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…)
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…)
Charter, voucher and anti-Common Core advocates (mostly the same people) teamed up to mobilize charter school parents and others in opposition to my nomination to the State Board of Education. I’ve now been confirmed but the debate itself highlighted again the difference between the charter schools and the school choice movement.
Dave Solomon, from his new “Granite Status” chair replacing John DiStaso, wrote recently that charter schools
“…are enormously popular in the 16 communities where they exist….But charter school advocates are not feeling the love.”
He was referring to the fact that Rep. Ken Weyler (R-Kensington) and other charter advocates are angry the HB 435 failed. The bill would have increased charter tuition aid by indexing it to the average cost of education in New Hampshire. (more…)