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Education

N.H. students asked to write ‘Letters About Literature’

Monday, October 20, 2014

New Hampshire students in grades 4 through 12 are being encouraged to write a personal letter to an author explaining how his or her work changed their view of the world or of themselves. The “Letters About Literature” contest is nationally sponsored by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. Entries for grades 9-12 must be postmarked no later than Dec. 15. Entries for grades 4-6 and …

Chichester Central School wins national Blue Ribbon award

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Chichester Central School has been named by the U.S. Department of Education as one of three National Blue Ribbon Schools in the state. The kindergarten through eighth-grade school is one of 340 across the country that will be honored at a ceremony in Washington, D.C., next month. Pamela Stiles, who was the school’s …

Native American schools face decayed buildings, poverty

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Federally owned schools for Native Americans on reservations are marked by remoteness, extreme poverty and a lack of construction dollars. They also are among the nation’s lowest performing. The Obama administration is pushing ahead with an improvement plan that gives tribes more control. But the effort is complicated by the disrepair of so …

States get leeway in using students’ test results to evaluate teachers

Friday, August 22, 2014

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan on Thursday announced a plan to allow states to delay using student standardized test results on teacher performance evaluations, a move widely seen as an effort to calm tension between Duncan and the nation’s educators. Duncan said the delay will allow states “to …

PHOTOS: Science fun at McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center in Concord

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Educator John Parodi (left) of the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center in Concord describes the Apollo 11 lunar landing for (from right) Karen Tardif, Emma O’Neill, 11, and Reagan O’Neill, 9, all of Laconia, yesterday. Parodi pointed out the location …

Concord School Board expected to vote on $8.6M bonds Monday

Thursday, August 21, 2014

On Monday, the Concord School Board is expected to vote on the issuance of up to $8.6 million in bonds for major capital projects. The public hearing is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. in the high school library on …

PHOTO: Fair equips students for school at Rundlett in Concord

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Students picking up their packets for the new school year at Rundlett Middle School in Concord could also pick up a new backpack, a full lunch bag, clothing, school supplies, toiletries and books at the Ready to Learn …

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 …

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 …

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, …

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 …

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 …

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 …