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Children’s Scholarship Fund gets one-year contract to administer ‘education freedom accounts’

BY: - August 9, 2021

This story was updated on Aug. 9 at 11:15 a.m. to correct the income level for a family of four at 300 percent of the 2021 federal poverty level.  New Hampshire will launch its new “education freedom accounts” program with one organization administering the accounts, after the Executive Council approved a single-source contract Wednesday with […]

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$116 million headed to state’s schools as part of pandemic relief package

BY: - August 6, 2021

New Hampshire will receive another $116 million to support its schools as they deal with lingering effects of the pandemic, officials announced Thursday, the final tranche of a program passed by Congress in March. In a statement Thursday, U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona said the federal department had approved New Hampshire’s proposal for how […]

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School boards watching closely as Learn Everywhere gets rolling

BY: - August 4, 2021

Shashank Dubey was never interested in the education business. Then his son came home from elementary school with spelling homework. Each week, Dubey’s son would be assigned 20 words and a test for whether he could spell them. Then, the test would be repeated a week later after the students had time to practice the […]

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Under new law, high school seniors must pass civics exam to graduate

BY: - August 3, 2021

Future New Hampshire high school seniors will have a new requirement to graduate: a passing grade on the national civics exam given to new Americans. Under a law signed by Gov. Chris Sununu last week, high schoolers two years from now will need to pass the 128-question civics naturalization examination in order to graduate.  That […]

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School leaders carry a heavy burden as they prepare to welcome back students

BY: - August 3, 2021

With the Delta variant spreading, vaccination rates plateauing, and mask-wearing increasingly divisive, school leaders have an unenviable job this year: write pandemic safety plans using inconsistent public health guidance and interpret local transmission rates to decide when to scale up or scale down safety measures, such as masks. Then, they must sell it to staff, […]

Gov. Chris Sununu, wearing a white shirt and tie, sits at a desk to sign a document.

Sununu’s veto of school curriculum bill surprises the bill’s Republican sponsor

BY: - August 2, 2021

Gov. Chris Sununu vetoed a Republican attempt to remake New Hampshire’s school curriculum requirements Friday, arguing that the bill needed “additional clarity” in order to be applied by schools.  But the governor did not elaborate on what needed to be changed, and his decision came as a surprise to the Republican sponsor of the bill.  […]

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Sununu signs bill shifting burden of proof in special education hearings to schools

BY: - July 29, 2021

A bill signed by Gov. Chris Sununu Thursday gives parents more power during disputes with schools over special education arrangements. House Bill 581, signed by Sununu Thursday afternoon, places the burden of proof on schools during hearings of children’s individualized education programs. The change means that when parents request due process hearings to challenge the school’s […]

Guy Routhier, 76, poses in front of a Manchester school bus

As schools prepare to get kids back in classrooms, bus driver shortage looms large

BY: - July 29, 2021

Guy Routhier didn’t start his life with the dream of being a school bus driver. He didn’t end his 40-year career in human resources with that goal either.  But retirement didn’t come naturally, and Routhier had a few friends who drove school buses and enjoyed it. So at 71, still restless and intrigued, he jumped […]

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State releases ‘divisive concepts’ guidance for educators, public employers

BY: - July 21, 2021

This story was updated July 22, 2021 at 5:30 p.m. with a statement from NEA-NH. Public school educators will not be violating the state’s new “divisive concepts” law if their lessons on slavery, the civil rights movement, and the treatment of marginalized people leave some students feeling “uncomfortable,” according to guidance issued Wednesday evening by […]

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American Academy of Pediatrics says even vaccinated students should wear masks

BY: - July 20, 2021

When schools reopen, the American Academy of Pediatrics is recommending everyone over the age of 2 wears a mask, even if they have been vaccinated. So far, state public health officials have not adopted that recommendation and local policies differ among districts. The recommendation from the AAP, issued Monday, differs from the Centers for Disease […]

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State Board of Education approves interim rules for ‘education freedom accounts’

BY: - July 19, 2021

New Hampshire’s State Board of Education approved an interim set of rules for its new “education freedom accounts” Thursday, bringing the Granite State a step closer to implementing one of the most sweeping school voucher-like programs in the United States. In a unanimous vote, the board approved the rules, which seek to flesh out the […]

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Board of Education to vote on rules for ‘education freedom accounts’

BY: - July 14, 2021

A new state program creating “educational freedom accounts” could receive more clarity this week, as the New Hampshire Board of Education meets Thursday to take up rules governing the program.  Republican lawmakers passed the EFA program last month, allowing parents who withdraw their child from public school to take their child’s per-pupil state funding with […]