Learn Everywhere



A group of New Hampshire lawmakers voted on Thursday to delay a proposal from the State Board of Education that would require high schools to grant students credit for extracurriculars approved by the Board.

The program, called Learn Everywhere, faced fierce opposition from Democrats and many educators for nearly a year. 

Exploring Education: 'Learn Everywhere' in N.H.

Aug 19, 2019

We conclude our "Exploring Education" series with the N.H. Department of Education's Learn Everywhere program.  This initiative would allow the state school board to approve credits for students' outside experiences, from internships to dance classes.  Supporters say the goal is wider academic and economic opportunity, but many teachers and local administrators are opposed. 


  • Frank Edelblut -  Commissioner of the New Hampshire Department of Education since February 2017. Edelblut formerly served as a Republican member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives. 
  • Sarah Gibson - NHPR Education Reporter.
  • Dr.  Carl Ladd - Executive Director, New Hampshire School Administrators Association, a former superintendent and teacher in grades 6 through 12.  He has also served as a school board member.

READ the DOE primer on its Learn Everywhere program.

NHPR's Sarah Gibson reported on educators' concerns about the Learn Everywhere program.

Michael Brindley for NHPR

The New Hampshire Department of Education and members of the state Board of Education are defending their right to approve alternative programs granting credit to high school students, despite objections from lawmakers and educators.


The state board voted on Thursday to approve a response from the Department of Education on its proposed program, Learn Everywhere, which would require high schools to grant students for extracurriculars outside of school.


Annie Ropeik / NHPR

Legislators filed a preliminary objection Thursday to the New Hampshire Department of Education's new Learn Everywhere program. 

The program would tell school districts to offer high schoolers graduation credits from outside extracurricular activities. 

The program has support from the governor and the state Board of Education. Thursday's hearing was on the rules to implement it.

The state's Joint Legislative Committee on Administrative Rules objection was along party lines.


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Governor Chris Sununu vetoed a bill yesterday that would have given local school boards the final say in what learning counts towards a high school diploma.

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The Democratic-backed bill was meant to curtail a proposed initiative from the State Board of Education called Learn Everywhere.

Sarah Gibson for NHPR


After months of debate and strong opposition from educators, the State Board of Education has approved draft rules that allow students to receive high school credits for approved extracurricular activities.

Michael Brindley for NHPR


The State Board of Education will vote Thursday on a proposal championed by Department of Education Commissioner Frank Edelblut. The plan - called Learn Everywhere - would allow students to get credit towards their high school diplomas for extracurriculars without approval from local districts. Supporters say it will expand opportunities and help close the equity gap. But educators warn it will do just the opposite.

Sarah Gibson for NHPR


The State Board of Education is getting public feedback on proposed Learn Everywhere rules that would make it easier for students to get high school credit for extracurricular activities.

Education Commissioner Frank Edelblut helped develop Learn Everywhere in response to legislation passed in Spring 2018.