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After a challenging year, educators assess the challenges to come

BY: - May 19, 2021

Ben Lambright could talk about the toll the COVID school year has had on his peers, but he said his teachers aren’t in much better shape.  “I have teachers at school who, I like to joke, they have senioritis worse than I do,” the Nashua 12th-grader joked to a panel of education representatives Monday. “So […]

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Commentary: Can schools require COVID-19 vaccines for students now that Pfizer’s shot is authorized for kids 12 and up?

BY: - May 14, 2021

With the first COVID-19 vaccine now authorized for adolescents, ages 12 and up, a big question looms: Will students be required to get the vaccine before returning to their classrooms in the fall? As a professor of education policy and law and a former attorney for school districts, I regularly think about this sort of […]

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Senate approves bill allowing funding of religious schools

BY: - May 13, 2021

The New Hampshire Senate passed a bill Thursday allowing public school districts to enter into tuition agreements with private religious schools – a significant move in the direction of direct public funding of religious education. In a 14-10 party-line vote, Republicans in the Senate voted “ought to pass” on House Bill 282, sending the bill […]

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Manchester takes an expansive view of COVID-era summer learning

BY: - May 7, 2021

It’s the summer of freedom, the first step in the return to normalcy. But for many New Hampshire schools, the warmer months of 2021 present a new challenge: a rush on summer school programs.  Parents are calling constantly. Registrations are flowing in. Schools are expanding programs to meet what they expect to be major demand. […]

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The crumbling wall between public money and religious schools

BY: - April 29, 2021

New Hampshire’s latest bid to create “education freedom accounts” – a voucher-like program allowing public school dollars to be used by families in private schools – is not the first attempt of its kind. But it is the broadest.  The proposed law, Senate Bill 130, would give parents the option of using per-pupil public school […]

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Bill on citizenship exam requirement heads to Senate Education Committee

BY: - April 26, 2021

What territory did the United States buy from France in 1803? Why were the Federalist Papers important? Both questions are on the federal citizenship exam, and you must get a 60 or better to pass. You’d have to do 10 points better to graduate from a state university or community college under a bill before […]

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Half a million dollars coming to state to support homeless students

BY: - April 23, 2021

On Monday, New Hampshire will receive the first installment of American Rescue Plan money that has been earmarked for homeless students. New Hampshire will receive nearly $2.3 million in total. The state will receive an initial distribution of $573,993, and the remainder will be delivered as soon as June. The money will be used to […]

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For youngest students and their teachers, ‘back to normal’ carries big challenges

BY: - April 23, 2021

Charlene Kurtz has weathered it all since COVID-19 hit – from screens to schedule changes. A year ago, the Manchester kindergarten and first-grade teacher wasn’t sure how she would teach core concepts to 7-year-olds over a camera and a computer. These days, she feels like she’s mastered it. “I’ll be honest: Almost all of my […]

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How school lunch leftovers could help in hunger fight

BY: - April 22, 2021

New Hampshire lawmakers are hoping to tackle a persistent problem in the state’s schools: leftover school lunch food that goes to waste. House Bill 500 would allow schools to team up with nonprofit programs to redistribute leftovers. Under the law, schools could repackage perishable meals into frozen meals and send them home on Fridays for […]

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Some schools struggle to meet mandate on in-person learning

BY: - April 21, 2021

When Seacoast Charter School in Portsmouth opened its doors for the school year last fall, there was little in the way of hard guidelines from the state. So the district designed its own plan. The school divided its students into “cohorts.” Cohort A would come into school for in-person learning on Monday and Tuesday and […]