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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
10:33 am
Thu October 18, 2012

Creating "Cohorts" To Support New Teachers

Teacher Inge Thomas and her chemistry students.
Sheryl Rich-Kern

In New Hampshire, a statewide task force on effective teaching is publishing new guidelines to improve the quality of teaching.  One issue that’s getting a closer look is teacher mentoring programs.  In Nashua, one mentoring program works to groom better teachers and keep them in the classroom for years to come.

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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
4:33 pm
Thu October 11, 2012

UNH President Highlights Push For Restored Funding

Mike Ross / UNH Photographic Services

UNH President Mark Huddleston delivered his State of the University address, Thursday. He used the speech to reiterate his call to restore the cuts to the State University funding.

In exchange for restoring the state’s nearly $50 million dollar cut from the university system Huddleston again pledged to freeze tuition for two years and increase student grants and scholarships to students.

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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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Education
5:38 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

Manchester Fights To Keep Students From Hooksett, Candia

Manchester Superintendent Thomas Brennan and SAU 15 Superintendent Charles "Phil" Littlefield at the Hooksett School Board meeting on Tuesday
Cawley Middle School media

Manchester school officials dealing with a teacher shortage and overcrowded classrooms may soon face the loss of high school students from neighboring towns.

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Education
11:48 am
Wed October 3, 2012

N.H. School Board Member Proposes Football Ban

A proposal to drop football at one New Hampshire school district has surprised and upset many residents.

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Education
5:55 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

Nashua Considers Ads At School Stadium

Sheryl Rich-Kern

As school districts continue to face budget cuts, administrators look for creative ways to fill in the gaps.  And that means that some schools are warming up to a concept that public educators used to reject: advertising.

In Nashua, the district wants to place electronic billboards at its stadium.  While many welcome the funding, some say commercialism doesn’t belong at public schools.

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Education
9:05 pm
Sat September 22, 2012

School Advocacy Group Holds Rally In Manchester

Parents, teachers, and students gather in Veterans Park
Credit Jonathan Lynch / NHPR

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.

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.

One of the group’s chief concerns is the burgeoning average class size in Manchester, with some classes reaching over 40 students.

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Education
3:00 pm
Tue September 18, 2012

More N.H. Farmers Selling To Schools

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Farm-to-School programs are expanding across New Hampshire, according to a new report, but the cost of local food is still a barrier for many schools.

Stacey Purslow of New Hampshire Farm-to-School says the number of farms selling food to schools has tripled to 60 over the last three years. She says schools are buying a wider variety of products.

Purslow: We started out with apples in New Hampshire but now they get tomatoes, and cucumbers and lettuce, and corn and broccoli, and cabbage and potatoes and eggs and maple syrup and beef.

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Education
5:30 am
Mon September 10, 2012

Higher Ed and the Candidates for Governor

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In the last budget, one of lawmakers’ most controversial decisions was to cut the state’s contribution to New Hampshire’s public universities by 48 percent. Restoring those cuts has emerged as a big issue in the governor’s campaign. But how that will happen is a question politicians have yet to answer.

The people who don’t approve of the cuts that the New Hampshire legislature made to the university system – like UNH president Mark Huddleston – describe those them in a certain way.

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Education
4:02 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

N.H. Sends Off No Child Left Behind Waiver Request

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As expected the state Department of Education today formally asked the federal government for a waiver from the No Child Left Behind law. The state's request is 96 pages long, it's a full document, but NHPR's Brady Carlson sat down with reporter Sam Evans-Brown talk about what it contains.

Brady Carlson: What does getting a waiver from No Child Left Behind actually mean?

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Education
5:30 am
Fri August 31, 2012

Details of No Child Left Behind Waiver Revealed

Sam Evans-Brown

The New Hampshire Department of Education is finalizing a waiver from the rules imposed on New Hampshire by No Child Left Behind. While pieces of the proposal have been in the works for some time, it’s unclear how much of what’s in the waiver will actually end up in local schools.

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Education
6:00 am
Wed August 29, 2012

New Laws Give Home-Schoolers Fresh Start to School Year

Sheryl Rich-Kern NHPR

It’s back to school week.  And for about 2 to 3 percent of New Hampshire students, learning will begin or continue in the home.

Two laws that went into effect this summer give families who home-school a lot more independence than they’ve had in the past.

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Education
1:30 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

Dept. of Education To Announce No Child Left Behind Waiver

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This week the Department of Education says it will release details of New Hampshire’s application for a waiver for flexibility from the controversial federal education law, No Child Left Behind. The DOE will release a draft on Thursday, and submit the final waiver application to the federal department of education the following week.

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Education
5:07 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

Four New Schools Opening This Week

Christa McAuliffe Elementary opens on Tuesday.
Sam Evans-Brown

For most New Hampshire students Tuesday or Wednesday is the first day of school. For some New Hampshire schools “day-one” really is day-one.

For those kids headed starting classes tomorrow, like Andrew Pollak, emotions are mixed.

"It’s gonna be scary but fun," says Pollock, "because who knows what’s gonna happen tomorrow, it could be anything!"

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Education
5:30 am
Wed August 15, 2012

Summer Nutrition Affects "Learning-Loss"

Color coded reusable grocery bags lined up for distribution by Got Lunch Laconia volunteers
Sam Evans-Brown

This week we’ve been hearing about Summer-Learning Loss – the tendency to forget things over summer vacation – and what it means for the learning of low-income students. Today NHPR reports during the summer many kids lose access to the free-and-reduced lunch program, and that can have very real implications for how they learn.

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Education
5:30 am
Tue August 14, 2012

N.H. Schools and Programs Combat "Summer Learning Loss"

Sam Evans-Brown

This week NHPR is taking a look at the impacts of summer learning loss: the things that students forget during summer vacation. Yesterday we heard about how this hits low-income students harder than others, and today we look at what schools and parents are doing to tackle learning loss.

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Education
12:05 am
Sun August 12, 2012

Granite State Students Suffer From "Summer Learning Loss"

Sam Evans-Brown

In just a few short weeks, summer vacation will come to a close, and when it does teachers will start the school year off with a familiar routine: review.

It may sound like no big deal, but over the summer students forget so much of their schooling over vacation that it’s come to be called “summer learning loss.” In the first of a three part series about the summer slide, NHPR’s Sam Evans-Brown tells us why summer activities have a lot to do with how students fare during the rest of the year.

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Education
4:52 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

Back to School Already? First Day at State's First Magnet School

Students file into school on the first day of the state's first magnet school.
Sam Evans-Brown

Here’s a sentence you don’t hear much: today is August 7th... the first day of school.

Rochester’s Maple Street Elementary School is reopening this year as the state’s first Magnet School: an experiment in school reform that involves a longer school year and a specialized curriculum.

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