Docket (2/8/12 Laid on the table)
AN ACT directing New Hampshire to withdraw from the No Child Left Behind Act.
SPONSORS: Rep. Weeden, Straf 6; Rep. Tregenza, Carr 2; Rep. Jasper, Hills 27; Rep. Hoell, Merr 13
This bill provides that effective July 1, 2012, the state of New Hampshire shall cease its compliance with the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.
The Department of Education states this bill will decrease state restricted revenue, state expenditures, and local revenue by $61,607,122 in FY 2013 and each year thereafter. There will be no fiscal impact on county revenue, or county or local expenditures.
DNHPE Comment: This is clearly unaffordable. Sponsors are using the NH education system as a pawn to make an ideological point.
Here is useful discussion of Wisconsin's waiver application and the changes it will involve.
Here is "Stuck with NCLB...," the Union Leader editorial hitting Gov. Lynch for not requesting a waiver.
Here is the NH DOE press release saying that the state will not apply for a waiver and an EdWeek article about it..
Here is the Nashua Telegraph coverage, 2/7/12
Here is AP coverage, 2/6/12
Here is Rep. Michael Wheeden (R-Dover) presenting his bill to the House Education Committee on 1/17/12. The primary rational he provides, about 50 seconds in, is:
"I was in 5th grade when this bill passed and I saw first hand the ineffectiveness of this bill to lay standards of education - at a high cost to the cities and towns of the state because they don't provide adequate funding for their requests."