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Setting the record straight on HOPE–Again

The story of the Board of School Committee’s decision to terminate the HOPE program at West High School seems to change as its supporters seek to further vilify those who voted against it.  Despite ample public statements, the misrepresentations wilfully continue, some of which intentionally impugn the professional reputation of district staff as they search for a rational while they ignore what was said.  Instead, they substitute their “feelings” or “beliefs” by inventing their own “facts,” which conveniently fit their desired narrative. The oft and most egregious falsehood comes from Ward 10 Alderman Bill Barry, who has accused alleged opponents...

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Why You Should Vote for Dan Hynes in Senate District 09 over Terry Wolf

People have asked me why I support Dan Hynes for Senate over Terry Wolf– especially since I respect and like Terry very much. Terry has always been cordial to me, and I appreciate that in a public servant.  She served for several years on the Bedford School Board, and has served as Bedford’s State Representative.  She has made many decisions, and voted enough for me to know that her political views do not line up with what I believed was best for Bedford residents or myself. The former Superintendent, Chip McGee, who resigned after the recent controversy involving school counselors that spoke on behalf of a convicted child molester, had a history of failing students in Bedford.  Terry supported his promotion from Assistant Superintendent to Superintendent when she served on the School Board. I have been an outspoken critic of the failed Everyday Math program that’s been used in Bedford for many years. I even had a lengthy discussion with  Chip McGee about how the math program needed to be improved.  I went so far as to have him contact Math Professor David Klein to speak to the deficiencies in Everyday Math.  Prof. Klein was involved with reviewing, and has spoken publicly about how Everyday Math failed children across the country. According to Sylvan Learning Centers in Bedford, tutoring students wasn’t needed, until they adopted Everyday Math.  Now it’s...

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Improper secret meeting minutes unsealed and released

On August 13, 2018, the Manchester Board of School Committee improperly went into non-public session to discuss whether or not a program operating without approval should continue in the schools.  After being confronted by a request from at-Large Board of School Committee Member Richard Girard to unseal the minutes of the non-public session, Mayor Joyce Craig consulted with the school district’s legal counsel.  She was told, after a review of the minutes, that the discussion should have been in public.  Thus, the minutes below were released following the successful vote to unseal the minutes at the school board’s meeting...

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The United Nations Wants to Shape Your Town’s Master Plan

Note: The UL refused to print this op-ed under Local Voices, but does print pieces from people representing the World Health Organization. The United Nations Wants to Shape Your Town’s Master Plan How “Public-Private-Partnerships” are taking away your voice. The United Nations has a huge agenda for the world. It’s called “Sustainable Development Goals” (formerly named Millennium Development Goals). These goals are openly espoused by our US State Dept. This kind of “global governance” is in direct conflict with our US Constitution. Whatever happened to the sovereignty of our nation? This agenda has trickled down to local governments by...

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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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