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Be the Change Club member Ennosen Yen (center) talks about how much she has learned about other peopleÕs culture through conversation at Concord High School on Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015. Yen is originally from Sudan.

(ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff)

‘Be the Change Club’ at Concord High a microcosm of community inclusion

Friday, October 9, 2015

When students in Concord High School’s Be the Change Club have disputes, they resolve things in a simple way: sit down and talk about it. Students examine both sides of the conflict, try to understand the other person’s point of view and eventually apologize to one another. “We don’t let it fester,” said group advisor and school social worker Anna-Marie …

Proposed Concord School District budget an increase of $1.1 million

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

The Concord School District budget is set to increase $1.1 million next year if board members approve it later this month. This year’s proposed budget comes in at $75.3 million, a 1.6 percent increase from last year’s figure of $74.2 million. The biggest cost drivers include salaries, health care and the increase of New Hampshire Retirement System payments. School board members discussed the …

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 …

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 …

New SAU 18 superintendent looks forward to year, but has a lot to work on

Saturday, August 15, 2015

For the past six weeks, Daniel LeGallo has been planning, organizing and attending meetings. But mostly, he has been waiting. LeGallo, the new superintendent of SAU 18 as of July 1, has been anticipating the start of the school year since he assumed the position. “I’m excited as …

Rudman Center still without new executive director months after Broderick departure

Friday, August 14, 2015

Five months after the former executive director of the University of New Hampshire Law School’s Warren B. Rudman Center for Justice and Public Policy stepped down, a decision on an official replacement is nowhere in sight. John Broderick …

Pembroke Academy shuts down social media accounts; law writer says it’s a ‘complete overreaction’

Thursday, August 13, 2015

After receiving legal advice about a state law set to take effect next month, Pembroke Academy’s headmaster has ordered the school’s social media accounts to be shut down. Among those that will go dark is a Facebook page …

As Mount Washington College closes, New England College hopes to attract students

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

New England College is hoping to draw students from the recently closed Mount Washington College with a promise of accepting prior credits and keeping tuition rates the same. After the Manchester-based Mount Washington College (formerly known as Hesser College) announced it would close last month, NEC said it …

New charter school in Franklin to emphasize ‘back to basics education’

Monday, August 10, 2015

Compass Classical Academy, a new charter school focusing on classical education, will open with about 70 elementary school students in September. The school, temporarily located in Franklin with plans to move to Northfield, has a curriculum different from most in the state. “It’s really a back to basics …

California high school creates gay history class

Friday, August 7, 2015

A California high school is incorporating a gay history course into its curriculum. Ruth Asawa School of the Arts in San Francisco is adding a new college preparatory course that will “explore the American experience through a lens that isn’t usually discussed in traditional U.S. history classes,” focusing …

Mount Washington College in Manchester to close next year

Friday, August 7, 2015

Officials say a Manchester college is closing next year due to declining enrollment. New Hampshire Public Radio reported Mount Washington College will close next April. The college said in a statement it will stop enrolling new students immediately and focus on the school’s roughly 500 current students. Students …

District names new director of special education

Monday, August 3, 2015

The Weare School District recently named Scott Daniels as its new director of special education. Daniels previously served in the ConVal School District in Peterborough, where he worked first as a school psychologist and then as the special education coordinator. In Weare, he will work to serve Center …