Is an “adequate education” adequate for our students?

When talking about the cost of education in New Hampshire, the term “adequate education” usually comes up. But what does it mean, and how...

Stabilization Grants: A vital part of the formula for NH’s most vulnerable communities

Stabilization grants are a substantial source of state aid to many New Hampshire communities. In the third segment on our state’s education funding formula,...

State Education Property Tax: Locally raised, locally kept

On every New Hampshire property tax bill, there are two line items that fund the local school district: the statewide education property tax (SWEPT),...

How the courts have shaped education funding, and what comes next

In the 1990’s, the Claremont School District challenged the way the state of New Hampshire pays for public school in what are known as...
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Informal Education Series: On the Verge of Collapse

This is the first installment of our new "Informal Education" series, which will explore education through the eyes of real people. In this article,...

Informal Education Series: “There is no rabbit in the hat” to solve Berlin’s funding...

In our second installment of the “Informal Education” series, we will explore how the local economy affects schools. In this article, our Policy Director...

Informal Education Series: Family Engagement Beyond Difficult Phone Calls

When I began my high school teaching career, I felt moderately confident with lesson and unit planning, creating assessments (formative and summative, of course),...

Informal Education Series: Building Trust, and Capacity, with Families

This post is about both capacity-building and building trust with families – but I’m going to tackle them in reverse, since that’s what happens...

Informal Education Series: The Value of Proactive, Positive Outreach Home

After the first day of school, the boys shared that the best part of the day was, and I quote, “Hot lunch!” We heard...

What are the major factors that influence student learning in New Hampshire?

To answer this question, Reaching Higher NH set out on a two-year project to explore how family, community, and statewide factors impact learning, and...