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Education

Colleges hope to engage students on wealth gap

Monday, November 24, 2014

Many students at Keene State College and Mount Wachusett Community College already know something about the widening gap between the wealthiest Americans and everyone else. Now, the schools are working together to get them to do something about it. Keene State, a four-year liberal arts college, and Mount Wachusett, a two-year college in Gardner, Mass., are leading a national project to engage students on the relationship between economic inequality, public …

UNH to promote healthier choices at meals

Monday, November 24, 2014

The University of New Hampshire is going to start offering more fruits and vegetables and lower-calorie desserts at its dining areas. The changes are coming as a result of UNH signing on to the Partnership for a Healthier America’s Healthier Campus Initiative, a three-year commitment to make the campus healthier by adopting guidelines around food, nutrition, physical activity and programming. Among the changes …

New Hampshire author and illustrator is the artist-in-residence at Gilmanton School

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Standing in front of a class of eighth-grade students yesterday morning, Marty Kelley asked if they wanted to first hear the good news or the bad news. “The bad news is you’re going to work really hard this morning. The good news is I’m not,” he said. Kelley, an author and illustrator, is …

Native American schools face decayed buildings, poverty

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Federally owned schools for Native Americans on reservations are marked by remoteness, extreme poverty and a lack of construction dollars. They also are among the nation’s lowest performing. The Obama administration is pushing ahead with an improvement plan …

Hopkinton school district creates a “living painting,” first district in state to participate in “Art for the Sky”

Friday, October 17, 2014

Hopkinton Superintendent Steve Chamberlin and art teacher Kim Emerson visited the field behind the library last Columbus Day weekend to scope it out for the site of the living art project that took the district a year to …

Concord School Board picks New Hampshire School Boards Association to help search for superintendent

Thursday, October 16, 2014

The Concord School Board voted last night to hire the New Hampshire School Boards Association as the firm to assist with the search for a superintendent. The board heard three separate presentations at a public meeting before deciding on NHSBA. The two other presentations were from the Educational …

Concord School Board to interview superintendent search firms

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

The Concord School Board is interviewing superintendent search firms tonight in an effort to move along the process of hiring someone to lead the district beginning next summer. Mark Joyce, executive director of the New Hampshire School Administrators Association, met with the school board last Wednesday and advised …

Canterbury kitchen helps Lakes Region Community College culinary program grow

Monday, October 13, 2014

In the heart of historic Canterbury Shaker Village, chef Patrick Hall is building a culinary arts program from scratch. He took the vision he had for years and added a small group of students. Then, he created and …

Class of 2014 SAT scores remain stagnant

Sunday, October 12, 2014

SAT scores stagnant SAT scores among the nation’s high school seniors remain stubbornly stagnant. The College Board, which administers the test, says scores from the Class of 2014 were virtually unchanged from recent classes. Overall, the mean score in reading was 497. It was 513 in math and …

Highly educated millennials flourish as economy sags

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Paul Courtney was about midway through his senior year at Georgetown University when he decided to go to law school. Seeing an opportunity to wait out a lackluster job-market rebound, he enrolled at the University of Pennsylvania Law School in Philadelphia in 2012. The 25-year-old already has a …

At Pembroke Academy, Best Buddies off to a royal start

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Just weeks after the Best Buddies program kicked off at Pembroke Academy, junior Cheyenne Boucher and her buddy, Owen Sansoucie, who has Down syndrome, were named homecoming king and queen. Boucher said she learned at the late-September high …

School board to discuss hiring process for new superintendent

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Concord School Board members will soon face a challenge that the board hasn’t faced in years: hiring a new superintendent. Chris Rath, superintendent of the Concord School District, announced her retirement recently. She’ll step down June 30, ending a 30-year career in the district – 14 of those …

Wesleyan, Temple lead tide of colleges scrapping admission tests

Saturday, October 4, 2014

A new wave of colleges including Wesleyan University, Bryn Mawr College and Temple University are scrapping standardized tests as an admissions requirement, saying there are better ways to evaluate applicants and expand diversity. In the past two years, at least 20 schools in the United States, including Brandeis …