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Author: Ann Marie Banfield

NOW Seacoast Online Cares About Public Education? I’m not buying it!

Per the article below, the editor at Seacoastonline.com suggests that the Education Commissioner must NOW be kept in check. Really? NOW they want to keep a close eye on the Commissioner of Education in New Hampshire? Parents across the state of New Hampshire have been trying to get someone in the media to pay attention to the failed education reforms that are hurting their children and driving them to remove their kids from the public schools. Just look at the comments from almost 2,000 people who’ve signed the petition to get Common Core out of New Hampshire. Where have they been for...

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Is the NH State Board of Education snookering parents?

When the New Hampshire Department of Education signed on to the Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBAC)  as the state-wide standardized assessment, many of us knew that was going to be a big problem.  First of all, it’s a standardized assessment based on the dumbed down Common Core Standards.  Any kind of scoring on this assessment would mean that even if children scored proficient, parents wouldn’t be able to trust the results. States began to quickly abandon the SBAC when parents and teachers realized it was a seriously flawed test. That didn’t stop our former Commissioner of Education to renew that contract...

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What does the NH State Board of Education have against Nurses, Engineers and Scientists? It looks like a lot!

On April 6th, 2017 the New Hampshire State Board of Education voted to prevent the new Commissioner of Education, Frank Edelblut, from working to improve the science standards used in many of our public schools. One has to wonder why the board members would object to the Commissioner working to improve upon the science standards for children attending a public school in New Hampshire. If you go here: https://www.education.nh.gov/state_board/ Click on meetings & minutes, then click on the link to the videos.   Click on: NH SB Video and scroll down to 2017 then April 6, 2017 You will find the video on...

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Hate Common Core Math? Now’s the time to tell the NH State Board of Ed

New Hampshire Commissioner of Eduction, Frank Edelblut, will be moving forward with reviewing the Common Core Standards currently used in New Hampshire.  Common Core has driven many parents to pull their children out of the public schools. Unfortunately the appointed Board of Education has tried to derail these efforts. Parents have testified on several occasions since 2010 in an effort to rid New Hampshire of Common Core. They’ve signed petitions, started a web site and even a face book page all in an effort to organize efforts to improve the academic standards. With the review process starting, it’s important to let...

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What is the NH State Board of Education afraid of? Better public schools?

What is everyone afraid of?  Better science standards? Commissioner Frank Edelblut came under fire for wanting to improve public education in New Hampshire.  You would think that everyone would join him in an effort to improve the quality of science standards used in our public schools.  What is most shocking is, the ones who are undermining his efforts sit on the New Hampshire State Board of Education. The Common Core Standards were adopted under Governor Lynch and were also supported by former Governor Hassan.  Since 2010 there has been a concerted effort to replace Common Core by parents who...

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It’s OFFICIAL: Merrimack School Is Now A Mental Health Facility

According to an article in the Manchester Union Leader, “Merrimack tackles mental health issues in the classroom after student survey,“Merrimack Schools are becoming a mental health facility.   I’ve listened to the school councilors argue against written consent from parents when they survey students and now they are using those surveys to treat your children for mental health issues. Treatment includes collecting data and embedding more non-academic materials into the curriculum that isn’t even recommended by the Child Psychology community. This is all part of the Every Student Succeeds Act signed into law by President Obama. This next political agenda is starting...

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PACE assessments? A Standardized Assessment That Breaks State Law? Are we going from bad to worse?

Some schools are transitioning from the Smarter Balanced Assessment to the PACE Assessment.  An assessment of “competencies.” Today I spoke before the New Hampshire Board of Education about the concerns I had going forward with the PACE Assessment based on a document that was presented at the last Board of Education Meeting. The BOLD is from that document and my comments are below. Summary PACE Formative Eval Report_10 March 2017_v2(1) ========================================== CONCERNS with the PACE ASSESSMENTS:

The state law says that the standardized test must be objectively scored. One of the biggest complaints I hear from parents is that the...

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Radical Community Organizers Are After Your Children’s Personal Data In NH

According to the New England Secondary School Consortium, they want your child’s personal data. A comprehensive “college-readiness index” that takes into account academic, socioeconomic, and behavioral data is currently under development. The Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University and the Center for Education Policy, Applied Research, and Evaluation at the University of Southern Maine have been collaborating on the development of the index. Any further development is contingent on securing funding. http://newenglandssc.org/resources/common-data-project/ This might be a good time to remind everyone about the history of the Annenberg Institute.  In another blog post “Radical Community Organizers Are Guiding...

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Now They Want Babies and Toddlers for the Workforce

Full day kindergarten was just the beginning.  The next political push will be for universal pre-school.  After that, they will want to get a hold of your children after birth. All you have to do is google Common Core and Human Capital to see what this is all about.  Your child is no longer an individual who needs to a quality education in an effort to allow that child to learn and become whatever they want to become in life.  This is now about molding and shaping your child for the needs of the state. The paradigm shift to...

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NH Teacher Warns Parents About Psychological Evaluations On Their Children Without Their Knowledge Or Consent

When a teacher warns you about what’s going on in her school, parents need to take notice. Yesterday I received a message from a teacher working in a New Hampshire public school. This isn’t anything new since several teachers have contacted me in the past. Normally the information they provide comes with a restriction that I cannot reveal their identity. This is the state of public education folks, and this should concern everyone. Teachers are working in an environment that requires them to implement new reforms that they do not believe are good for students. However, if they speak out...

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