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4:15 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

Common Applicaton Glitch Forces Dartmouth To Postpone Early Admission

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Dartmouth College officials say technical problems with the Common Application are prompting them to postpone the deadline for early admissions applications by one week.

The deadline has been changed from Nov. 1 to Nov. 8.

Student newspaper The Dartmouth reports reports the Admissions Office received calls from concerned students, counselors and students who were having trouble creating accounts to utilize the Common Application software.

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Education
1:17 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

In Response To Pressure, Manchester Votes To Strengthen Common Core Standards

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  The Manchester School Board has voted to modify a new set of state-wide education standards to make them more rigorous.

The vote was in response to pressure from critics of the Common Core State Standards, which have been adopted in 45 states.

The Manchester School District will create something called the “Manchester Academic Standards.” However, the Common Core standards will still form the foundation for the district’s new goalposts.

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2:00 pm
Sun October 13, 2013

Breaking Ground: Yesterday's Dropouts

Every year more than one million students fail to graduate from high school on time. But we rarely explore what happens next. What are these students’ lives like 10, 20, even 40 years after they leave the classroom? Do they ever get a second chance?

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Education
4:05 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

Pinkerton Academy Social Studies Teacher Named N.H.'s Top Educator

Pinkerton Academy teacher Joe Lee, left, talks with last year's New Hampshire Teacher of the Year Heidi Welch, right.
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Pinkerton Academy social studies teacher Joe Lee is the New Hampshire Teacher of the Year.

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Education
4:04 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Goodbye, Jeans? Pinkerton Academy Wants Students To Dress For Success

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Pinkerton Academy in Derry is considering a unified dress code, which would require students to wear business casual attire.

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Education
5:12 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

Most-Improved N.H. Schools Recognized Under New Formula

Bob Jones, Principal from Woodsville High School, is recognized for having zero dropouts in the 2011-2012 school year
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The State Department of Education recognized 38 high performing New Hampshire schools Tuesday. The schools were highlighted for improved test scores, and innovative practices.

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Education
4:59 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

UNH Dives In To Marine Science

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The University of New Hampshire has started a new school of Marine Science and Ocean Engineering, focusing on newer topics such as adaptations to climate change and coastal planning, in addition to marine biology and oceanography.

The school is the first interdisciplinary one at UNH and will provide graduate and undergraduate courses.

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Education
4:39 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

N.H. Works On $37.5m Early Childhood Grant; Hopes to Improve Child Care Quality

A student plays with a hamster at Live and Learn early education center in Lee.
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New Hampshire officials are working on an application for a federal Race to the Top Grant for Early Childhood Education. If the state is selected in this round, it could receive up to $37.5 million dollars to support initiatives to improve childcare and preschool programs all over the state. While there is growing interest in pre-k issues the challenges standing in the way of better or more affordable childcare are daunting.

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Education
7:29 am
Mon August 26, 2013

School Year Gets Underway This Week For Most Granite State Students

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Another school year gets underway this week for most students across the Granite State.

Governor Maggie Hassan will greet students at Nashua High School South Tuesday morning.

Later in the day, Hassan will do the same for students at Pleasant Street Elementary School in Laconia.

This year marks a transition for New Hampshire schools to what are referred to as the Common Core State Standards.

This year, schools are expected to align their teaching to the Common Core, a set of learning goals for public school students.

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Education
4:47 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

State's Largest Head Start Program Feels Sequester Pinch

Federal sequester cuts are starting to sting for the state’s largest Head Start program. Southern New Hampshire Services has received a grant that is about 5 percent smaller than last years. SNHS provides pre-k programs for low-income families in Rockingham and Hillsborough counties.

The federal Department of Health and Human Services announced a grant of $5.3 million on Wednesday, or about $300,000 less than last year.

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Education
2:27 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Three New Charter Schools Get OK To Open In New Hampshire

The state Board of Education has given the green light for three new charter schools to open in New Hampshire.

Their approval was made possible after the Legislature set aside $3.4 million in the state budget for new charter schools.

The Gate City Charter School for the Arts was one of the schools to get approval from the board at a meeting on Thursday.

The school is planned for Nashua and will offer an arts-focused curriculum, starting with grades K through 4. It will open next fall.

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Education
6:00 am
Mon July 8, 2013

New Manchester Superintendent Embracing Critical School Audit

Kindergarteners busy at the computer at Hallsville Elementary School in Manchester.
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The new school superintendent in Manchester says a recent audit taking the school district to task in several areas should be used as a blueprint to help address those is

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Education
8:09 am
Wed July 3, 2013

'No Child' Waiver Will Increase Flexibility

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  Last week New Hampshire at long last was granted a waiver from the Bush-era education reform law, No Child Left Behind (NCLB). The federal government first announced the waivers in 2011 because of congressional inaction to reform No Child Left Behind. New Hampshire was the 39th state to be granted one.

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Education
2:53 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

Stafford Student Loan Interest Rates Double, After Congress Fails To Act

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Interest rates on newly issued subsidized Stafford loans doubled on Monday.

The New Hampshire Higher Education Assistance Foundation has been working with families to help them understand what that means when planning for college.

As of July 1, the interest rate jumps from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent.

Tara Payne is vice president of the Center for College Planning.

She says her concern is that students who qualify for subsidized federal loans are the ones with the greatest need.

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Education
11:53 am
Fri June 28, 2013

USNH Trustees Freeze In-State Tuition For Next Two Years

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The University System of New Hampshire Board of Trustees voted Friday to freeze tuition for in-state students for the next two years.

The move comes after lawmakers agreed to substantially restore funding cuts made to the system in the last budget.

The tuition freeze for in-state students marks the first time in 25 years the cost of attending University System of New Hampshire schools will not rise.

After the Legislature cut support for higher education in half in the last budget, tuition rose by 9 percent in 2011 and by another 6 percent last year.

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