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Retired U.S. Supreme Court justice Sandra Day O'Connor chides fellow retired justice David Souter about his glasses at the start of last night's Constitutionally Speaking program at the Capital Center for the Arts in Concord.  (Alan MacRae / for the Monitor)

O’Connor, Souter criticize lack of civics education

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Retired U.S. Supreme Court justices Sandra Day O’Connor and David Souter didn’t always agree when they served on the bench together. But last night, appearing together at the Capitol Center for the Arts, they shared their mutual appreciation and unified concern for the state of civics education in American schools. “Our current national political climate makes promoting engagement, a shared … 15

Thirty percent of Virginia schools fall short of standards

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Three in 10 Virginia schools failed to meet state accreditation standards this year as students continue to struggle with more rigorous exams introduced three years ago. The Virginia Department of Education said yesterday that 555 out of the state’s 1,827 schools did not meet state benchmarks on the annual statewide Standards of Learning tests last year. Thirty percent of all schools in the … 0

New approach to suicide prevention debuts at John Stark Regional High School

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Last week, students in health classes at John Stark Regional High School in Weare received cards with a piece of advice spelled out clearly at the top: “Some Secrets Should be Shared.” Part of a new program on suicide prevention, the cards go on to explain: “If you are worried about a friend, it’s important to ACT.” That acronym stands for Acknowledge, Care … 0

Poll: Common Core loses support

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

A year ago, the term Common Core meant little to the American public. But today, a vast majority of people in the country are familiar with the nationwide educational standards – and most of them oppose the initiative touted by the Obama administration, a new survey shows. The … 1

Business development center adds minicourses

Sunday, August 17, 2014

The University of New Hampshire and other partners have created a series of free, extremely short, online courses aimed at teaching entrepreneurs about social media. The new minicourses last up to 15 minutes each and cover three topics: “Pinterest for Business,” “Mobile Marketing” and “Instagram for Business.” They’re … 0

A look at some changes for local school districts

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Many students will head back to area schools by the middle of next week to begin a new year. To give readers a sense of some of the leadership changes that took place at schools over the summer, … 0

Taxpayers, school board in Chichester add odds over stipends

Friday, August 15, 2014

A much-deserved bonus for hardworking teachers or a betrayal of the public trust by the school board? The answer depends largely on who you ask in Chichester, where a group of residents is crying foul over the school board’s approval of a one-time stipend for teachers, months after … 0

New MV board member backed district withdrawal study

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

The newest member of the Merrimack Valley School Board was among those leading a drive earlier this year to explore whether Webster should leave the district. Karin Page said she still supports a study that would examine a potential breakup of the district, but she said she won’t … 0

Concord school board to consider $8.6 million bond

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Concord residents are being asked to weigh in on the school district’s plan to bond up to $8.6 million for major capital projects at four schools. A public hearing on the plan is scheduled for Aug. 25 at 5:30 p.m. in the high school library. The board is … 1

Lunch lady rises to teachers’ union leader

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

She began her career in a school cafeteria, as a lunch lady. In three weeks, she will take over as head of the nation’s largest labor union, representing 3 million educators. Lily Eskelsen García, 59, a telegenic, guitar-slinging … 0

California debates ‘yes means yes’ sex assault law

Sunday, August 10, 2014

College students have heard a similar refrain for years in campaigns to stop sexual assault: No means no. Now, as universities across the country that are facing pressure over the handling of rape allegations adopt policies to define … 0

New Principal Andrea Elliot hopes to build momentum at Bishop Brady

Saturday, August 9, 2014

The Giants of Bishop Brady High School have a new fan in principal Andrea Elliot. A New Hampshire native, Elliot arrives at Brady as a career educator with experience in public and Catholic schools. “I always thought I … 0

Faculty, admin at odds over reason for NHTI cuts

Saturday, August 2, 2014

NHTI faculty and top officials are at odds over the recent move to cut 14 teaching positions. The Concord-based community college announced an expected $3 million budget shortfall and savings plan this week, less than a month before the school year begins. Eight faculty members met Wednesday afternoon … 1