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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10:28 am
Tue February 5, 2013

Manchester Businesses Fund Virtual Classrooms

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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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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.
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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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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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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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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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12:51 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

On The Road To Better Teacher Evaluations

Students at the Lyme School play Twister in gym class. The Lyme School is on the forefront of designing a comprehensive teacher evaluation system in the Granite State, though it is still in a pilot phase.
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The Department of Education is set to release the culmination of three years of work. It’s a model system of how the DOE recommends schools should evaluate their teachers. New Hampshire schools are free to do what they will with those recommendations… for now.

For starters, why do teacher evaluations matter?

New Hampshire’s Commissioner of Education Virginia Barry has put improving the state’s public school teachers at the center of her time in the office, and she has a ready answer to that question.

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6:30 am
Sat December 29, 2012

School Choice Tax Credits: Scrap Or Expand?

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On January 1st businesses can start getting tax breaks for donating to organizations that give public school students money toward going to a private school. But before that law has even taken effect, there are proposals to change it.

The business tax credit scholarship law was never popular with Democrats, who called it a back-door school vouchers measure. Governor-elect Maggie Hassan has said that she would try to repeal it, and a Manchester Representative, Peter Sullivan, will file a bill that would do just that.

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4:11 pm
Wed December 26, 2012

SNHU Online Learning Program Dispenses With Grades And Credit Hours

SNHU's online College for America is getting attention around the country as a model for expanding access to higher eduction.
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Online courses in higher education have been around for decades. Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester has been offering online courses since 1996.

Now the university is piloting a new online model — one that dispenses with courses, grades and credit hours. College for America is a low-cost, nontraditional approach that's getting a lot of attention. And it may be the first of its kind to get federal approval by the Department of Education.

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6:00 pm
Wed December 5, 2012

Online Petition Pushes For Transgender Policy In Nashua

An online petition asks the Nashua school district to establish anti-discrimination policies for transgender students.

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2:28 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

Dartmouth College Names Alum Philip Hanlon As New President

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The Dartmouth College Board of Trustees has elected alum Philip Hanlon as the school's new president.

Hanlon, 57, is currently provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at the University of Michigan, where he is also the Donald J. Lewis Professor of Mathematics. Hanlon, a 1977 Dartmouth graduate, will be the college's 18th president.

Hanlon will take office on July 1. He succeeds Jim Yong Kim, who left the college in April to serve as president of the World Bank.

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5:41 pm
Tue November 27, 2012

Businesses To Educators: More STEM Grads Now

Governor Jon Lynch, Jeremy Hitchcock of DYN, Erica Johnson of UNH's Interoperability Laboratory (IOL), and Joe Morone of Albany International spoke before the STEM Forum
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Higher Education officials and Business leaders gathered for a forum today on how to increase the number of New Hampshire STEM graduates – that’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. But while it was Community Colleges and Universities talking about the issue today, the lack of interest in STEM is a problem at every level of the American education system.

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11:41 am
Tue November 27, 2012

N.H. Conference Tackles Need For More Tech Graduates

Representatives of New Hampshire’s community colleges, public universities and business community are gathering in Manchester Tuesday to discuss how to increase the number of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, or STEM graduates in New Hampshire.

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5:59 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

University System Asks Budget Writers For $100 Million

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The University System of New Hampshire is asking lawmakers for $100 million dollars in annual state funding.

That’s more than twice what they were given in the previous budget.

Heads of the various state departments, and the presidents of the state’s universities went before budget writers today to present their initial requests for state funds.

Chancellor of the University System, Ed McKay, says he is cautiously optimistic that governor elect Maggie Hassan will make restoring the cuts from the last budget a priority.

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12:13 pm
Tue November 13, 2012

N.H. Schools Stocking Their Virtual Shelves With E-books

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E-books are now selling more copies than hardbound, print books, and the average public library e-book collection has expanded by 55 percent in 2010 and 75 percent in 2011.

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