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Education

Poll: Common Core loses support

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

A year ago, the term Common Core meant little to the American public. But today, a vast majority of people in the country are familiar with the nationwide educational standards – and most of them oppose the initiative touted by the Obama administration, a new survey shows. The results of an annual poll by Gallup and the Phi Delta Kappa educators’ organization provide more evidence that support for the Common … 0

Business development center adds minicourses

Sunday, August 17, 2014

The University of New Hampshire and other partners have created a series of free, extremely short, online courses aimed at teaching entrepreneurs about social media. The new minicourses last up to 15 minutes each and cover three topics: “Pinterest for Business,” “Mobile Marketing” and “Instagram for Business.” They’re being offered by the New Hampshire Small Business Development Center, which is a cooperative venture … 0

A look at some changes for local school districts

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Many students will head back to area schools by the middle of next week to begin a new year. To give readers a sense of some of the leadership changes that took place at schools over the summer, we’ve put together a roundup by district. Concord Her new job as principal of Concord’s … 0

Work continues after Dartmouth summit ends

Monday, July 28, 2014

Participants in Dartmouth College’s recent summit on sexual assault will continue their work in the coming months. Representatives from more than 60 colleges and universities attended the summit earlier this month in Hanover. There, they were divided into five working groups that will continue working together to develop … 0

Beech Hill Farm in Hopkinton prepares its annual corn mazes

Saturday, July 26, 2014

An ancient tradition is alive in the corn fields of Hopkinton. This week, the Kimball family put the finishing touches on Beech Hill Farm’s annual mazes. The theme of this year’s biggest maze is Greek mythology: its corn … 0

N.H. college, university systems see enrollment increase for online classes

Sunday, July 20, 2014

More New Hampshire students are turning to their computers for summer classes, mirroring a broader trend of increasing online enrollment in the state’s university and community college systems. Summer online enrollment in the Community College System of New Hampshire is up 11 percent over last year, said Shannon … 0

Hill School District’s separation from Franklin moves forward

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The Hill School District’s separation from Franklin is moving forward. Hill is soliciting requests for proposals from area districts interested in absorbing the town’s small contingent of students. The intent is to enter into an exclusive contract with a district that would ensure all eligible students in grades … 0

Appeals court: Texas can use race in admissions

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

A federal appeals court panel ruled yesterday that the University of Texas can continue using race as a factor in undergraduate admissions as a way of promoting diversity on campus, the latest in an ongoing case that made it to the U.S. Supreme Court last year only to … 0

Should teachers be paid for degrees?

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Efforts to eliminate extra pay for teachers who earn advanced degrees are gaining momentum in a small but growing number of U.S. schools, stirring a national debate about how best to compensate quality educators and angering teachers who … 2

FCC approves plan to subsidize Wi-Fi upgrades in schools, libraries

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Regulators approved a big package of federal aid for schools and libraries so they can upgrade their Wi-Fi networks, part of a larger effort to modernize the way educators connect their charges to the Web. In a 3-2 vote along party lines Friday, the Federal Communications Commission gave … 0

Teacher tenure fight gains momentum with ruling

Saturday, July 12, 2014

A month after a California judge ruled that job protections for teachers violated children’s constitutional rights, one lawsuit making the same claim has been filed in New York, another has been announced and critics of teacher tenure in other states say they are preparing litigation as well. The … 1

Market Days event to offer teens chance to perform poetry

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Teenagers in New Hampshire have no shortage of opportunities to practice sports or play music. But Concord Public Library Foundation board member George Geers wants to make sure they also have plenty of chances to engage with poetry and perform at spoken word events in the area, too. … 0

College graduates are sorting themselves into elite cities

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Census data suggests that in 1980 a college graduate could expect to earn about 38 percent more than a worker with only a high-school diploma. Since then, the difference in their wages has only widened as our economy … 1