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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.
Business NH Magazine recently published a column by the Center's Steve Norton and Daniel Barrick about some demographic challenges facing New Hampshire: specifically, the need for the state to attract and retain young people. Here's what they wrote:
We've just published our annual edition of "The Year in Graphs," a visual guide to some of the policy issues likely to make news in New Hampshire in 2013. With these 8 charts, we aim to give you a general sense of some of the challenges facing policymakers in the coming year.
The Center this week released the 2012 edition of "What is New Hampshire?", our annual compilation of data and analysis on the people,
strengths and challenges of the state. Think of it as a New Hampshire guidebook for your mind.
One of the central themes weaving through the report (available here) is the lingering impact of the Great Recession on New Hampshire. The state has emerged in a relatively strong position from recession. Yet New Hampshire also faces significant challenges in
coming years, related not only to the transformations wrought by the
economic downturn, but also shifting trends in our long-term
demographics. While the implications of the
changes now underway are still unclear, they do raise critical policy
We begin this year's edition of "What is New Hampshire?" with an
analysis of this new economic reality into which New Hampshire is
now emerging, a topic we'll address in greater depth in a publication later this month.