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A Penn State student walks in the rain past Old Main on the Penn State main campus in State College, Pa., Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Graduates on trial: Lenders taking students to court over delinquent loans

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Fall behind on your student loans these days and you could end up getting more than hectoring phone calls and threatening letters. Some lenders are taking more people to court, attorneys say. The number of lawsuits filed over delinquent student loans that were made by private lenders has increased significantly in the past two years, lawyers told the Associated Press, …

Threat of explosive written on bathroom wall sends Pembroke Academy into lockdown

Thursday, November 19, 2015

A message scrawled in pencil on a Pembroke Academy bathroom wall, threatening the existence of an explosive device, sent the school into lockdown Thursday. Police cleared the building less than two hours after the message was found. A call came over the intercom about noon, beginning the lockdown process, in which teachers bring …

In Henniker, district officials put together school budget with increasingly slim resources

Thursday, November 19, 2015

The majority of New Hampshire schools are facing declining enrollments and a corresponding drop in state adequacy funding, and Henniker is no exception. But the answer isn’t to start slashing school staff positions, school board members said. It’s common refrain for people to say the budget is too big compared to the number of students attending school, said school board member Zach Lawson …

Dartmouth College gets $925K cybersecurity grant

Monday, October 19, 2015

Dartmouth College in New Hampshire has received nearly $1 million as part of a push to create and foster cyberattack-resistant systems for electric power and oil and gas industries. The Valley News reports the money is coming from the Cyber Resilient Energy Delivery Consortium as part of its …

High school graduation rates are on the rise in most states

Monday, October 19, 2015

High school graduation rates ticked up in a majority of states in 2014, and graduation gaps between white and minority students narrowed in most states that year, according to new federal data. Though nationwide data is not yet available, U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan said that the preliminary …

PHOTOS: Community shows support for Gene Connolly at second ALS walk

Sunday, October 18, 2015

A sea of “Connolly Tough” T-shirts accompanied the colors of crimson and white again this year during the Concord High School homecoming parade in support of Principal Gene Connolly, who was diagnosed with ALS last year. At the …

Pilot student aid expansion for non-traditional education

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Thousands of students could be eligible for federal student aid as part of a new pilot program that will offer certificates and college credit for non-traditional programs, like boot-camp style computer science training. The Education Department says it hopes the three-year pilot will reach several thousand people, particularly …

Former Stanford dean explains why helicopter parenting is ruining a generation of children

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Julie Lythcott-Haims noticed a disturbing trend during her decade as a dean of freshmen at Stanford University. Incoming students were brilliant and accomplished and virtually flawless, on paper. But with each year, more seemed incapable of taking care of themselves. At the same time, parents were becoming more …

Community gears up for second annual ‘Connolly Tough’ walk this weekend

Thursday, October 15, 2015

For the second year in a row, Concord High School students and staff will walk with purpose in the annual homecoming parade. In addition to celebrating the Crimson Tide, the school community will raise money and show support …

New Veterinary Diagnostic Lab helps backyard farmers as well as researchers

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

The new Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory at the University of New Hampshire can analyze everything from a 2-ton moose to microscopic pathogens, with animals from alpacas and loons to guinea pigs in between. But the creature it’s most likely …

Old gift to Dartmouth College leads to a new investigation

Monday, October 12, 2015

Frustrated by a lack of response from Dartmouth College, a state lawmaker hopes the Legislature will force the Ivy League school to explain how it has repaid New Hampshire for its generosity more than a century ago. In 1807, the state gave the then-cash-strapped college 42 square miles …

UConn mac and cheese incident spawns fundraisers

Sunday, October 11, 2015

UConn students are trying to use an embarrassing video about macaroni and cheese to raise a little cheddar. The video of a fellow student berating food service workers who refused to sell him jalapeno-bacon mac and cheese prompted …

N.H. colleges, universities hone safety plans for gun violence

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Following the fatal shooting of nine people on a community college campus in Oregon, the systems that run New Hampshire’s universities and community colleges say the safety of students, faculty and staff is paramount and that officials constantly review security and emergency response plans. The state’s four university …