This month the state Board of Education approved three new charter schools for New Hampshire, bringing the total to 21. Another will be considered next month. Families with children should be pleased.
Charter schools are public schools that are freed from some of the regulatory constraints that apply to traditional public schools. New Hampshire’s existing charters include some really innovative schools, such as the Academy for Science and Design in Nashua, the Cocheco Arts and Technology Academy in Dover and Mill Falls Charter school, the state’s first public Montessori school, which shares the Union Leader’s building in Manchester.
Teachers and administrators in these public schools are striving to motivate and educate students in creative ways while upholding high academic standards. They are doing what so many parents wish the traditional public schools could do.
A lot of children are benefitting from these new schools. More will benefit as more charter schools open. New Hampshire parents should let legislators and local and state school board members know that they’d like to see more of these valuable alternative schools in the future.