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5:00 am
Mon April 8, 2013

Volunteer Surrogate Parents Fill Role For Special Needs Students

Linda Potter conducts a training session for the educational surrogate program.
Michael Brindley/NHPR

Children with special needs are required to have someone making critical decisions about what’s in the best interest of their education. But some children have no one to fill that role.

That’s where New Hampshire’s educational surrogate program comes in. But it’s need of more volunteers to fill gaps in some parts of the state.

Linda Potter always starts her training sessions with a lesson in perception.

“Tell me what you see,” she asks the group.

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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
Credit Sam Evans-Brown / Data: Department of Education

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
5:17 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

'Blizzard Bags' Yet To Catch On Among Most New Hampshire School Districts

A video on the Governor Wentworth School District website explains to students and parents what a blizzard bag day is.
Credit Governor Wentworth School District

A snow day isn’t what it used to be for some students in the Granite State. Many New Hampshire schools are adopting what are known as blizzard bag days.

The concept has been popular among the schools that use it, but the program has yet to take off statewide.

You're 8 years old, and you're excited that there's a fresh blanket of snow on the ground. Then you get a phone message.

“Due to inclement weather and treacherous road conditions, school is canceled for all Governor Wentworth Schools.”

You start thinking snow day. But then...

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Education
4:33 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

As N.H. Drops GED, Students Urged To Complete Program

Itziury Zamora is a student at the Nashua Adult Learning Center and is taking her GED.
Credit Sheryl Rich-Kern, NHPR

This week, New Hampshire became the third state in the country to announce it will no longer use GED Testing Services for its high school equivalency exams.

Beginning in 2014 , the state is moving to Educational Testing Service, also known as ETS.

And instructors are urging the more than 1,400 adult learners in the state to finish their GED exams before the end of the year.

Otherwise, they’ll have to face starting over with a new test that will be harder to pass.

GED has been the brand name for high school certifications for almost 70 years.

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Education
6:00 am
Tue March 19, 2013

Nashua Students Try Composting For Battery Power

In this photo: Meghan Dezurick, Priyanka Satpute, Christopher Jones and Madeline Doctor in the greenhouse/lab at Nashua North. Not pictured: Theresa Inzerillo and Craig Hammond.
Credit Sheryl Rich-Kern

A team of Nashua High School students is trying to create a bacteria-powered battery that runs off a composter. The team is one of 16 around the country that received up to 10-thousand-dollars in seed money from the Lemelson-MIT Program.

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Education
10:01 am
Tue March 12, 2013

Major Texas Research Institute Joins With UNH Space And Ocean Science Program

Credit UNH EOS

Monday marks the beginning of a collaboration between UNH’s space and earth research team, and the Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio, Texas.

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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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Education
5:09 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Gov. Hassan Nominates N.H. Education Commissioner To Second Term

Virginia Barry
Credit N.H. Department of Education

Governor Maggie Hassan plans to nominate Virginia Barry for a second term as the state’s commissioner of education.

Hassan will present Barry’s nomination to the Executive Council on Wednesday. The reappointment to a second four-year term is subject to the council’s approval.

Barry took over as the state’s education chief in 2009. Prior to that, she was a professor at Plymouth State University. She is also a former elementary school teacher and principal.

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Education
4:33 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Senate Hears Bill To Restore Higher Ed Funding

The Senate heard arguments Tuesday for a bill that would send more than $200 million to higher education.


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Education
6:48 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

N.H. House Votes To Repeal School Choice Tax Credit

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The New Hampshire House of Representatives has voted, 188 to 151, to repeal the Education Tax Credit that took effect less than two months ago. The law grants an 85% tax credit to businesses that donate to scholarship organizations, which give the money to students going to a private school, an out-of-district public school, or home school.

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Education
10:28 am
Tue February 5, 2013

Manchester Businesses Fund Virtual Classrooms

Credit Sheryl Rich-Kern

At the start of this spring semester, Manchester’s three high schools are launching two new initiatives around computer-based learning.

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Education
10:36 am
Fri February 1, 2013

Education Tax Credit Supporters Turn Out Against Repeal

Dominique Vasquez-Vanasse stands with her two sons at a press conference. Later, she'll testify before the Ways and Means Committee in support of an education tax credit.
Credit Emily Corwin / NHPR

The House Ways and Means Committee heard testimony Thursday on a bill that would repeal the School Choice Scholarship Act, which passed last year. The act allows businesses to receive a tax credit when they donate scholarship money to private schools.

Many of the same arguments that were heard last session came up again this time, as lawmakers debated whether or not a tax credit for businesses that fund private and even religious schools is wise – or even constitutional.

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Education
5:21 pm
Tue January 22, 2013

Keene, N.H., Schools To Have Police Visits

The police department and school district in Keene, N.H., are starting a program to have police officers visit the schools on a random, but daily, basis as part of their regular patrols.

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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
4:53 pm
Wed January 9, 2013

Days After Law Takes Effect, Groups Challenge School Choice Law

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Civil liberties groups have filed suit challenging the constitutionality of New Hampshire’s Tax Credit Scholarship law. The ACLU has teamed up with Americans United for Separation of Church and State to for the complaint.

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