In response to an article about the salaries of city employees published in the New Hampshire Union Leader, Manchester Police Chief Nick Willard penned the following OpEd piece, which he distributed to local media outlets. We are pleased to publish it. ~Publius A recent Union Leader article, entitled: Manchester city salaries list draws mixed reactions, reports that the reaction to our salaries was “mixed.” I venture to say that the reaction is “mixed” because the story fails to articulate sufficiently the truth behind the salaries, and what those dollar amounts represent. Admittedly, the story is accurate when it states:...Read More
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Per the article below, the editor at Seacoastonline.com suggests that the Education Commissioner must NOW be kept in check. Really? NOW they want to keep a close eye on the Commissioner of Education in New Hampshire? Parents across the state of New Hampshire have been trying to get someone in the media to pay attention to the failed education reforms that are hurting their children and driving them to remove their kids from the public schools. Just look at the comments from almost 2,000 people who’ve signed the petition to get Common Core out of New Hampshire. Where have they been for...Read More
When the New Hampshire Department of Education signed on to the Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBAC) as the state-wide standardized assessment, many of us knew that was going to be a big problem. First of all, it’s a standardized assessment based on the dumbed down Common Core Standards. Any kind of scoring on this assessment would mean that even if children scored proficient, parents wouldn’t be able to trust the results. States began to quickly abandon the SBAC when parents and teachers realized it was a seriously flawed test. That didn’t stop our former Commissioner of Education to renew that contract...Read More
What does the NH State Board of Education have against Nurses, Engineers and Scientists? It looks like a lot!
On April 6th, 2017 the New Hampshire State Board of Education voted to prevent the new Commissioner of Education, Frank Edelblut, from working to improve the science standards used in many of our public schools. One has to wonder why the board members would object to the Commissioner working to improve upon the science standards for children attending a public school in New Hampshire. If you go here: https://www.education.nh.gov/state_board/ Click on meetings & minutes, then click on the link to the videos. Click on: NH SB Video and scroll down to 2017 then April 6, 2017 You will find the video on...Read More
New Hampshire Commissioner of Eduction, Frank Edelblut, will be moving forward with reviewing the Common Core Standards currently used in New Hampshire. Common Core has driven many parents to pull their children out of the public schools. Unfortunately the appointed Board of Education has tried to derail these efforts. Parents have testified on several occasions since 2010 in an effort to rid New Hampshire of Common Core. They’ve signed petitions, started a web site and even a face book page all in an effort to organize efforts to improve the academic standards. With the review process starting, it’s important to let...Read More
On Monday, April 10th, the Board of School Committee will entertain redistricting recommendations made by Superintendent Dr. Bolgen Vargas and Leslie Want, the Committee Member from Ward 4 and Chair of Special Committee on Redistricting. It is immediately below this introduction. It is important to understand what this plan is designed to do. According to a recent press release issued by the district, The proposal includes a revised feeder pattern among Manchester’s schools, determining which middle and high schools a student will attend based on their elementary school. While the current feeder pattern splits groups of students from...Read More
Some schools are transitioning from the Smarter Balanced Assessment to the PACE Assessment. An assessment of “competencies.” Today I spoke before the New Hampshire Board of Education about the concerns I had going forward with the PACE Assessment based on a document that was presented at the last Board of Education Meeting. The BOLD is from that document and my comments are below. Summary PACE Formative Eval Report_10 March 2017_v2(1) ========================================== CONCERNS with the PACE ASSESSMENTS: The state law says that the standardized test must be objectively scored. One of the biggest complaints I hear from parents is that the...Read More
The next new dawn of technology may be the end of individualism and the world as we think it. Many believe freedom of thought is already over controlled now with so much government regulation, over sight, and “political correctness” to force feed us into accepting a personal gut feeling we feel or may think to reject or to force decisions in our lives or labels upon us. Or to tie our lives into following a maze of doctrines and rules created by others. Our being here is not justified when we personally are not interested in a life style of others, or have another opinion, or may live by facts and logic yet are ostracized even when we have done no other harm than think this way. Freedom to think and be without oversight is getting more and more restricted daily. We are told to “accept” as normal and embrace “correctly” something that personally we may feel is foreign to our individual make up. If we do not we are rejected or “pressed” to be re-programmed by laws to accept that which may be against the fiber of our essence, a peaceful essence, now considered anti social simply because we think out side the political “correct” dogma at this moment in time. It is creating a cultural polarized civil war but one new formula in technology, today known as “code”, as in computer code, may decide...Read More
Full day kindergarten was just the beginning. The next political push will be for universal pre-school. After that, they will want to get a hold of your children after birth. All you have to do is google Common Core and Human Capital to see what this is all about. Your child is no longer an individual who needs to a quality education in an effort to allow that child to learn and become whatever they want to become in life. This is now about molding and shaping your child for the needs of the state. The paradigm shift to...Read More
NH1 News has a nice scoop about voter fraud in NH’s 2016 election where thousands of-out-of state voters tipped a US Senate seat – but they drink some of the standard NH voter fraud Kool Aide in the story. Too bad. Still, they now have a lot of the issues out in the open regarding the State of NH policy letting non-residents vote. http://www.nh1.com/news/hundreds-could-be-investigated-in-nh-for-voter-fraud-during-2016-election/ In this article the NH Secretary of State claims there about 450 returned same-day voter applications of people who voted without any form of identification who might be involved in a possible investigation. The ridiculous...Read More