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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 […]

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Council to consider contract to address learning loss among students in nonpublic schools

BY: - August 16, 2021

New Hampshire students in nonpublic schools could soon benefit from federally funded “learning loss” programs to address any setbacks caused by remote instruction. Under a contract appearing before the Executive Council Wednesday, the New Hampshire Department of Education would set aside $1.58 million for in-school instruction and summer-school learning loss programs to help students at […]

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In reversal, state’s NEA chapter supports COVID vaccine requirement for teachers

BY: - August 13, 2021

The New Hampshire chapter of the National Education Association is supporting a vaccine requirement for teachers, reversing an earlier position as cases of the Delta variant of COVID-19 continue to climb. In a statement Friday, NEA New Hampshire said that its board members agree with the national NEA’s decision Thursday to announce support for a […]

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Here’s what you need to know about schools reopening amid another COVID surge

BY: - August 13, 2021

New Hampshire is weeks away from the start of the 2021-2022 school year, and school boards across the state are wrestling with a crucial operational question: Are mask mandates necessary? On Wednesday, state epidemiologist Dr. Ben Chan gave a clear answer: Probably yes.  During a briefing to schools and child care providers Wednesday, Chan said […]

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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, […]

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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 […]