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 director and co-founder of Granite State Home Educators, a 501c4 all-volunteer statewide homeschool support organization with over 3,800 members as of December 2020. Michelle was 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 authored over 500 articles, testified regularly before both houses of the NH legislature and is considered a 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, a start-up chartered public school, as well as a private school.

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HB 20 Puts Homeschoolers at Risk

The universal EFA bill, House Bill 20, as currently written makes nearly every child in the state eligible for the program, capable of transferring into it, but that is not the same as saying an EFA student is a homeschooler or EFA funds can be used for home education.

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NH Homeschooling More Than Doubles in 2020

The New Hampshire Department of Education released preliminary home education student enrollment just prior to the holidays. The enrollment figures are those new homeschooling children who notified the various Participating Agency options across the state: their local public school districts, the Department of Education, and private schools that offer this service.

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More Attacks on Learn Everywhere

Children learn through a variety of activities, including those outside the traditional school environment and schedule. This is no different if the student is five-years-old or fifteen.

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Fiscal Committee Rejects Federal Grant

On Friday the Joint Legislative Fiscal Committee voted along party lines to reject $10.1 million, the first-year portion, of the $46 million federal grant intended to expand and replicate successful chartered public schools to support at-risk students. Students from several charter public school packed the committee room and flooded the hallway. In August the grant …

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Chartered Public Schools are Jeopardized

In a blatantly partisan 7 to 3 vote on November 8th, the Joint Legislative Fiscal Committee voted 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. The grant would allow successful models to expand or replicate, and bring more educational opportunities where families …

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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.