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!

 

House Subcommittee Proposes Revised Voucher Bill

The House subcommittee that is working on SB 193, proposed legislation to create “Education Freedom Savings Accounts,” met on Thursday (9/21) to reintroduce a...

NH floats ambitious education plan to secure federal dollars

New Hampshire's Department of Education has been working on the state plan to comply with the new federal education law, the Every Student Succeeds...

Accountability concerns arise over education savings account bill

According to the Concord Monitor, the subcommittee that is studying SB 193, the universal voucher bill that establishes "educational freedom savings accounts" in New...

Governor Sununu: Building a 21st century education system

Governor Chris Sununu underscored the importance of early childhood education and a 21st century education system in an article for Seacoast Online over the...

Policy Brief: SB 8 & Implications for NH Public Education

Senate Bill (SB) 8 was signed into law by Governor Sununu on June 29th, 2017 with an effective date of August 28, 2017. SB 8,...

UL: Councilors feign outrage

The Union Leader featured this editorial in response to a letter from Executive Councilors Andru Volinsky (District 2) and Chris Pappas (District 4): Why are...

Another View — Andru Volinsky and Chris Pappas: Edelblut can do politics, or his...

This letter by Executive Councilors Andru Volinsky (District 2) and Chris Pappas (District 4) about Education Commissioner Frank Edelblut was featured in the Union...

Brentwood resident: Education commissioner’s plan lacks substance, research

Brentwood resident Jon Morgan wrote an oped in Seacoast Online about Commissioner Frank Edelblut's meeting with Exeter parents and grandparents about the future of...

Keno-garten could help communities like Milford offer full-day kindergarten

Milford canceled its plans to offer a full-day kindergarten program this fall, which would have cost parents $510 per month, due to low enrollment...

20 Years Later: Supreme Court Decision on Ed Funding and its Impact on NH

New Hampshire Magazine explored the Supreme Court's nearly 20-year old decision on education funding and what it's meant for New Hampshire schools. Here's an...

N.H. Won’t Overhaul the Common Core. Its Schools Chief Still Wants To.

At the State Board of Education meeting in July, the Board voted to affirm their support of the current state standards. Commissioner Edelblut said...

State Board affirms support for state standards, but DOE will proceed with informal review

Following up on what has been several months of public comment and debate, the State Board of Education will not be opening a formal...

Another View: The ABC’s of passing SB 191

Senator David Watters, the prime sponsor of SB 191, submitted a piece to Foster's Daily Democrat about his bill to fund full-day kindergarten. Though...

Betting that Keno funding will live up to expectations

This session, lawmakers voted to provide additional funding for full-day kindergarten programs, but the amount will be determined by how much money is brought...

Sununu Signs Off On Croydon Bill

Governor Chris Sununu signed SB 8, known as the "Croydon bill," at the Croydon Village School in Newport on Thursday, according to the Valley...

Croydon: Tiny N.H. town forever synonymous with school choice

Since 2012, the town of Croydon has been battling over school choice, and it has become the face of the statewide debate, according to...

Conway Board Declines Charter Lease Revisit, Members Say Commissioner “Overstepped” Bounds

The Conway School Board voted down a proposition to rent vacant school building space to Robert Frost Charter School despite calls from Commissioner Frank...

State House Dome: Education funding solutions redux

Sunday's edition of the State House Dome in the Union Leader featured the education funding formula and the study released by the NH Center...

Report finds disparity in state education funding persists 20 years after Claremont decision

Disparities in education are getting worse, according to a study done by the NH Center for Public Policy Studies. Here's an excerpt from the Keene...

Editorial: The same old education funding story

The Concord Monitor published an editorial in their Sunday edition about the state's education funding formula. Here's an excerpt: Start with the determination, in a state...

What’s in the state’s ESSA plan?

Under the new Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), states have more flexibility in reporting, goal setting, and identifying struggling schools, reported the Concord Monitor....

Education mandate bill dies in the Senate

A bill that would have limited the State Board of Education's rulemaking authority died in the Senate on Thursday, reported the Concord Monitor. According to...

Editorial: Never-ending school funding battles

The Union Leader Editorial Board ran an editorial on the Supreme Court's decision in the Claremont case and its impact on state funding of education: ...Every...

N.H. Legislature Approves Kindergarten Funding, Keno

The House and Senate approved additional funding for full-day kindergarten through revenues generated by the online lottery game Keno, reported The Valley News: Under the bill...

How taxes rise while enrollment drops in N.H. school districts like Merrimack Valley

The Concord Monitor reported on a pattern that's happening in many districts across New Hampshire--rising costs for education, despite declining enrollments.  Part of it, said...

Edelblut to form education finance committee

Education Commissioner Frank Edelblut announced that the Department of Education will form an education finance committee, reported the Concord Monitor. The committee will study the...

CM Editorial: Kindergarten and keno don’t mix

The Concord Monitor Editorial Board featured this piece on the "Keno-garten" bill, which would provide additional funding for full-day kindergarten programs with revenue generated...

Our Turn: The Republican gamble with our kids’ futures

Senators David Watters (District 4) and Dan Feltes (District 15) and Executive Councilor Andru Volinksy submitted this piece to the Concord Monitor on SB...

Disability advocates raise alarm about rulemaking bill

A bill restricting the rulemaking authority of the State Board of Education could result in lower standards for students needing special education services, according...

Dave Solomon’s State House Dome: Democrats holding all the cards for ‘Keno-garten’ bill

The fate of "Keno-garten" at its full House and Senate vote on Thursday is unclear, according to the Union Leader's State House Dome. At...

Capital Beat: Lawmakers gamble on budget with kindergarten funding plan

"Keno-garten," the plan to provide more funding for full-day kindergarten programs through revenues from the newly authorized online lottery game, Keno, was at the...

Volinksy: Keno-garten funding bill unconstitutional under Claremont ruling

SB 191, which ties additional full-day kindergarten funding to the revenues from the newly authorized online lottery game Keno, is receiving some criticism, reported WMUR....

Another View — Terri Forsten: Don’t divert resources that should boost education for all

Concord Superintendent Terri Forsten responded to a recent opinion piece in the Union Leader that touted SB 193, the bill that creates education freedom...

Kindergarten bill creates Dover budget shortfall

The Dover School District could be facing a budget shortfall after counting on the passage of the original version of a Senate bill, reported...

Weekly Legislative Update: Keno-garten, restrictions on rulemaking, and legislative approval of academic standards up...

Over the past week, the hot topics in Concord have been the state budget and lawmakers' work in the Committees of Conference to strike...

Lawmakers strike deal to add full-day kindergarten funded by Keno

The Union Leader reported on lawmakers' deal to increase funding for full-day kindergarten programs by legalizing the online lottery game Keno. Here's an excerpt: Democrats...

Keno-garten bill finalized, but without bipartisan support

According to NHPR, the agreement reached by a committee of House and Senate members to tie kindergarten funding to the online lottery game Keno...

Kindergarten funding decision delayed until Thursday

According to the Concord Monitor, the House and Senate are working on a compromise for SB 191, funding full-day kindergarten. The Committee of Conference...

Sununu presses Trump officials for continued funding of NH programs

Governor Chris Sununu met with Trump Administration officials earlier in the week, including Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, according to the Union Leader. During his...

Gov. Sununu addresses education concerns during DC trip

At a meeting in Washington, DC, Governor Chris Sununu met with Federal Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. There, he talked about charter schools and workforce...

Raising questions about the funding formula

Steve Norton and Greg Bird, from the New Hampshire Center for Public Policy Studies, questioned the state's education funding formula in Business New Hampshire...

Trading Kindergarten for Votes: UL Editorial Board

The Union Leader Editorial Board featured an editorial on the budget negotiations, including debates over funding for full-day kindergarten. Here's an excerpt: Legislative leadership should use...

PODCAST: Breaking down NH’s draft plan for the ESSA with the DOE and Center...

At the end of May, the New Hampshire Department of Education (Department) published its draft plan to comply with federal requirements under the Every...

State Board of Education Weighs Review of Math and English Standards

The State Board of Education is considering whether to review and revise the state's College and Career Ready standards in Math and English Language...

Rep. Tamara Le: SB 8 is fundamentally flawed and unconstitutional

Representative Tamara Le (Rock-31), a member of the House Education Committee, submitted this piece to Seacoast Online about Senate Bill 8, also known as...

State Board of Education seeking public comment on state standards at June 8 meeting

We would like to remind the public that the New Hampshire State Board of Education is seeking public input on whether to revise the...

Commissioner Edelblut visits Berlin schools

Commissioner Frank Edelblut visited Berlin and Colebrook as part of his statewide tour on Wednesday, reported the Berlin Daily Sun. The meeting gave North...

Kate Baker: A scholarship offers hope and a new path

Children's Scholarship Fund Executive Director Kate Baker wrote a piece for the Union Leader about the Fund. Here's an excerpt: In a recent Children's Scholarship...

State budget increases charter & CTE funding, kills amendment to halt cuts to education...

The Senate approved a $11.8 billion, two-year budget on Thursday, reported the Union Leader. Included in the budget were increases in charter school funding, career...

N.H. schools warn proposed Medicaid cuts could hurt local budgets

Proposed cuts to the Medicaid program under the federal health care bill, now making its way through the U.S. Senate, could mean $8.7 billion...

Full-day kindergarten a good investment

The Seacoast Online Editorial Board featured a piece supporting full-day kindergarten funding in their Sunday edition. It “has true educational value and deserves the...

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...

Governor calls for school to start after Labor Day

Governor Chris Sununu said that waiting until after Labor Day to open the state's schools could benefit the state in many ways, according to WMUR: Gov....

NH floats ambitious education plan to secure federal dollars

New Hampshire's Department of Education has been working on the state plan to comply with the new federal education law, the Every Student Succeeds...

FIRST Robotics gets a $375k boost from the state

The NH Department of Education is starting a new grant program to fund robotics teams in schools across the state (see more details about...

UL: Councilors feign outrage

The Union Leader featured this editorial in response to a letter from Executive Councilors Andru Volinsky (District 2) and Chris Pappas (District 4): Why are...

Another View — Andru Volinsky and Chris Pappas: Edelblut can do politics, or his...

This letter by Executive Councilors Andru Volinsky (District 2) and Chris Pappas (District 4) about Education Commissioner Frank Edelblut was featured in the Union...

Brentwood resident: Education commissioner’s plan lacks substance, research

Brentwood resident Jon Morgan wrote an oped in Seacoast Online about Commissioner Frank Edelblut's meeting with Exeter parents and grandparents about the future of...

N.H. Won’t Overhaul the Common Core. Its Schools Chief Still Wants To.

At the State Board of Education meeting in July, the Board voted to affirm their support of the current state standards. Commissioner Edelblut said...

State Board affirms support for state standards, but DOE will proceed with informal review

Following up on what has been several months of public comment and debate, the State Board of Education will not be opening a formal...

Conway Board Declines Charter Lease Revisit, Members Say Commissioner “Overstepped” Bounds

The Conway School Board voted down a proposition to rent vacant school building space to Robert Frost Charter School despite calls from Commissioner Frank...

Commissioner Edelblut visits Berlin schools

Commissioner Frank Edelblut visited Berlin and Colebrook as part of his statewide tour on Wednesday, reported the Berlin Daily Sun. The meeting gave North...

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.

N.H. Won’t Overhaul the Common Core. Its Schools Chief Still Wants To.

At the State Board of Education meeting in July, the Board voted to affirm their support of the current state standards. Commissioner Edelblut said...

State Board affirms support for state standards, but DOE will proceed with informal review

Following up on what has been several months of public comment and debate, the State Board of Education will not be opening a formal...

State Board of Education Weighs Review of Math and English Standards

The State Board of Education is considering whether to review and revise the state's College and Career Ready standards in Math and English Language...

State Board of Education seeking public comment on state standards at June 8 meeting

We would like to remind the public that the New Hampshire State Board of Education is seeking public input on whether to revise the...

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.”

New Hampshire’s testing pilot, PACE, gaining ground

The Concord Monitor featured a great piece on New Hampshire's Performance Assessment for Competency Education (PACE) program, which allows districts to come together to...

On average, N.H. teachers get paid more in wealthy communities

Teacher salaries differ widely between districts in New Hampshire, and according to one school board chairman, the state's funding formula is a major factor...

Sununu Signs Off On Croydon Bill

Governor Chris Sununu signed SB 8, known as the "Croydon bill," at the Croydon Village School in Newport on Thursday, according to the Valley...

Croydon: Tiny N.H. town forever synonymous with school choice

Since 2012, the town of Croydon has been battling over school choice, and it has become the face of the statewide debate, according to...

Report finds disparity in state education funding persists 20 years after Claremont decision

Disparities in education are getting worse, according to a study done by the NH Center for Public Policy Studies. Here's an excerpt from the Keene...

My Turn: A father’s hope after daughter’s dyslexia diagnosis

Father and family physician Dr. Travis Harker wrote about his daughter's diagnosis of dyslexia in the Concord Monitor. He said that three years ago, his...

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...
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 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...

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