A school cafeteria

With school lunches free for all, districts run into a budgeting headache

BY: - October 27, 2021

The numbers appeared off as soon Mark MacLean looked at them. It was fall 2020, and Merrimack Valley School District had collected its annual count of students qualifying for free and reduced-price lunch. In just one school year, the tallies in all six of the district’s towns had dropped.  The average number of students who […]

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Charter schools see dip in enrollment

BY: - October 26, 2021

New Hampshire’s charter schools saw a dip in enrollment this year, registering a 6 percent drop created in part by the closure of schools in Manchester and Pembroke.  In total, 3,835 students were attending charter schools as of the start of the school year, according to figures presented to the Joint Legislative Fiscal Committee by […]

Department of Education building

$800,000 to go toward boosting learning loss programs for English language learners

BY: - October 22, 2021

When Manchester schools went remote for the 2020 school year, it wasn’t just school administrators who had to cobble together new learning programs. The team at BRING IT had to reinvent the wheel, too. For 15 years, the organization has run after-school programs in the city targeted toward New Americans, refugees, and those learning English, […]

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For the state’s school nurses, it’s been a year like no other

BY: - October 19, 2021

Pre-pandemic, Erin Stewart’s job as a school nurse at Rundlett Middle School in Concord wasn’t exactly calm.  Each day, Stewart and her colleagues would issue regular medications, administering them to the kids who showed up to take them and tracking down the ones who forgot. The nurses provided check-ins for students with diabetes, monitoring blood […]

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Plymouth State University to automatically accept state community college business graduates

BY: - October 18, 2021

This story was updated on Oct. 19 at 12:30 to correct the number of community colleges in the state. Plymouth State University has partnered with New Hampshire’s community college system to offer certain community college graduates guaranteed admission to its business program, the university announced Friday. Beginning in the 2022 school year, Plymouth will allow […]

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House Education Committee votes against mandatory nonbinary gender marker in schools

BY: - October 14, 2021

New Hampshire lawmakers dealt a setback to a bill requiring schools to offer nonbinary identification options for students, voting, 11-9, on Thursday to recommend the bill be deemed “inexpedient to legislate.” In a party-line vote, Republicans on the House Education Committee voted to recommend rejecting House Bill 136, which would require all public and charter […]

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Commissioner accepts school’s remote learning decision but says it should be ‘last resort’

BY: - October 8, 2021

One day after Raymond High School entered into remote learning over concerns about COVID-19, Department of Education Commissioner Frank Edelblut offered tacit approval. The department is still stressing that students should be sent home only as a “last resort,” Edelblut said in a statement Thursday. “The Department of Education understands that families have legitimate concerns […]

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Under new law, state will stop regulating small career schools

BY: - October 7, 2021

New Hampshire will no longer regulate small private schools that offer career training – such as beauty schools and electrical training centers – under a new law that takes effect Saturday. Under Senate Bill 148, any private vocational training center that brings in $100,000 or less in tuition every year will no longer need to […]

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Residents opposed to mask policies aim to use petitions to overrule school boards

BY: - October 6, 2021

It started when Paige Sturgeon felt she wasn’t being heard. A resident of Moultonborough with two teenagers at the high school, Sturgeon had strong objections to her school district’s proposed mask policy. At a school board meeting in August, she voiced those objections, urging the board to vote against mandating masks during periods of high […]

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Congress has a plan for universal pre-K. Will states opt in?

BY: - October 4, 2021

WASHINGTON – Nearly a fifth of President Joe Biden’s $3.5 trillion sweeping social spending package is dedicated to providing low-cost care for children from birth to kindergarten – investments that would benefit single parents and low-income families. But how the states implement their programs for pre-K for 3-and 4-year-olds – or whether they even decide […]

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Amid COVID cases, Department of Education urges schools to avoid remote learning

BY: - October 1, 2021

In Manchester, officials chose drastic action. COVID-19 clusters prompted the district to send two elementary schools into remote learning Tuesday “out of an abundance of caution,” the district announced.   In Mascoma Valley Regional School District in Enfield, meanwhile, school officials have held off. Facing a swell of positive coronavirus cases this past week, ranging from […]

School buses

Shortage of bus drivers gives schools a difficult math problem

BY: - September 29, 2021

Even in August, school buses weren’t a major concern for officials in Auburn. The bus company the district contracts with said there would be enough staff to fill the routes, Superintendent William Rearick said.  But at the start of the school year, after the first Friday of operation, three of the drivers quit – some […]