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Education

Study: Massachusetts schools punish more minorites

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Massachusetts public schools punish a disproportionately high number of minorities and students with disabilities with out-of-school suspensions, putting them at higher risk of dropping out or getting in trouble with the law, according to a civil rights group. About two-thirds of those suspensions are for minor infractions, including nonviolent, noncriminal and nondrug offenses, according to the report released Tuesday by the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice. Black …

Three Rivers School in Pembroke seeks input for playground

Monday, November 17, 2014

Pembroke’s Three Rivers School is seeking public input on a proposal to revamp its playground, Principal Jon Marston said. Parents and the public are invited to attend a meeting at 6:30 p.m. tomorrow in the school’s library. Marston said the playground currently “doesn’t exist.” “We have a couple basketball hoops and tar,” he said. Marston said there’s space available at the school, and …

Program gives support, guidance to New Hampshire college applicants

Monday, November 17, 2014

Concord High School senior Irene Ireme grabbed the confirmation letter off the printer and flashed a wide smile. She had just applied to the University of Connecticut. By day’s end, Ireme expected to submit applications to Keene State College and Plymouth State University, with the help of an admissions counselor from Franklin Pierce …

Dunbarton-Bow transition has been without issue for students, schools

Thursday, October 2, 2014

About a month into the academic year, the merger of Dunbarton students into Bow schools has gone well, according to school officials. Students are “starting to feel like they belong here,” Bow High School Principal John House-Myers said. “We’re getting really good reports,” he said. “If something wasn’t …

Dartmouth: Sexual assault reports were up in 2013

Thursday, October 2, 2014

The number of sexual assaults reported at Dartmouth College increased from 24 to 35 last year, but officials said the numbers likely reflect more victims coming forward rather than an actual increase in offenses. Under the federal Clery Act, colleges and universities are required to report statistics about …

Pittsfield schools ‘making education history’

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Fred Bramante, a former chairman of the state Board of Education, said yesterday the Pittsfield School District is pioneering the future of education with its focus on extending learning opportunities outside the standard classroom setting. “This little town, …

NHTI receives federal grant for IT training program

Monday, September 29, 2014

NHTI yesterday announced it received $2.5 million from the federal Department of Labor for its program “Get IT! Growing the Economy Through Information Technology.” The grant project was one of 270 awarded yesterday to community colleges across the country. Get IT! is a statewide project to develop, improve …

Superintendent announces her retirement after nearly three decades with Concord schools

Friday, September 26, 2014

Chris Rath, superintendent of the Concord School District, will retire at the end of this school year. Rath, 67, has worked in Concord schools for nearly three decades. She delivered her letter of retirement to Clint Cogswell, president …

Concord schools superintendent Chris Rath to retire this year

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Concord Superintendent of Schools Chris Rath announced Thursday that she will retire from the superintendent’s job at the end of this school year, according to a press release. In a letter written to Clint Cogswell, president of the Concord School Board, Rath said she has witnessed a lot …

Software better connects schools, police

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

New Hampshire schools and police departments are getting better connected thanks to a statewide school safety initiative. Gov. Maggie Hassan joined the Londonderry Police Department, school officials and the director of the state’s Homeland Security and Emergency Management office yesterday to launch the initiative, which is aimed at …

Hamel’s $10 million donation to UNH aims to pay close to full tuition

Monday, September 22, 2014

The University of New Hampshire announced yesterday the largest gift in the university’s history dedicated solely to in-state student support. Dana Hamel, longtime benefactor, is donating $10 million for scholarships for New Hampshire students. The gift will go toward the Hamel Scholars and Hamel Scholarship Program, which the …

Wesleyan orders fraternities to become coed

Monday, September 22, 2014

Wesleyan University in Connecticut yesterday ordered its fraternities with houses on campus to become coeducational within three years, a move it says is not just about bad behavior but also equality. Wesleyan follows Trinity College in Hartford, which began the transition starting in 2012, citing problems with drinking …

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 …