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Rudman Center advisers looking to future, building on momentum

Saturday, March 28, 2015

When he learned the state’s flagship university wanted to dedicate a public policy center in his name, former U.S. senator Warren Rudman said there was no greater mission than to train future leaders to seek justice, serve their country and work together for the common good. The late statesman would have frowned on the tumultuous week at the Warren B. Rudman Center for Justice, Leadership and Public Policy. Despite public …

Review of campus sexual misconduct policies in NH finds gaps

Friday, March 27, 2015

Lawyers who reviewed how New Hampshire’s public universities and colleges handle sexual harassment and other misconduct said yesterday the schools must address specific gaps in policies and practices while also making broader efforts to create a safe campus culture. University System of New Hampshire officials asked attorneys at a Manchester law firm to review their procedures in general and their handling of four …

Technology is the focus of first-time Smarter Balanced implementation

Thursday, March 26, 2015

With headphones on, hands on laptop keyboards and gazes focused on the screens, fourth-grade students at Christa McAuliffe School answered math questions yesterday during a Smarter Balanced testing session. Schools are used to administering standardized tests, but the tests corresponding to the Common Core State Standards are a new experience for both students …

Residents amend anti-Common Core article at Deerfield’s school deliberative session

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Common Core and its testing will likely remain in Deerfield, despite opposition from some residents. Voters amended a petitioned warrant article to discontinue Common Core and the Smarter Balanced Assessment at yesterday’s school district deliberative session. The amendment reduces the authority of the article, making it advisory rather …

Full-day kindergarten to be considered in Bow

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Full-day kindergarten will be considered by Bow residents at this year’s town meeting. On the school district warrant as a petitioned article, the full-day kindergarten proposal asks voters to approve $359,036 to implement it. This article and the rest of the school district warrant will be discussed at …

Interviews for new Concord superintendent will begin this week

Saturday, February 7, 2015

The first round of interviews of candidates for superintendent of the Concord School District will begin this week. A selection of four candidates was narrowed down from 10 or 12 eligible applicants, Concord School Board President Clint Cogswell said. The first interview will be Tuesday. The application period …

All John Stark Regional School District warrant articles move forward at deliberative session

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Residents had no objections to the John Stark Regional School District’s warrant at Thursday night’s deliberative session. “Everything passed right through,” said school board Chairman Mark Zuckerman. “No amendments, no objections to anything.” Voters in the district, which includes Henniker and Weare, will be considering a proposed budget …

Gilmanton School District seeks modular classrooms

Saturday, February 7, 2015

The Gilmanton School, which serves students in kindergarten through eighth grade, is looking for more space. Hoping to respond to a growing number of students in younger grades, the district is again asking voters to approve the installation of modular classrooms at the school. The total cost of …

Deerfield School District to ask voters whether to stay with Common Core

Friday, February 6, 2015

A petition warrant article in the Deerfield School District is proposing a curriculum change that other New Hampshire districts have also considered: opting out of Common Core. If passed, this article says Deerfield would “immediately discontinue participation in the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and the Smarter Balanced …

Concord school budget projected to increase

Friday, February 6, 2015

Concord School Board members saw the first draft of the proposed budget for 2016 Wednesday night, which calls for an increase in funding and will likely raise tax rates. The proposed budget is $81.03 million, a $1.75 million increase over the current year’s budget. “I don’t think there …

Schools face tough call on when to cancel due to snow, Manchester apologizes for wrong decision

Thursday, February 5, 2015

By the afternoon, it was blue sky and sun above a fresh coating of snow. But yesterday’s morning commute was a slow slog through near-blizzard-like conditions. Getting to work is one thing, but deciding whether hundreds of employees …

College completion gap between rich, poor widens

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

The gap in bachelor-degree attainment between the nation’s richest and poorest students by age 24 has doubled during the last four decades, according to a report released yesterday. The percentage of students from the lowest-income families – those making $34,160 a year or less – earning a bachelor’s …

Voters in John Stark Regional School District to consider budget less than default

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

John Stark Regional School District voters will be considering a proposed budget that is lower than the default budget at the district’s deliberative session tomorrow. “That is not an uncommon thing for us,” said Zach Lawson, vice chairman of the John Stark Regional School Board. The proposed budget …