Weekly N.H. News Roundup: March 2, 2018

Mar 1, 2018

A former St. Paul's teacher who has taught at the Derryfield School since 2009 is arrested and charged in connection with the AG's investigation of St. Paul's  handling of allegations of sexual misconduct. A Democrat wins a special election in Laconia, the fifth House seat to flip from Republican to Democrat since President's Trump's election.   And the CD1 race gets a bit more crowded, with Democrat Levi Sanders, son of U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders, announcing he's running.  

GUESTS:

  • Lauren Chooljian - NHPR’s Politics and Policy reporter for the State of Democracy project.
  • Jason Moon - Education and Seacoast reporter for NHPR.
  • Dave Solomon - New Hampshire Statehouse reporter for the New Hampshire Union Leader.
  • Dean Spiliotes - Civic scholar in the School of Arts and Sciences at SNHU and author of the website NH Political Capital.

On schools: A Derryfield teacher is arrested on charges associated with his tenure at St. Paul's School; major changes are proposed for a school-choice bill; Governor Sununu announces a task force on school-safety preparedness; and the NEA-NH denounces the idea of arming teachers and forms a coalition to examine school gun violence

DCYF again under scrutiny. The newly formed Office of Child Advocate calls for a full review of a murder-suicide that claimed the life of a six-year-old Derry boy and his father, saying the state could have done more to protect the child. 

On the political scene:  Levi Sanders, son of U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders, is running for Congress in New Hampshire's first Congressional District -- though he lives in CD2; Democrats are honing their gun-control messages in the wake of the Parkland, Florida mass shooting; Governor Sununu promises to veto a bill repealing the death penalty if it reaches his desk. 

Other stories of note:  

Suggested improvements at the Manchester VA do not include a new full-service VA hospital. 

Eversource formally asks N.H. regulators to reconsider their rejection of the Northern Pass Project.