Category Archives: Legislation

The BIA & Governor Hassan: CHILDREN FOR SALE!

See the attached letter below from the BIA urging Governor Hassan to VETO SB101.
SB101 prohibited the implementation of Common Core in New Hampshire Schools.

The BIA has been engaged in supporting Common Core in New Hampshire for a few years. They have been actively working against parents and teachers in New Hampshire who want better quality standards.

You would think the BIA would be concerned about preparing students for the STEM programs. (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) However we know the Common Core math standards fail to prepare student for STEM programs in college.
Please listen here to the lead writer of the Common Core math standards

So what does the BIA gain from a dumbed down public school system? Well according to this payment, the Gates Foundation paid $1,910,978.00 to the National Chamber of Commerce for their support of Common Core.

The Chamber has been pushing Common Core ever since.

Your children are up for sale in New Hampshire and it’s not a good thing. Ask Governor Hassan why the Business Industry Assoc. is MORE important than parents, teachers and students in NH.

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BREAKING NEWS: Governor Hassan Vetoed SB101

Elections have consequences.
A large number of parents showed up last year and now this year to oppose Common Core in NH. SB101 clarified that schools do not have to adopt the Common Core Standards.

The representatives of the people in the NH House and Senate listened to the people and passed SB101. However here is a list of State Reps. who voted against SB101 in the NH House.
Today, Governor Hassan refused to listen to the mothers and fathers in New Hampshire who want higher and better standards for their children.

Yesterday one of her staffers said that the NH DOE has repeatedly stated that Common Core is optional to districts. The FACT that districts across our state have been told their federal funding is at risk if they don’t adopt Common Core is irrelevant to her. She is against parents and believes in top-down mandates.

Please sign this petition to GET Common Core Out of New Hampshire and when electing a Governor, President or even a school board member, make sure they are committed to fighting for parents.

NH Senate Ed Committee Votes Against HB603 & Against NH Parents

New Hampshire parents, once again your rights are under attack by the Senate Education Committee.

The Senate Education Committee today voted 3 to 2 against parental rights (HB603) in New Hampshire. HB603 :
This bill declares that a student exempted from taking the statewide assessment by the student’s parent or legal guardian shall not be penalized. The bill also requires a school district to provide an appropriate alternative educational activity for the time period during which the assessment is administered..

HB603 would put into statute important legislation supportive of parental rights to opt out of the Smarter Balanced Assessment.

We know the numerous problems with the new Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA):
1) School Board Member and State Representative David Murotake testified that Nashua teachers said this about the SBA
a) totally grade level inappropriate
b) Seems the test was designed more as a psychological or sociological experiment, not as
a measure of academic learning
c) It is nothing less than child abuse for my special ed students in my classroom

2) According to Rasmussen: The Smarter Balanced Common Core Mathematics Tests Are Fatally Flawed and Should Not Be Used An In-Depth Critique of the Smarter Balanced Tests for Mathematics
3) Dr. Gary Thompson, License Child Psychologist calls the Common Core assessments: Cognitive Child abuse
4) Teacher in NY reports that the Common Core testing is child abuse

There is enough evidence to show that the Smarter Balanced Assessment should be halted in the state of New Hampshire. However since our Governor and her Commissioner ignore these warnings, it is up to the parents to step in if the school administrators will not.

Parents have the fundamental right to guide their child’s education and that is consistently upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court. However in this rush to chase federal dollars, concern for children is no longer taken into account. Yes parents, your children are now subjected to child abuse per trained professionals and medically licensed physicians so we can get our money back from the federal government. TALK ABOUT GREED.

HB603 is a valiant effort to ensure parents will have that right to refuse this abusive testing scheme.

Today April 28th, the Senate Education Committee voted “Inexpedient to legislate” on HB603. That means the majority, three of the five members, voted to KILL HB603 and deny you your parental rights. (Senators Stiles, Watters and Kelly) Why? Well as you can see in this video, Senator Stiles spells it out for you. She’s concerned about losing federal dollars.

Forget that this testing scheme may be harming children.
Forget that the Common Core math assessment is fatally flawed.
Forget that the questions are developmentally inappropriate for your children.
Forget that the Nashua teachers are warning parents about the serious problems with this assessment, Sen. Stiles makes it clear that her concern is over federal dollars.

So is she right? Does New Hampshire run the risk of losing federal dollars? And how much do we get annually from the feds? We all know how high our property taxes are each year and that’s where the majority of your school’s budget comes from.

On average schools receive less than 10% of their budget from the Feds. In other words, you pay over 90% through state and property taxes to your schools but your voice doesn’t matter. The feds pay less than 10% and that’s what Sen. Stiles is concerned about.

Since HB603 would put into statute a parent’s right to opt out of these bad assessments, let’s look at how that has impacted other states. Did they lose federal funding?

According to fairtest.org there is nothing to fear as Sen. Stiles would have you believe.
States, districts and schools sometimes claim they will lose federal Title I funds if parents, students or teachers boycott standardized tests required under No Child Left Behind (NCLB). As far as we know, no school or district anywhere in the country has ever been penalized for failing to test enough (95%) of its students. Further, seven states (Utah, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Oregon, Washington and California) have laws allowing opt out, and none have been sanctioned. Parents, students and teachers generally should not fear harmful consequences to their schools due to federal law if parents boycott standardized tests.

We’ve heard these threats before but where’s the PROOF? Where’s the proof Sen. Stiles that New Hampshire would lose federal dollars (OUR money) if we were to put in statute the parental rights we already posses?

Why are our elected representatives more concerned about pleasing the federal U.S. Department of Education bureaucrats more than the parents and residents who elect them?

We urge everyone to contact New Hampshire Senators and vote AGAINST the Committee recommendation to KILL HB603 and to support parents in New Hampshire.
Senators@leg.state.nh.us
HB603 SEC vote

NH Gun Owners BEWARE

Surveys given to students have caused quite an uproar in New Hampshire. Children have been questioned about their sexuality, drug and alcohol use, their families and all kinds of personal information. HB206 attempted to put in some parental control when schools survey your children.

We reported in earlier posts that HB206 required written consent from parents before schools could survey your children. This would allow for parents to look at the survey and make sure they were ok with the questions that were being asked.

Rep. Terry Wolf (R) from Bedford worked to remove written consent from parents when HB206 came to the House Education Committee. Wolf along with the survey company representative didn’t think requiring written consent from parents was necessary.

The company representative testified that if parents actually read the survey, less would participate.

Parents then took their anger to the Senate Education Committee where they demanded that written consent be added back to HB206.

Unfortunately their concerns fell on deaf ears and the Senate Ed Committee voted to amend HB206 to a study Committee. That’s where Bills go to DIE.

Local control means supporting parental rights. HB206 supported transparency so that parents would be informed on what information was going to be collected on their children.

We call upon the GUN OWNERS in New Hampshire to write or call their NH Senator and request that HB206 be passed as originally submitted. That means requiring written consent from parents before a school can survey their children.

Vote NO on the STUDY COMMITTEE and YES on HB206 WITH WRITTEN CONSENT FROM PARENTS.

If you think this is unnecessary, we ask you to take a look at this article where students were asked about whether their families owned guns.

Excerpt:
“Here’s some of the perspective from parents and students regarding the survey:

April Heath used Facebook as her sounding board after she says her daughter was given the questionnaire at school. In her post, she says her daughter was asked her if her parents owned guns; it also asked for the student’s opinion on the legalization of marijuana, abortion and what her religion is.”

It is unacceptable for schools to be collecting this information on your children without your knowledge OR written consent.

Contact the NH Senators TODAY and tell them:
1) Vote YES on HB206 (THE ORIGINAL VERSION) with PARENTAL CONSENT
2) Vote AGAINST the HB206 Amendment to send it to a study committee and the Wolf Amendment to remove parental consent.

You can also use this e-mail address and your e-mail will be sent to ALL of the NH Senators: Senators@leg.state.nh.us

Or you can contact them individually:

Jeff Woodburn (d)
(603) 271-3207
Jeff.Woodburn@leg.state.nh.us

Jeanie Forrester (r)
(603) 271-4980
jeanie.forrester@leg.state.nh.us

Jeb Bradley (r)
(603) 271-2106
jeb.bradley@leg.state.nh.us

David Watters (d)
(603) 271-8631
david.watters@leg.state.nh.us

David Pierce (d)
(603) 271-3067
david.pierce@leg.state.nh.us

Sam Cataldo (r)
(603) 271-4063
sam.cataldo@leg.state.nh.us

Andrew Hosmer (d)
(603) 271-8631
andrew.hosmer@leg.state.nh.us

Gerald Little (r)
(603) 271-4151
Jerry.Little@leg.state.nh.us

Andy Sanborn (r)
(603) 271-2609
andy.sanborn@leg.state.nh.us

Molly Kelly (d)
(603) 271-3207
molly.kelly@leg.state.nh.us

Gary Daniels (r)
(603) 271-2609
Gary.Daniels@leg.state.nh.us

Kevin Avard (r)
(603) 271-4151
Kevin.Avard@.leg.state.nh.us

Bette Lasky (d)
(603) 271-3091
bette.lasky@leg.state.nh.us

Sharon Carson (r)
(603) 271-1403
sharon.carson@leg.state.nh.us

Dan Feltes (d)
(603) 271-3067
Dan.Feltes@leg.state.nh.us

David Boutin (r)
(603) 271-3092
dboutin1465@comcast.net

John Reagan (r)
(603) 271-4063
john.reagan111@gmail.com

Donna Soucy (d)
(603) 271-3207
donna.soucy@leg.state.nh.us

Regina Birdsell (r)
(603) 271-4151
Regina.Birdsell@.leg.state.nh.us

Lou D’Allesandro (d)
(603) 271-2117
dalas@leg.state.nh.us

Martha Fuller Clark (d)
(603) 271-3076
martha.fullerclark@leg.state.nh.us

Chuck Morse (r)
(603) 271-8472
chuck.morse@leg.state.nh.us

Russell Prescott (r)
(603) 271-3074
represcott@represcott.com

Nancy Stiles (r)
(603) 271-3093
nancy.stiles@leg.state.nh.us

NH Moves Closer To Full Implementation of the Failed Outcome Based Ed. Model

We’ve exposed the fraud being perpetrated on parents across New Hampshire as the NH DoE continues to sell Competency Based Ed (CBE) as “new and innovative.” Everyone should know by now that CBE is the old rehashed Outcome Based fad from the 1990‘s renamed and being forced upon New Hampshire schools.

The “Competency Based Ed” fad has been called; School-to-Work, 21st Century Skills, Mastery Learning, Standards Based Ed, but we all know it’s Outcome Based Ed. CBE is based on a dumbed down workforce training model that categorizes children as human capital and teachers as facilitators.

The NH Dept.of Ed is doubling down on this model by not only forcing schools to use CBE, but force them to use CBE assessments too. The new PACE assessments are performance based assessments that has the potential of becoming a real problem in some of the core classes.

Let’s look at how CBE works in a math class and highlight the numerous problems we hear from math teachers and parents across NH.
A math teacher would like to teach the children about multiplying fractions. The teacher prefers to use the direct instruction method of teaching because they know the students need to be taught the algorithm. The teacher begins to teach students how to multiply fractions and may then decide to engage the students to use their memory to work through the problems.

That sounds like a logical approach to teaching math and yet under the CBE model, the teacher becomes the facilitator, kids work in groups and a lot of time is spent investigating and collaborating.

This approach to learning math might not be the most efficient way to cover an Algebra I class. However with CBE, the teacher is now forced through the competencies to make sure their students are collaborating while learning math.

1) Parents become frustrated knowing a great deal of time is wasted in group learning.
2) The student who may know math relatively well is often times the one who teaches the other kids in the group. This leaves some parents to question why their child is not receiving the teacher’s salary.
3) Kids often times report a lot of socializing is going on and not much learning.
4) After numerous group activities, parents begin to realize the learning process has been severely slowed down causing their children to begin falling behind their peers in schools that use a more logical approach to teaching.
5) Students often times admit they’re not learning much but hey, the teacher did manage to meet a competency by getting the students to collaborate.

In other words, there isn’t a lot of learning going on under this method because the reformers believe that the “collaboration” workforce skill is more important than learning the academic content.

This is what happens in some of classes that use the CBE model. How do we know this? We’ve been through this for the past 20 years with no real data to prove this model improves academic achievement. The NH DoE has certainly provided no independent data that CBE will improve academic achievement.

That’s one of many examples of how the Obama/Hassan administration is redesigning public education in NH. Not only are they forcing the dumbed down Common Core curriculum on our schools through the Common Core Assessment, they have also forced CBE on our schools too.

Did any NH parents ask for this? NO
Did the teachers in NH ask for this? NO
Did the legislators in NH ask for this? NO

This is all part of the Obama redesign in public education and being facilitated through the Hassan DoE.

NH Families for Education has been a vocal opposition to this entire redesign and has pushed back in an effort to support parents and teachers in NH. They are one of a few organizations that have been in this battle to stop the top-down approach to education and has been supportive of local communities driving the education in their own public schools.

Today NH Families for Education posted an article that included a letter from the U.S. Dept. of Education to NH Commissioner of Ed, Virginia Barry. In the letter it spells out how the Commissioner again, is working to fully implement CBE in our schools. This falls in line with the U.S. Dept. of Ed’s agenda to redesign public education in NH.

You are reminded that the parents, teachers and legislators in NH never asked for this.
You are reminded that this agenda comes from the FEDS.
You are reminded that our own NH DoE is almost fully funded by the Federal Govt.
You are reminded that the NH DoE is facilitating the Obama agenda, NOT the New Hampshire agenda.

We strongly encourage you to read the article and information provided by NH Families for Education.
We also strongly encourage you to read our prior posts on the PACE assessment program being pushed on our local schools.
The parents who refused to let their children take the Smarter Balanced Assessment are at a real risk if HB323 goes through as it’s been presented. There is NO provision to opt your children out of these experimental assessments based on the Outcome Based Education Model.

Knowing the OBE model is all about social engineering and not academics, we can only imagine how bad these assessments will be.

It’s critical that parents have the right to OPT out of those psychometric assessments if parents find the problems in the PACE assessments that they are seeing in the Smarter Balanced Assessments.

It’s unfortunate that the NH DoE lost the trust of many in New Hampshire by signing on to the SBAC with no input from the legislators, parents or teachers in NH.

Everyone is encourage to write to the NH Senators and tell them NO on the PACE assessments. NO on Competency Based Ed and NO to the Obama to redesign our schools. Senators@leg.state.nh.us

It is up to the local communities to decide what standards, curriculum and tests should be used for their students. The NH DoE has proven they are ill-equipped to make these important decisions for our children. We trust the local communities to begin the process of setting standards, choosing quality curriculum and testing students in a way they see fit.

URGENT: Contact Senators Ayotte and Shaheen TODAY (NO on reauthorizing NO Child Left Behind)

Time is of the essence.
ESEA (No Child Left Behind) will be on the floor of the US Senate tomorrow, TUESDAY
Call Senator Ayotte and Shaheen and say: STOP the Reauthorization of ESEA (No Child Left Behind)
‪#‎StopESEAReauthorization‬
“What are Senator Alexander, Senator Murray, Representative Kline, and Representative Murphy NOT telling their colleagues about the Reauthorization of ESEA? They are purposely not pointing out the impact of how each state’s MEDICAID costs will skyrocket with the passage of the Reauthorization of ESEA. It’s all about mental health and “direct student services” which are described as “meaningful CHOICE.” These mandatory psychological services in the affective domain – attitudes, values, beliefs, and dispositions of the students – are included in both bills for the Reauthorization of No Child Left Behind and will be offered as CHOICE for all private and religious schools.”

http://www.voicesempower.com/pre-k-education-medicaid-human-capital-and-the-eseanclb-reauthorization/

http://www.ayotte.senate.gov/?p=offices
D.C. Office
144 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510
Phone: 202-224-3324

http://www.shaheen.senate.gov/contact/
Washington, DC
506 Hart SOB
Washington, DC
20510
Ph: (202) 224-2841

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NH Democrat Representative Disparages Parents Who Contacted Him With Their Opinions On Common Core

This video is going viral and it SHOULD. It’s bad enough that parents are frustrated by the Common Core aligned curriculum that is destroying any chance at their child’s future in a math field. But now we have a New Hampshire State Representative bothered by parents who contact him and exercise their voice in this democratic process.

SB101 passed the New Hampshire Senate and was recently brought before the New Hampshire House Education Committee. Parents from around the Granite State mobilized by e-mailing the Committee members and testifying in support at the hearing.

There was overwhelming support by parents in favor of SB101 which would prohibit the state from requiring implementation of common core standards. Why? Because parents are fed up with these new academic standards in math and English.

This petition already has almost 1500 signatures calling for the end to Common Core in NH.

Where are all of those parents who want Common Core? No where to be found.

Parents are trying to work for better standards in their local schools only to be told they have no choice but to use them because they are mandated by the state. Parents are then told by the NH DoE that Common Core Standards are “voluntary.”

SB101 clarifies; “This bill prohibits the department of education and the state board of education from implementing the common core standards in any school or school district in this state.”

Schools are still free to use Common Core, however schools can adopt better quality standards instead.

This is available right now which is why Wakefield’s School Board rejected the problematic Common Core standards in favor of the higher and better OLD Massachusetts standards.

By placing this language into statute, there is no confusion and adds clarity to this mess we have in NH.

Today the House Education Committee debated and discussed SB101. During this discussion, Representative Mel Myler from Merrimack District 12 made some shocking comments regarding the parents who contacted him asking for his support.

We remind you of the smiliar comments made by Commissioner Barry about a year ago when HB1508 was brought before the House Education Committee. New Hampshire Commissioner Barry described parents as, “SMALL, LOUD and CONFUSED.”

We can also look at past comments from the U.S. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan who also patronized moms who opposed Common Core as, “….white suburban moms who — all of a sudden — their child isn’t as brilliant as they thought they were and their school isn’t quite as good as they thought they were…”

We’ve got news for the elitists who think they know better than parents, we do know what we are talking about and we still don’t like Common Core.

Rep. Myler’s comments have gone viral now and only add to the problem we are seeing from this top-down approach to education reform. Those who continue to force this on schools marginalize parents who now have to deal with this mess at their kitchen table.

We encourage all New Hampshire residents to call Rep. Myler or send him a respectful e-mail letting him know what you think of his remarks.
Home Address:
PO Box 82
Contoocook, NH 03229-0082
Phone: (603)746-5294
Email: Mel.Myler@leg.state.nh.us

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9NsWk8GkkXY

The good news is, SB101 did PASS the House Education Committee. The majority HEARD what the parents said and voted YEA. See the photo below to see how the committee members voted.

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Governor Jeb Bush and the NEA: Working Against NH Parents

Governor Jeb Bush came to New Hampshire a few weeks ago and told us why we should support the re-authorization of No Child Left Behind NCLB. Many teachers and parents were shocked to learn the Governor not only supports the Common Core Standards in our schools, but now he’s trying to get us to support re-authorizing No Child Left Behind.

At what point do we say, he’s out of touch? Did he even read HR5 for instance? All 600 pages PLUS? And if so did he read about the many problems in the Bill that will continue to plague our local schools?

How can Jeb Bush ever be trusted as President if he is that out of touch with the parents in New Hampshire who’ve had to endure the failures of No Child Left Behind and the current problems with Common Core?

To make matters worse, now the NEA is teaming up with Governor Bush to push for reauthorizing NCLB too.

Yes you read that right. The nations teachers union, instead of calling for repealing the law, they too want to re-authorize it in their way.

Their recent e-mail to teachers referenced the Senate version of NCLB however many of the problems in the House version, continue in the Senate version too.

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No where does the NEA call for accountability to PARENTS. Right now this accountability scheme is to bureaucrats.

No where do they call for the repeal of NCLB. They simply want to re-work it and pass it.

We’d like to see Governor Bush and the NEA to start putting parents back in control of their local schools. NCLB and the current proposed legislation continue to leave parents out.

Teachers and parents are fed up with the over-reach by the federal government into our schools. We do not need an out-of-touch Governor and the union leadership joining together in an effort to re-authorize legislation that continues to cut parents out of the picture.

Obama Orders Psych Testing On Students: Support HB303 & HB206

Obama orders mental health testing on school kids

http://www.eagleforum.org/publications/educate/mar15/obama-orders-mental-health-testing-for-schoolkids.html

HB 303
The NH House LAID HB 303 on the table and it will take voters to demand it be TAKEN OFF the table and PASSED.

HB 303 required WRITTEN CONSENT from parents if the schools were to give your child a psychological exam. This is standard procedure for licensed Child Psychologists and should be required by school personnel too.

IT IS IMPORTANT to send an e-mail to: HReps@leg.state.nh.us

ACTION ITEM #1

Ask the NH House to:

1) TAKE HB 303 OFF the TABLE and support HB303. Assessments should focus on testing
ACADEMIC CONTENT and not their values, attitudes and beliefs.

2) NO psychological exams on our kids without written consent from parents.

HB206
HB 206 is another Bill to support. HB 206 NEEDS TO BE AMENDED so “WRITTEN CONSENT” from parents will be required before schools survey students.

HB206 will be voted on by the Senate Education Committee and then sent to the NH Senate.

ACTION ITEM #2
Send an e-mail to the New Hampshire Senators: Senators@leg.state.nh.us asking them to VOTE FOR HB206 with an amendment to require written consent from parents when surveying students.

Common Core Not Required Per NH House

Under bill approved by House, school districts not required to adopt Common Core

By GARRY RAYNO
State House Bureau

CONCORD — Local school districts do not have to adopt Common Core education standards under a bill the House approved Wednesday.

House Bill 276 would allow local school boards to adopt their own standards that meet or exceed the state’s adopted standards without approval from the state board of education, according to bill sponsor, Rep. Rick Ladd, R-Haverhill.

He said the state board approved the Common Core standards which makes them the state standards. He said federal money supports testing associated with Common Core, but local school districts can decide on their own assessment testing as long they can show their students are proficient.
But Rep. Mary Heath, D-Manchester, said there is no need for the bill because the state board and the Department of Education do not require local school districts to adopt Common Core.

See more at: http://www.unionleader.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2015150319732&NL=1