Education

The New Hampshire State House dome

Democrats seek to limit EFA program to public school attendees, sparking debate

BY: - January 24, 2023

A Democratic bill seeking to limit New Hampshire’s “education freedom accounts” to students who have spent at least one year in public school has reignited debates over who should have access to the program. Sponsored by Rep. Dave Luneau, a Hopkinton Democrat, House Bill 430 would allow students to benefit from the EFA program only […]

U.S. District Court allows ‘banned concepts’ lawsuit to proceed

BY: - January 13, 2023

A lawsuit brought by state teachers unions and the ACLU of New Hampshire against a law banning certain instruction in the classroom around race, gender, and equity will move forward to trial, after the U.S. District Court rejected an attempt to dismiss it. In an order issued Thursday, District Court Judge Paul Barbadoro struck down […]

Teachers, public school advocates push for repeal of ‘divisive concepts’ law

BY: - January 13, 2023

Persuasive research papers are a yearly assignment in David Scannell’s English classes, and grading them is part of the job. But last school year, the Milford High School teacher faced a new challenge. The New Hampshire Legislature had passed a law in 2021 barring public school teachers from advocating for certain positions around race, gender, […]

Pandemic aid, inflation drive higher per-pupil spending in NH public schools

BY: - January 9, 2023

New Hampshire’s schools are spending more per student than ever before, in part because of an increase of federal COVID-19-related funding.  New figures released by the state’s Department of Education Friday show that the schools spent about 5.24 percent more per student in the 2021-2022 school year than in the prior school year. The 2020-2021 […]

Department of Education seeks 41% reduction in Prenda funding, citing low take-up

BY: - December 20, 2022

The New Hampshire Department of Education is seeking to reduce the amount of federal funding going to Prenda, a private pod-based learning company, after lower-than-expected enrollment by students. The department is requesting to lower the total value of its four-year contract with Prenda from $5.8 million to $3.4 million, a 41 percent decrease, according to […]

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 […]

Activists call on President Biden to cancel student debt during a protest

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 […]

Education Department sign and buidling

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 […]