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Candia School Public Hearing on Transgender/Gender Non-Conforming Policy

We publish the raw, unedited videoof the Candia School Board’s June 1, 2017 public hearing on its transgender/gender non-conforming student policy.  The hearing was held after a vote of the board in light of a Citizen Petition Warrant Article overwhelmingly approved by voters in March. The policy it passed over the objections of hundreds who signed petitions, testified and called members of the prior board to ask it either reject the policy or address significant concerns.   The board didn’t listen and incumbents Nicole LaFlamme and Karen Yeatman lost their seats in the March election. Echoes of that vote and...

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Manchester Police Chief Nick Willard addresses panhandling within the city of Manchester.

June 7, 2017 Community Members City of Manchester, NH Re: Panhandling – A Community Issue Let me begin by saying that not every challenge is easily resolved. When it comes to panhandling in our city this sentiment holds true. A good police department is responsive to the needs of the community it serves, and all of us in uniform are judged by our success and failure in responding to our community’s needs – we understand that. As Chief of Police I must balance the concerns of different groups equally and that sometimes means working to serve the rights of...

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Bedford Republicans to Host Gov. Sununu on June 28th

The Bedford Republican Committee will hold its annual Summer Social on June 28th, 2017 at the Riddle Brook School on New Boston Rd from 5:30-7:00 PM. Pulled pork, beans, and cole slaw will be provided. The featured speaker will be NH Governor Chris Sununu, the first Republican governor since 2005. With a majority in both Houses of the NH Legislature, Republicans are looking forward to accomplishing many goals during the upcoming legislative session. So far, the GOP has helped pass a bill that will allow school districts to opt out of Common Core, a bill that would make sure all residents are held to an equal standard so that every duly qualified voter who shows up to the polls has the opportunity to vote, and a bill that will allow students living in a town without a public school to have the opportunity to attend a public or private accredited school of their choosing in another community. Republican legislators are eager to work together to pass legislation that reflect conservative Republican views and ideals. “Now is the time to get things done”, noted BRC Chairman Valerie Earnshaw. “Republicans should come together to help pass bills that will support the NH GOP platform”, she concluded. While the Governor, our State Reps, and other prominent Republicans have been invited to speak, this is a free social event and thus all are...

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Girard questions Gardner on NH results in Voter Registration Cross Check Program

The following email was sent to NH Secretary of State Bill Gardner following the release of shocking voter registration information from the Voter Cross Check Program by Ed Naile, anchor of our A Question of Voter Fraud segment and Chairman of the Coalition of NH Taxpayers.  We publish it in the hope that citizens and state representatives will question not just this jaw dropping data, but also Senate Bill 3 that continues to have serious unanswered questions that many believe will cause the problem uncovered by the Cross Check data to go from awful to beyond awful.   New...

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My Tribute to Sid Glassner, May He Rest In Peace

With the news that our beloved Sid Glassner passed away yesterday, I wanted to take this opportunity to mention what a blessing he was to those who knew him. Back in 2010 when the State Board of Education voted to adopt the Common Core Standards, I sat here wondering who knew this was not going to be good for public schools in New Hampshire.  Most people, including parents, teachers, and legislators had never heard about Common Core.  I began criss-crossing New Hampshire to attend any meeting to explain the flaws and the federal government’s overreach with this latest education reform....

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Now NH Businesses Want to Tell Teachers How to Teach?

I’ve seen enough education reformers try to influence how teachers teach in a classroom.  Nellie Mae is known for providing grants to the NH Department of Education and local schools in order to buy local control. Nellie Mae requires schools to use “student centered” learning even if parents object.  If children are angry because their teacher won’t teach them the material, many times that teacher has been forced to use teaching methods that require him/her to become a “guide on the side.”  Students are required to work in groups to figure out math instead of listen to a teacher...

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Tell Val Zanchuk, President of Graphicast to SUPPORT Literacy & STEM Ed.

Go to : https://www.facebook.com/val.zanchuk and tell Val Zanchuk (Chair of the BIA in NH) that our public schools deserve better quality academic standards. Val Zanchuk is the PRESIDENT of Graphicast in NH. He is touting support for legislation in NH to increase pre-engineering for students k-12. YET the organization he chairs (BIA)  opposes New Hampshire’s Commissioner of Education in an effort to improve the quality of our academic standards. Common Core does NOT prepare students for the  STEM fields. (Science Technology Engineering and Math) Lowering the Bar: How Common Core Math Fails to Prepare Students for STEM Jason Zimba, lead writer for the Common...

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One NH School Seeing a BIG Increase in Test Refusals by Parents

Every year more parents catch on that the standardized testing in New Hampshire does nothing to help their children academically. In fact, it actually takes time away from learning in the classroom. One New Hampshire district is seeing a big increase in test refusals from parents. The Principal responded with the following e-mail but left out some critical pieces of information.   For instance in the new FEDERAL LAW (Every Student Succeeds Act ESSA) it says: ESSA page 144-145 ‘‘(2) TESTING TRANSPARENCY.— ‘‘(A) IN GENERAL.—At the beginning of each school year, a local educational agency that receives funds under...

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Google & the BIA: Promoting ILLITERACY in the Classroom? For Corporate Profits?

I keep hearing people talk about the Information Age and all we have to do is look something up on the Internet to get answers to our questions.  While this may be true in one sense, how would you feel if your doctor had to look everything up on their I-pad during a visit?  Don’t you expect the teacher in the classroom to have knowledge of what they are teaching?  Shouldn’t the builder know how to measure and add fractions together?  Basic knowledge allows an individual to be literate in certain subjects.  It’s expected of professionals working in an industry...

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NH Students Deserve Better Science Standards

Testimony given to the NH State Board of Education on May 11, 2017: To: Chairman Cline and Members of the New Hampshire Board of Education From:  Ann Marie Banfield, Education Liaison, Cornerstone Action [email protected], 603-228-4794 Date:  Thursday, May 11, 2017 RE: Concerns regarding NH Next Generation Science Standards I come here today to address the Next Generation Science Standards that were adopted in November 2016. In 2010, the State Board of Education adopted the Common Core Standards in Math and English.  From that day, parents and teachers across New Hampshire have been discovering that the Common Core Standards are problematic...

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