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  • #6805
    Rich Girard
    Keymaster

    Here are the news stories we’ve published on this meeting, which we were responsible for making public thanks to a school board member in one of Manchester’s surrounding towns. In these stories, you will find the agenda and other materials disseminated after we made the meeting public.

    Thanks!

    On Air News Read for September 24, 2013

    Common Core meeting with Commissioner Barry changed

    On Air News Read for September 30, 2013

    Here’s the link to our video of the meeting: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NJ-wzsM_Stg

    #6806
    Rich Girard
    Keymaster

    Mayor Ted Gatsas, Ward 1 Committeewoman Sarah Ambrogi, Ward 4 Committeeman Roy Shoults, Ward 5 Committeeman Ted Rokas, Ward 8 Committeewoman Erika Connors, Ward 9 Committeeman Art Beaudry are present.

    Ward 12 School Board candidate Christine Duffley is here, too.

    Hooksett School Board Member John Lyscars is in the house.

    Gatsas is very well recognized and sought after in this room.

    #6807
    Rich Girard
    Keymaster

    Goffstown State Representative Mark Warden is present.

    Nashua School Board members David Murotake, Sandra Ziehm, and Elizabeth Van Twiver are here.

    OOOOO Chucky the Super is here! (Wonder if he’ll sit next to The Elf!

    #6808
    Rich Girard
    Keymaster

    Candia School Board Member Nicole LaFlamme (WHS ’87) is here.

    Ward 12 Committeeman Roger Beauchmap is in the house.

    Manchester Assistant Super David Ryan is here (currently yukking it up with the mayor)

    #6809
    Rich Girard
    Keymaster

    A clearly irritated with me Committeewoman at-Large Kathy Staub is here. See, I told you she’d show up to the presentation that reinforced her position.

    District 18 State senator David Boutin is present. Represents Hooksett, Candia, Manchester wards 1, 2, & 12 and some other towns.

    Assistant Manchester Super Karen Burkush is here, too.

    #6810
    Rich Girard
    Keymaster

    Ward 6 School Board Member Dan Bergeron just arrived.

    #6811
    Rich Girard
    Keymaster

    Comments and questions are being limited only to school administrators and school board members. Senator Boutin asking whether or not he as a Senator can ask questions. Being told no, that this is not the forum for that.

    Boutin: Is this a public forum?

    Moderator: Yes, but only for the school district administrators to ask their educational leader. They’re in a position to make decisions.

    Boutin: With all do respect, I am in a position to make decisions, too and this was billed as a public forum.

    Moderator shuts him down. District officials only.

    Crowd (including school board members) applauded Boutin earlier on in his challenge

    #6812
    Patrice Benard
    Participant

    This ought to be interesting. Common Core blocks out the parents and now the legislators.

    #6813
    Rich Girard
    Keymaster

    Moderator is Salem Superintendent Michael Delahanty. Telling a story, in sort of a condescending way, about making decisions with all the information (as if the opposition is uninformed, which was the clear implication.)

    Virginia Barry now speaking.

    #6814
    Jon DiPietro
    Keymaster

    Reminds me of a line from the movie Wedding Crashers: “You shut you mouth when you’re talking to me.”

    As usual, the government is fully tolerant of any and all opinions that agree with theirs.

    #6815
    Rich Girard
    Keymaster

    Barry doesn’t want to “powerpoint people to death,” but…she’s going to the help community members and parents “understand the direction we’re going in.”

    Great concern about our students possibly falling behind the rest of the world.

    NH students placing 6th in current exams. Important to keep that in mind because it means we’re doing many of the right things.

    she’s been commissioner since 2009, very familiar with No Child Left Behind. Important to keep in mind with NCLB, this year, that if we were to have followed the formula, about 87% of our public schools would be considered failing, next year 92% would be failing, then 100% the following year. but, it’s important to note we’re not failing, but we’re looking for new pathways.

    Competencies, demonstrating skills…context “we’re making choices in our state.” As commissioner, we’re very inclusive: Supportive of homeschoolers, charter schools, private schools and of course public schools. Access of every citizen to a “quality education.” As country struggles with resources, every decision is critical

    #6816
    Rich Girard
    Keymaster

    Communication, collaboration, coherence (every single thing we do needs to make sense is her definition of coherence. interesting.)

    #6817
    Rich Girard
    Keymaster

    Her job as commissioner isn’t easy. Someone’s always asking “but Commissioner, what about this”

    using a slide of a house. the roof is “future of learning outcomes.” How can someone graduate from high school with a public school education and not be able to read at at least the 11th grade level? She asks, why not from the 3rd grade?

    What kind of skills do we want, leaders do we want, how do we know how kids are really learning. Ugh, this is just the same old stuff that’s designed to pitch th virtues of the untested common core standards and systems. Slide is too small to read and she’s jumping around.

    Need to provide “for all students” the competencies they need for the future of our state and nation.

    #6818
    Rich Girard
    Keymaster

    Need high standards and assessment system that tells us where a student is and what we need to support them. How do we deal with struggling schools. Calls NCLB waiver an “enabler” to improve education.

    #6819
    Rich Girard
    Keymaster

    OOOOO, she just made it clear that districts have to CHOOSE Common Core. Now pitching why it’s good for her grandchildren. What do you need to know by the 5th grade in math, English Language Arts, etc…The complex issues they will deal with in their future.

    This is not about us, it’s about the kids and what they’ll need to succeed in their complex futures.

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