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Hassan Early College Academy proposal resurfaces as Governor Sununu’s key education initiative, with a key change
Governor Sununu’s “New Hampshire Career Academy” has become his most visible State of the State proposal. Coverage includes this on WMUR, this AP report on the NHPR website and in many other state papers, Sunday’s front page piece in the Union Leader and surely more to come. New Hampshire high school students would get community college credits and a leg up on a job while still in high school – and even get an associates degree by continuing with the program for a fifth year. Here is the department of education’s summary. Here is Governor Hassan’s 2015 STEM Task Force recommendation (p. 28). (more…)
New Hampshire now has 22 brick and mortar charter schools, 2 more approved to begin operations in 2016, and one statewide online charter, VLACS. They are all locally grown and managed. Their role is to supplement the district schools, filling specialty niches to expand options available to New Hampshire students.
But many other states have taken a quite different approach. They consider charters competition and replacements for district schools. It’s a world of national for-profit and non-profit charter management organizations, a world we have not encountered here in New Hampshire. (more…)
Over the past 6 years, the Virtual Learning Academy Charter School (VLACS) has become an important institution in New Hampshire public education. Offering online courses that any New Hampshire student can take at no cost, VLACS dramatically expands the options available to New Hampshire students.
NHPR has just done a thorough two-part review of how VLACS works day-to-day for both students and teachers. (more…)
North Country Charter graduate Sonseehray Flores: “Thank you for helping me find within me the courage to continue”
The North Country Charter Academy held its 2014 graduation ceremony for some 35 vibrant students last Sunday at the Mt. Washington Hotel. In place of a valedictorian, NCCA featured a parent and five students telling their stories. The next several posts will be those speeches, written entirely by the speakers. (more…)