The State of New Hampshire is currently engaged in a process to revise the state’s “Minimum Standards for Public School Approval” – also known as the “306 Rules” – that has the potential to impact every facet of education for educators and students. At every opportunity, NEA-New Hampshire has voiced our concerns about the 306 Rule overhaul and raised educator voices.
In addition to state laws, the 306 Rules articulate what New Hampshire public schools must do to be an approved school. These minimum standards for public education exist to ensure that no matter where a student lives, they receive consistent access to quality education.
In 2020, a contract was awarded by the NH Department of Education to the National Center for Competency Based Learning to engage stakeholders and produce a draft of recommended changes to these 306 Rules.
NEA-New Hampshire has expressed deep concern throughout this process that there was not sufficient educator involvement. No practicing teachers were invited to participate in the taskforce established. Group members included one practicing principal, one practicing superintendent, an educational consultant, and representatives from the state’s virtual charter school, the NH School Boards Association, and the business community.
We supported independent work conducted to solicit additional educator input outside of the taskforce, as outlined in this article from the Granite State News Collaborative. In November of 2023, NEA-New Hampshire attended two meetings with representatives of the task force to provide our feedback on a draft overhaul that was released in March 2023.
Consistent with NEA-New Hampshire’s mission, we are advocating for school standards that:
There is still time to learn more add your voice to the discussion about New Hampshire’s school standards: