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U.S. students in middle of pack on financial knowhow

Thursday, July 10, 2014

In an increasingly global economy, just 1 in 10 teenagers around the world is able to make some key – but complex – financial decisions, including choosing among various loans or analyzing invoices and pay slips. The picture is no better in the United States, where only 9.4 percent of 15-year-olds were able to answer the most difficult questions on an international test of their financial knowledge and skills. More than 1 in 6 U.S. students did not reach the baseline level of proficiency in financial literacy. At best, those students could make only simple decisions on everyday spending, said a report released yesterday by … 0

Survey finds math, science grads earn top dollar

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

What you study – math and science are a plus – seems to matter more than whether your alma mater is public or private when it comes to finding a high-paying job after college, according to a report released yesterday by the Education Department. The survey of the Class of 2008, by the National Center for Education Statistics, provided an interesting snapshot of … 0

Obama seeks better teachers for poor kids

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

The Obama administration is ordering states to devise strategies to get better teachers into high-poverty classrooms, correcting a national imbalance in which students who need the most help are often taught by the weakest educators. “When a school or a school district or a set of schools in a disadvantaged community has disproportionate … 0

Student with Asperger’s overcomes challenges to attend Hopkinton prom

Monday, June 16, 2014

Lizzie Busby is an 18-year-old junior at Hopkinton High School. She has lived in Contoocook with her mother and stepfather for five years now, and she has two older sisters and an older brother. At school, she’s involved … 2

John Stark Regional High School graduates 160 seniors

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Just before the 160 seniors graduated from John Stark Regional High School yesterday morning, commencement speaker Gerard Boyle, a judge in Concord’s district court and a colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps, asked the group to fall back on the core values they’ve learned over the years as … 0

For one Pembroke Academy graduate, a diploma was ‘a long time coming’

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Outside in the parking lot, her family’s car stood out with painted messages of congratulations addressed to “Mom.” Later that afternoon, she’d head to a cookout to revel in an accomplishment that was 17 years in the making. … 0

Franklin High’s Class of 2014 praised for hard work

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Showtime was fast approaching for seniors in the Franklin Middle School cafeteria last night. In 30 minutes, school and district officials would be commending them for their school spirit, talent and potential. In an hour, they would be … 0

At Belmont High School graduation, salutatorian draws life lessons from Pac-Man

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Senior year of high school isn’t all that different from a game of Pac-Man, said Belmont High School salutatorian Samuel Chiu. Think of the ghosts that chase the yellow spherical protagonist of the video game as the “challenges … 0

Second Start graduates seven students

Friday, June 13, 2014

Jesse Mannion spent three years at Concord High School, but she had little desire to attend class because she was bullied and felt disinterested in the classwork. After two years of hard work at Second Start Alternative High School, she’ll finish with both a certificate from the program … 0

School board votes down Penacook Community Center offer for school

Friday, June 13, 2014

The Penacook Community Center is still in search of a bigger home after the Merrimack Valley School Board voted down its offer to buy the Washington Street School. The community center has shown interest in the school at 26 Washington St. as its programming has expanded, prompting a … 0

At untraditional graduation, Parker Academy students reflect on personal growth

Friday, June 13, 2014

It looked, in some ways, just like any other high school graduation. Just before 1 p.m. yesterday, a senior juggled flowers as she sped down a staircase to get ready for the event. Another held tightly to a … 1

Texting while driving is latest teen risk as smoking declines

Friday, June 13, 2014

While smoking among American teens has fallen to a 22-year low, most adolescents admit to engaging in a new type of risky behavior: texting while driving. About 60 percent of U.S. high school seniors say they have texted behind the wheel, according to the Centers for Disease Control … 0

Deaf salutatorian overcomes isolation, obstacles in Franklin

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Born hard of hearing, Carter Henry was never going to breeze to his goal of graduating near the top of his high school class. But by December, Carter had grinded his way to the No. 2 ranking by … 0