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Democrats choose Common Core over kids in NH

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As reported yesterday, this week was the big vote in the New Hampshire House of Representatives on many Common Core bills. Today was the vote. The majority of representatives speaking were for the bills that were presented for a vote. The bills were summarized yesterday thanks to Stop Common Core of New Hampshire. Today School Choice of New Hampshire summarized the votes so they are added below along with links so voters can see how their representatives voted.

HB 1508- terminating state participation in the COMMON CORE educational standards. This bill terminates STATE participation and allows DISTRICTS to decide LOCALLY. Roll call vote 201 to 138 to ITL (Inexpedient To Legislate aka kill) the bill completely. YEA means the Rep voted to kill the bill, a NAY vote means the Rep supported the bill.

HB 1397 - establishing a committee to STUDY whether the department of education is operating within its statutory authority. This bill is needed to provide TRANSPARENCY. Parents need to know why the STATE implemented Common Core by stealth using REGIONAL LIAISONS. Division vote 228 to 77 to ITL (kill) the bill

HB 1239 - relative to the implementation of new educational standards. This bill requires fiscal analysis and public input before implementing new standards. Roll call vote 182 to 124 to ITL (kill) the bill a YEA vote means the Rep did not support the bill and wanted to kill it, a NAY vote means the Rep supported the bill.

HB 1262 - relative to student assessment data privacy. This bill allows districts to score and aggregate assessment data before it leaves the district to insure privacy of student information. Roll call vote 203 to 117 to send the bill to an interim study (usually kills the bill). A YEA vote means the Rep supported sending it to study, a NAY vote means the Rep supported the bill.

HB 1496 - relative to the objectivity and validity of student assessment materials. This bill allows districts to use alternative assessments if Smarter Balanced Assessments do not comply with state law. Assessments must be "valid," "appropriate" and "objectively scored" under state law, RSA 193-C. Roll call vote 210 to 123 to send the bill to a slow death in interim study. YEA means the Rep supported the interim study recommendation; a NAY vote means the Rep supported the underlying bill.

HB 1432 - delaying implementation of certain statewide assessments and studying the effects of delaying implementation of certain curriculum changes in the public schools. (The amendments muddied the original bill, so this one is not clearly anti-CC or supportive of school choice in its current form.) Roll call vote 183 to 150 to interim study (which usually kills the bill)

It’s still unclear why legislators wouldn’t vote to at least delay the Common Core implementation for further review. Democrats (and some Republicans) voted to move forward with Common Core despite the huge outcry from teachers, parents and children. They moved forward with Common Core despite the lack of transparency by the Department of Education. Democrats moved forward with standards that are becoming clearly lower than the standards New Hampshire had in place previously.

Democrats chose to continue implementation of a program that was never piloted and never tested to verify good outcomes in education. The U.S. Food & Drug Administration requires years of testing drugs before they are allowed to be marketed. Why would the Department of Education not require some testing of a massive educational program before implementation across the country? Today, Democrats in the New Hampshire Legislature chose Common Core over kids.

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