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University of New Hampshire president Mark Huddleston talks about the economic impact graduated students have on the state's economy, Friday, June 22, 2012 in Rochester, N.H. A new report concludes that the university contributed about $1.4 billion to the state's economy during the 2010-2011 academic year. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

Citing state budget, officials raise tuition at New Hampshire’s universities

Monday, June 29, 2015

After a two-year freeze, tuition at New Hampshire’s state universities will go up next year. Facing $9 million less than they requested in state funding, University System of New Hampshire officials will raise tuition by 2.75 percent and also cut spending to make up the difference. USNH trustees asked for $90 million from the state Legislature, which budgeted $81 million in funding for universities including the University of New Hampshire, Plymouth State University, Keene State College and Granite State College. At UNH, this means yearly tuition will rise from $13,670 to $14,050. At Plymouth and Keene, tuition will go from $10,410 per year to $10,700. …

Faculty, students worry about the effects of most recent community college layoffs

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Last month, the news of another round of faculty cuts at three of New Hampshire’s community colleges – White Mountains Community College in Berlin, Great Bay Community College in Portsmouth and Lakes Region Community College in Laconia – sparked a fresh wave of controversy. Community College System of New Hampshire Chancellor Ross Gittell said the decision to lay off 24 full-time faculty members …

After retirement, Rath isn’t done teaching or learning

Sunday, June 28, 2015

During her last week at work, retiring Concord Superintendent Chris Rath wasn’t slowing down one bit. On Monday morning, Rath was busy cleaning her large, sunny room in the district’s central office. It was a daunting task, because as she put it, “I keep everything.” She sifted through the countless notes she’s jotted …

College Board trying to figure out what to do about error on SATs given across U.S.

Monday, June 8, 2015

Students taking the SAT on Saturday across the United States found a mistake in the instructions, causing confusion about just how much time they had to complete at least one section. Now, the College Board, which owns the SAT, says it is trying to figure out what to …

2 alumni to give $10 million each to Dartmouth College

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Two Dartmouth College alumni are each giving $10 million to the Ivy League school to create “academic clusters” aimed at addressing global challenges. Richard Levy, a 1960 graduate, has committed $10 million to support a faculty team in health care delivery science as part of Dartmouth’s larger strategy …

Ray Duckler: For refugee family, education a slow and challenging process

Sunday, June 7, 2015

For Devi Rai and her family, refugees from Bhutan, Becky Kidder had simple yet useful advice. When you can’t understand what people are saying, Kidder told Devi and the rest of her students recently, don’t be shy or …

Concord schools growing along with refugee population

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Concord’s public schools are far more diverse than they were a decade ago. As refugees from Bhutan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Iraq and a host of other countries are resettled, education becomes a central part of their …

Bishop Brady graduates embrace their school’s identity

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Bishop Brady High School Principal Andrea Elliot calls them “Brady Being Brady” moments, and the Class of 2015 experienced no shortage of them. They went on service trips and had rain on homecoming day, and seven unscheduled dress …

New program should make college transitions easier

Saturday, June 6, 2015

The transition from a New Hampshire community college to one of the state’s public universities will be smoother than ever before. The New Hampshire Dual Admission program rolled out yesterday gives students who earn an associate degree with at least a 2.5 grade point average an opportunity to …

Canada ponders the ‘cultural genocide’ of its aboriginal population

Friday, June 5, 2015

Genocide might be one of the most hard-hitting words in the entire world. Coined by Polish-Jewish lawyer Raphael Lemkin in 1944, the word combined the Greek word “geno” (tribe) with the Latin word “cide” (killing) to create a new way to describe the deliberate and systematic destruction of …

In the wake of tragedy, Concord School District and community rally

Friday, June 5, 2015

A week after a Rundlett Middle School sixth-grader died suddenly, the Concord community is rallying to honor the “amazing little girl” who inspired her classmates. Natalie Velez, 12, of Concord died May 27. In the wake of her death, students at Rundlett and Natalie’s former elementary school, Christa …

Penacook charter school celebrates graduation, student achievement

Friday, June 5, 2015

There was no valedictorian at the CSI Charter School graduation in Penacook last night because there are no grades nor GPAs at the school. The teachers are instead called academic coaches, who help guide students through individualized curricula, …

Concord High Principal Gene Connolly returning next year, with life lessons to share

Friday, June 5, 2015

Gene Connolly’s wavy white hair is getting unruly. The shoulder-length locks are a hit, and the first thing visitors notice when they step into the principal’s office at Concord High School. The second is his speech, which is …