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Be the Change Club member Ennosen Yen (center) talks about how much she has learned about other peopleÕs culture through conversation at Concord High School on Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015. Yen is originally from Sudan.

(ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff)

‘Be the Change Club’ at Concord High a microcosm of community inclusion

Friday, October 9, 2015

When students in Concord High School’s Be the Change Club have disputes, they resolve things in a simple way: sit down and talk about it. Students examine both sides of the conflict, try to understand the other person’s point of view and eventually apologize to one another. “We don’t let it fester,” said group advisor and school social worker Anna-Marie …

Proposed Concord School District budget an increase of $1.1 million

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

The Concord School District budget is set to increase $1.1 million next year if board members approve it later this month. This year’s proposed budget comes in at $75.3 million, a 1.6 percent increase from last year’s figure of $74.2 million. The biggest cost drivers include salaries, health care and the increase of New Hampshire Retirement System payments. School board members discussed the …

Concord parents urge school board to consider full-day kindergarten

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

As neighboring school districts have implemented full-day kindergarten, a growing number of voices are calling for Concord elementary schools to do the same. Multiple parents and community members spoke in favor of a full-day program at both September’s and October’s monthly Concord School Board meetings, saying they do not want their students to fall behind, and arguing a full-day program would benefit the …

N.H. schools seek to address mental health issues among students

Sunday, August 23, 2015

High school officials are rolling out programs to help combat depression, anxiety and other mental health issues among New Hampshire students. Exeter High School Principal Jim Tremblay told the Portsmouth Herald students will see new mental health services this year to combat what he describes as an uptick …

U.S. schools are too focused on standardized tests, poll says

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Americans overwhelmingly think there is too much emphasis on standardized testing in public schools and that test scores are not the best way to judge schools, teachers or students, according to a national poll. The results released Sunday come from the 47th annual PDK/Gallup poll of attitudes toward …

Into school

Sunday, August 23, 2015

There are a whole slew of kids out there who are slogging sadly through the end of summer toward the start of another school year. But there’s another group forging ahead with wide eyes and bellies full of …

How to handle high-pressure high schools

Sunday, August 23, 2015

There is much for students, teachers and parents to learn from a new book by Stanford University experts on how to handle the stress of learning in our nation’s high-pressure high schools. Only about 10 percent of U.S. schools fit that category, in contrast with the vast majority, …

Dover sues state over cap on education funding as other towns consider their options

Friday, August 21, 2015

The city of Dover is suing the state in hopes of abolishing a cap on state aid to schools. The lawsuit, filed by the city through its lawyer, Andru Volinsky, says a cap on state adequacy money to …

Inside and outside, candidates and teacher union members trade barbs at education summit

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

One voice conspicuously absent from the list of panelists at Wednesday’s education summit of Republican presidential candidates was that of a teacher. Outside the education summit at Londonderry High School, it was a different story. They “have openly …

PHOTOS: Trail work

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

A group of incoming NHTI students gave back to their new community before classes had even started Tuesday. As part of a two-day Lynx to Leadership program, the students practiced what they had learned about civil engagement by …

New Hampshire makes SAT the statewide assessment for high school juniors

Sunday, August 16, 2015

This year, when 11th-grade students in public schools sit down to take New Hampshire’s statewide assessment tests, they won’t be taking Smarter Balanced exams; they’ll be taking the SAT. The New Hampshire Department of Education decided to switch to the SAT, in part to encourage more students to …

With college costs soaring, experts say having an early plan is key

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Trevor Meyers is just starting to look at colleges, and he thinks he wants to become a teacher. After a recent tour at Plymouth State University, the rising senior at Campbell High School in Litchfield said the teachers …

Infographic: Comparing New Hampshire’s higher education costs

Saturday, August 15, 2015

In the past ten years, in-state tuition has more than doubled for New Hampshire students. And, over the past five years, the total cost of attendance for in-state students at the University of New Hampshire has been higher …