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UNH physicist: “Edelblut fundamentally misunderstands how to train scientists” | MyTurn Concord Monitor

UNH physicist David Mattingly explains why practicing science, as the NGSS requires, is the best way to learn the material and become a problem solver.

Make Private School Free or Die: The Fight Over Education Savings Accounts in New Hampshire – The 74

Make Private School Free or Die: The Fight Over Education Savings Accounts in New Hampshire – The 74

“The 74”, a national web site that covers education from a conservative viewpoint, reported on SB 193.  Here are some excerpts: Soon [“Live free or die.”] may prevail in schooling as well, as lawmakers decide whether to create a universal system of education savings accounts and a conservative new governor […]

Concord Monitor: Voucher bill probably to be retained over the summer and state employees oppose DOE reorganization

Concord Monitor: Voucher bill probably to be retained over the summer and state employees oppose DOE reorganization

The Monitor provides background on the lack of sufficient Republican support for the ambitious voucher bill and reports that the State Employee Association has weighed in heavily against Commissioner Edelblut’s proposed reorganization plan.

Governor Sununu on SB 193: I have concerns about putting public funds towards non-public schools

Governor Sununu on SB 193: I have concerns about putting public funds towards non-public schools

On NHPR’s The Exchange this morning, Josh Rogers ran a clip of a  statement given by Governor Sununu on SB 193. The bill would create an “education freedom savings account” program, or voucher system, in New Hampshire. Here’s what the Governor said:

Governor signs bill requiring 2 week notification before teaching sex ed in schools

Governor signs bill requiring 2 week notification before teaching sex ed in schools

NHPR reported that Governor Chris Sununu signed HB 103 into law, which requires school districts to provide at least two weeks’ notice to parents before teaching anything involving human sexuality or sexual education. Here’s an excerpt:

State Board rejects DOE proposal to review many academic standards immediately

State Board rejects DOE proposal to review many academic standards immediately

At the April 6th meeting of the New Hampshire State Board of Education, The department of education proposed that the board agree to review six major academic standards over the next year. The State Board of Education rejected the proposal, telling the department to return with a full plan, including timeline and budget, to review English and math standards.

“No science standards review” says State Board in clear and unambiguous resolution

“No science standards review” says State Board in clear and unambiguous resolution

At its April 6, 2017 meeting, the State Board of Education directed the department not to undertake a review of the New Hampshire College and Career Ready Science Standards. Here are the board discussions and the final resolution, passed unanimously by the board.

State Board disagrees with the new commissioner’s proposed assessment change

State Board disagrees with the new commissioner’s proposed assessment change

The New Hampshire Department of Education has issued an RFP for a statewide assessment. The State Board of Education wanted to know why this happened so quickly with no notice or input from the field, especially when the ELA and math standards could be reviewed at the same time.

Commissioner Edelblut’s concerns about Smarter Balanced

Commissioner Edelblut’s concerns about Smarter Balanced

At the April 6, 2017 State Board of Education meeting, commissioner Edelblut said that schools did not receive Smarter Balanced data until the following school year and that Smarter Balanced did not have longitudinal data. We discuss these concerns in greater detail here.

Concord Monitor: State board, Edelblut clash on science standards

Concord Monitor: State board, Edelblut clash on science standards

The Concord Monitor gives says that, although commissioner Edelblut testified that he was “the implementation guy,” he wanted to review the science standards without SBOE authority. The board stated clearly that there would be no review.