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…)
Mr. Arlinghaus’ erroneous column from two days ago has been pulled from the web. The Union Leader, running a correction for the biggest error, agrees that NHDOE was the author of a financial analysis clearly labeled as coming from NHDOE. (The column made other errors as well, like misunderstanding which bill was actually under discussion.) (more…)