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Plymouth State Project Problems and a Full-Day Kindergarten Conversation

(Hours 3a,b,c) Rich spoke to Ann Marie Banfield, Education Liaison at Cornerstone Action for Is Our Children Learning.  Ann Marie talked about the Plymouth State Project, which is a Federally funded psychological evaluation.  She shared about the surprising role of the teachers, informed about the company’s motive to sell products and more. Click here and here to view Ann Marie’s blog posts.     (Hour 3b) Ann Marie and Rich wondered about the impact of the social and emotional wellness instructions.  They talked about ESSA’s promise of restoring local control in educational matters and they took a phone call...

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Why Not Full-Day Kindergarten? Here’s Why….

Full day kindergarten is a political agenda that began several years ago when Common Core was introduced. This isn’t good for young children, and early childhood experts are starting to warn about the harmful consequences. In a Joint Statement of Early Childhood Health and Education Professionals they warned, “WE HAVE GRAVE CONCERNS about the core standards for young children now being written by the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers. The draft standards made public in January conflict with compelling new research in cognitive science, neuroscience, child development, and early childhood education about how...

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Sonja Witkowski – Candidate for MEA President

(Hours 1a,b,c) Rich was joined by Sonja Witkowski, who is a candidate for MEA (Manchester Education Association) President.  After sharing her background, Rich asked about the role of the Union, Union PR and more.   (Hour 1b) Rich further inquired about how the Union can better communicate with the public moving forward.  They discussed whether district changes to accommodate English language learners are necessary, changing standards in the Manchester School District, how assessments should be handled and teacher pay raises.  Finally, they took a call from Eddy in Manchester, who wondered about teacher mandates.   (Hour 1c) In his...

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Alison Mueller on Catholic School Education

(Hour 3c) Rich spoke to Alison Mueller, Director of Enrollment Management of the Diocese of Manchester Catholic Schools, for this week’s Is Our Children Learning segment.  After explaining her position, she shared about the Shine Brighter Campaign.  She also talked about financial aid, special education, standardized testing and the stability of Catholic schools. Click here for more information about the Diocese of Manchester....

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Jeffrey T. Clay’s Arrest, NAEP Testing and Student Voter Rights at UNH

(Hour 1a) Rich started this morning’s show by talking about the arrest of Jeffrey T. Clay at Alton’s Board of Selectmen meeting.  He then spoke about NAEP testing in the state and shared about interactions via Facebook with the student body government at the University of New Hampshire.  Finally, he presented the show’s calendar.  Tune in to get the details....

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Dana Buckley – Candidate for Candia School Board

(Hours 3b,c) Rich spoke to Dana Buckley, who is a candidate for Candia School Board.  Dana started by talking about his professional background and his experience in government.  They discussed the transgender policy, transparency in meetings and Dana’s citizen petition warrant article.  Tune in to get the details.   (Hour 3c) Dana informed Rich about the priorities that he will address, beginning with Common Core.  They discussed the recording of public meetings, the relationship between Candia and Manchester and Candia’s upcoming Candidate Night. Click here to view Dana’s Facebook page....

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Under the Golden Dome: Bathroom Bill, Abortion, Fed Funding, Etc.

(Hour 2b) Rich spoke to State Representatives Victoria Sullivan and John Burt for the Under the Golden Dome segment.  They started by talking about the Transgendered Bill (House Bill 478), before sharing about Representative Keith Murphy’s abortion bill (House Bill 578), and House Bills 620, 205, 279 and 209.  Tune in for the details. Click here for House Bill 578. Click here for House Bill 620. Click here for House Bill 279. Click here for House Bill 205....

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SAT Assistance with Straight “A” Academy

(Hours 1b,c) Rich spoke to Felix and Judee Alvarado of the Straight A Academy.  Felix started by sharing his background, before talking about the transition from teaching to test preparation.  Judee shared her perspective, informing about how Felix operates, and they pointed out how the prep course distinguishes itself from alternative courses.  Finally, they talked about changes to the test and Felix    (Hour 1c) Rich and his guests spoke about their work in public schools.  They shared about how West High School reacted to the organization and they discussed effectiveness.  Tune in to hear all about it. Click...

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Bathroom Bill, Transgendered Concerns and Upcoming Bills

(Hours 2b,c) Rich spoke to State Representatives Victoria Sullivan and John Burt for the Under the Golden Dome segment.  They started the segment by discussing the bathroom bill (House Bill 478).  They also spoke about the conversion therapy bill and a press report that Shannon McGinley of Cornerstone Action released.   (Hour 2c) As Rich continued with State Reps Burt and Sullivan they discussed the signing of Constitutional Carry (Senate Bill 12).  They spoke more about House Bill 478 and talked about gender assignment at birth.  Finally, they tackled House Bill 103, Senate Bill 7 and a fetal homicide...

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On Air News Read for February 24, 2017

Almost two years to the day after he was arrested by Alton Police Chief Ryan Heath at the direction of the Alton Board of Selectmen, Jeffrey T. Clay has been arrested again.  The reason for the arrest hasn’t changed, either.  He criticized actions of the board during its public input session.   For the crime of offending them with his words, he was arrested and charged with two counts of disorderly conduct and one count of resisting arrest.  In two thousand fifteen, a judge threw two disorderly conduct charges filed against Clay out of court, giving them something of a civics...

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