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In narrow vote, parental rights bill rejected by House

BY: - May 26, 2022

This story was updated at 7 p.m. on May 26, 2022, with additional comments and details. The New Hampshire House rejected a “parental rights” bill Thursday that would have required schools to notify parents of a number of developments with their children, including with their gender identity and expression. In a narrow 171-176 vote, the […]

Program to address teacher and student stress runs into Executive Council funding hurdle

BY: - May 26, 2022

The idea came to Emily Read Daniels in 2017. Teachers appeared to be observing greater stress levels, both personally and among their students. If given training, Read Daniels thought, they could take control over those emotions and re-establish balance and calm in the classroom.  In the following years, Read Daniels, a certified school counselor, developed […]

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Bill to require parental permission for youth risk survey fails

BY: - May 20, 2022

A bill that would have jeopardized the ability of child advocates, public health leaders, and law enforcement to identify and address youth health risks has died.  House Bill 1639 would have required parents to grant permission for their child to participate in an anonymous survey that asks high school students about their exposure to substances, […]

As ‘parental rights’ bill debate rages, LGBTQ+ advocates feel left out of the process

BY: - May 20, 2022

Linds Jakows lived through high school in two realities. At their school in Arizona, they were out and queer, with friends and teachers who accepted that. At home, Jakows kept that information hidden. To Jakows, the consequence of telling their father was clear: He would reject that identity and potentially seek punishment.  So Jakows planned […]

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New meeting scheduled to resume negotiations over parental rights bill

BY: - May 18, 2022

House and Senate lawmakers will continue to negotiate a controversial “parental rights” bill, despite an impasse Tuesday that had appeared final. The Legislature announced Wednesday that the committee of conference for the bill will reconvene on Thursday at 9 a.m. That committee had met Tuesday but ended with Senate and House negotiators unable to find […]

‘Parental bill of rights’ falls after objections from Attorney General’s Office, advocates

BY: - May 17, 2022

An effort to pass a “parental bill of rights” came to an end Tuesday after House Republicans and Democrats voiced concerns the bill could require schools to “out” students’ gender identities to their parents and exacerbate teen suicide rates.  “There are a lot of great parents out there,” said Rep. Kimberly Rice, a Hudson Republican. […]

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‘Retweets’ cannot be subject of defamation lawsuits, New Hampshire Supreme Court rules

BY: - May 12, 2022

The New Hampshire Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that people who repost false information on Twitter or other social networks cannot be sued for defamation, blocking an attempt by a middle school teacher to sue a group of people who had retweeted a prank post claiming she was “sexually perverted.” In a unanimous, four-justice opinion, the […]

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Senate, House agree to 2023 performance audit of education freedom account program

BY: - May 10, 2022

House and Senate lawmakers have passed legislation requiring a performance audit of the education freedom account program in 2023 in a rare point of bipartisan agreement over a divisive new initiative. In a unanimous voice vote May 5, the Senate approved House Bill 1135, which would require the state’s legislative budget assistant to examine how […]

Opponents say ‘parental bill of rights’ could undermine trust between LGBTQ students, staff

BY: - May 9, 2022

New Hampshire schools could be swept into a new cultural divide after the New Hampshire Senate passed a bill to guarantee parental rights to be informed of sensitive information that their children divulge to school staff.  In a vote Thursday, the Senate passed House Bill 1431, named the “parental bill of rights,” bringing the measure […]

Bill requiring suicide prevention helpline on all student ID cards supported by House committee

BY: - April 26, 2022

When Rep. Melissa Litchfield prepared to record votes on Senate Bill 234 Tuesday, she warned her fellow House Education Committee members she might struggle.  “I’m shaking,” said Litchfield, a Brentwood Republican. “I’m going to have trouble calling it without crying.” The bill would require schools to put the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline on all student […]

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Bill requiring personal finance, sexual violence prevention instruction in public schools advances

BY: - April 26, 2022

A bill to require personal finance literacy and sexual violence prevention instruction in New Hampshire schools is closer to becoming law after passing the Senate unanimously last week.  House Bill 1263 would require district school boards to create curricula that includes “personal finance literacy instruction designed to prepare students for success in making financial decisions.” […]

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Proposed charter school federal funding overhaul sparks opposition from Sununu, Edelblut

BY: - April 25, 2022

Gov. Chris Sununu and Department of Education Commissioner Frank Edelblut are rallying against a Biden administration push to add new conditions for charter school federal funding, arguing the move would be overly burdensome and make funding difficult to qualify for.  In a letter sent April 18, Sununu joined 17 other Republican governors in opposing the […]