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Upcoming Hearings and other important legislative events

Here is the hearing schedule for the next period.  Make your voice heard!

To see a list of events, click “Agenda” in the top right section. You can also click the event for more information.  Enter the bill number in “Search” for all the relevant posts.

All hearings and executive sessions here at the Legislative Office Building (LOB).

Hearing on HB 1369, limiting assessments to academic skills and knowledge, on January 16 at 2:30 p.m.

The House Education Committee will hold a public hearing on HB 1369 on Tuesday, January 16 at 2:30 p.m. in LOB 207.

The bill would remove “student dispositions, empathy, values, attitude, sensitivity, or behavioral qualities such as habits of the mind” from the definition of work study practices and from any annual statewide assessment.

Hearing on HB 1497, modifying the definition of a “focus” and “priority” school, on January 16 at 1:30 p.m.

The House Education Committee will hold a public hearing on HB 1497 on Tuesday, January 16 at 1:30 p.m. in LOB 207.  (more…)

Hearing on HB 1493, limiting statewide assessments to academic achievement and growth, on January 16 at 1:00 p.m.

The House Education Committee will hold a public hearing on HB 1493 on Tuesday, January 16 at 1:00 p.m. in LOB 207.

The bill specifies that the annual statewide assessment should measure only academic achievement and growth and will not measure non-objective data, including “work-study practices or student behaviors.”

Hearing on HB 1674, which adds computer science & digital literacy as part of an adequate education, on January 16 at 11:30 a.m.

The House Education Committee will hold a public hearing on HB 1674 on Tuesday, January 16 at 11:30 a.m. in LOB 207.

The bill would add computer science and digital literacy to the components of an adequate education and replaces technology education with engineering and technologies.

Hearing on HB 1496, establishing a performance-based accountability system, on January 16 at 10:50 a.m.

The House Education Committee will hold a public hearing on HB 1496 on Tuesday, January 16 at 10:50 a.m. in LOB 207.

The bill would establish a performance-based accountability system as one of two required methods that a school uses to demonstrate that it is providing the opportunity for an adequate education.

Hearing on HB 1495, adding indicators to state reporting of district performance, on January 16 at 9:50 a.m.

The House Education Committee will hold a public hearing on HB 1495 on Tuesday, January 16 at 9:50 a.m. in LOB 207.

The bill adds indicators that school districts and colleges are required to report to the Department of Education and establishes a rating scale for school districts.

Hearing on HB 1494, clarifying the definition of “academic standards,” on Tuesday, January 16 at 9:30 a.m.

The House Education Committee will hold a public hearing on HB 1494, which changes the definition of “academic standards,” on Tuesday, January 16 at 9:30 a.m. in LOB 207.

The bill changes the definition of “academic standards” to include what a student should know and be able to do in a “course, program, or at each grade level.”  (Italics indicate addition to definition.)

House Finance Committee will hold a public hearing on SB 193 on Tuesday, January 16

The House Finance Committee will hold a public hearing on SB 193, the bill that would create a statewide voucher program, on Tuesday, January 16 at 1:30 p.m. in LOB 210-211.  (more…)

NH House votes to pass SB 193 as amended

The New Hampshire House voted 184-162 to pass SB 193 as amended. The bill creates a statewide voucher system in New Hampshire through the authorization of education freedom savings accounts.

It now goes to the House Finance Committee. Find the docket and bill text here, and find Reaching Higher NH’s coverage of the bill here and our analyses here.

House and Senate calendar docket for Wednesday, January 3

The House and Senate will convene on Wednesday, January 3 and Thursday, January 4 for the first session of 2018. They will be voting on a number of bills:

Senate Consent Calendar

No education-related bills

Senate Regular Calendar

HB 122, changing the procedure for withdrawal from a cooperative school district. Committee vote: OTP, 4-0.

HB 557, allowing school boards to send students to nonsectarian private schools. Committee vote: ITL (4-0)

House Consent Calendar

HB 155, fully funding full-day kindergarten. Committee vote: rerefer for interim study (18-0)

HB 207, prohibiting the implementation of the Common Core in primary and secondary schools. Committee vote: ITL (18-0)

House Regular Calendar

HB 505, creating an independent authorizer for charter school applications. Committee vote: refer for interim study (13-6)

HB 525, reauthorizing stabilization grants to districts. Committee vote: OTP with Amendment (18-0)

HB 609, creating a children’s savings account program. Committee vote: OTP with Amendment (16-3)

CACR 7, giving control of public school accountability, budgeting, and state funding formula to the General Court. Committee vote: ITL (12-7)

SB 193, creating a statewide voucher system through education freedom savings accounts. Committee vote: OTP with Amendment (10-9)

 

House to vote on SB 193 on Wednesday, January 3

The New Hampshire House is scheduled to vote on SB 193, the bill that creates a statewide voucher program through education freedom savings accounts, on Wednesday, January 3.

The House Education Committee recommended the bill ought to pass as amended in a 10-9 vote.

Read Reaching Higher NH’s full coverage of the bill here.

LSR 2190 relates to the appropriation of taxes to the school building aid fund

Title: “Relative to the provision allowing operators to retain a portion of meals and rooms taxes collected and the appropriation of meals and rooms tax revenues to school building aid”

Sponsor: Rep. Michael Cahill (D-Newmarket)

LSR 2161 relates to the teachers’ voting requirement for becoming a charter conversion school

Title: “Relative to the teachers’ voting requirement for becoming a charter conversion school”

Sponsors: Rep. Gregory Hill (R-Northfield), Senator John Reagan (District 17), Rep. Carol McGuire (R-Epsom)

LSR 2160 removes the limitation of charter schools incurring long term debt

Title: “Removing the limitation on a chartered public school incurring long term debt”

Sponsors: Rep. Gregory Hill (R-Northfield), Senator John Reagan (District 17), Rep. Carol McGuire (R-Epsom)

LSR 2131 sets policies regarding public charter schools

Title: “Relative to policies regarding public charter schools”

Sponsor: Rep. Timothy Horrigan (D-Durham)

LSR 2115 sets requirements for private schools that contract with school districts

Title: “Relative to the requirements for private schools that contract with school districts”

Sponsor: Rep. Tamara Le (D-North Hampton)

LSR 2111 relates to certification requirements for assistant principals

Title: “Relative to certification requirements for assistant principals”

Sponsor: Rep. Lynne Ober (R-Hudson)

LSR 2104 relates to the criteria for charter school teachers

Title: “Relative to the criteria for teachers in charter schools”

Sponsor: Rep. Janice Schmidt (D-Nashua)

LSR 2100 requires a civics exam as a high school graduation requirement

Title: “Requiring a civics examination as a high school graduation requirement”

Sponsors: Rep. Michael Moffett (R-Loudon), Senator John Reagan (District 17)

LSR 2048 relates to the renomination of teachers

Title: “Relative to the renomination of teachers”

Sponsor: Rep. Herbert Richardson (R-Lancaster)

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