Hearing on SB 437, adding eligibility requirements to the Robotics Education Fund grant program, on February 6

The Senate Education Committee will hold a public hearing on SB 437 on Tuesday, February 6 at 9:15 a.m. The bill requires grantee schools to implement Change the Equation curriculum. It also allows the Department of Education to administer additional grants if there are additional funds after all initial grant requests have been met. Continue reading Hearing on SB 437, adding eligibility requirements to the Robotics Education Fund grant program, on February 6

Hearing on SB 435, requiring the State Board to adopt rules for granting credit for alternative programs, on February 6

The Senate Education Committee will hold a public hearing on SB 435 on Tuesday, February 6 at 9 a.m. in LOB 103. The bill requires the State Board of Education to adopt rules for approving alternative programs for granting credits leading to graduation. It also gives some responsibility of decisions regarding curriculum, course offerings, and methods of instruction to the Department of Education (italics are … Continue reading Hearing on SB 435, requiring the State Board to adopt rules for granting credit for alternative programs, on February 6

Hearing on HB 1637, requiring districts to adopt policies relating to suspensions and expulsions, on January 30 at 1:30 p.m.

The House Education Committee will hold a public hearing on HB 1637 on Tuesday, January 30 at 1:30 p.m. in LOB 207. The bill requires districts to establish a policy on school discipline that contains the specific basis for in-school suspensions, short term out-of-school suspensions, long term out-of-school suspensions and expulsions, and the maximum length of long term suspensions. Continue reading Hearing on HB 1637, requiring districts to adopt policies relating to suspensions and expulsions, on January 30 at 1:30 p.m.

Hearing on HB 1492, changing the requirements of a “manifest educational hardship,” on January 30 at 1 p.m.

The House Education Committee will hold a public hearing on HB 1492 on Tuesday, January 30 at 1 p.m. in LOB 207. The bill alters the requirements of a “manifest educational hardship” and provides school boards with more flexibility in reassignments. Continue reading Hearing on HB 1492, changing the requirements of a “manifest educational hardship,” on January 30 at 1 p.m.

Hearing on HB 1572, allowing private vehicles to transport students, on January 30 at 11 a.m. in LOB 207

The House Education Committee will hold a public hearing on HB 1572 on Tuesday, January 30 at 11:00 a.m. in LOB 207. The bill allows private vehicles to transport students to and from school activities. Continue reading Hearing on HB 1572, allowing private vehicles to transport students, on January 30 at 11 a.m. in LOB 207

Hearing on HB 1498, allowing alternatives to certification for CTE instructors, on January 30 at 10 a.m.

The House Education Committee will hold a public hearing on HB 1498 on Tuesday, January 30 at 10:00 a.m. in LOB 207. The bill allows local school boards to offer a 3-year certificate of eligibility to a person interested in becoming a career and technical educator in an identified specialty area. Continue reading Hearing on HB 1498, allowing alternatives to certification for CTE instructors, on January 30 at 10 a.m.

Hearing on HB 1263, increasing accountability measures for homeschoolers, on January 25 at 1 p.m.

The House Education Committee will hold a public hearing on HB 1263 on Thursday, January 25 at 1 p.m. in LOB 207. The bill amends the educational evaluation procedures for home educated children and adds notice, hearing, and appeals procedures relative to the termination of a home education program. The bill also clarifies the school district’s limited liability for home educated children. Continue reading Hearing on HB 1263, increasing accountability measures for homeschoolers, on January 25 at 1 p.m.

Executive Session on HB 1819, making changes to the administration of the ETC scholarship program, on January 25 at 10 a.m.

The House Education Committee will hold an Executive Session on HB 1819 on Thursday, January 25 at 10 a.m. in LOB 207. The bill makes changes to the administration and reporting of the Education Tax Credit Scholarship Program. Continue reading Executive Session on HB 1819, making changes to the administration of the ETC scholarship program, on January 25 at 10 a.m.

Executive Session on HB 1452, which apportions taxes based on equalized valuation of cooperative school districts, on January 25 at 10 a.m.

The House Education Committee will hold an Executive Session on HB 1452 on Thursday, January 25 at 10 a.m. in LOB 207. The bill requires an annual apportionment of public taxes according to the equalized valuation of cooperative school districts. Continue reading Executive Session on HB 1452, which apportions taxes based on equalized valuation of cooperative school districts, on January 25 at 10 a.m.

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

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

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

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

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

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. Continue reading NH House votes to pass SB 193 as amended

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 … Continue reading House and Senate calendar docket for Wednesday, January 3

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. Continue reading House to vote on SB 193 on Wednesday, January 3