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  • April 16, 2016 9:26 PM | Anonymous

    By Matt Nanci Sentinel Staff SentinelSource.com

    ALSTEAD — A new Alstead charter school recently heard from the N.H. Department of Education that it’s secured crucial grant money that will allow it to open in fall 2017. And, through a contest called the Super School Project challenge, it’s in the running to win a substantial sum more.

    Over the next three years, the LEAF School will get $525,000 in federal start-up grant funds to use for expenses such as curriculum development, furniture, technology and equipment, according to Dakota Benedetto, a Fall Mountain Regional High School teacher who founded the charter school. 

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  • March 25, 2016 4:16 PM | Anonymous

    NASHUA, N.H. —The Academy for Science and Design in Nashua received $10,000 in grants on Thursday after two groups were named best in the state in an app design challenge. 

    One team of seventh-graders designed an app called “Mind Spawn,” which allows students to earn money for their schools by correctly answering educational questions.

    Ninth-graders created “How to Adult,” an app to help young adults and recent graduates adapt to the real world. 

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  • March 15, 2016 4:19 PM | Anonymous

    Good article by Danielle Curtis however there remains a lot of misinformation out there some of which you can see in this video.

    By Danielle Curtis, Nashua Telegraph

    CONCORD – If the state passes its budget for the next biennium without money for new charter schools, the effects would be devastating, and long-lasting.

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  • March 15, 2016 4:19 PM | Anonymous
    By Mark Hayward, Union Leader

    "MANCHESTER - Gov. Maggie Hassan visited a Manchester charter school on Wednesday and said her plan for a casino represents a way to pay for an expansion of charter schools in the state."

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  • March 15, 2016 4:18 PM | Anonymous

    By Gary Rayno, Union Leader

    "Charter schools and their supporters took one of the biggest hits in the House approved budget package. They haven't taken that kind of hit in a long time. Not only did the House strip out the $2.5 million in funding for new charter school...s Hassan included in her budget proposal, the House added a moratorium on any new charter schools.
    While the state board suspended applications for new schools, it did not officially declare a moratorium. The House beat back attempts to reverse those changes along with another requiring state audits every three years."
  • March 15, 2016 4:10 PM | Anonymous
    A great story by Sam Evans Brown. When even NPR calls you out for playing politics, then you know what you're doing is wrong. One point of context in regard to the graph, there are approaximately 178,000 public school students in New Hampshire. Only a fraction of them are public charter school students. It makes you wonder why so many lobbyists are trying to stop this tiny program?

    By Sam Evans Brown, NPR "Today the New Hampshire House of Representatives passed a budget that doesn’t fund $2.5 million for new charter schools. If that policy stands it would be mean a de facto, two-year moratorium on charter schools. It’s a move that was met with surprise and confusion by charter school advocates. But to understand the decision takes knowing something about the long, political history of charter schools." Click here to read the complete article

  • March 15, 2016 4:09 PM | Anonymous
    In this article, Tobin offers a frank assessment of the politics behind efforts to block education reform. Unfortunately New Hampshire is not immune to this type of behavior as clearly demonstrated in HB2.

    HB2 contains a number of provisions which would harm public charter schools now and in the future. Even worse, the use of HB2 circumvents the democratic process because it allows opponents to bypass the need to hold "public hearings" in policy committees such as house education. Quite devious.

    By Jonathan Tobin

    "After decades of struggling to stifle any hope of giving children and their parents a chance to escape from failing schools, liberals are starting to fear their task is inevitably doomed to failure...

    The teachers’ unions and the rest of the state education establishment that oppose school choice tell us that this drains money from public schools and will hurt children. But the well-funded legal and political struggle they have been waging to squelch every attempt to provide choice is defending is their education monopoly, not the best interests of those interred in schools that don’t give kids a chance.

    Far from destroying public schools, the availability of private and other options, such as charters, provide the system with the competition that is the only way to incentivize their improvement. Without that, the bureaucracy will continue to process kids more than educate them, as is the case in all too many places around the country where the families with the means to choose other options have fled the public system."

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  • March 15, 2016 4:07 PM | Anonymous
    By Dave Solomon, Unioned Leader

    CONCORD - Charter school advocates hit a roadblock in their efforts to open new schools in Nashua, Plymouth and the Seacoast this fall, after a party-line vote by the House Finance Committee on Tuesday to table a bill that would have ended a moratorium on new charters.

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  • March 15, 2016 4:06 PM | Anonymous
    By Adam Swift, Union Leader

    DERRY - When the Next Charter High School opens in September, the school's co-directors are counting on the key to its success being its flexibility; both flexibility of space and flexibility in what it can offer its students. The state's department of education recently gave its approval for the school to open its doors in September.

    Co-directors Joe Crawford and Justin Krieger are now meeting with students and their families who might want to attend the school and are in the process of hiring two full-time teachers for the school.

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  • March 15, 2016 4:05 PM | Anonymous

    Charles Arlinghaus, Union Leader

    One committee chairman in the New Hampshire House admitted in a rare moment of candor that he intends to use schools as a political hostage in his grand negotiating scheme. This sort of cynical manipulation helps explain why average citizens have such contempt for politicians and their perverted sense of ethics. New Hampshire's charter school law has been in limbo for the better part of a year. The Attorney General's Office has told the state Board of Education that its interpretation of language passed last session prohibits the board from allowing any new schools to open. Oddly, the authors of that language intended precisely the opposite.
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