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Hamel’s $10 million donation to UNH aims to pay close to full tuition

Monday, September 22, 2014

The University of New Hampshire announced yesterday the largest gift in the university’s history dedicated solely to in-state student support. Dana Hamel, longtime benefactor, is donating $10 million for scholarships for New Hampshire students. The gift will go toward the Hamel Scholars and Hamel Scholarship Program, which the Hamel family established in 2007. Vice President for Advancement and President of the UNH Foundation Debbie Dutton works closely with Hamel, who … 2

Wesleyan orders fraternities to become coed

Monday, September 22, 2014

Wesleyan University in Connecticut yesterday ordered its fraternities with houses on campus to become coeducational within three years, a move it says is not just about bad behavior but also equality. Wesleyan follows Trinity College in Hartford, which began the transition starting in 2012, citing problems with drinking and drug use in Greek organizations. It also comes less than a month after Wesleyan … 0

O’Connor, Souter criticize lack of civics education

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Retired U.S. Supreme Court justices Sandra Day O’Connor and David Souter didn’t always agree when they served on the bench together. But last night, appearing together at the Capitol Center for the Arts, they shared their mutual appreciation and unified concern for the state of civics education in American schools. “Our current national … 15

School sights, sounds mark beginning of a new year

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The new school year got under way this week in most local districts. In Concord, high school students and faculty kicked off the year by honoring a friend and colleague. In Hopkinton, faculty welcomed the town’s first full-day … 0

Long-delayed school postpones opening date

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The new elementary school has been constructed in Unity, New Hampshire, but the starting date for students has been postponed to give teachers more time to set up their classrooms. After many delays, the first day of school … 0

PHOTOS: Back to school

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Jason Sargeant walked his daughter to Abbot-Downing Elemetary School on her first day of second grade. The two faced a huge crowd of parents, students and teachers as everyone gathered outside to get classroom assignments. Most schools in … 0

Merrimack Valley School District starts school year with full-day kindergarten

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

For the first time in Merrimack Valley School District’s history, its five elementary schools today will welcome full-day kindergarten students. It marks a significant programming change for a district that has offered half-day kindergarten since the 1980s. The … 4

Concord School Board okays issuance of up to $8.6M in bonds for capital projects

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The Concord School Board unanimously approved the issuance of up to $8.6 million in bonds for major capital improvements last night. However, the public will still have a chance to weigh in on specific components of the project. … 1

New England governors’ energy effort on hold

Saturday, August 23, 2014

A nearly year-long effort by New England’s governors to collectively address the region’s high energy costs is on hold now that some have voiced concerns about the initiative’s dual strategy of importing Canadian hydropower and investing in new natural gas pipelines. Energy officials from the six states have … 3

Facing ALS, Concord High Principal Gene Connolly stays upbeat

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Gene Connolly still greets visitors to Concord High School with a smile and a handshake, and his eyes still widen when he talks about the start of a new school year. Connolly, Concord High School’s longtime principal, was … 2

CHS community organizing homecoming ALS walk for Connolly

Saturday, August 23, 2014

The office staff at Concord High School has fielded one question more than any other this summer. “What can we do? What can we do to help Gene,” said Lisa Lamb, Principal Gene Connolly’s longtime administrative assistant. The question has been posed countless times in emails, on the … 0

States get leeway in using students’ test results to evaluate teachers

Friday, August 22, 2014

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan on Thursday announced a plan to allow states to delay using student standardized test results on teacher performance evaluations, a move widely seen as an effort to calm tension between Duncan and the nation’s educators. Duncan said the delay will allow states “to … 0

PHOTOS: Science fun at McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center in Concord

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Educator John Parodi (left) of the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center in Concord describes the Apollo 11 lunar landing for (from right) Karen Tardif, Emma O’Neill, 11, and Reagan O’Neill, 9, all of Laconia, yesterday. Parodi pointed out the location … 0