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Pronouncer Carolyn D'Aquila reads a word to speller Rebecca Bamidele, a Rundlett Middle School student, at the New Hampshire Union Leader Spelling Bee on Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015.  Rebecca came in third place in the state spelling bee.

(SUSAN DOUCET / Monitor staff)

Nashua Catholic Regional Junior High School student wins state bee for second year in a row

Saturday, February 28, 2015

They breezed through the spelling of “anachronism,” “minaret” and “dichotomy,” but were tripped up by “mozzarella,” “rendezvous” and “kuchen.” Slowly but steadily, children filed off the stage and rejoined their families in the audience, until just two remained. Contestants at the Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord participated in the New Hampshire Union Leader Spelling Bee yesterday afternoon, carefully …

No Child Left Behind debate in the House suspended

Saturday, February 28, 2015

The House suspended floor debate on a Republican bill to rewrite No Child Left Behind yesterday afternoon, with party leaders saying they had to shift the chamber’s focus to debate funding the Department of Homeland Security. Earlier in the day, the chances for the education bill’s passage appeared uncertain, thanks to GOP defections among the party’s conservatives who said the plan did not …

Merrimack Valley School District has proposed budget decrease

Saturday, February 28, 2015

The Merrimack Valley School District has proposed a $38.9 million operating budget for next year. The budget is down $391,010, or 1 percent, and includes no new programs or positions. The district’s annual meeting is scheduled for Thursday at 7 p.m. at Merrimack Valley High School in Penacook. Despite a $1.6 million total increase in state retirement contributions, health care and salary costs, …

Education funding looms large in Hassan’s budget, but not enough for tuition freeze at UNH

Friday, February 13, 2015

Even with $13 million more from the state in the next biennium, the University System of New Hampshire wouldn’t be able to avoid an in-state tuition increase. Officials at the university system, one of the few agencies to see a significant increase in Gov. Maggie Hassan’s budget proposal, …

University System of New Hampshire won’t set tuition until state budget approved

Monday, February 9, 2015

The University System of New Hampshire will wait to set in-state tuition rates until June, once the Legislature and Gov. Maggie Hassan approve the state’s next two-year budget plan and USNH learns how much state funding it will …

Granite State College gets new president from UNH

Monday, February 9, 2015

Granite State College, the University System of New Hampshire’s top program for offering online education, has a new president with a more traditional college background. Mark Rubinstein, currently vice president for student and academic services at the University …

CONCORD: Granite State College takes different tack

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Chuck Bagley’s title at Granite State College may be lecturer, but he tries not to let that reflect too much in his teaching. “What we try to do is move people away from that lecturing model,” he said. Bagley, who is also the school’s director in faculty development, …

Residents amend anti-Common Core article at Deerfield’s school deliberative session

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Common Core and its testing will likely remain in Deerfield, despite opposition from some residents. Voters amended a petitioned warrant article to discontinue Common Core and the Smarter Balanced Assessment at yesterday’s school district deliberative session. The amendment reduces the authority of the article, making it advisory rather …

Full-day kindergarten to be considered in Bow

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Full-day kindergarten will be considered by Bow residents at this year’s town meeting. On the school district warrant as a petitioned article, the full-day kindergarten proposal asks voters to approve $359,036 to implement it. This article and the rest of the school district warrant will be discussed at …

Interviews for new Concord superintendent will begin this week

Saturday, February 7, 2015

The first round of interviews of candidates for superintendent of the Concord School District will begin this week. A selection of four candidates was narrowed down from 10 or 12 eligible applicants, Concord School Board President Clint Cogswell said. The first interview will be Tuesday. The application period …

All John Stark Regional School District warrant articles move forward at deliberative session

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Residents had no objections to the John Stark Regional School District’s warrant at Thursday night’s deliberative session. “Everything passed right through,” said school board Chairman Mark Zuckerman. “No amendments, no objections to anything.” Voters in the district, which includes Henniker and Weare, will be considering a proposed budget …

Gilmanton School District seeks modular classrooms

Saturday, February 7, 2015

The Gilmanton School, which serves students in kindergarten through eighth grade, is looking for more space. Hoping to respond to a growing number of students in younger grades, the district is again asking voters to approve the installation of modular classrooms at the school. The total cost of …

Deerfield School District to ask voters whether to stay with Common Core

Friday, February 6, 2015

A petition warrant article in the Deerfield School District is proposing a curriculum change that other New Hampshire districts have also considered: opting out of Common Core. If passed, this article says Deerfield would “immediately discontinue participation in the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and the Smarter Balanced …