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5:13 am
Fri April 26, 2013

Education Tax Credit To Have Its Day In Court

A lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the controversial Education Tax Credit will be heard today in Strafford County Superior Court. The law was passed last year by Republicans seeking to create more avenues for educational choice. But Democrats say it saps resources from Public schools and have targeted the law for repeal.

Morning Edition host Rick Ganley spoke with NHPR Education Reporter, Sam Evans-Brown about the lawsuit. 

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Education
5:34 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

Dartmouth Cancels Classes In Response To Hate Speech

Students gather at Dartmouth College in response to recent hate speech.
Credit Liz Faiella for NHPR

  For the first time in six years, Dartmouth cancelled classes in the arts and sciences Wednesday. The College administration instead scheduled what it calls a “Day of Reflection and Understanding” after threatening messages were left for some students on an anonymous online discussion board. 


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Education
5:33 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

Senate Unlikely To Boost University Funding

New Hampshire’s public universities made a pitch for restored funding to the budget writers in the New Hampshire State Senate Monday, but they got a lukewarm response.

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Education
4:54 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

Feds O.K. SNHU's College For America

The federal government has approved Southern New Hampshire University’s online College for America.

This is the first time that a program not based on grades and credit hours has qualified for federal financial aid. College for America is competency based, which according to SNHU President Paul Leblanc, allows students a lot more flexibility. To explain what competency based education means, Leblanc says, “the key is if you can show us if you’ve mastered that writing competency in a week, then we’re not going to make you sit through 15 weeks of college composition.”

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Education
11:59 am
Mon April 15, 2013

New England College Hopes To Lure Students With A Three Year Degree

New England College campus in Henniker, N.H.
Sheryl Rich-Kern, NHPR

As college costs rise around the country, some small private colleges are finding a new way to attract students—by offering financial incentives.  Some are offering discounts. Others are freezing tuition.  But New England College in Henniker has come up with its own plan to attract a wider range of students.

Beginning this May, it’s offering a year-round academic calendar, allowing students to save money by graduating in three years instead of four.

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Education
12:00 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

Nature Schools Gaining Popularity In N.H.

Nature preschools and forest kindergartens may sound more fun than foundational. But this nontraditional approach to early learning is gaining popularity for teaching the basics while getting kids away from screens and out into nature.  And now Antioch University in Keene has begun offering a teacher education program for nature-based curricula and programs schools.

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Education
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

Credit Redjar / Flickr Creative Commons

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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