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Pilot program will incentivize school districts to buy from New Hampshire farms
07-22-2024 9:02 AM

By JEREMY MARGOLIS

Cafeterias in 10 New Hampshire school districts are set to receive an influx of local food in coming years, following the creation earlier this month of a statewide reimbursement program.The program, signed into law by Gov. Chris Sununu, will...

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Gov. Sununu signs into law trans sports ban and prohibition on gender surgeries for minors
07-19-2024 6:48 PM

By JEREMY MARGOLIS

Governor Chris Sununu on Friday banned transgender girls in New Hampshire from competing on school-sponsored girls’ sports teams in the state starting in fifth grade.The law – which makes New Hampshire the 26th state to implement transgender sports...


Community college tuition frozen for sixth consecutive year
07-18-2024 4:32 PM

By JEREMY MARGOLIS

Tuition at New Hampshire’s seven community colleges will not increase this coming school year, the Community College System of New Hampshire announced Thursday.Since 2018, a full community college course load has cost $6,450 per year or $215 per...


ACLU calls on UNH and Dartmouth to drop charges against pro-Palestine protesters
07-17-2024 4:24 PM

By JEREMY MARGOLIS

The ACLU of New Hampshire on Wednesday called on the University of New Hampshire and Dartmouth College to drop trespassing and disorderly conduct charges against pro-Palestine protesters arrested on May 1.In a letter to the presidents of the two...


Concord school board places $152 million cap on middle school project, moves forward to design phase
07-16-2024 3:55 PM

By JEREMY MARGOLIS

Despite expressing considerable discomfort with the potential price tag, Concord School Board members voted Monday to cap the controversial middle school building project at $152 million, paving the way for it to move forward to a four-month design...


Teacher who took student to get abortion drops lawsuit following reinstatement of teaching credential
07-09-2024 4:42 PM

By JEREMY MARGOLIS

A New Hampshire teacher who took a student to get an abortion agreed to drop her lawsuit against the Department of Education following the reinstatement late last month of her teaching credential.The teacher, who filed her lawsuit anonymously, alleged...


UNH student arrested for assaulting police chief says video shows he was misidentified
06-30-2024 6:56 AM

By JEREMY MARGOLIS

A University of New Hampshire student charged with assaulting the chief of the school’s police department during a pro-Palestinian protest on May 1 was mistakenly identified and then violently arrested, the student said in an interview Friday.During...


UNH students plan to sue the school, governor over response to pro-Palestine protest as prosecutor begins to offer plea deals
06-27-2024 4:56 PM

By JEREMY MARGOLIS

A group of at least 11 students plans to sue the University of New Hampshire and Gov. Chris Sununu for violating their civil rights during a May 1 pro-Palestine protest in which 11 students were arrested.An intent-to-sue letter is set to be sent...


Closed Magdalen College in Warner, with 129 acres, is for sale
06-27-2024 3:29 PM

By DAVID BROOKS

The former Magdalen College of Liberal Arts in Warner, which closed in May after 50 years as the state’s smallest college, is up for sale. The campus with eight buildings on 129 acres was put on the market this week for $5.5 million.The sale, which...


Opinion: Local boards and jurisdictional authority in Concord
06-26-2024 6:00 AM

By CRAIG WALKER

Craig Walker served as zoning administrator for the City of Concord for over 13 years during a 32+ year career with the city. He retired in 2021. In the debate about the placement of the next middle school, there are some lingering questions that I...


State OKs school district charter amendments as community tensions flare
06-25-2024 6:34 PM

By CATHERINE McLAUGHLIN

A group of Concord residents trying to overturn the school board’s vote to place a new middle school on the east side of the city got a green light from the state this week.Members of Concord Concerned Citizens have proposed changing the independent...


Hometown Hero: Loudon Elementary ‘quasi-administrator’ and reading teacher Stephanie Pike wears many hats
06-25-2024 6:22 PM

By JEREMY MARGOLIS

At 274 students, Loudon Elementary School is too small to sustain both a principal and vice principal, but the school’s size doesn’t completely diminish the scope of administrative responsibilities that must be handled.At some schools without an...


Concord downsizes middle school plan to reduce costs but keeps firm on unpopular location
06-21-2024 4:44 PM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

While maintaining that Broken Ground is the ideal site for the new middle school due to its ample space, the Concord School Board has started downsizing the building and cutting amenities, bringing the project cost to a tentative $152 million.This is...


Opinion: NH’s divisive concepts law ruled unconstitutional, sending a message to the nation
06-14-2024 8:49 AM

By DEB HOWES

Deb Howes is the president of AFT-New Hampshire. A funny thing happened on New Hampshire’s way to threatening to fire teachers for teaching so-called divisive concepts involving gender, race, history and identity. U.S. District Court Judge Paul...


Hydroponics program to continue to grow at Merrimack Valley Middle School
06-13-2024 12:25 PM

By JEREMY MARGOLIS

When students at Merrimack Valley Middle School returned to sixth-grade science teacher Kristen Bean Warren’s classroom on the Wednesday after Memorial Day weekend, they encountered a mystery.Vegetable plants germinating in a hydroponic growing system...


Documents show N.H. teacher took student for abortion
06-11-2024 4:38 PM

By JEREMY MARGOLIS

New Hampshire’s Department of Education has released documents that support an assertion made by Commissioner Frank Edelblut that a New Hampshire teacher transported a student to get an abortion.The commissioner’s claim was made in an April Op-Ed...


Following middle school price estimates, Concord’s city leaders encourage school district to improve community access to schools
06-10-2024 9:00 AM

By JEREMY MARGOLIS

A day after Concord’s School Board unveiled long-awaited cost estimates for its middle school project, city leaders encouraged the school board to ensure and communicate that the school buildings are shared community assets.“Taxpayers are saying,...


Merrimack Valley High School graduates credit friendship and community
06-08-2024 3:49 PM

By JEREMY MARGOLIS

When Edward Amonor Jr. arrived at Merrimack Valley Middle School in 2019 from Ghana, he knew no one and spoke only broken English.At first, he sat alone at lunch. But then a boy named Abhi Karki introduced himself.“He was the first person I felt...


‘Loving, fun and incredible’: Pittsfield celebrates the 35 graduates in Class of 2024
06-08-2024 3:32 PM

By SOFIE BUCKMINSTER

Seemingly every graduation speech throws around the word “family.” For the 35 graduates of Pittsfield Middle High School, the term is more than a cliché.“This town, this school, these people will forever be ingrained in our personality,” said...


Friendship and camaraderie defines Hopkinton’s graduating class
06-08-2024 10:19 AM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

Fitting in can be daunting for any high school student, but for Avery Condon, a senior at Hopkinton High School with Tourette’s syndrome, it could have been even more challenging.But it wasn’t. His classmates embraced him wholeheartedly, never...


Second Start celebrates six adults receiving high school diplomas
06-08-2024 9:00 AM

By SOFIE BUCKMINSTER

With six kids, a full-time job for Butler Bus Company and pet snakes, dogs and goats, Sarah Hodgdon didn’t have much free time. But this year, she earned her high school diploma.Her house was too hectic for her to be able to focus, so she took...

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