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

CM Oped: SB 320 would put children and families at risk and jeopardize funding for important initiatives

Concord resident Katie Robert wrote an oped featured in the Concord Monitor urging the Senate to kill SB 320, which would require parents to sign a permission form for non-academic surveys and questionnaires administered in public schools:

Despite the proven value of school-based research, the New Hampshire Senate votes this week on a bill that makes this work more expensive and unreliable. SB 320 requires parents to sign a permission slip before a student is allowed to complete anonymous surveys at school, virtually eliminating our ability to conduct the research needed to continue promoting the well-being of New Hampshire children and communities.

Studies requiring active parental consent often end up with fewer respondents, and skewed results because of an under-representation of students who experience poverty, substance abuse, violence, and other adverse health and social indicators. But it is precisely these students who are at the greatest risk and who most need to be included in this research. It is unquestionably important that New Hampshire balance the need for good data with parents’ rights to be involved with their child’s education.

Robert wrote that surveys such as the Youth Behavior Risk Survey (YRBS), administered by the Department of Health and Human Services, helps identify critical issues facing our children and families, including the rates of opioid use among and domestic violence:

New Hampshire is wrestling with a number of public health issues, many of which impact the safety and well-being of our school-aged children. Well-conducted, ethically informed school-based research does not harm children or families. In fact, it helps children and families by providing cost-effective solutions to solving problems… Enacting unnecessary restrictions on this work will only serve to blind us all to the information needed to make good decisions for the future of New Hampshire.

The Senate votes on SB 320 on Thursday, March 3. The Senate Education Committee voted Ought to Pass with Amendment in February, excluding the Youth Behavior Risk Survey from parental opt-in requirements.

Read the full article here.

Executive session on HB 1411, making civics mandatory in public and private schools, on Thursday, February 18 at 9:30 AM in LOB 207

There will be an Executive Session on HB 1411 on Thursday, February 18 at 9:30 AM in LOB 207.

The bill requires all high school students to take a half-credit course in civics. The content of the course must cover at a minimum: the duties and responsibilities of a citizen, opportunities of citizen participation and involvement in the governmental process, the structure and operation of government, the constitutional basis of our government, and the interaction between local, state, and federal government. The bill also requires a one-year course in the history of the United States and New Hampshire.

Executive session on HB 1408, setting up a school inventory database, on Thursday, February 18 at 9:30 AM in LOB 207

There will be an Executive Session on HB 1408 on Thursday, February 18 at 9:30 AM in LOB 207.

The bill requires the Education Commissioner to conduct a statewide school building inventory, including condition of school grounds, physical structure and building systems, adequacy of building safety and security systems, adequacy of space in buildings and grounds, and building schematic floor plan diagrams and facility conditions in support of student learning. The bill also requires the Commissioner to maintain a database on the information.

Executive session on HB 1379, removing the requirement that English is used in instruction in private schools, on Thursday, February 18 at 9:30 AM in LOB 207

There will be an Executive Session on HB 1379 on Thursday, February 18 at 9:30 AM in LOB 207.

The bill removes the requirement that English is the exclusive language used to teach students in private schools.

Executive session on HB 1371, establishing a committee to study education savings accounts for families of special needs students, on Thursday, February 18 at 9:30 AM in LOB 207

There will be an Executive Session on HB 1371 at 9:30 AM in LOB 207.

The bill establishes a committee to study education savings accounts for families of special needs students, including how the program would be implemented, managed, and funded.

Executive session on HB 1366, defining student competencies, on Thursday, February 18 at 9:30 AM in LOB 207

There will be an Executive Session on HB 1366 on Thursday, February 16, 2016 in LOB 207 at 9:30 AM.

The bill defines educational “competencies” as “student learning targets that represent academic concepts, skills, and knowledge measured within a single content domain such as reading and language arts, mathematics, science, history, geography, civics, and economics and determined by a district.”

Executive session on HB 1239, removing curriculum frameworks suggested by DOE and SBOE, on Thursday, February 18 at 9:30 AM in LOB 207

There will be an Executive Session on HB 1239 on Thursday, February 18 at 9:30 AM in LOB 207.

The bill clarifies language in existing statutes to differentiate between academic standards and curricula.

Executive session on HB 1231, requiring parental notification of objectionable course material, on Thursday, February 18 at 9:30 AM in LOB 207

There will be an Executive Session on HB 1231 at 9:30 AM on Thursday, February 18 in LOB 207.

The bill requires school districts or teachers to notify parents and legal guardians of course material regarding human sexuality or sexual education, and make the course material available to parents and guardians.

Executive session on HB 1137, requiring school budget warrant to state cost per student, on Thursday, February 18 at 9:30 AM in LOB 207

There will be an Executive Session on HB 1137 at 9:30 AM in LOB 207.

The bill requires the following warrant statement:

“Shall the voters of __________ (name of school district) __________ adopt a school administrative unit budget of $_____ for the forthcoming fiscal year in which $_____ is assigned to the school budget of this school district and which will cost $_______ per student for the fiscal year?

This year’s adjusted budget of $_____, with $_____ assigned to the school budget of this school district, will be adopted if the article does not receive a majority vote of all the school district voters voting in this school administrative unit.”

Executive session on HB 1456, requiring the Governor to appoint charter school board trustees, on Tuesday, February 16 at 9:30 AM in LOB 207

There will be an Executive Session on HB 1456 on Tuesday, February 16, 2016 at 9:30 AM in LOB 207.

The bill requires that the Governor appoint members of the board of trustees of chartered public schools, and that trustees are confirmed by the Governor and Council.

Executive session on HB 1205, including libraries into the definition of a drug-free school zone, on Tuesday, February 16 at 9:30 AM in LOB 207

There will be an Executive Session on HB 1205 on Tuesday, February 16, 2016 at 9:30 AM in LOB 207.

The bill includes libraries that offer children’s programming in the definition of a “drug-free school zone.”

Executive session on HB 1120, requiring all charter school teachers to be certified, on Tuesday, February 16 at 9:30 AM in LOB 207

There will be an Executive Session on HB 1120 on Tuesday, February 16, 2016 at 9:30 AM in LOB 207.

The bill would require all chartered public school teachers to have a New Hampshire teaching credential.

Executive session on HB 1121, changing the required subjects on statewide annual assessments, on Tuesday, February 16 at 9:30 AM in LOB 207

There will be an Executive Session on HB 1121 on Tuesday, February 16, 2016 at 9:30 AM in LOB 207.

The bill changes the mandatory subjects covered by statewide assessments to include only English, math and science, and removes the requirement for history, geography, civics, and economics.

Executive session on HB 1229, prohibiting statewide assessment results from being included in students’ transcripts, on Tuesday, February 16 at 9:30 AM in LOB 207

There will be an Executive Session on HB 1229 on Tuesday, February 16, 2016 at 9:30 AM in LOB 207.

The bill prohibits a student’s statewide assessment results from being included in his or her transcript without parental consent.

Executive session on HB 1458, protecting student social media accounts, on Tuesday, February 16 at 9:30 AM in LOB 207

There will be an Executive Session on HB 1458 on Tuesday, February 16, 2016 at 9:30 AM in LOB 207.

The bill clarifies language in RSA 189:70 to protect student social media accounts.

Executive session on HB 1232, requiring parental notification of school visits, on Tuesday, February 16 at 9:30 AM in LOB 207

There will be an Executive Session on HB 1232 on Tuesday, February 16, 2016 at 9:30 AM in LOB 207.

The bill requires school districts to notify parents or legal guardians of school visits by non-academic government or private organizations, and gives parents or guardians the right to opt their child out of participation with the organization.

Executive session on HB 1240, authorizing DOE to allow districts to participate in locally administered assessment programs, on Tuesday, February 16 at 9:30 AM in LOB 207t

There will be an Executive Session on HB 1240 on Tuesday, February 16, 2016 at 9:30 AM in LOB 207.

The bill authorizes NHDOE to grant school districts the authority to administer a locally-developed assessment.

Executive session on HB 1338, allowing parents to exempt students from assessment without penalty, on Tuesday, February 16 at 9:30 AM in LOB 207

There will be an Executive Session on HB 1338 on Tuesday, February 16, 2016 in LOB 207 at 9:30 AM.

The bill allows parents or legal guardians to exempt their child from the statewide annual assessment without penalty. The bill also prevents the Department of Education from penalizing districts for lower participation rates.

Executive session on HB 1300, requiring the study of the Pledge of Allegiance and the Star Spangled Banner, on Tuesday, February 16 at 9:30 AM in LOB 207

There will be an Executive Session on HB 1300 on Tuesday, February 16, 2016 at 9:30 AM in LOB 207.

The bill requires all public schools to devote time to study the words and  meaning of the Pledge of Allegiance and the Star Spangled Banner during the weeks of Memorial Day and Veterans Day.

Executive session on HB 1393, requiring DOE to report on assessment results of students receiving aid, on Tuesday, February 16 at 9:30 AM in LOB 207

There will be an Executive Session on HB 1393 on Tuesday, February 16, 2016 at 9:30 AM in LOB 207.

The bill  requires the Commissioner of Education to report on the statewide assessment results of students receiving aid, including free and reduced-price meals, English language learners, third grade reading proficiency, and special education.

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