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New Hampshire is just about to jump into a new legislative session, and Task One for lawmakers will be drawing up a new budget that charts state spending for the next two years (starting July 2015).
But the next Legislature will have a lot more on its plate than just budget talks. One of the ways to measure the priorities of House and Senate members is to look at the Legislative Service Requests, or LSRs, filed at the beginning of the session.
In the course of a new research project, we've been digging through some old studies of New Hampshire's education system. These earlier analyses help provide historical context for the public policy discussions the state tends to revisit time and again. And this kind of stroll through the archives also reminds you that many of the challenges New Hampshire is now facing aren't necessarily new.
We’ve been looking lately at data on immigrants to New Hampshire for a new research project we’re engaged in. In addition, we’ve had a long-standing interest in understanding how well New Hampshire’s education system provides for its young people. Recent numbers from the Census Bureau's American Community Survey allow us to draw connections across these two, seemingly separate issues – with some interesting and important findings.
How are the schools in your community doing? And what are the factors that shape success for a school district?
Unless you're willing to put in a lot of time digging through data sets and talking with educators, you probably don't have many objective tools at your disposal to help answer those questions. Our latest report is meant to help address this gap for the largest public school system in New Hampshire.
New Hampshire has long enjoyed the top spot in the annual Kids Count index, which ranks the relative health, safety, and education of children from state to state. But in the most recent ranking, released earlier today by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, New Hampshire fell from first to fourth among the states for child well-being.
The site CompetencyWorks recently provided an in-depth review of education reform efforts at the public schools in Pittsfield, N.H. The summary touches on the various strategies adopted by district officials, including ways of extending students' learning experience beyond the traditional school day.
We continue our publication of excerpts from our 2013 "What is New Hampshire?" report with an overview of public services across the state. We call this publication "The Common Burden," to reflect the disparate, interconnected way in which public services are funded and delivered across levels of government and by the private sector in New Hampshire.
Every January, the crew of policy wonks here at the Center sits down and forecasts the issues that will occupy New Hampshire policymakers over the coming months. Then, we translate those deep thoughts into a tidy stack of charts, graphs, and numbers. Here's this year's edition of The Year in Charts, a nifty visual guide to public policy in 2014. Keep it handy through the year for easy reference.