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The Manchester School District’s “zeros” explained

We took to the airwaves to explain just what Manchester School District administrators did in presenting the city’s Smarter Balanced Assessment results.  Also published here is an email at-Large Committee Member Rich Girard sent to the Board of School Committee to further clarify and simplify the matter. Note, in the video above, I note that the “zero” issues was raised by Mayor Ted Gatsas and Ward Nine Committee Member Arthur Beaudry.  While they were the ones that made the motion to have the district remove them if they existed, it was former at-Large Committee Member Kathy Staub that first raised the issue during the presentation of November 12, 2015. Girard letter to the board. Nov. 12, 2015 SBAC scores as presented by the school district. Jan. 11, 2016 SBAC scores as presented by the school district. Jan. 11, 2016 press release regarding the SBAC scores presented to the school district....

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Conflicts of interest, teacher contract costs exposed

In posting this, we must first note a correction that needs to be made in the information provided during the show.  Host Rich Girard said that every teacher in the Manchester School District will receive a 7.2 pay raise in the first year of the contract.  In fact, teachers who are at the top of the pay scale will receive a 5% pay raise in the first year.  Those who have yet to reach the top of the scale will get 7.2%. In this edition of the Girard at Large TV Show, not only does Girard provide the actual and true projected costs of the contract approved by the Board of Mayor and Aldermen on September 1, 2015, he also directly addressed the conflict of interest provisions of the Manchester City Charter, which should have prevented aldermen Ron Ludwig of Ward 2, Barbara Shaw of Ward 9 and Normand Gamache of Ward 11 from voting.  As the contract was vetoed by Mayor Ted Gatsas, their votes were consequential in overriding the veto. In sharing the provisions of the charter, Girard also aired “before and after” clips of Ludwig and Shaw saying the would not violate the law in their meeting of August 4, 2015, to admitting they were going to violate it and rationalizing it on September 1, 2015.  Girard let them tell you what they were doing and why...

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Live: Barry, Raffio attend special meeting of Manchester school board

In this archive, we’ve published both the unedited audio and video the Manchester Board of School Committee meeting at which both NH Commissioner of Education Virginia Barry and NH Board of Ed. Chairman Tom Raffio appeared.  In a phrase:  Oh My HEAD! Note Well:  The commentary of broadcast host Rich Girard and co-host Sid Glassner and interviews with Doris Hohensee of NH Families For Education and resident Patrice Benard runs until minute 44, at which time Mayor Ted Gatsas gavels the meeting to order. Please also note, there is a short space of “dead air” shortly after the meeting begins.  Don’t worry, it goes away.  It’s not your...

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GAL-TV on March 5, 2015

So, we’re sorry to keep saying that we don’t know what’s in them, but time is what it is and it might heal all wounds, but it kills memory cells.  Maybe if you don’t leave comments identifying the content, we’ll hit the lottery and have time to watch it all again!  Hey, at least my eyes are open for the...

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GAL-TV 2/26/2015

Hmmm, once again, we plead memory loss to to lapse of time between doing the show and posting it.  No doubt, it will still be fun to watch!  (BTW, can the video ever stop so that we get “good...

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GAL-TV for 2/19/2015

Yup, once again, we encourage you to take a look and leave comments to let us know what we said in this one.  Gotta love the attire though, not to mention the “great face” given by the frozen...

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GAL-TV on 1/22/2105

Well, our good friend Tim DiVenuti, the ever dapperly dressed man, joined us for this show.  Tim’s always got something up his sleeve, so we’re sure there was a good laugh or two, in addition to him getting stuff off his chest.  The Dynamic Duo of MPTV is on the...

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GAL-TV on 1/15/2015

Well, the lapse of time has caused a lapse of memory on this one.  Maybe you could watch and leave comments below and let us know what we said in this...

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GAL-TV on 1/8/15

The holidays are over and we come out swinging as we break (at least we think we did it in this video) a story from the Manchester School District involving an almost expelled student, the Office of Civil Rights and a 16 year old freshman on the Central basketball team.  Come to think of it, we’re pretty sure some of our preceding shows, maybe even the Christmas one, had started to let this cat out of the...

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GAL-TV on 12/17/2104

It’s our Christmas Show!  (You can tell by the sweater, can’t you!)  We’re sure we were at least as full of holiday cheer as we were news from aournd the city.  Might be nice to take a look back on this...

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