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Proposed legislation would increase the amount of local food in schools

BY: - September 22, 2021

A bill that will be introduced during the next legislative session aims to increase the amount of New Hampshire-grown food that’s served in public schools. The proposal sets a statewide target that 10 percent of food served in schools will be grown in the state. Rep. Alexis Simpson, an Exeter Democrat, filed a request for […]

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Lawmakers to push for COVID-19 vaccine to be added to list of required immunizations for kids

BY: - September 21, 2021

New Hampshire Democratic lawmakers are pushing to add COVID-19 vaccines to the list of immunizations required for all children – provided the vaccines become approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. In a bill set to be introduced in 2022, eight Democrats, led by newly converted member Rep. William Marsh, aim to add COVID-19 […]

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There’s a shortage of educators in New Hampshire – and COVID is only part of the reason

BY: - September 20, 2021

There was a time when an opening for an English teacher at Madison Elementary School would draw 30 to 40 applicants.  These days, Michael Whaland said, the school is lucky to get six. Whaland, the superintendent of SAU 13, which includes Freedom, Madison, and Tamworth, knows the numbers well. Two weeks after classes began, his […]

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Council approves federal aid to address homelessness among students

BY: - September 15, 2021

New Hampshire students who experienced homelessness during the COVID-19 pandemic could soon benefit from wraparound services in their schools, after the New Hampshire Executive Council approved federal aid money Wednesday. As part of the Elementary and Secondary Schools Emergency Relief program’s Homeless Children and Youth Fund – a piece of the American Rescue Plan passed […]

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19 reports of misconduct logged in new reporting system at St. Paul’s School

BY: - September 14, 2021

Students and staff at St. Paul’s School have made 19 reports of sexual assault and other misconduct since January 2021, according to a report released by the school’s independent compliance overseer last week, with nine reports listed as “active.”  In his latest semi-annual report, the overseer, Donald E. Sullivan, noted that the Concord private school […]

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‘Education freedom accounts’ program partners with national firm to administer money

BY: - September 14, 2021

New Hampshire’s new program allowing eligible families to pay for private school expenses using public funds continues to see unexpectedly high take-up.  Now, as the state gears up to distribute the money, the organization running the “education freedom accounts,” the Children’s Scholarship Fund, is officially partnering with a national company to oversee how it’s spent. The […]

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Proposed apprenticeship program would launch in four school districts for starters

BY: - September 2, 2021

New Hampshire’s Department of Education is pushing for a new approach to improve the pipeline from high school to industries, starting with four “pilot” school districts.  In a request before the Executive Council this month, the department is seeking approval for a federally funded program that would allow students in Conway, Hinsdale, Laconia, and Manchester […]

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With interest in ‘education freedom accounts’ high, voucher critics point to the cost

BY: - September 2, 2021

Anthony Henry isn’t sure where he wants to go to high school in a year. But he knows he doesn’t want it to be a public school.  The Derry native, who is entering eighth grade this year, says he’s been disheartened by content taught in his middle school – from videos diving into the background […]

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Census data shows that children make up the most diverse part of the state’s population

BY: - September 1, 2021

This story was updated at 10:20 a.m. on Sept. 1 to clarify that City Year brings coaches to work in schools, not teachers. When Eva Castillo came to the United States from her home country of Venezuela, she wasn’t planning to stay. But life happened. She met her husband, a Manchester native, and over the […]

Mask requirement question puts school districts in the middle of a great divide

BY: - August 26, 2021

Deep into a late-night school board meeting on the future of mask mandates in the Merrimack Valley School District, Chairwoman Seelye Longnecker paused to take stock of public opinion.  A torrent of parents had emailed ahead of the emergency meeting with views on their preferred policy. The question was simple: Should masks be required? But […]

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Lawmakers allow ‘education freedom account’ rules to move ahead despite lawyers’ concerns

BY: - August 20, 2021

New Hampshire’s “education freedom account” program is on track to roll out across the state this month, after a critical vote Thursday by the state’s Joint Legislative Committee on Administrative Rules (JLCAR).  But the vote – which approved a set of interim rules designed to allow the program to become operational by the start of […]

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Federal money awarded to create new charter schools in the state, expand existing ones

BY: - August 17, 2021

After years of controversy and delay, New Hampshire’s Department of Education has awarded the first tranche of a $46 million effort to double the number of charter schools in the state. On Aug. 11, the department announced the first seven recipients of the federal funding, which was approved by the Trump administration and is meant […]