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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)