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Manchester Proud: An objective effort or a stacked deck?

Now that serious, undisclosed conflicts between Manchester Proud and Reaching Higher NH have been exposed, very serious questions about the integrity and direction of this effort to develop a strategic plan for the Manchester School District have to be asked.  Over and over again, leaders of Manchester Proud have emphatically stated they have no agenda, no political affiliations, no bias and no predetermined outcomes.  They have asserted their efforts will be guided by the input they receive from stakeholders across the city.  Those assurances have come  in response to questions and concerns I have consistently raised both privately and...

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Cornerstone’s Banfield raises red flags over Manchester Proud

Publisher’s note:  This email was sent late on the evening of Friday, October 19, 2018 to every member of the Manchester Board of School Committee.  It is published here in its entirety with photos I have added photos to improve its readability.  As a member of the Board of School Committee, I find this information troubling and will be releasing a statement about its content in due time.  ~Publius Dear Board of School Committee Members:  I was made aware of Manchester Proud a short time ago by parents who told me about this new organization.  As a former Bedford resident, I...

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Oh My Head: Special Ed!

(Hours 3a,b,c) Rich talked to Ann Marie Banfield, an unpaid lobbyist at Cornerstone Action, and her guest Jane Ryan for Is Our Children Learning.  Jane shared about her son’s diagnosis of autism before taking a call from John in Hooksett, who asked a question about public information.  Tune in to get all of the details!   (Hour 3b) As the group continued they discussed the purpose of special education.  They talked about vocational rehabilitation, segregated learning, capability to learn and more.  They then took a call from Judy in Manchester, who shared her frustration with what’s happening with vocational...

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Rochester School Caught Logging Data on Student Bathroom Breaks

(Hour 2a) Rich talked about the collection of children’s data.  He shared about a visit to a school with Commissioner of Education Frank Edelblut, in which they noticed a non-academic survey being illegally given to students.  Finally, he expressed his outrage over finding that the times that children are going to the bathroom are being monitored.  Tune in to get the details!...

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On Air News Read for September 15, 2017

Former Hooksett School Board member John Lyscars has filed a Right to Know request with the Manchester School District’s Human Resources Director Pamela Hogan asking for information on board members who take taxpayer provided health and dental benefits.  As the request was made on Monday, the district is obligated to respond to Lyscars in some fashion by the end of the day today, given the requirements of the law.  Lyscars is asking which members of the board are receiving any type of health or dental benefit and the cost to the district for each member’s benefits.  The request came...

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Political Agendas of the Teachers Union

(Hour 3a) Rich talked to Cornerstone Action’s Ann Marie Banfield about the upcoming elections.  He shared his belief that one of the reasons the general public isn’t focused on the right topics is due to the focus of the elected officials.  They shared about opposition towards Deb Langton, Lisa Freeman and the Humble Host, the political agenda of the Teacher’s Union and more.  Tune in to get the details!...

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A Political Witch Hunt and Discussing House Bill 103

(Hours 3b,c) Rich talked to Ann Marie Banfield of Cornerstone Action for Is Our Children Learning.  Ann Marie began by talking about Chris Pappas and Andru Volinsky’s editorial against Commissioner of Education Frank Edelblut.  They then tackled waste in the school system, struggling volunteer groups, Common Core and more. (Hour 3c) Ann Marie continued to display her feelings regarding the op ed piece.  They tackled a potential run for the position of Governor and a lack of wanting to improve the quality of schools.  Ann Marie then brought House Bill 103 to the attention of the listeners, speaking about...

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Educational Entanglements: Critical Thinking and College Readiness

(Hours 3a,b) Rich opened the hour by talking about Senator John Reagan’s Public Higher Education Study Committee.  He tackled critical thinking skills and addressed the University of New Hampshire’s work against cultural misappropriation.  “UNH is a disgrace,” he pointed out as he talked about the process of degradation that the college has experienced over the years.  Tune in to hear all about it! (Hour 3b) As Rich continued in his coverage of educational issues he read from Ann Marie Banfield’s article concerning Sanborn Regional School District’s misleading of parents regarding college readiness.  He then took a call from David...

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The Raise Act and Illegal Immigration Issues in Massachusetts

(Hour 1a) Rich opened this morning’s show by talking about his weekend.  He then shared about a news story concerning illegal immigrants who were trying to register driver licenses and discussed President Donald Trump’s proposed changes on legal immigration.  He also addressed CNN journalist Jim Acosta’s statements regarding his interaction with Senior White House Adviser Stephen Miller and spoke about those who have had their identities stolen in Massachusetts.  Tune in to get the details!...

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