Charter Schools

Education
5:30 am
Tue December 23, 2014

The Data Is Tricky To Parse, But Online Charter VLACS Seems To Work For Students

Pauline Landrigan (left) and Lisa Kent demonstrate what it's like to be a teacher for VLACS
Credit Sam Evans-Brown / NHPR

This is the second of two stories about  New Hampshire’s Virtual Learning Academy Charter School, (VLACS) New Hampshire’s statewide online charter school. To read the first, click here.

Pauline Landrigan, an English teacher with VLACS, is touching base with one of her students, Siri Condike.

“Are you going to be together with family in a couple of days?” asks Landrigan.

“No actually I’m going to be working,” Condike responds.

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Education
5:34 am
Mon December 22, 2014

N.H. Online Charter School Growing By Leaps And Bounds

Pauline Landrigan (left) and Lisa Kent demonstrate what it's like to teach for VLACS, the state's only online charter school.
Credit Sam Evans-Brown / NHPR

Nearly every school in the state has students like Tristan Quismundo. He goes to high school in Londonderry and failed English his sophomore and junior years.

“I kind of just get distracted, and wander off think about other things, ‘cause I don’t really find English literature that interesting.”

But as of 2008, students like Quismundo have another option. Now he’s a senior, and instead of just making another go at the classroom, he signed up for VLACS, the Virtual Learning Academy Charter School.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Wed May 21, 2014

N.H. Charter Schools Continue to Grow And Attract Debate

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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.  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.

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Education
4:44 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

Hassan Nominates Public School Activist To Board Of Education

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  Gov. Maggie Hassan's nomination of longtime education activist Bill Duncan to the New Hampshire Board of Education is drawing fire from supporters of charter schools and an education tax credit law.

Senate Republican Leader Jeb Bradley says Monday that Duncan can't serve as an unbiased administrator of programs he spent years trying to dismantle. Duncan is the lead plaintiff in a lawsuit challenging the business tax credit that gives scholarships to students who attend private and religious schools.

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NH News
6:00 am
Thu March 27, 2014

For Many N.H. Charter Schools, Finding A Home No Easy Task

The Gate City Charter School for the Arts hold its lottery on March 17.
NHPR / Michael Brindley

The organizers of several charter schools opening this fall in New Hampshire say they’ve learned the hard way that finding a location is easier said than done.

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NH News
5:22 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

House OKs Boost To State Aid For Charter Schools

House lawmakers have passed a proposal to boost state aid for New Hampshire’s charter schools.

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NH News
4:14 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Bill Before House Would Boost Funding For N.H.'s Charter Schools

House lawmakers are scheduled to take up a bill Wednesday to increase annual per pupil funding for New Hampshire’s nearly two dozen charter schools.

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Education
5:30 am
Wed April 3, 2013

Charter Schools Grow Despite Political Headwinds

Despite a moratorium on new schools in 2007, enrollment in charter schools has grown steadily since state authorized schools were allowed in 2003
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Today the New Hampshire House of Representatives passed a budget that doesn’t fund $2.5 million for new charter schools. If that policy stands it would be mean a de facto, two-year moratorium on charter schools. It’s a move that was met with surprise and confusion by charter school advocates. But to understand the decision takes knowing something about the long, political history of charter schools.

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Education
12:27 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Funding Fix For Charters Headed Toward Finish Line

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The New Hampshire House of Representatives has passed a bill that would end what has been called a moratorium on new charter schools. The bill still has a way to go before it is law, but charters in the pipeline could still open in time for next school year.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Thu February 21, 2013

A New Chance For New Hampshire Charter Schools

In her State of the State Address, Governor Hassan proposed to restore some funding to these alternative public schools, but under certain conditions, including more of a focus on traditionally underserved students.  Now educators both within and outside charter schools are looking at what this means…we’ll find out more, and if  lawmakers in the House and State Senate agree with the Governor.

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Education
2:33 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Charter School Funding Fix Slipped Through The Cracks

New Charter schools hoping to open next fall will likely have to wait a while longer before they can submit their applications to the state. A proposal to fix the charter school funding problem was delayed in the legislative shuffle.

According to the Attorney General’s office, the Department of Education can’t approve any new charter schools until a budget has been passed. That means a number of schools that were hoping to open in the fall, are hanging in limbo: unsure if they’ll have time to apply

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Education
5:59 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

Lawmakers Approve Extra Charter School Funding

For the past few months a number of proposed charter schools in New Hampshire have been in a sort of limbo, unable to formally apply to the state because of funding concerns in the Board of Education. Today the legislative fiscal committee took a step that might move the issue forward.

Brady Carlson: So Sam, for folks who haven’t been paying attention, bring us up to speed on the charter school situation.

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Education
8:06 pm
Wed October 17, 2012

Charter School Advocates Mob State Board Of Ed. Meeting

Delta Dental CEO and Chairman of the State Board of Education Tom Raffio has found himself in the middle of the kerfluffle surrounding charter school applications
Sam Evans-Brown / NHPR

Charter School advocates and organizers packed the room for today’s meeting of the State Board of Education, to ask them rescind the moratorium on New Charter school approvals.

Several of the schools whose applications were denied because of a state budget shortfall were on hand, saying the moratorium was poorly timed.

Schools like the Gate City Charter say that this will keep them from opening on time.

Cevasco: My name is Karin Cevasco, and we are here to compel you to accept our application.

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Education
6:11 pm
Wed October 10, 2012

Attorney General's Office: No New Charter Schools Without Legislative Approval

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Last month New Hampshire Charter Schools in development got some very bad news: the board of education voted that they would no longer be approving new applications. Their reason: the state is all out of funding for such schools.

Charter school advocates blasted the decision, saying it made no sense, because the new schools would fall under next biennium’s budget. Wednesday the Attorney General’s office told lawmakers if they want to get money to those schools, they’ll have to change the laws.

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NH News
12:09 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

Charter School Moratorium Could be Lifted in November

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The chairman of the state board of education says it’s likely the moratorium on approval of new charter schools will be lifted later this year.

Education officials have been saying for the past two weeks that the state is $4.9 million dollars short on funding for charter schools that have already been approved this year. But speaking today on NHPR’s The Exchange, chairman of the finance committee Ken Weyler said…

Weyler: I am pretty sure that the money is there.

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