School bus shortage leaves students stranded

Aug 31, 2017

A shortage of bus drivers in New Hampshire has left some Northwood students without a ride to school.

While many Granite State school districts have been dealing with a lack of qualified bus drivers, the situation in Northwood intensified last spring when Northwood Transportation, the local bus provider, went out of business with a year left in their contract with SAU 44.

Scheduling provides a temporary solution

Driver education for parents

Aug 31, 2017

Rhode Island recently mandated that parents of teens taking driver’s ed attend a class aimed at helping them prepare their children for the open road. Massachusetts and Connecticut already require parents to take similar classes and New Jersey may soon follow suit. Should New Hampshire require that parents of young drivers take such a class?

Drivers ed in NH

Illinois law requires education on police stops

Dec 19, 2016

Last August Illinois passed a law that requires driver's education to include instruction on how to behave during a traffic stop by law enforcement.

The law comes at a time of heightened tensions between the police and the public, including a highly publicized police shooting during a traffic stop in Minnesota.

Parental Permission for the Pledge?

Sep 21, 2016

Participation in patriotic rituals has been making headlines lately, from San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick kneeling during the national anthem, to a Northern California Native American teen who reported having her grades docked for failure to stand during the Pledge of Allegiance.

Franklin latest to withdraw from its SAU

Sep 20, 2016

Earlier this month, the town of Franklin took final steps towards withdrawing from SAU 18, the cooperative school administrative unit it shares with the town of Hill. The state Board of Education approved the withdrawal plan in August and, if approved by the Franklin City Council, the change will go into effect for the 2017-2018 school year. 

Should NH postpone starting the school year until after Labor Day?

Sep 06, 2016

In Maryland, Gov. Larry Hogan issued an order this week that all public schools in the state would refrain from starting the new school year in 2017 until after Labor Day. Schools must also complete the requisite 180 days of class time before June 15th, which some noted will likely mean cutting into spring or other vacation time.  Virginia previously passed legislation requiring schools to start after Labor Day.

St. Paul's School wants victim's name to be public

Aug 15, 2016

Last week St. Paul's School filed a motion to publicly release the name of the victim in the Owen Labrie case.  

Senior Labrie was accused of raping a freshman.  He was ultimately convicted of misdemeanor sexual assault and felonious use of a computer to lure a child.

Now the parents of the victim are suing the school, arguing that the administration failed to protect students by ignoring a culture that encouraged upperclassmen to sexually target underage girls.

So far the victim's name has been shielded by the court.

St. Paul's argues that is unfair.

Vaccination exemption based on personal beliefs

May 17, 2016

Currently, New Hampshire requires that all schoolchildren receive immunizations for 7 illnesses, but parents may apply for an exemption if a physician certifies the immunization could be detrimental to the child's health, or if parents or guardians object for religious reasons.

Senate to vote on education funding cap

Feb 29, 2016

On Thursday the state Senate will vote on whether to lift a cap on education funding this year.

State education funding for each town is calculated according to many factors, including enrollment numbers, the number of students receiving free lunches, and the number of English language learners.

In 2011 the state passed a law that limits any increase in state funding, so a town could receive no more than 108% of the previous year's funding from the state.  That meant state funding did not match the growth in school districts with large population increases, such as Dover.

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