ED Beat NH tracks important changes in NH education policy as we transition to new leadership at the NH Department of Education and the State Board. Full coverage of related news is captured below and our interactive timeline puts the highlights in context!

 

What should we consider when reviewing our state standards?

The State Board of Education is considering whether to review the state’s academic standards for math and English Language Arts. They’re seeking public comment...

A Primer on New Hampshire’s College and Career Ready Standards & Review Process

At its last meeting on May 11, the New Hampshire State Board of Education (SBOE) discussed and heard public input on a proposal from...

State Board of Education Seeking Public Input on State Math and English Standards

The State Board of Education is seeking public comment on the state's Math and English Language Arts standards at their upcoming meeting on June...

NH Dept. of Ed unveils draft plan to comply with new federal education law

The New Hampshire Department of Education released its draft plan to comply with the federal education law, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), according to...

Senate Finance removes full-day kindergarten funding from budget, increases charter funding and funds DOE...

The Senate Finance Committee voted 4-2 to remove full-day kindergarten funding from the budget on Wednesday, according to the Concord Monitor. In addition, the...

Reaching Higher updates Nashua residents on statewide initiatives

Dan Vallone, Reaching Higher NH's Director of Engagement, provided Nashua residents with an overview of this legislative session's education initiatives, reported the Union Leader....

House Education Committee recommends passing amended “Croydon bill”

The House Education Committee recommended passing SB 8, the "Croydon bill," as amended, by a vote of 13-6.  “This is Frank’s bill,” House Education...

Letter: Full-day kindergarten is an investment in the future

In a letter to the Concord Monitor, Newport resident Jaclyn Goddette writes that early childhood education programs, like full-day kindergarten, are one way to help...

State board ‘implored’ to leave math, ELA standards alone | Concord Monitor

The State Board of Education's (SBOE) meeting on May 11, featured a lengthy debate about whether the Board should begin a process to review...

At State Board Meeting, Outpouring from Public in Support of State Standards and Public...

The State Board of Education meeting room was filled to capacity on May 11, as were the hallways outside, with parents, students, teachers, and...

Edelblut champions STEM and CTE

NHPR reported yesterday that DOE Commissioner, Frank Edelblut is requesting funding to support centers for Career Technical Education (CTE), expand internet service to schools...

Tom Raffio reflects on State Board of Ed’s last ten years

Tom Raffio, outgoing State Board of Education chair, penned a farewell op-ed in the Concord Monitor yesterday. He outlined the work the board has...

School choice solution proves elusive for Croydon

Dave Solomon gave an update on the legislative battle over school choice in the latest edition of the Union Leader's State House Dome. One of...

Sununu taps Cline to chair Board of Education

Drew Cline, who edited the Union Leader editorial page for 15 years until 2015 will become the next chair of the New Hampshire Board of Education.

Executive Council unanimously confirms Cline to Board of Education

Confirmed by a unanimous vote, former Union Leader editorial page editor Drew Cline was appointed to the New Hampshire Board of Education yesterday and immediately selected by Governor Sununu to serve as Chair. Executive Councilor Chris Pappas said, “He pledged to bring balance and be a check and balance on the Department of Education and the commissioner if need be.”

Commissioner Edelblut Discusses Policy Priorities at Town Hall Meeting

On Friday, April 28th, NH Commissioner of Education Frank Edelblut, held a moderated town hall at New England College (see Reaching Higher’s live stream...

“It’s a pregnant moment for state education policy” | NHPR

We missed this report last week but it's worth catching up with Josh Rogers' review Senate and House Education Committee decisions last Tuesday: It’s a...

Sens. David Watters and Jeb Bradley: Young NH students need full-day kindergarten

Today's Union Leader featured Sens. David Watters (D, Dover) and Jeb Bradley (R, Wolfboro) advocating for full day kindergarten: IT IS A BREATH OF FRESH...

On full day kindergarten: “Not every good thing must be provided by government”

The lead editorial in today's Union Leader said, The Senate Finance Committee will hold public hearings this week on the state’s two-year budget...... Sens. David Watters...

New Hampshire’s science teachers “urge our policy makers to stay the course” | OurTurn...

The New Hampshire Science Teachers' Association took a lead role in vetting the Next Generation Science Standards early on and has supported science teachers...

Key takeaways from the Senate Committee’s hearing on amendments to reorganize the Department of...

On Tuesday (4/25) the Senate Education Committee held a public hearing on amendments to HB 356, a bill to establish a committee to study...

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.

More letters: Supporting NGSS and full day kindergarten and opposing DOE reorganization

Letters to the Union Leader and the Concord Monitor on the key New Hampshire education issues.
Sen. Reagan

House lawmakers hit pause on sweeping school choice bill | AP

Kathleen Ronayne writes for the AP in the Concord Monitor, House lawmakers hit pause Tuesday on a sweeping school choice bill over concerns it would improperly...

Bonnie Dunham on the Edelblut plan to reorganize Education Department, “There is no real...

David Solomon reports that the Senate Education Committee voted down the Edelblut request for open ended authority to reorganize the New Hampshire department of education because Republican Sen. Ruth Ward heard so much opposition from constitutents.

School choice bill put on hold until 2018 by bipartisan vote of NH House...

WMUR reports that the New Hampshire House Education Committee retained for further study a controversial voucher bill. It could be returned in 2018

State Senate panel recommends killing bill to give education commissioner Edelblut broader management authority...

WMUR reports that the New Hampshire Senate Education Committee sent a major department of education reorganization proposal to study committee.

House sidelines school choice bill | Union Leader

The Union Leader reports that the New Hampshire House Education Committee voted 15-4 to retain HB 193, the voucher bill, to work on answering the many questions about it.

Voucher Bill Tests Ambition of School Choice Advocates in N.H. | New Hampshire Public...

NHPR interviews a home schooling family and a Christian school head about how home and private school families would benefit if HB 193 became law.
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Business leader Val Zanchuk: “Don’t destroy a top public school system” – MyTurn in...

New Hampshire civic and business leader Val Zanchuk writes an oped about the damage vouchers would do to New Hampshire's top performing school system, making the point students from higher income families would be the primary beneficiaries.

Make Private School Free or Die: The Fight Over Education Savings Accounts in New...

"The 74", a national web site that covers education from a conservative viewpoint, reported on SB 193.  Here are some excerpts: Soon may prevail...

Three opinions on Commissioner Edelblut

Letters to the Seacoast Media papers and the Union Leader express varying opinions about New Hampshire Education Commissioner Frank Edelblut.

Union Leader: “‘School choice’ bill hitting head winds”

Dave Solomon's State House Dome reports that SB 193, the school choice bill, is unlikely to pass in this legislative session and that the governor is ambivalent about the bill.

Concord Monitor: Voucher bill probably to be retained over the summer and state employees...

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...

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...
SBOE March 23, 2017

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: ...Democrats ginned up false outrage over...

Amendments would give Commissioner some latitude, but would look at DOE structure in depth...

The Concord Monitor reported on two amendments proposed by Senator David Watters (Dover), one of which creates a committee to study the structure of the...

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...

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...

Commissioner Edelblut questions science standards on NHPR’s Morning Edition

On NHPR's Morning Edition, Commissioner Frank Edelblut criticized the Next Generation Science Standards, on which the State Board of Education adopted last year. Here's an...

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."

Commissioner Edelblut on NHPR: “I’m an advocate for the education of all our students”

Commissioner Frank Edelblut sat down for an interview with NHPR to discuss his passion for education and SB 193, the bill that would create a...
Sen. Reagan

Union Leader: Public hearing scheduled for amendment to restructure DOE amid “mounting pressure”

The Union Leader reported on yesterday's Senate Education Committee meeting yesterday, where they announced a public hearing on the amendment to restructure the Department of Education: At...

Senator David Watters to propose alternative to restructuring Department of Education

According to the Union Leader, Senator David Watters (Dover) plans to introduce an amendment that would potentially create a study committee to reorganize the...

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?...

Union Leader: “Not so fast, Frank: Edelblut should outline reforms”

The Union Leader, in its lead editorial today urged the legislature to reconsider Senator John Reagan's (R-Deerfield) amendment to restructure the Department of Education:  Education Commissioner Frank...

WMUR: “New proposal would study possible reorganization of state education department”

The Senate Education Committee has set April 25 (probably 9:00 AM) for a public hearing on Education Commissioner Edelblut's proposed reorganization plan. WMUR reporter John DiStaso details the competing proposals.

News Review: Amendment to Reorganize NH Dept. of Ed

Senator John Reagan proposed an amendment on April 11th in the Senate Education Committee, that would substantially increase the authority and power of the Office of the Commissioner...

Union Leader: Edelblut power play in DOE reorganizing?

The Union Leader featured an article on the amendment to HB 356, which would restructure the Department of Education: It hasn't taken Frank Edelblut much time to...

WMUR: NH education chief says new proposal would give him ‘fidelity to law,’ management...

WMUR reported on the recent draft amendment proposed by Senator Reagan to expand the authority of the NH Commissioner of Ed: New Hampshire Commissioner of Education...

Concord Monitor: Edelblut seeks to restructure education department

The Concord Monitor reported on Senator John Reagan's amendment to HB 356, which would give the Commissioner Frank Edelblut "broad discretion" over the Department of Education: New Hampshire Education...

NHPR: Education Commissioner Edelblut Dismisses Claims of a ‘Power Grab’ at the Department

Commissioner Frank Edelblut spoke with NHPR on the amendment to HB 356, which would give him more flexibility and control over the Department of Education: Department of Education Commissioner...

Sen Reagan: Proposal to give Ed Commissioner more authority is a “modest housekeeping issue”

NHPR reported on Senator Reagan's draft amendment to expand the power of the state education commissioner: A proposal to reorganize the state department of education is attracting...

In school tours, Commissioner Edelblut is learning every day

Foster's Daily Democrat spent the day with Commissioner Frank Edelblut and Somersworth educators during his tour of the Hilltop City's schools: The State Commissioner of Education spent...

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

At the 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...

News Review: Amendment to Reorganize NH Dept. of Ed

Senator John Reagan proposed an amendment on April 11th in the Senate Education Committee, that would substantially increase the authority and power of the Office of...

Union Leader: Edelblut power play in DOE reorganizing?

The Union Leader featured an article on the amendment to HB 356, which would restructure the Department of Education: It hasn't taken Frank Edelblut much time...

WMUR: NH education chief says new proposal would give him ‘fidelity to law,’ management...

WMUR reported on the recent draft amendment proposed by Senator Reagan to expand the authority of the NH Commissioner of Ed: New Hampshire Commissioner of...

Concord Monitor: Edelblut seeks to restructure education department

The Concord Monitor reported on Senator John Reagan's amendment to HB 356, which would give the Commissioner Frank Edelblut "broad discretion" over the Department of Education: New Hampshire...

Sen Reagan: Proposal to give Ed Commissioner more authority is a “modest housekeeping issue”

NHPR reported on Senator Reagan's draft amendment to expand the power of the state education commissioner: A proposal to reorganize the state department of education is attracting...

Policy Brief: SB 193 Creating a universal voucher program in New Hampshire

Senate Bill 193 would establish a statewide Education Freedom Savings Account program, where a parent or guardian signs a contract with an independent scholarship...

Policy Brief: HB 620 Restricting the rulemaking authority of the State Board of Education

House Bill 620, as introduced, would significantly restrict the ability of the New Hampshire State Board of Education (state board) to propose rules that exceed...

Policy Brief: HB 505 Creating an independent authorizer for charter school applications

House Bill 505 creates an independent authorizer for public charter schools. The Commission would be appointed with developing and implementing policies and practices for authorizing...

Policy Brief: NH Charter Schools

There were six bills in the 2017 legislative session that related to New Hampshire's public charter schools. In this brief, we discuss the current...

In school tours, Commissioner Edelblut is learning every day

Foster's Daily Democrat spent the day with Commissioner Frank Edelblut and Somersworth educators during his tour of the Hilltop City's schools: The State Commissioner of...

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...

State Board hears from Pam Wicks, Concord School Board, about her son’s PACE experience:

There is a positive change happening in our classrooms; we’re seeing students engaged in meaningful learning, giving all students a greater opportunity to reach their potential. I believe that PACE, along with competency based education, will help our students gain 21st century skills, that will guide them on their path to life after high school.

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.”

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

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.

Policy Brief: New Hampshire Education Tax Credit

New Hampshire started its Education Tax Credit Program in 2012. In the 2017 legislative session, there were three bills related to the program. In this...

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

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.

Achievement gap study: PACE special education students do as well as other students in...

UNH doctoral candidate Carla Evans looks at whether competency education improves academic achievement for special education students. She finds dramatic results: PACE students with IEPs do about as well in 8th grade math as those without IEPs.

State board hears about PACE from Concord school leader Donna Palley: We can see...

Assistant superintendent Donna Palley tells the New Hampshire State Board of Education about Concord's experience with PACE, "You only have to look at the student work to get it. Watch a group of very satisfied teachers sitting around a table looking at one after the other of their students' work. Listen to students talk about their learning and you’ll hear some impressive student voices."

Mom and school board member Pam Wicks tells SBOE about her son’s PACE experience:...

There is a positive change happening in our classrooms; we’re seeing students engaged in meaningful learning, giving all students a greater opportunity to reach their potential. I believe that PACE, along with competency based education, will help our students gain 21st century skills, that will guide them on their path to life after high school.

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.

Valley News points to a working relationship between Ed Commissioner and Croydon School Board

Valley News reported on a working relationship between NH Department of Ed Commissioner, Frank Edeblut and Croydon School Board member: Croydon — Records obtained through a...

EC to debate Commissioner Edelblut’s Croydon donation before voting on 4-year appointment

Commissioner Frank Edelblut's undisclosed, $1,000 donation to the Croydon School Board's legal fund will be a central topic at the next Executive Council meeting,...

Valley News: New Hampshire Education Commissioner Donated to Croydon School Board’s Legal Defense

The Valley News reported that Education Commissioner Frank Edelblut donated $1,000 to the Croydon School Board's legal defense fund several months ago. Read the...

Governor Sununu’s budget draws praise, raises questions about the future of education

First-term Governor Chris Sununu delivered his budget address last week, highlighting top issues like the opiod crisis and infrastructure needs. One topic that drew...

Commissioner Edelblut: “We all want what’s best for the kids”

Education Commissioner Frank Edelblut started his "brown-bag" tour of New Hampshire's schools in Windham last week, even before his swearing-in ceremony, reported the Eagle Tribune. He acknowledged...

NHPR: State Board of Ed says ‘99.9 percent’ of public commentary on Edelblut negative

Earlier this week, the State Board of Education met with Governor Chris Sununu, where he fielded questions about his now-confirmed pick for Education Commissioner,...

Executive Council confirms Frank Edelblut as Education Commissioner, SBOE issues letter regarding nomination

The Executive Council confirmed former State Rep. and businessman Frank Edelblut as Commissioner of the Department of Education. The Council confirmed Governor Sununu's nominee...

New Hampshire responds to Commissioner Edelblut’s confirmation

The Executive Council confirmed former State Rep and businessman Frank Edelblut's nomination as the Commissioner of the Department of Education yesterday. Here are some...

Volinsky in Concord Monitor: Edelblut’s extreme views would harm state’s public school children

Executive Councilor Andru Volinksy submitted this piece to the Concord Monitor regarding Frank Edelblut's confirmation as Education Commissioner: New Hampshire’s Executive Council is a unique institution...

Letter: Edelblut well qualified to lead Dept. of Education

New Hampshire resident and radio personality Jeff Chidester submitted the following letter to Seacoast Online about former State Rep Frank Edelblut's nomination as Commissioner of...

Letter: Council should vote against Mr. Edelblut

Wilton resident Ron Brown submitted the following letter to the Nashua Telegraph regarding Mr. Edelblut's nomination as Education Commissioner:  I encourage the Executive Council to vote...

Keene resident: Edelblut nomination is not nonpartisan, just bad

Keene resident Nicole Demarest submitted a letter to the Keene Sentinel about former State Rep Frank Edelblut's nomination as Commissioner of Education. Here's the...

Letter: No good reason against Edelblut

Barrington resident Randal Heller submitted this letter to Foster's Daily Democrat regarding the nomination of Frank Edelblut as Education Commissioner: I have been following Mr. Frank...

Letter: Edelblut is a great choice

Meredith Resident Don Ewing submitted a letter to the Concord Monitor supporting Mr. Edelblut's nomination as Education Commissioner: For decades the American people have put their...

Letter: Edelblut not right for Education Commissioner

Dover resident Chuck Rhoades submitted the following letter to Foster's Daily Democrat about Frank Edelblut's nomination: I oppose the nomination of Frank Edelblut as Education...

Letter in NT: Edelblut wrong for schools

Dan Weeks, Nashua resident and former Executive Director at Open Democracy, wrote this letter featured in the Nashua Telegraph about Mr. Edelblut's nomination: I like...

CM: Reasons to reject Edelblut

The Concord Monitor published an editorial about Mr. Edelblut's nomination and his hearing last week. Here's the full text: Frank Edelblut, the governor’s choice to lead...

Concord resident: Withdraw Edelblut nomination

Here's a letter to the editor that Concord resident Joan Blanchard submitted to the Concord Monitor: An open letter to Gov. Sununu: I respectfully request...

Kensington resident: Say ‘no’ to Edelblut nomination

Here's a letter to the editor by Kensington resident Susan Varn, featured in Seacoast Online: As a longtime New Hampshire resident and grateful parent of...

Rep. Kurk: A fresh approach

Rep. Neal Kurk (Hills-02) submitted this letter to the editor, featured in the Concord Monitor: A better education for New Hampshire’s children? That’s what might happen...

Hearing for Ed Commissioner runs over six hours as packed room listens to testimony...

By 1 pm, when the hearing for Ed Commissioner nominee, Frank Edelblut was set to begin, the room was not only packed with people...

Governor Chris Sununu: Parents "need to have the final say" on their children's education

Governor Chris Sununu spoke to NH1 News after speaking at a school choice event in Manchester earlier this week. Here's the clip: NH1 News covered...

House Education Committee recommends passing amended “Croydon bill”

The House Education Committee recommended passing SB 8, the "Croydon bill," as amended, by a vote of 13-6.  “This is Frank’s bill,” House Education...

Edelblut champions STEM and CTE

NHPR reported yesterday that DOE Commissioner, Frank Edelblut is requesting funding to support centers for Career Technical Education (CTE), expand internet service to schools...

Weekly Legislative Update: School choice on hold, full-day kindergarten in play, Senate gets public...

This week, the Senate Finance Committee will hold a public hearing on the state budget on Tuesday starting at 1 p.m. in Representative's Hall. And the House will vote on the kindergarten bill, requiring civics in high school, and expanding dual enrollment programs like Running Start.

Commissioner Edelblut Discusses Policy Priorities at Town Hall Meeting

On Friday, April 28th, NH Commissioner of Education Frank Edelblut, held a moderated town hall at New England College (see Reaching Higher’s live stream...

Key takeaways from the Senate Committee’s hearing on amendments to reorganize the Department of...

On Tuesday (4/25) the Senate Education Committee held a public hearing on amendments to HB 356, a bill to establish a committee to study...

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.

More letters: Supporting NGSS and full day kindergarten and opposing DOE reorganization

Letters to the Union Leader and the Concord Monitor on the key New Hampshire education issues.
Sen. Reagan

House lawmakers hit pause on sweeping school choice bill | AP

Kathleen Ronayne writes for the AP in the Concord Monitor, House lawmakers hit pause Tuesday on a sweeping school choice bill over concerns it would improperly...

Bonnie Dunham on the Edelblut plan to reorganize Education Department, “There is no real...

David Solomon reports that the Senate Education Committee voted down the Edelblut request for open ended authority to reorganize the New Hampshire department of education because Republican Sen. Ruth Ward heard so much opposition from constitutents.

State Senate panel recommends killing bill to give education commissioner Edelblut broader management authority...

WMUR reports that the New Hampshire Senate Education Committee sent a major department of education reorganization proposal to study committee.

Three opinions on Commissioner Edelblut

Letters to the Seacoast Media papers and the Union Leader express varying opinions about New Hampshire Education Commissioner Frank Edelblut.

Concord Monitor: Voucher bill probably to be retained over the summer and state employees...

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...

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...

Amendments would give Commissioner some latitude, but would look at DOE structure in depth...

The Concord Monitor reported on two amendments proposed by Senator David Watters (Dover), one of which creates a committee to study the structure of the...

Commissioner Edelblut questions science standards on NHPR’s Morning Edition

On NHPR's Morning Edition, Commissioner Frank Edelblut criticized the Next Generation Science Standards, on which the State Board of Education adopted last year. Here's an...

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."

Commissioner Edelblut on NHPR: “I’m an advocate for the education of all our students”

Commissioner Frank Edelblut sat down for an interview with NHPR to discuss his passion for education and SB 193, the bill that would create a...
Sen. Reagan

Union Leader: Public hearing scheduled for amendment to restructure DOE amid “mounting pressure”

The Union Leader reported on yesterday's Senate Education Committee meeting yesterday, where they announced a public hearing on the amendment to restructure the Department of Education: At...

Senator David Watters to propose alternative to restructuring Department of Education

According to the Union Leader, Senator David Watters (Dover) plans to introduce an amendment that would potentially create a study committee to reorganize the...

Union Leader: “Not so fast, Frank: Edelblut should outline reforms”

The Union Leader, in its lead editorial today urged the legislature to reconsider Senator John Reagan's (R-Deerfield) amendment to restructure the Department of Education:  Education Commissioner Frank...

What should we consider when reviewing our state standards?

The State Board of Education is considering whether to review the state’s academic standards for math and English Language Arts. They’re seeking public comment...

A Primer on New Hampshire’s College and Career Ready Standards & Review Process

At its last meeting on May 11, the New Hampshire State Board of Education (SBOE) discussed and heard public input on a proposal from...

State Board of Education Seeking Public Input on State Math and English Standards

The State Board of Education is seeking public comment on the state's Math and English Language Arts standards at their upcoming meeting on June...

State board ‘implored’ to leave math, ELA standards alone | Concord Monitor

The State Board of Education's (SBOE) meeting on May 11, featured a lengthy debate about whether the Board should begin a process to review...

At State Board Meeting, Outpouring from Public in Support of State Standards and Public...

The State Board of Education meeting room was filled to capacity on May 11, as were the hallways outside, with parents, students, teachers, and...

Tom Raffio reflects on State Board of Ed’s last ten years

Tom Raffio, outgoing State Board of Education chair, penned a farewell op-ed in the Concord Monitor yesterday. He outlined the work the board has...

Sununu taps Cline to chair Board of Education

Drew Cline, who edited the Union Leader editorial page for 15 years until 2015 will become the next chair of the New Hampshire Board of Education.

Executive Council unanimously confirms Cline to Board of Education

Confirmed by a unanimous vote, former Union Leader editorial page editor Drew Cline was appointed to the New Hampshire Board of Education yesterday and immediately selected by Governor Sununu to serve as Chair. Executive Councilor Chris Pappas said, “He pledged to bring balance and be a check and balance on the Department of Education and the commissioner if need be.”

New Hampshire’s science teachers “urge our policy makers to stay the course” | OurTurn...

The New Hampshire Science Teachers' Association took a lead role in vetting the Next Generation Science Standards early on and has supported science teachers...
SBOE March 23, 2017

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: ...Democrats ginned up false outrage over...

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...

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...

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

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?...

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...

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.”

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

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

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

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.

Reaching Higher updates Nashua residents on statewide initiatives

Dan Vallone, Reaching Higher NH's Director of Engagement, provided Nashua residents with an overview of this legislative session's education initiatives, reported the Union Leader....

Hanover students earn $2,500 National Merit Scholarship

The National Merit Scholarship program has awarded three Hanover High School students with $2,500 each toward their college educations, according to the Valley News: Hanover...

“It’s a pregnant moment for state education policy” | NHPR

We missed this report last week but it's worth catching up with Josh Rogers' review Senate and House Education Committee decisions last Tuesday: It’s a...

Troy resident: The way NH funds public schools is an “unfair system”

Troy resident Marcia Press is taking action after attending a four-hour town meeting on the school budget, where she says that her community was...

Police chief: Investing in kids can help fight crime

Enfield Police Chief Richard Crate urged the legislature to invest in New Hampshire kids by funding early childhood education programs in the Concord Monitor....

Concord teacher hopes to inspire kids to explore computer science as part of Christa...

Christa McAuliffe School teacher Heather Droulet was awarded the 2017 Christa McAuliffe Sabbatical from the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation. As a part of the...

Boscawen mom supports school choice at press conference

National and local school choice advocacy groups held a press conference in Concord to support SB 193, the bill that would create an "education...

Three opinions on Commissioner Edelblut

Letters to the Seacoast Media papers and the Union Leader express varying opinions about New Hampshire Education Commissioner Frank Edelblut.

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

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...
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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: ...Democrats ginned up false outrage over...

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...

Letter: Two week notice unneeded

Rochester resident Diane Starkey submitted a letter to Foster's Daily Democrat about the new law that requires schools to give at least two weeks'...

Union Leader supports new law giving parents prior notification of sex education

The Union Leader supported a new law that requires two weeks' notice to parents before a school teaches sex ed in an editorial. Here's...

Amendments would give Commissioner some latitude, but would look at DOE structure in depth...

The Concord Monitor reported on two amendments proposed by Senator David Watters (Dover), one of which creates a committee to study the structure of the...

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."

Commissioner Edelblut on NHPR: “I’m an advocate for the education of all our students”

Commissioner Frank Edelblut sat down for an interview with NHPR to discuss his passion for education and SB 193, the bill that would create a...
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Union Leader: Public hearing scheduled for amendment to restructure DOE amid “mounting pressure”

The Union Leader reported on yesterday's Senate Education Committee meeting yesterday, where they announced a public hearing on the amendment to restructure the Department of Education: At...

Senator David Watters to propose alternative to restructuring Department of Education

According to the Union Leader, Senator David Watters (Dover) plans to introduce an amendment that would potentially create a study committee to reorganize the...

Union Leader: “Not so fast, Frank: Edelblut should outline reforms”

The Union Leader, in its lead editorial today urged the legislature to reconsider Senator John Reagan's (R-Deerfield) amendment to restructure the Department of Education:  Education Commissioner Frank...

WMUR: “New proposal would study possible reorganization of state education department”

The Senate Education Committee has set April 25 (probably 9:00 AM) for a public hearing on Education Commissioner Edelblut's proposed reorganization plan. WMUR reporter John DiStaso details the competing proposals.

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