New Hampshire Alliance for Public Charter Schools


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  • June 04, 2019 9:02 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Charter schools are an exciting addition to our public education system. Charter schools allow students the opportunity to choose the public program that best serves their needs even if the school is located outside the student’s resident district. While there are many challenges to operating a successful charter school in New Hampshire one of the most significant is obtaining suitable funding.

    According to a 2014 report by the Center for Education Reform[1], public charter schools receive on average about "64% of the funding per student" that traditional public schools receive. The majority of New Hampshire’s charter schools are state authorized and most do not receive financial support from the student's resident district when a student enrolls at a charter school. These state authorized charter schools receive approximately $7,100 per pupil directly from the state or about 45% of the State Average Cost Per Pupil[2].

    All of the costs associated with operating a charter school (except special education & in-district transportation) are born directly by the per pupil allocation and school fundraising efforts. Funding for New Hampshire charter schools remained flat from 2009 to 2015. This put significant pressure on New Hampshire charter schools putting them at risk for closure. The state legislature took action in the last two budget periods increasing funding for charter schools. This has stabilized many of the charter schools but the funding formula remains “static”.

    All public schools (including charter schools) receive a small CPI adjustment once each biennium. This results in an increase of about $30 per pupil but unlike traditional public schools, charter schools cannot request additional funding from the local district when costs rise. Over time this “static” funding formula will weaken charter school programs as more resources are diverted towards operating costs and away from instructional needs.

    The long-term sustainability of public charter schools can be improved significantly if the state develops a formula that will automatically update the per pupil allocation at the beginning of each biennium. This could be achieved by using the State Average Cost Per Pupil as the base and then multiplying the base by a percentage amount to arrive at reasonable per pupil allocation.

    Matt Southerton

    President, New Hampshire Alliance for Public Charter Schools

    [1] T. Rebarber, A. Zgainer (2014), "Survey of America's Charter Schools 2014". Center for Education Reform

    [2] STATE AVERAGE COST PER PUPIL AND TOTAL EXPENDITURES 2015-2016, State Average Cost Per Pupil is computed on an annual basis by dividing the Total Sum of all Operating Expenses for all Districts (minus tuition & transportation), by the Total Number of Public School Pupils within the state.

  • March 16, 2018 9:53 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    IN THE SPRING OF 2017, THE NATIONAL CHARTER SCHOOL RESOURCE CENTER(NCSRC), the Colorado League of Charter Schools (the League), the New Hampshire Alliance for Public Charter Schools (NHAPCS) and the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools (the Alliance) collaborated to collect data and information about charter school facilities and facilities expenditures in the state of New Hampshire. The data collection in New Hampshire was supported by the Charter School Facilities Initiative (CSFI), which is a national project developed by the League to research charter school facilities and facilities expenditures across the country. Click here to download the full report

    Key findings include:

    1. New Hampshire charter schools spend operating dollars on facilities and this spending varies across different ownership situations.

    Charter schools that rented from for-profit organizations (63 percent or 15/24) paid an average of $987 per pupil, or 15.0 percent of state per pupil funding.

    Charter schools that rented from non-profit organizations (17 percent or 4/24) paid an

    average of $619 per pupil, or 9.7 percent of state per pupil funding.

    Charter schools located in district facilities (17 percent or 4/24) paid an average of $383 per

    pupil, or 5.7 percent of state per pupil funding. 

  • October 05, 2017 10:08 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Nashua, NH - The Academy for Science and Design Charter School (ASD), a top-performing public STEM-specialty school serving students in grades 6-12, was named a 2017 National Blue Ribbon School in an announcement made by U.S. Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos on September 28, 2017. ASD is one among 342 public and private schools to receive this designation. School officials will represent the Academy for Science and Design at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. in November. ASD Director Jennifer Cava shares, “It is an honor to represent not only the dedicated efforts of our school to provide students with a high-quality public education, but the efforts of all New Hampshire public schools who are committed to continuous improvement, success for all students, and increased family and community engagement.”

  • June 07, 2017 11:09 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Boston 25 News

    "A local boy has received a life-changing gift, a prosthetic arm made by a 3D printer.

    Seven-year-old Harun Halilovic was born with Volkmann Syndrome, which left him with an undeveloped right arm. This prosthetic not only gives him a new hand, but opens a world of possibilities.

    Halilovic is bright - and determined but fate handed him an unexpected limitation.

    “When I was jump roping, I was frustrated, and tying shoes, I was frustrated,” said Harun. His occupational therapist was frustrated, too. She shared Harun’s story with her brother-in-law, Bob Kennett, at a family barbeque.

    “As she talked about it I thought I’m an engineer, there's got to be an easy way to do this,” said Kennett. Bob found the answer inside a 3D printer and online, he found the plans for a prosthetic arm. “And then I thought, you know I bet that the local tech school, the STEM school would be the perfect place to get to do this,” said Kennett.

    Inside Nashua’s Academy for Science and Design, Owen Sullivan and his classmates worked every day for five months to design the pieces for Harun’s arm."

    Click here to read more. 

  • May 24, 2017 4:35 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    By Terry Ryan & Paul Hill, CRPE

    "Rural America is not your grandparents’ heartland. Its population is getting older: 21 of the 25 oldest counties in the United States are rural. It’s no longer overwhelmingly white: One in five rural residents is a person of color, and more than four of five new rural residents are people of color. Rural areas are also poorer and, ever since the 2007 recession, more affected by unemployment.

    As rural America changes, its schools have struggled to keep up. On 2015 NAEP assessments, only one in three eighth-grade rural students were proficient in math or reading, about where urban students scored and well below their suburban peers. While rural students are likely to graduate from high school, they lag far behind on every college indicator—applications, admission, attendance, readiness, grades, persistence, and graduation."

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  • May 24, 2017 2:13 PM | Anonymous member

    KEENE, N.H.  — "Harrison Hicks, 16, sat at a small corner desk in the offices of Filtrine Manufacturing Company, a maker of water filtration equipment, drawing circles as his mentor, Josh Flagg, watched.

    In school, Harrison had just finished studying the circle in geometry. Now he listened intently as Flagg taught him how to use a circle to calculate the angle of a filtration part, which was then going to be manufactured on site.  Flagg said proudly that Harrison was doing “as much as our college-level interns do.”

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  • May 05, 2017 3:56 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    "Add another win to charter schools’ column—this time, courtesy of newly released rankings on the top high schools in the nation from U.S. News and World Report.

    The annual “U.S. News Best High Schools Rankings” was released yesterday, with charter schools notching 60 percent of the top 10 public high schools on the list, as well as the top three slots (those went to a trio of BASIS schools in Arizona). Also, 60 out of the top 100 schools listed were either charter or magnet schools, according to the New York Post."

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  • July 05, 2016 12:18 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    In this issue

    Charter School Champions 

    On May 4th the NHAPCS and members of the charter school community, held our first annual Charter School Champion Awards. Individuals from both parties were recognized for their efforts to promote charter schools as an important component of New Hampshire's public education system, for empowering parents and for making a meaningful difference in the lives of children.

    We would like to thank all of the parents, board members, volunteers and supporters who helped to make our inaugural event such a great success! Charter school champions honored

    NHDOE Competes for Federal Charter Funding
    The New Hampshire Department of Education has joined 31 other states in a national competition to secure additional funds for charter schools. The New Hampshire application requests $9.6 million in funding over a five year period. 

    If the application is successful, grant funds can be used to:

    • Fund new public schools
    • Expand grades served in charters currently open
    • Develop & implement pre-k programs
    • Fund dissemination projects designed to share what charters have learned with other public schools & LEAs, mentor new groups
    • Provide training opportunities for charter school authorizers

    The grant application received strong support and letters of recommendation from, Governor Maggie Hassan, Senator Kelly Ayotte and Congressman Frank Guinta. NHAPCS would like to thank these leaders for their support of this important public program! NHDOE competes for federal funding

    On Friday June 10th, two students at Making Community Connections (MC2) Charter School in Manchester successfully presented their Graduation Gateway Exhibition to a group of family, students, the MC2 Board, and outside panelists.  The Graduation Gateway Exhibition at MC2 is when a student presents a 45 minute defense of their learning and demonstrating preparedness for their public global world.  A panel of assessors determines if the student has met all the criteria to become a high school graduate.  Some of the requirements of the presentation are to highlight significant learning opportunities, demonstrate academic and personal growth, and provide evidence of their learning to meet proficiency.

    Grady Sullivan and Nicolas Vicente successfully defended their learning and are MC2 Manchester's most recent graduates! Grady will be pursuing a career in video game design and plans to attend NHTI in the fall.  Nicolas is going to continue to follow his passions and become a certified EMT. 

    If you have any interest in being an outside panelist for a Gateway Exhibition please e-mail Conor Sands at 

    MC2 - path to success

    Sen. Avard Explores Career Opportunities for HS Grads

    Senator Kevin Avard (Nashua), explores career opportunities in the trades for high school graduates who may choose not to attend college. The program at Maverick Career Institute offers classroom and hands-on career training for students who wish to pursue a certificate as an Electronic Systems Technician (EST). Students participate in a 10 month program which can lead to starting salaries in the $35,000 to $40,000 range.

    Sen. Avard explores career opportunities for HS grads

    GSAA Celebrates new Home!

    GSAA has a new home in Salem. Students and staff are excited about the new facility which offers many improvements including, a more efficient layout, new space for artists and a lower overall cost.

    We want to congratulate everyone at GSAA that has worked so hard to make this program a success!

    GSAA has a new home in Salem

  • May 12, 2016 11:46 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    "I don’t want us to become a magnet for charter schools, which I think are a drain to public education,” Alderman Ben Clemons of Ward 6 Source: 

  • May 12, 2016 11:42 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    By KIMBERLY HOUGHTON - Union Leader

    NASHUA — A proposal to offer tax breaks to charter schools in the city was narrowly rejected by aldermen on Tuesday. “I don’t want us to become a magnet for charter schools, which I think are a drain to public education,” said Alderman Ben Clemons of Ward 6. Clemons alleged that charter schools siphon money from the school district for the benefit of a few.

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