Michelle Levell, Author at Granite Grok

Michelle Levell

Michelle Levell has been active in state-level education policy since moving to New Hampshire in 2005. She is the founder and Director of School Choice for New Hampshire, a non-profit dedicated to informing, engaging and empowering families with educational options that fit their children’s unique learning needs. She is also a co-founder of Granite State Home Educators, a statewide homeschool support organization. She has written over 400 articles, testifies regularly before both houses of the NH legislature and is considered THE subject matter expert on school-choice issues. She has served on multiple boards and volunteered for several years for New Hampshire’s largest tax-credit scholarship program in support of low-income students.

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Politicizing Public Education

In a blatant politically-charged vote on Friday, the Joint Legislative Fiscal Committee decided to table a $46 million federal grant awarded to New Hampshire to support 20 new chartered public schools focused on at-risk and educationally disadvantaged students.

Who is Opposed to Educational Opportunities

Children have one opportunity at an education that fits their needs. Education is not one-size-fits-all; even good public schools cannot meet the unique needs of every child. This is why we are passionate about supporting children and families to access that “right fit” educational option, whether it is local public schools, chartered public schools, private …

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State of Our Schools

Empowering Educational Options is a Priority of the US DOE   Deputy Secretary Dr. Mick Zais visited New Hampshire on September 30th as guest of the Department of Education and Commissioner Frank Edelblut. He spoke to a large group of educators, administrators, legislators, parents, and family advocates about the US Department of Education’s view of …

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Why does public education fear school choice?

Over 90% of today’s school-age children attend public schools, with the remaining going to private schools and home education programs. But, heaven forbid, a person speaks up about a bad experience with the public schools or why they chose an alternative for their children.

Districts Alter Special Ed Services to Students in Charters

As students kick off the new school year and settle into their back-to-school routines, several families at NH chartered public schools were informed of changes to their children’s Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) that they did not expect. Upon returning to school, numerous families were told that their children’s special education services would be altered; some …

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Powerful Tool to Find Educational Opportunities

School Choice for New Hampshire released a new online tool that will help Granite State families find educational opportunities across the entire state. SCNH created an interactive map that displays all the chartered public and nonpublic schools, as well as homeschool co-ops and resource centers. Like similar maps, it is easy to navigate, scroll across …

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Pushing Families Out of Public Schools

Increasingly public schools are pushing families out of their children’s education. This will only backfire on them. In early July, the new Bedford High School principal said he wants to amend school policies to restrict parental involvement in their children’s education. He referred to their behavior as “snowplowing.” The Union Leader said the principal’s intention is to …

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Attempts to End an Educational Option Before It Begins

The innovative Learn Everywhere program is facing two attacks before it is even implemented. Senate Bill 140, introduced by Senator Jay Kahn, is a blatant partisan power-move against the program and headed for Governor Sununu’s desk. Learn Everywhere also has a critical vote by the state Board of Education at their next meeting on June 13th. …

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