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New Hampshire charter school enrollment increases 14% in past year

BY: - November 25, 2022

Enrollment in New Hampshire’s public charter schools grew 13.89 percent over the last school year, according to new figures released by the Department of Education, even as enrollment in public schools dropped overall.  The department reported there were 4,912 students enrolled in the state’s 28 charter schools as of the start of the 2022 -2023 […]

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State issues request for information on therapeutic cannabis registry

BY: - November 23, 2022

New Hampshire officials are attempting to upgrade the state’s therapeutic cannabis registry – and they’re seeking input from those in the industry on how best to do it. In a request for information, the Department of Health and Human Services is asking for suggestions for a recommended approach for an online registry in the state.  […]

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Student loan repayment pause extended by White House amid legal battles over relief plan

BY: - November 23, 2022

WASHINGTON — The Department of Education announced on Tuesday it is extending the pandemic-era pause on federal student loan repayments until June 30 while legal challenges to the administration’s student debt relief program are fought over in the courts. The agency said if the student debt relief program has not been put in place by […]

Recount returns Manchester House seat to Republicans

BY: - November 22, 2022

Republican Larry Gagne won the Manchester Ward 6 House seat in a second recount completed Tuesday evening. The seat had flipped from Gagne to Democrat Maxine Mosley in an initial recount completed last week. But on Thursday, Secretary of State David Scanlan said the first recount didn’t appear to have included all votes, prompting Mosley […]

Recount of Manchester Ward 6 House race to continue, rules Judge Amy Ignatius

BY: - November 22, 2022

A contentious recount will continue in a Manchester Ward 6 House race despite efforts by Democrats to end it, Merrimack County Superior Court judge Amy Ignatius ruled Tuesday morning. Democrats Maxine Mosley, a candidate in the race, and Sen. Donna Soucy filed a lawsuit to stop a continuation of the recount, arguing it had already […]

Concerns ahead for state’s direct care workforce

BY: - November 22, 2022

New Hampshire will lose far more direct care workers for older adults and people with disabilities than it needs in the next decade, according to new research from PHI, a national nonprofit focused on elder care and disability services. And difficulties around low-pay and career advancement will make that hard to reverse. Amy Robins, director […]

Merrimack Superior Court to rule on contentious House recount

BY: - November 21, 2022

Merrimack Superior Court Judge Amy Ignatius will decide “quickly” whether a recount of a contentious House race can proceed, she said Monday, after hearing arguments from the state and lawyers representing the candidates.  “It sounds like this is an unusual and messy situation,” Ignatius said Monday. The hearing came after Democrats Maxine Mosley, a candidate […]

New buyer keeps Crotched Mountain School open

BY: - November 21, 2022

A Massachusetts-based company that provides health and other services at more than 200 locations in New England and abroad announced Monday that it is buying the Crotched Mountain School for children with disabilities, which was set to close this week.  Seven Hills Foundation, headquartered in Worcester, announced it had an agreement to buy the 125-acre […]

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Health and Human Services requests use of federal funds to assist Ukrainian refugees

BY: - November 17, 2022

The state Department of Health and Human Services is hoping to use nearly $697,000 in federal money to provide the estimated 175 Ukrainian refugees who arrived in New Hampshire this year help finding jobs and housing, learning English, and accessing vaccines. The department is expected to ask the Joint Legislative Fiscal Committee Friday to use […]

Ballot counting to continue for two seats narrowly held by Democrats 

BY: - November 17, 2022

More ballots need to be counted before finalizing the recount result of Manchester Ward 6, a seat that flipped from Republican to Democratic control Monday, Secretary of State Dave Scanlan announced Thursday. That announcement brings uncertainty for two seats now held by Democrats, as Republicans have a razor-thin majority with 200 seats. Democrats currently hold […]

Recount of Rochester Ward 4 House seat results in a tie

BY: - November 16, 2022

A recount of the Rochester Ward 4 New Hampshire House race resulted in a tie Wednesday, putting an additional Republican seat in question as the party now holds just a one-seat advantage. The Republican majority in the House had been 201-199 prior to the Rochester recount. Since Monday, recounts flipped two other seats from Republican […]

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State seeks approval for $9.8 million in federal funds toward school security upgrades

BY: - November 16, 2022

New Hampshire officials are seeking this week to distribute $9.8 million in federal funds to help boost school door-locking systems to mitigate threats. In a request to the Joint Legislative Fiscal Committee, Gov. Chris Sununu said the funds will be spread among 231 public schools and 18 nonpublic schools if approved. The committee will vote […]