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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 entire community. “I think that we really …

NEC announces new scholarship program for NH Scholars participants

Monday, October 5, 2015

New England College is adding a financial incentive for prospective students who participate in the NH Scholars program. New Hampshire students who are NH Scholar recipients and choosing a STEM or ARTS pathway in the school will qualify for $15,000 per year minimum scholarship aid to the college, and those who pursue more challenging coursework will receive $20,000 per year. NH Scholars is …

Concord School District aims to finalize a contract with a local steam company

Monday, October 5, 2015

Concord School District officials are waiting for approval from the New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission before they finalize a contract with beleaguered local energy company Concord Steam. The Concord School Board gave its approval to a contract with the company last month, and district Business Administrator Jack Dunn said he hoped to know …

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 …

Presidential candidates on college affordability and student loan debt

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Democratic state Rep. Jackie Cilley encouraged students to take advantage of the presidential candidates coming to the first in the nation primary state to raise the issue of student loan debt. “Our presidential candidates will be all over …

Maine getting nearly $60,000 to help students pay for tests

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Maine is getting nearly $60,000 from the federal government to help low-income students pay for advancement placement exams. The U.S. Department of Education is handing out more than $28 million nationwide to defray the cost of AP tests for students. Maine was awarded $59,955. John King, a senior …