Education Bills for the Week of March 23, 2015

The legislative session is in the middle of “cross over,” when the House and Senate trade bills. Only a few have been reassigned, so there are public hearings only on Tuesday this week. Look for more in the weeks ahead. The following bills are scheduled for a committee meeting which is the opportunity for public testimony. This is the best chance to communicate with the committee members and share your opinion on the bills. The public has until the executive session to make an impact on how the committee will vote, which is very influential when the entire body votes. Email the committee, or better yet, call. Contact information for the House and Senate education committees are at the end of this post.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015
HOUSE EDUCATION, Room 207, LOB
9:30 a.m. SB 166, relative to facilitated individualized education program meetings

9:50 a.m. SB 71, relative to the administration of glucagon injections for children in schools

10:15 a.m. SB 194-FN, relative to epinephrine administration policies in post-secondary educational institutions

10:40 a.m. SB 69, establishing a commission to study social impact bond funding for early childhood education for at-risk students
position — OPPOSE
more information — Good Intentions Are Not Enough and Testimony for SB 69, this bill is a gateway bill towards universal preschool and chases another failed federal education experiment

11:15 a.m. SB 101, prohibiting the state from requiring implementation of common core standards
position — SUPPORT
more information — NHFFE’s Prohibiting the DOE from Requiring the Implementation of Common Core in Any School or School District in NH, protects local control and reinforces legislative intent to keep “dispositions” out of NH standards and assessments

SENATE EDUCATION, Room 103, LOB, executive session may follow
9:00 a.m. HB 126, establishing a commission to study issues related to students receiving special education services while attending a chartered public school

9:20 a.m. HB 142, relative to student social media policies by education institutions (as amended)
position — SUPPORT, but it should not apply to private schools
more information — Another Effort to Protect Students’ Social Media Privacy Rights

9:40 a.m. HB 206, relative to non-academic surveys or questionnaires given to students
position — SUPPORT
more information — Do Federal Funds Incentivize Schools to Compromise Parents’ Rights? and  Controversial Surveys and Questionnaires Need Opt-Out

10:00 a.m. HB 662-FN-L, relative to property taxes paid by chartered public schools leasing property

To contact the entire House Education Committee, you may send one email to HouseEducationCommittee@leg.state.nh.us

To find your NH senator, and his or her contact information, refer to the senate’s roster page. The following is the Senate Education Committee‘s contact information.

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

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

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

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

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

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