A bill requiring New Hampshire students to stand during the Pledge of Allegiance passed a house committee today.
"Standing is a sign of national patriotism," says Republican Representative Lawrence Kappler.
Current law permits students to remain seated, as long as they are silent and respectful. The constitutionality of the bill is in question, however. Representative Gary Richardson believes that requiring someone to stand is clearly an issue of free speech.
The New Hampshire Department of Education says it will not yet ask the federal government for flexibility with the requirements of No Child Left Behind, the federal education law. The DOE is gearing up to request a waiver this spring.
According to state education officials New Hampshire is not ready to ask for a waiver from the toughest testing standards required under No Child Left Behind. Paul Leather from the Department of Education says in order to get a waiver, the state must first build a system that will evaluate teacher and principal effectiveness.
Same-sex marriage is back in the headlines with a ruling on Proposition 8 in California and legislative action in Washington state. Earlier this week, New Hampshire saw rallies both for and against traditional marriage. As this front in the culture war rages from coast to coast, maybe it’s time to figure out exactly what we’re fighting over.
The New Hampshire House today voted to eliminate the Chancellor’s Office within the University System. The bill calls for many of the responsibilities of the Office to be shifted to the Board of Trustees and to school presidents. Created in 1974, the Chancellor’s duties include government relations, purchasing and audits.
The New Hampshire House voted to put off making a final decision on a pair of bills that would withdraw the state from No Child Left Behind, and forego $61.6 million dollars in federal funding.
House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt from Salem cited the lost money as he urged collegues to table the bills.
"There are significant and justifiable concerns about withdrawing from this program," Bettencourt said, "concerns regarding the potential loss of significant federal funds currently being received by our local school districts."
The New Hampshire House of Representatives is currently awash in education bills, many of which will never see the light of day. However, some of these bills are setting the stage for big discussions about public schools, the role of the state, and the rights of parents.
To help sort through the confusion, the following is a roundup of bills coming before the House between now and Crossover day.
There are not many 16-year-olds who take a police escort to school, but until recently, Jessica Ahlquist was one of them.
An atheist, Ahlquist sued the city of Cranston, R.I., over a banner hanging in the auditorium of her high school, Cranston High School West. Printed on the banner, a longtime feature at the school, is a prayer to "Our Heavenly Father."
In January, a federal judge ordered the banner removed. The school board is expected to decide Thursday whether to appeal.
Chris LoCascio, a junior at UC Riverside, feared that there was no end in sight for tuition increases at the University of California. The state kept cutting subsidies, students kept protesting, but no one had any answers. So he and other students decided to turn the discussion on its head.
What if, he says, "instead of charging students upfront for their education, students would attend the UC with no upfront costs whatsoever"?
Under the Fix UC proposal, the bill would not come due until students graduate and start making money.
We sit down with Ross Gittell, the New Chancellor of New Hampshire’s Community College System. As one of the state’s leading economists, Gittell enters the job with a deep understanding of our business and jobs climate. Now, as Chancellor, he hopes to draw upon that background: making a strong link between education, training and economic health. We'll talk with him about his new role
So-called helicopter parents first made headlines on college campuses a few years ago, when they began trying to direct everything from their children's course schedules to which roommate they were assigned.
With millennial children now in their 20s, more helicopter parents are showing up in the workplace, sometimes even phoning human resources managers to advocate on their child's behalf.
Megan Huffnagle, a former human resources manager at a Denver theme park, recalls being shocked several years ago when she received a call from a young job applicant's mother.
A black man is President of the United States, an increasing number of women are running large companies, and same-sex marriage is legal in a number of states. Still, hate crimes and societal and institutional discrimination continue across the country. We tend to hear about the most egregious examples. We’re going to focus in this segment on the more subtle exercise of bigotry that academics call “microaggressions”.
The New Hampshire House is considering a plan to allow students replace any two public school courses with courses designed and taught by a parent or their designee.
Under the bill, schools couldn’t veto subjects or teaching methods of parents but would have to grant students credits toward graduation. The measure’s sponsor, JR Hoell of Dunbarton, says the proposal affords parents a needed bit of freedom.
“Parents are taking a greater role in overseeing the academic progress of their children; the school system is taking a reduced role.”