public schools en N.H. Charter Schools Continue to Grow And Attract Debate <p>The original legislation to allow charters schools in New Hampshire passed way back in 1995, but it would take another ten years before the first of these publically funded independent learning facilities was opened.&nbsp; Since then charter school have had their ups and downs in the state: many had a hard time getting off the ground, a few had to close their doors, some have been criticized for not being alternative enough from their public school counterparts. There was even a moratorium on new facilities for two years. Wed, 21 May 2014 13:00:00 +0000 The Exchange 48855 at N.H. Charter Schools Continue to Grow And Attract Debate School Security: Finding The Right Balance <p>A recent stabbing incident, which injured more than twenty-students at a Pennsylvania school, has once again reminded us that violence can occur in any district and in any form.&nbsp; And schools in New Hampshire are taking note, continually adjusting their safety plans.&nbsp; We’re finding out how this discussion continues to evolve.</p><p><strong><u>GUESTS:</u></strong></p><ul><li><strong><a href="">Ellen Cohn</a> – </strong>psychology professor and coordinator of the <a href="">Justice Studies Program</a> at the University of New Hampshire.</li><li><strong>Kevin Hamilton – </strong>retired state trooper and head of the <a href="">Campton School Board</a>’s Safety Committee.</li><li><strong>Debra Livingston – </strong>superintendent of the <a href="">Manchester School District</a> and former superintendent of the Walpole district, where a <a href="">student shot himself at school in 2012</a>.</li></ul><p><strong>LINKS:</strong></p><ul><li><a href="">CDC statistics </a>on school violence, 1992-2010: doesn't show a significant trend</li><li>Slate put together a <a href="">chart of school shootings since 1980</a>: shows more big spikes over time</li><li><a href="">FBI data</a> on active shooter events</li></ul><p></p><p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 13:00:00 +0000 The Exchange 46797 at School Security: Finding The Right Balance Preparing N.H.'s Teachers For The Classroom <p>We finish a two-part series on the teaching profession, with a look at how we prepare our teachers.&nbsp; After criticism claiming credentialing standards in the U.S. are lax, many states, including New Hampshire, are trying to raise the bar and turn out more qualified teachers. Some say more in-classroom experience is key. But there are challenges to such changes, including the expense. &nbsp;</p><p><strong><u>GUESTS:</u></strong></p> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 18:39:57 +0000 Laura Knoy 44135 at Preparing N.H.'s Teachers For The Classroom Evaluating New Hampshire's Educators <p>Today, defining a good teacher has become far more complex than we might remember from our own schooldays. Many states now rely on student test scores as a major way to assess teacher quality, while others also use classroom observations, student evaluations, and lesson plan reviews. Backers of tougher assessments argue that since U.S. Thu, 27 Feb 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Laura Knoy 44185 at Evaluating New Hampshire's Educators School Advocacy Group Holds Rally In Manchester <p></p><div><p>Concerned parents, teachers, and children held a rally in Manchester Saturday to protest the state of the Manchester school district. At least 200 people showed up to the rally at Veterans Memorial Park.</p><p>The event was organized by Citizens for Manchester Schools, a group formed in response to a budget shortfall that prompted the school district to lay off close to 150 teachers.</p><p>One of the group’s chief concerns is the burgeoning average class size in Manchester, with some classes reaching over 40 students.</p> Sun, 23 Sep 2012 01:05:03 +0000 Jonathan Lynch 13428 at School Advocacy Group Holds Rally In Manchester Now On The Menu For Hungry Kids: Supper At School Not long after the start of the school year, Monique Sanders, a teacher at Nathan Hale Elementary School in Manchester, Conn., realized many of her students were going to bed hungry.<p>"It was very bad. I had parents calling me several times a week, asking did I know of any other way that they could get food because they had already gone to a food pantry," Sanders says. Mon, 09 Apr 2012 21:11:00 +0000 Claudio Sanchez 3019 at Now On The Menu For Hungry Kids: Supper At School USDA To Give Schools More Ground Beef Choices After Outcry Over 'Pink Slime' The U.S. Department of Agriculture has weighed in on the use of so-called <a href="">pink slime</a> in beef served in the government's free and reduced-price school lunch program.<p>Today the agency <a href="">confirmed</a> that it believes the beef product — known in the industry as Lean Finely Textured Beef — is safe. Thu, 15 Mar 2012 19:37:00 +0000 Allison Aubrey 2552 at USDA To Give Schools More Ground Beef Choices After Outcry Over 'Pink Slime' Health Centers At Schools Get A Funding Boost Under the federal health care law, money is going out around the country to help school campuses boost health services for their students.<p>At <a href="">Abraham Lincoln High School</a> in Los Angeles students often visit a modest trailer at the back of the sprawling campus. It's in a neighborhood near downtown L.A. where houses are missing windows and have peeling paint.<p>The small building houses a full-fledged community health clinic with doctors and nurses called <a href="">St. Tue, 06 Mar 2012 20:27:00 +0000 2356 at Health Centers At Schools Get A Funding Boost Lawmakers Consider Education Tax Credits <p>Lawmakers heard testimony Monday about a bill that would give public school students an average of $2,500 for homeschooling or private school attendance.</p><p>The funds would come from a tax credit given to businesses that donate to state-certified scholarship programs.</p><p>&nbsp;&ldquo;In the last decade eight states have launched education tax credit programs to expand educational opportunities for hundreds of thousands of students,&rdquo; said House Majority DJ Bettencourt, who sponsored the legislation.</p> Mon, 23 Jan 2012 23:04:57 +0000 Sam Evans-Brown 1511 at