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Ashish Kharel talks about getting the 2015 Gates Foundation Millennium Scholarship this week at Concord High School.

(GEOFF FORESTER / Monitor staff)

For Concord High’s Kharel, Gates Scholarship ‘proudest moment of my life’

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Ashish Kharel, a Bhutanese senior at Concord High School, prefaced what he was about to say with a smile. “I mean, over 50,000 people? I didn’t know it was possible,” he said. “I have way more options now than I thought I’d have. It’s way overwhelming.” He had just sized up a handmade sign taped in the hallway that read, …

Hillsboro-Deering High School baseball team extends involvement with Operation Hat Trick beyond the baseball field

Friday, April 24, 2015

The New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery was nearly silent mid-morning Saturday, but not for all of the visitors. “I still hear the rockets coming in, right here,” said Bob Williams, a Vietnam veteran, as he tapped his head with his right hand. Williams, a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, briefly broke away …

Maybe kids aren’t over college after all

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Back in 2009, as the country emerged from recession, one trend line turned sour: Even though economic conditions were improving, fewer people were going straight to college. And it wasn’t just college enrollment numbers overall that were dropping, alarming the higher education industry. It was actually the percentage of kids who’d just finished high school, meaning more of them were going straight into …

Concord School District considering a $1 million budget reduction

Saturday, March 21, 2015

More than 270 elementary school students could be without a bus ride to school next year if the Concord School District implements proposed budget reductions into the final budget next week. Faced with a budget increase and an anticipated revenue loss, the school district needs to find ways …

Smarter Balanced testing starts statewide with some confusion

Friday, March 20, 2015

The drop down menu of the computer-based Smarter Balanced Assessment lists an interim exam and a summative assessment, two options that should have a clear distinction. However, the difference between the practice and actual tests was not as evident to some educators as it should have been for …

Concord superintendent search narrows to three candidates

Friday, March 20, 2015

Three weeks from today, the Concord superintendent search committee hopes to have a final recommendation. “I just informed the school board that before long we will have a recommendation for zero, one, two or three candidates moving forward,” said Clint Cogswell, president of the Concord School Board and …

Hampton Falls students’ hawk bill provokes abortion comment

Friday, March 20, 2015

A civics lesson took an unexpected turn for a group of New Hampshire fourth-graders when a lawmaker brought the abortion debate into their effort to name a state raptor. The students from Lincoln H. Akerman School in Hampton Falls worked during class and on their own time to …

Citing lack of support from UNH, Broderick to step down as director of Rudman Center

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Citing a lack of institutional support, John Broderick will step down as executive director of the Warren B. Rudman Center for Justice, Leadership and Public Police at UNH Law. Broderick’s announcement comes less than a year after he …

Penn State president: Frat posting of nude pictures very sad

Thursday, March 19, 2015

A now-suspended Pennsylvania State University fraternity’s Facebook posting of photos of nude and partly nude women, some of them asleep or passed out, is sad and offensive and could lead to some students being expelled, the university’s president …

N.H.’s ‘Poetry Out Loud’ winner from Goffstown High School

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

New Hampshire’s winner in the annual “Poetry Out Loud” championship is from Goffstown High School. Dessaline Etienne will compete at the national championship in Washington, D.C., April 28-29. As state champion, he receives $200 and travel expenses. His school receives a $500 stipend for the purchase of poetry …

Maine teacher wins $1 million Global Teacher Prize in Dubai

Sunday, March 15, 2015

An English teacher from rural Maine won the $1 million Global Teacher Prize yesterday after 42 years of work as an innovator and pioneer in teaching literature. Nancie Atwell plans to donate the full amount to the Center …

Pembroke Academy taps new principal

Saturday, March 14, 2015

After a yearlong search, Pembroke Academy has tapped one of its deans of students as the school’s next leader. Paul Famulari will take over as principal in July, when interim Headmaster Bob Pedersen’s contract expires. Pederson was hired for a year after the previous headmaster, Mike Reardon, retired …

Fraternity: Investigations underway in Texas, Louisiana

Friday, March 13, 2015

The Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity said yesterday it was investigating racism allegations at universities in Louisiana and Texas after hearing that young men at two schools sang or knew of the same racist chant caught on video in …