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Shaker Regional School District has proposals to switch to SB 2, raze Gale School

Friday, February 5, 2016

The Shaker Regional School Board will present a warrant that includes articles for a $21,739,870 operational budget, a move to SB 2 town voting, approval of a collective bargaining agreement and $71,000 to raze the Gale School. SAU 80 includes Canterbury Elementary School and Belmont elementary, middle and high schools. Voters will be presented with a $60,334, or 0.28 percent, operational budget increase from 2015-16. It’s estimated to require a …

Reported use of cigarettes and alcohol down sharply in N.H. schools, but e-cigarette use is soaring

Friday, February 5, 2016

New Hampshire high school students are using much less alcohol and tobacco than they did a decade ago, while their use of illegal drugs has not declined nearly as much, according to the latest in a series of statewide surveys on risky teen behavior. But it’s the relatively new phenomenon of electronic cigarettes, …

Merrimack Valley School District: We are now compliant with all election laws

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Merrimack Valley School Board Chairman Mark Hutchins opened a public budget hearing recently by acknowledging the district has been violating state election laws for decades. Now they’re fixing it. “You’ll notice on the warrant article a couple of different things,” Hutchins said. “We are electing the moderator by ballot vote. In the past, we’ve done it from the floor – as long as …

No. 3 – Stories of the Year: Connolly still hard at work

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

After an ALS diagnosis last summer, Concord High School Principal Gene Connolly hasn’t stopped working, or doling out life lessons to his students. A little over 18 months into his diagnosis, Connolly can no longer speak and is …

Chichester schools seek feedback about whether to hire a foreign language teacher

Friday, December 25, 2015

Chichester’s school board is seeking public input as it weighs whether to hire a foreign language teacher. The school published a survey online for feedback relating to its instruction of non-English languages. How important is that part of the curriculum? When should instruction start? What language? For the …

N.H. high court upholds firing of UNH professor

Thursday, December 24, 2015

New Hampshire’s highest court said Wednesday that an arbitrator went too far when he said the University of New Hampshire couldn’t fire a professor who changed student evaluations given to a lecturer. Marco Dorfsman was an associate professor and chairman of the Language, Literature and Culture Department at …

A reason for Rudolph’s shiny red nose?

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Everyone knows Rudolph has a red nose, but what about his eyes? Prompted by questions from his 4-year-old daughter, Dartmouth College anthropology professor Nathaniel Dominy recently wrote a scholarly paper on how the unique properties of reindeer eyes …

In Virginia’s Bible Belt, an Arabic lesson ignites anger

Saturday, December 19, 2015

With the nation already on edge after the attacks in California, a teacher’s lesson on Islam in Virginia’s Bible Belt sparked an angry meeting of outraged parents that mushroomed into a national denunciation of the educator in the …

Judge denies state’s injunction request over Croydon School District tuition plan

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

A judge has denied the state Department of Education’s request to bar the Croydon School Board from using tax money to pay for some students’ tuition at private schools. Judge Brian Tucker ruled Monday that the request does not pass the test of “irreparable harm” needed for an …

Initial education pilot program results show less than half of students in participating districts meet achievement levels in reading and math

Monday, December 14, 2015

The New Hampshire Department of Education released the first results of a pilot program whose goal is to lessen the amount of standardized testing students must take. Students in the four districts participating in the Performance Assessment for Competency Education program (otherwise known as PACE), are taking fewer …

Turns out having a college degree was worth something after the recession

Sunday, December 13, 2015

In the wake of the Great Recession, a meme took hold: That of the overeducated barista, unable to find a job in her field, working instead in a low or middle-skilled position just to get by. By 2011, …

Full-day kindergarten committee meets in Concord

Friday, December 11, 2015

A steering committee of 16 school board members, educators, parents and administrators met for the first time in Concord on Wednesday to discuss a full-day kindergarten proposal. The Early Childhood Education Committee was formed following several school board …

UNH wraps up online course on New Hampshire primary

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Taking University of New Hampshire’s online course about the first-in-the-nation presidential primary was a homecoming of sorts for Susan Murray. As a UNH senior in 1979, she was thrilled at the prospect of covering presidential candidate Jerry Brown’s speech for the school newspaper. Working up her nerve while …