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What Matters More Than Test Scores

Diane Ravitch Research Professor of Education, New York University; Author, ‘Reign of Error’ As a nation, we worry far too much about PISA scores, which rank and rate students according to standardized tests. Many nations have higher average scores than we do, yet we are the most powerful nation on earth — economically, technologically, and militarily. What do the PISA scores mean? In his new book, Who’s Afraid of the Big, Bad Dragon? Why China Has the Best (and the Worst) Education in the World, Yong Zhao says that the

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MEA Responds to Union Leader Misinformation

“LET US hear no more about underpaid Manchester teachers laboring without a contract.” So goes the opening statement of a recent Union Leader editorial. It goes on to admonish teachers for not willingly taking a pay cut while continuing to work as hard or harder than many would think possible. But as is often the case, whether it be in an editorial or an article, the paper skews facts in an effort to paint Manchester teachers as greedy and ungrateful when this isn’t the case. The fact of the matter

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NEA-NH Announces List of Recommended Candidates

NEA New Hampshire supports candidates who will fund public education, support the collective bargaining rights of working families and make certain that every child in NH receives a quality education, regardless of their zip code.  We support candidates who believe as we do that every child in NH deserves a great public school, caring qualified educators, and that every child be clothed and feed properly so they can focus on learning. We believe there is greatness in every child and have dedicated our lives to ensuring they each get a chance to prove it. We support elected officials who will help us in our mission, rather than degrade our profession and defund public education.   List of NEA-NH Recommended Candidates for the 2014 Election: US Senate – Jeanne Shaheen US Congress

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Business Leaders Think These Are The Best States For Education

The Huffington Post | By Rebecca Klein New Hampshire Gets an “A” States with the highest academic achievement are mostly located north of the Mason-Dixon line, according to a new report from business leaders. The report, out this month from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, looks at the state of education in America through the eyes of business leaders. The report looks at multiple measures, such as students’ academic achievement, international competitiveness and workforce readiness to grade states on their educational effectiveness. The map below shows how states fared when graded on their levels of academic achievement. In order to determine these grades, the foundation looked at the number of students whose scores were proficient or advanced on the latest National Assessment for Educational Progress, a test on various

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Voucher Law Has No Real Help For Low-income Kids

BY BILL DUNCAN This article originally appeared in the New Hampshire Business Review Supreme Court ruling means the tax credit program may continue for the moment, leaving the state with a fiscal liability of uncertain size for a program with no legitimate public purpose Before the misunderstanding spreads too far, it is important to point out what the recent New Hampshire Supreme Court decision actually said about the constitutionality of the voucher tax credit law: Nothing. The voucher tax credit program, passed by the 2012 O’Brien Legislature over the veto of Gov. John Lynch, provides up to $6 million per year in business donations for tuition vouchers averaging $2,500 each to enable New Hampshire students to leave public schools and attend private schools or, with smaller subsidies, home schools. Virtually

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The Letter From School That Stopped Me in My Tracks

by Jen M.L. Author, People I Want to Punch in the Throat: Competitive Crafters, Drop-off Despots, and Other Suburban Scourges, I Just Want to Pee Alone, and I Just Want to Be Alone School started a few weeks ago, and we’re still trying to get back into the swing of things. I don’t know about you, but it’s been tough. Are you back in the routine yet? Our morning routine is pretty standard. The Hubs wakes up early to get the kids ready for the day. At 7:30 a.m., he starts out by yelling — I mean, gently waking up the kids. Every morning I hear “Adolpha, get down here and get dressed” and “Gomer, get dressed and brush your teeth.” Some days there is more yelling than others. This morning

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Elizabeth Lichtenberg Named 2015 New Hampshire Teacher Of The Year

Commissioner of Education Virginia M. Barry, Ph.D., announced that Elizabeth Lichtenberg, a fourth grade teacher at Alton Central School, is the 2015 New Hampshire Teacher of the Year. In receiving this award, Ms. Lichtenberg becomes New Hampshire’s candidate for National Teacher of the Year. “Selecting a Teacher of the Year is an exceptional way to celebrate the many outstanding and dedicated people teaching in New Hampshire schools,” said Commissioner Barry. “Every year the selection committee is amazed by how difficult it is to select a recipient to continue the proud tradition of teaching excellence in our state. Liz will serve as a leader and ambassador for all the outstanding teachers devoted to the highest level of student learning in their classrooms.” Ms. Lichtenberg has been a part of the Alton

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Violence Prevention Through Media Literacy Classes Announced

Media Power Youth is pleased to announce a North Country training date for the Media Literacy for Safe and Healthy Choices curriculum training. Space is still available in the Plymouth training on 9/19/2014, but registrations are needed  by 9/17/2014 (12pm).  The Manchester Training is filling up fast so register as soon as possible. VIOLENCE PREVENTION THROUGH MEDIA LITERACY Media Literacy for Safe and Healthy Choices Classes Plymouth, Manchester and Gorham are sites for the next in a series of trainings for NH educators seeking to prevent youth violence through media literacy education through an initiative of NH Governor Maggie Hassan and the Office of the NH  Attorney General. When/Where: 9/19/2014 – Whole Village Family Resource Center, Plymouth NH 11/7/2014 – Manchester Community College, Manchester NH 3/16/2014 – North Country Education

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