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Deb Urbaitis talks with Henniker police chief Ryan Murdough, as her third grader son Levi anxiously waits to get to the Henniker Community School Wednesday on the first day of school. His brother Sam waves at the chief on top of his father Todd's shoulder. On the left is crossing guard Carrie Dionne. Deb Urbaitis is the school board chair as well as being on the John Stark school board. GEOFF FORESTER / Monitor staff

Time to hit the books: School back in session in some Concord area towns

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Labor day is more than a full week away and some school districts are already opening their doors and welcoming students back from summer vacation. Teachers and students returned to the classroom in Henniker, Weare, Suncook and Epsom on Wednesday, while other school districts in the Concord area open next week. Labor falls late this year, on Sept. 7. Here’s …

virginia: ‘Welcome’ banners outrage

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Some students, parents and others on campus were upset after seeing “welcome” banners at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va., on Friday at an off-campus house suggesting “baby girls” stay for a good time; the school’s president expressed outrage, student leaders quickly videotaped concerned responses, and the fraternity’s national president suspended the chapter. But ODU was hardly the only place where students spray-painted …

N.H. schools seek to address mental health issues among students

Sunday, August 23, 2015

High school officials are rolling out programs to help combat depression, anxiety and other mental health issues among New Hampshire students. Exeter High School Principal Jim Tremblay told the Portsmouth Herald students will see new mental health services this year to combat what he describes as an uptick in those issues. The U.S. Surgeon General’s Office says 1 in 5 adolescents will experience …

U.S. schools are too focused on standardized tests, poll says

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Americans overwhelmingly think there is too much emphasis on standardized testing in public schools and that test scores are not the best way to judge schools, teachers or students, according to a national poll. The results released Sunday come from the 47th annual PDK/Gallup poll of attitudes toward …

Into school

Sunday, August 23, 2015

There are a whole slew of kids out there who are slogging sadly through the end of summer toward the start of another school year. But there’s another group forging ahead with wide eyes and bellies full of …

How to handle high-pressure high schools

Sunday, August 23, 2015

There is much for students, teachers and parents to learn from a new book by Stanford University experts on how to handle the stress of learning in our nation’s high-pressure high schools. Only about 10 percent of U.S. schools fit that category, in contrast with the vast majority, …

Dover sues state over cap on education funding as other towns consider their options

Friday, August 21, 2015

The city of Dover is suing the state in hopes of abolishing a cap on state aid to schools. The lawsuit, filed by the city through its lawyer, Andru Volinsky, says a cap on state adequacy money to …

Inside and outside, candidates and teacher union members trade barbs at education summit

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

One voice conspicuously absent from the list of panelists at Wednesday’s education summit of Republican presidential candidates was that of a teacher. Outside the education summit at Londonderry High School, it was a different story. They “have openly …

PHOTOS: Trail work

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

A group of incoming NHTI students gave back to their new community before classes had even started Tuesday. As part of a two-day Lynx to Leadership program, the students practiced what they had learned about civil engagement by …

New Hampshire makes SAT the statewide assessment for high school juniors

Sunday, August 16, 2015

This year, when 11th-grade students in public schools sit down to take New Hampshire’s statewide assessment tests, they won’t be taking Smarter Balanced exams; they’ll be taking the SAT. The New Hampshire Department of Education decided to switch to the SAT, in part to encourage more students to …

With college costs soaring, experts say having an early plan is key

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Trevor Meyers is just starting to look at colleges, and he thinks he wants to become a teacher. After a recent tour at Plymouth State University, the rising senior at Campbell High School in Litchfield said the teachers …

Infographic: Comparing New Hampshire’s higher education costs

Saturday, August 15, 2015

In the past ten years, in-state tuition has more than doubled for New Hampshire students. And, over the past five years, the total cost of attendance for in-state students at the University of New Hampshire has been higher …

Presidential candidates on college affordability and student loan debt

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Democratic state Rep. Jackie Cilley encouraged students to take advantage of the presidential candidates coming to the first in the nation primary state to raise the issue of student loan debt. “Our presidential candidates will be all over …