Child advocate: Protecting at-risk children requires more staff, funding

BY: - November 29, 2022

Citing a 31 percent increase in incident reports of restraints, seclusion, and other mistreatment of children, the state’s child advocate told state officials Monday that she needs more staff and money to ensure the state is providing at-risk youth safe, dignified, and effective treatment.  Child Advocate Cassandra Sanchez requested to expand her staff of eight, […]

New Hampshire school enrollment drops again, continuing a 20-year decline

BY: - November 29, 2022

New Hampshire public schools opened this school year with 1,845 fewer kids than they did last year – a 1.1 percent drop. But when it comes to the state’s enrollment trends, the change was hardly surprising. For 20 years, attendance in New Hampshire schools has steadily declined, with no signs of a turning point. The […]

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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 […]

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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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 […]

Republicans voice support for expanding ‘education freedom account’ program

BY: - November 3, 2022

Nearly two years after creating the “education freedom account” program, a growing number of New Hampshire Republicans are looking toward expanding who can access it. During an Oct. 25 Bulletin/NHPR debate, Gov. Chris Sununu said he would support raising income caps on the program. In a Tuesday WMUR debate, he repeated that position. And one […]

Republican lawmakers explore expanding role of school boards

BY: - October 21, 2022

As New Hampshire lawmakers look ahead to a new slate of education laws next year, some are pushing to give school boards a more central role.  Representatives on the House Education Committee grappled with a bill this month that would require school boards to approve textbooks and classroom content, draft policies allowing parental review of […]

Poll: Granite Staters support raising teacher pay; majority oppose ‘divisive concepts’ law

BY: - October 20, 2022

A majority of Granite Staters appear supportive of their local teachers and opposed to a recent law restricting them from certain teaching topics, a new poll from the University of New Hampshire suggests. The poll, released Thursday, found that 51 percent of respondents thought the quality of their local public school teachers was “good” or […]

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Republican councilors once again hold up funding for after-school sex ed program

BY: - October 19, 2022

For a third time, Republican executive councilors have halted funding for a decade-old sex education program aimed at reducing teen pregnancy in Sullivan County and Manchester, which have the state’s highest teen birth rates.  The three councilors who voted to hold off a vote on the $682,000 contract Wednesday, Joe Kenney, David Wheeler, and Ted […]

Citing hiring challenges, Gersh Autism to close school at Crotched Mountain

BY: - October 19, 2022

Gersh Autism told parents Monday it is closing its day and residential school and recreation program at Crotched Mountain on Nov. 18. The news leaves families of children whose disabilities are too complex for public school with limited alternatives. The company, which calls the school Legacy By Gersh, cited reasons similar to those that nearly […]

School districts struggle to balance transgender protections, parental notification

BY: - October 14, 2022

For seven years, the New Hampshire School Boards Association had a model policy for how schools should treat transgender students and uphold their rights. And for years, many school boards in the state adopted the policy. In February, that came to an end. As conservative criticism of LGBTQ+ school policies grew and the political rhetoric […]

State misses deadline for program to expand school lunch aid 

BY: - October 10, 2022

Last month, a bipartisan majority of state senators sent Gov. Chris Sununu a letter with a last-minute request. The U.S. Department of Agriculture was continuing a program to allow states to automatically sign up eligible public school students for the free and reduced-price lunch program using their families’ Medicaid enrollment information. Twenty-seven states were already […]