Carr. 4
This bill prohibits the department of education and the state board of education from requiring any school or school district to implement the common core standards. It would further prohibit changes made by the board of education to academic standards as defined in RSA 193-E:2-a, VI through rule making after the effective date of this section. 
Hearing: T/B/D

HB 226-  Sponsors: Rep. Ladd, Graf. 4; Rep. Weyler, Rock. 13; Rep. Hinch, Hills. 21; Rep. Cordelli, Carr. 4
This bill amends the statewide assessment program goals for third grade pupils, and requires a school district to submit documentation to the department of education showing that the district has implemented a reading instructional program for third grade pupils who tested as "not proficient" on the reading component of the statewide assessment.
Hearing: Education 01/11/2017 at 01:00 PM    LOB Room 207

HB 276- Sponsors: Rep. Hoell, Merr. 23; Rep. Itse, Rock. 10
This bill provides that a student exempted from taking the statewide assessment by the student's parent or legal guardian shall not be penalized.  The bill also requires a school district to provide an appropriate alternative educational activity for the time period during which the assessment is administered.
Hearing: T/B/D

HB 304-  Sponsors: Rep. Ladd, Graf. 4; Rep. Hinch, Hills. 21; Rep. Chandler, Carr. 1; Rep. Cordelli, Carr. 4; Rep. T. Wolf, Hills. 7; Rep. Murotake, Hills. 32; Sen. Giuda, Dist 2
This bill requires a school board that elects not to implement the academic standards adopted by the state board of education to implement alternative academic standards that meet or exceed state academic standards
Hearing: T/B/D

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