SBOE in Transition

Union Leader editorial: Cline to replace Raffio

Union Leader editorial: Cline to replace Raffio

The Union Leader Editorial Board featured this piece on their former editor’s appointment to the State Board of Education:

Governor Sununu: Drew Cline is “a great resource” for State Board of Education

Governor Sununu: Drew Cline is “a great resource” for State Board of Education

Governor Chris Sununu has nominated former Union Leader editorial page editor Drew Cline to the State Board of Education, reported the Union Leader. Cline will replace longtime member and current chairman Tom Raffio, who has served on the board for 10 years. 

Governor Sununu replaces Chairman Tom Raffio on State Board of Education

Governor Sununu replaces Chairman Tom Raffio on State Board of Education

The Associated Press reported that Governor Chris Sununu has replaced State Board of Education chairman Tom Raffio this week. Raffio has served on the State Board of Education for 10 years. From the report:

Seacoast papers: “NH education chief must be kept in check”

Seacoast papers: “NH education chief must be kept in check”

The Portsmouth Herald, Foster’s and the other Seacoast papers highlighted Commissioner Edelblut’s positions on climate change and vouchers to caution readers that big changes are happening in New Hampshire public education and people should, “Speak up now. The action in the Legislature is moving fast.”

Cornerstone Action liason: Current science standards fall short

Cornerstone Action liason: Current science standards fall short

Ann Marie Banfield, the education liason for Cornerstone Action, submitted this opinion piece to the Concord Monitor: What is everyone afraid of? Better science standards? Commissioner Frank Edelblut came under fire for wanting to improve public education in New Hampshire. You would think that everyone would join him in an […]

BREAKING NEWS: Draft amendment proposes to increase power and authority of NH education commissioner

BREAKING NEWS: Draft amendment proposes to increase power and authority of NH education commissioner

At yesterday’s (4/11/17) Senate Education committee meeting, Senator Reagan (R-District 17), introduced a draft amendment that proposes to substantially increase the authority and power of the Office of the Commissioner of Education. The proposed draft amendment 1236s would: eliminate the four existing divisions (details below) at the Department and replace them […]

Nashua Telegraph: Nashua BOE proceeds with science standards pilot

Nashua Telegraph: Nashua BOE proceeds with science standards pilot

Nashua High School South student Ben Telerski advocated for the standards. “As a student, the Next Generation Science Standards seem to be exactly what’s needed,” he said, noting the state Board of Education voted not to review science standards until 2022. “So I don’t know why this discussion is even happening.”

Sanborn Regional School district tells the state board about their PACE experience

Sanborn Regional School district tells the state board about their PACE experience

Sanborn Regional is one of the original PACE school districts. Three school leaders and a parent attended the April 6, 2017 state board meeting to talk briefly during public comments about the impact of PACE on their students. There’s a short video of their presentation.

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.