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More Towns Getting Out Of Common Core

Abington, MA passed their town article last night to get rid of Common Core and PARCC, and return to proven education standards. They join Brookfield, Halifax, Hampden, Hanson, Holland, Lakeville, Norfolk, Tewksbury, Uxbridge, Whitman, Wilbraham.

So where is Governor Hassan and your local Superintendent? Still pushing the inferior Common Core Standards and Smarter Balanced Assessment on your kids?

Where’s the Leadership Governor Hassan?

Governor Baker in Mass. is holding public meetings on the Common Core Standards and the Common Core assessment (PARCC).

You can listen to Donna Colorio speak on how the scores are DROPPING in Mass. since they abandoned the old and superior Mass standards in favor of dumbed down Common Core/PARCC.

While NH’s Governor Hassan ignores parents, Gov. Baker is engaging them and wanting to hear more.

Representative Terry Wolf (R-Bedford) Working To Deny Parental Rights in NH

Even in the extremely liberal state of Massachusetts, parents are lining up to demand “written consent” on surveys given to their children in school.

Whether it be on gun ownership, sexuality, drugs or alcohol, parents are fed up with schools gathering information on their children.

Fox News in Boston recently covered a hearing where Mass. parents demanded written consent from parents when their children are given surveys and questionnaires. One parent said of the students subjected to the Youth Risk Behavior Survey, “they need counseling after being subjected by this questionnaire.”

Another parent said this during her testimony, “I was sick to my stomach. I couldn’t believe it. I was shocked.”

So why is it so hard to get similar legislation passed in New Hampshire?
Representative Terry Wolf (R) of Bedford testified in opposition of HB206 and then added an amendment that removed written consent when schools administer surveys or questionnaires.

A representative from a survey company also testified against HB206 claiming that they’d get less participation in the surveys if parents actually saw the questions that were being asked.

A LARGE number of parents came out to testify in support of HB206 but again, we see legislators more concerned about pleasing a few people than parents in New Hampshire.

One parent in NH testified that a teacher required students stand up to move forwards or backwards when answering embarrassing questions. This gave all of the people in the room a clear picture on how the student answered the question.

Rep. Wolf testified that this is a local control issue and the State shouldn’t pass HB206. What is MORE local than the parents? As Chair of the Bedford School Board she also worked to deny parents “written consent” in Bedford. Now Rep. Wolf wants to make sure that all parents in New Hampshire do not have that opportunity in the name of “local control.” Does that even make sense?

HB206 has been watered down thanks to the efforts of a few people. The Senate votes on HB206 next week and will most likely follow the House version that was amended by Rep. Wolf and removes written consent from parents.

At the hearing in Massachusetts, newly elected State Rep. Rady Mom (D-Lowell), an immigrant from Cambodia who had been sent to a Khmer Rouge camp with his family as a young boy, was particularly shocked at the testimony, and said to one of the mothers after she spoke:

I’m just thinking of the questions being asked and I’m saying to myself, wow, this is what they did at a communist country where I just came from. This is amazing. This is what they’re trying to accomplish at our schools? I will look into it more. Thanks for coming.

At what point will the voices of parents be the strongest voice in public education? When the focus is on doing what’s best for the “State” versus what’s best for the children and parents in our local schools, we all lose in New Hampshire.

HB206 as originally filed with written consent
The Wolf Amendment to remove written consent from parents

WHAT ARE THEY ASKING MY CHILDREN?

The questions below are from the 2015 Youth Risk Behavior Survey given to students in Canton, Mass, and from the statewide Massachusetts 2013 Youth Risk Behavior Survey posted on the Mass Dept. of Elementary and Secondary Education (DOE) website.

REMINDER, HB206 goes before the Senate for a full vote next week.
The original Bill included WRITTEN CONSENT from parents before schools could survey their children. Rep. Terry Wolf (R) from Bedford watered down the original Bill and removed parental consent.

http://www.massresistance.org/docs/gen2/15b/School-surveys/2015-CHS-YRBS-questionnaire.pdf

How old are you?
A. 12 years old or younger
B. 13 years old
C. 14 years old
D. 15 years old
E. 16 years old
F. 17 years old
G. 18 years old or older

=== Sexual Behavior ===

Which of the following best describes you?
A. Heterosexual (straight)
B. Gay or lesbian
C. Bisexual
D. Not sure

A transgender person is someone whose biological sex at birth does not match the way they think or feel about themselves. Are you transgender?
A. No, I am not transgender
B. Yes, I am transgender and I think of myself as really a boy or man
C. Yes, I am transgender and I think of myself as really a girl or woman
D. Yes, I am transgender and I think of myself in some other way
E. I do not know if I am transgender
F. I do not know what this question is asking

Have you ever had sexual intercourse (oral, anal, vaginal)?
A. Yes
B. No

How old were you when you had sexual intercourse (oral, anal, vaginal) for the first time?
A. I have never had sexual intercourse
B. 11 years old or younger
C. 12 years old
D. 13 years old
E. 14 years old
F. 15 years old
G. 16 years old
H. 17 years old or older

During your life, with how many people have you had sexual intercourse (oral, anal, vaginal)?
A. I have never had sexual intercourse
B. 1 person
C. 2 people
D. 3 people
E. 4 people
F. 5 people
G. 6 or more people

During the past 3 months, with how many people did you have sexual intercourse (oral, anal, vaginal)?
A. I have never had sexual intercourse
B. I have had sexual intercourse, but not during the past 3 months
C. 1 person
D. 2 people
E. 3 people
F. 4 people
G. 5 people
H. 6 or more people

Did you drink alcohol or use drugs before you had sexual intercourse (oral, anal, vaginal) the last time?
A. I have never had sexual intercourse
B. Yes
C. No

The last time you had sexual intercourse (oral, anal, vaginal), did you or your partner use a condom?
A. I have never had sexual intercourse
B. Yes
C. No

During your life, with whom have you had sexual contact?
A. I have never had sexual contact
B. Females
C. Males
D. Females and males

How many times have you been pregnant or gotten someone pregnant?
A. 0 times
B. 1 time
C. 2 or more times
D. Not sure

Have you ever been tested for HIV, the virus that causes AIDS? (Do not count tests done if you donated blood.)
A. Yes
B. No
C. Not sure

Have you ever been tested for other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) such as genital herpes, chlamydia, syphilis, or genital warts?
A. Yes
B. No
C. Not sure

=== Family and personal life ===

How often does your parent/guardian(s) wear a seat belt when driving or riding in a car?
A. Never
B. Rarely
C. Sometimes
D. Most of the time
E. Always

Do your parents text, e-mail or use any other form of social media while driving a car or other vehicle?
A. Yes
B. No

Can you talk with at least one of your parents or other adult family members about things that are
important to you?
A. Yes
B. No

My parent/guardian(s) talk to me about the dangers of alcohol and drugs?
A. Yes
B. No

Is there at least one teacher or other adult in this school that you can talk to if you have a problem?
A. Yes
B. No

During the past 12 months, how often did you talk with your parents or other adults in your family about sexuality or ways to prevent HIV infection, other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), or pregnancy?
A. Not at all during the past 12 months
B. About once during the past 12 months
C. About once every few months
D. About once a month
E. More than once a month

How long have you lived in the United States?
A. Less than 1 year
B. 1 to 3 years
C. 4 to 6 years
D. More than 6 years but not my whole life
E. I have always lived in the United States

Where do you typically sleep at night?
A. At home with my parents or guardians
B. At a friend’s or relative’s home with my parents or guardians
C. At a friend’s or relative’s home without my parents or guardians
D. In a supervised shelter with my parents or guardians
E. In a supervised shelter without my parents or guardians
F. In a hotel or motel, car, park, campground, or other public place with my parents or guardians
G. In a hotel or motel, car, park, campground, or other public place without my parents or guardians
H. Somewhere else

=== Weapons ===

During the past 30 days, on how many days did you carry a weapon such as a gun, knife, or club?
A. 0 days
B. 1 day
C. 2 or 3 days
D. 4 or 5 days
E. 6 or more days

During the past 30 days, on how many days did you carry a gun?
A. 0 days
B. 1 day
C. 2 or 3 days
D. 4 or 5 days
E. 6 or more days

=== Suicide ===

During the past 12 months, did you ever seriously consider attempting suicide?
A. Yes
B. No

During the past 12 months, did you make a plan about how you would attempt suicide?
A. Yes
B. No

During the past 12 months, how many times did you actually attempt suicide?
A. 0 times
B. 1 time
C. 2 or 3 times
D. 4 or 5 times
E. 6 or more times

=== Tobacco, alcohol, drugs ===

How old were you when you smoked a whole cigarette or other tobacco/nicotine product for the first
time?
A. I have never smoked a whole cigarette
B. 8 years old or younger
C. 9 years old
D. 10 years old
E. 11 years old
F. 12 years old
G. 13 years old or older

During the past 30 days, how did you usually get your own cigarettes, or other tobacco/nicotine product?
(Select all that apply)
A. I did not smoke cigarettes during the past 30 days
B. I bought them in a store such as a convenience store, supermarket, discount store, or gas station
C. I got them on the Internet
D. I bought them at a public event such as a concert or sporting event
E. I gave someone else money to buy them for me
F. A person 18 years old or older gave them to me
G. I took them from a store
H. I took them from a family member
I. I took them from someone else’s home
J. I got them some other way

During the past 30 days, what is the largest number of alcoholic drinks you had in a 4 hour period?
A. I did not drink alcohol during the past 30 days
B. 1 or 2 drinks
C. 3 drinks
D. 4 drinks
E. 5 drinks
F. 6 or 7 drinks
G. 8 or 9 drinks
H. 10 or more drinks

During the past 30 days, how many times did you drive a car or other vehicle when you had been drinking alcohol?
A. I did not drive a car or other vehicle during the past 30 days
B. 0 times
C. 1 time
D. 2 or 3 times
E. 4 or 5 times
F. 6 or more times

During the past 30 days, how many times did you use marijuana?
A. 0 times
B. 1 or 2 times
C. 3 to 9 times
D. 10 to 19 times
E. 20 to 39 times
F. 40 or more times

During your life, how many times have you used any form of cocaine, including powder, crack, or freebase?
A. 0 times
B. 1 or 2 times
C. 3 to 9 times
D. 10 to 19 times
E. 20 to 39 times
F. 40 or more times

During your life, how many times have you used heroin (also called smack, junk, or China White)?
A. 0 times
B. 1 or 2 times
C. 3 to 9 times
D. 10 to 19 times
E. 20 to 39 times
F. 40 or more times

During your life, how many times have you taken a prescription drug (such as OxyContin, Percocet, Vicodin, codeine, Adderall, Ritalin, or Xanax) without a doctor’s prescription?
A. 0 times
B. 1 or 2 times
C. 3 to 9 times
D. 10 to 19 times
E. 20 to 39 times
F. 40 or more times