State launches training workshops for paraprofessionals amid shortages

BY: - August 12, 2022

New Hampshire’s Department of Education is attempting to tackle a statewide shortage of paraprofessionals with a new training program, the department announced this week. In partnership with 321 Insight, a company that develops training courses, the state will be hosting a series of free, three-hour workshops next week to train new paraprofessionals and retrain existing […]

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State encourages high school students to try work-based learning via new program

BY: - August 8, 2022

New Hampshire’s Department of Education is encouraging high school students to take part-time jobs with New Hampshire companies and earn academic credit as part of a program launched in February.  In a press conference Monday, officials with the department and leaders with the state’s Business and Industry Association touted the new program as a way […]

Department of Education among participants in Americans for Prosperity ‘school choice’ fair

BY: - August 4, 2022

Around 100 families attended a fair to promote nontraditional educational opportunities for students Wednesday, organizers said. The event was hosted by the Americans for Prosperity Foundation and featured an appearance by a representative from the New Hampshire Department of Education. Held at the Executive Court in Manchester, an indoor event space, the “Education Freedom Fair” […]

State looks to National Guard for STEM education

BY: - July 20, 2022

New Hampshire officials are seeking to set up a National Guard program to encourage children to pursue science and technology careers, in a move that would mirror programs in other states. In a request to the Joint Legislative Fiscal Committee this week, the state’s Department of Military Affairs and Veterans Services is seeking $179,461 in […]

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New education funding lawsuit focuses on town-to-town inequality of property taxes

BY: - July 14, 2022

The village of Penacook is 6 miles up the road from downtown Concord. In nearly all respects, its residents are Concord residents. But in the matter of paying for education, residents face different realities. Concord property owners paid $12.46 in annual local property taxes for every $1,000 of their home’s value in 2021. Penacook property […]

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State to launch ‘Choose Love’ conference in effort to tackle behavior leading to school shootings

BY: - July 13, 2022

The Department of Education will host a conference in August designed to train students and educators in techniques to “disrupt the pathway to violence” and engage in conflict resolution, two months after a school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, spurred outrage. The Executive Council approved the “New Hampshire Choose Love Statewide Conference” Tuesday, opening the way […]

Parents of students with disabilities applaud creation of special education watchdog agency

BY: - July 12, 2022

To Kate Shea, dealing with her school’s special education adjudication process was “the tale of two children.”  One of her sons came to the Goffstown School District with an autism diagnosis, confirmed by a neuropsychological investigation Shea paid for. Through advocacy, she helped him receive speech and occupational therapy from the school district, allowing him […]

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State begins accepting applications for school security grants

BY: - July 6, 2022

New Hampshire schools can begin applying for funding to upgrade school security this week, the Department of Education announced, a week after the Executive Council approved the federal funds. “With these grants, schools will be able to put important safety initiatives into place to ensure that the children and staff members remain safe,” said Jennifer […]

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State requests use of COVID relief funds to pay for public and private school security upgrades

BY: - June 16, 2022

New Hampshire is seeking to use COVID-19 relief money to continue funding school security and infrastructure upgrades, an effort that is close to running out of state funding. And this time around, the state is proposing to fund private school upgrades, too.  In a request before the Joint Legislative Fiscal Committee meeting this Friday, Department […]

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After big legislative wins in 2021, conservatives rack up few education victories in 2022

BY: - June 9, 2022

New Hampshire’s conservative “school choice” movement notched sweeping victories for education legislation in 2021. But 2022 has proven less fruitful. A “teacher loyalty” bill to bar educators from advocating for socialism failed to advance this year, after its sponsor pulled it from consideration. A bill to create a local-taxpayer-funded version of the state’s new education […]

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Schools could offer or expand health care services under state contract

BY: - June 6, 2022

Citing a rise in youth mental health needs and a drop in medical checkups, the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services wants to establish or expand health clinics in some school districts. With parental or caregiver permission, students could receive immunizations, mental health counseling, physical exams, and health education at their school. “Since […]

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In narrow vote, parental rights bill rejected by House

BY: - May 26, 2022

This story was updated at 7 p.m. on May 26, 2022, with additional comments and details. The New Hampshire House rejected a “parental rights” bill Thursday that would have required schools to notify parents of a number of developments with their children, including with their gender identity and expression. In a narrow 171-176 vote, the […]