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Girard Backs SB 193

Below is testimony at-Large Manchester Board of School Committee Member Richard H. Girard offered at a May 1, 2018 press conference in Support of Senate Bill 193 at the Legislative Office Building in  Concord, NH. Good morning, everyone. My name is Richard Girard and it is my honor to be serving a second term representing all of the people of Manchester as an at-Large member of its Board of School Committee.  While my board has seen fit to oppose Senate Bill 1 9 3 out of fear it will cause the city to quote un quote lose money, I...

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One More Reason To Refuse The Standardized Tests For Your Children, Violating NH Laws

Another reason for parents to REFUSE the standardized assessments for their children. I removed the name of the parent at her request.   ———- Forwarded message ———- From: Ann Marie Banfield <[email protected]> Date: Sat, Apr 28, 2018 at 5:55 PM Subject: Re: Fw: SBAC test question review To:  “Edelblut, Louis (Frank)” <[email protected]> Commissioner Edelblut,  Please see the following e-mail that was sent by Heather Gage regarding ****’s request to see her son’s Smarter Balanced Assessment that he took in 2017. As you can see, she is being denied access to the test questions on the assessment her son took.  You...

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WARNING: SNHU Students and Parents of Children in Public Schools

According to this recent article in the Manchester Union Leader, SNHU received a $1 million dollar grant from Google to develop an assessment to measure “soft skills.” Soft skills include behaviors, attitudes, and the mental health of the person being assessed.  In NH, these soft skills are  being assessed k-12 too.   In some cases this is being done without parental knowledge or consent.   This is part of the Competency Based Education model that includes measuring attitudes, dispositions, and behaviors.   Pearson recently conducted similar research on college students without their informed consent: https://spectator.org/the-lefts-latest-creepy-orwellian-education-tactic-social-psychological-interventions/   Here, the authors...

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For Students Walking Out To Remember The Columbine School Shooting, Please Read This

On Friday, students are going to walk out of school to remember the Columbine school shooting, and demand more stringent gun control laws.  But, have any of these students looked at what happened at Columbine ? Do they know what was going on inside the school? I’ve been an outspoken critic of our schools being turned into mental health facilities.  Not because mental health isn’t important, but because those treating children are not properly trained or educated. It takes years of education and training for a Child Psychologist to earn their degree.  They then take an oath to uphold...

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UNH, surveys on children, and who is looking out for them? WARNING to PARENTS

Now that New Hampshire has a law (signed by Governor Sununu in 2017) that requires informed written consent from parents/guardians before a school district can administer a non-academic survey, I wanted to share an e-mail exchange between a professor at the University of New Hampshire and myself regarding a survey that is going to be given to students in Keene. I started by sending a “right to know” request to the Professor at UNH and administrator at the Keene School District. These emails were copied to administrators and school board members in Keene, the NH House and Senate Education...

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New Boston Has Town Policies – Depending Who You Are

As New Boston plays “Whack-a-Mole” with a commercial property that has been in existence since June 1965 as a repair garage/towing service, now deemed a “junkyard” in order to strip its vested property rights, a few questions pop up.  (For background on this story, please click here for story one and here for story two.  ~Publius) “Duke’s Garage,” the business in question, was issued a summons in 1970, by New Boston Police, for having more than two unregistered cars parked there.  It turns out the offending vehicles were awaiting insurance company clearance for being towed by Duke’s Garage.  Residential properties...

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CNHT says Family Leave Bill a step towards an income tax

As you may know, The Coalition of New Hampshire Taxpayers collects the anti-broad-based tax pledge  simply known as – THE PLEDGE.  We have been collecting The Pledge from candidates since 2000.  Luckily, no direct vote on a sales or income tax has appeared in that time. As a taxpayer activist since 1988, I pay attention to the support of sales or income taxes from the general public and the groups we work with.  It wasn’t that long ago, early 90’s, that you might hear someone at a meeting or public forum bring up broad based taxes as a solution...

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NH’s ATTACK on Religious Schools: TAKE ACTION

PLEASE write the House Eduction Committee members and ask them to vote AGAINST HB 1432 OR ATTEND the PUBLIC HEARING: 01/30/2018 at 02:15 PM LOB Room 207 (Legislative Office Building directly behind the State House) To: Rick Ladd <[email protected]>, [email protected], [email protected], “Cordelli, Glenn” <[email protected]>, [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], James Grenier <[email protected]>, [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], Representative Joe Pitre <[email protected]>, Victoria Sullivan <[email protected]>, [email protected], [email protected], [email protected] Mr. Chairman and members of the Committee:   My name is Ann Marie Banfield, and I am the Education Liaison for Cornerstone Action.  Cornerstone Action represents roughly 6,000 New Hampshire residents.  Cornerstone’s interest in education is to...

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Can I Drop Off A Junkyard In Your Town?

A few weeks ago, I was asked to help a couple, John and Mona Winslow of New Boston, who were the subject of an administrative order to have “junk” removed from their property.  The property is a pre-existing, nonconforming use in effect from about June of 1965.  Tons of documentation prove this.  The Town, in document after document – documents the pre-existing nonconforming uses of the 1.5 acre lot.  It is a one-man repair garage, towing service.  He plows snow, welds, fabricates, and performs all manner of mechanical magic. John Winslow is the typical, old-fashioned Yankee who can make...

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There is an all out assault on parental rights in New Hampshire

Parents in New Hampshire fought long and hard to pass a state law that would require written consent before their children took an invasive survey in their local public school.  We heard from parents and school board members across New Hampshire describing how they found out their child took a controversial and personal survey without their knowledge. Last year Governor Christopher Sununu supported parents by signing SB43 which came from the study committee on HB206 in 2015.  Schools must now receive written consent from parents before their children can take an invasive non-academic surveys at school. During the study committee several people...

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