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Straight “A” Academy Headmaster Discusses Standardized Testing

(Hours 3b,c) Rich started by taking a call from Dave in Bedford, who commented on Sanctuary Cities.  Rich then spoke to Felix Alvarado, Headmaster at Straight “A” Academy, for Is Our Children Learning.  Felix began the conversation by wondering about the concept of statewide testing.  They shared about the process of the testing and addressed what is being taught.  Tune in to get all of the details! (Hour 3c) Rich and Felix continued in their assessment of standardized testing, commenting on the push to get everyone to go to college.  They wondered if the SAT should the standard test...

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The Police Exam: Physical Fitness and Testing Troubles

(Hours 1a,b) Rich opened the show by sharing that the final sets of answers in the Union Leader’s candidate rundown have been released.  He then talked about music and informed the listeners about the results of this weekend’s police exam, pointing out that he is going to have to leave tomorrow’s show early to continue with the testing.  Tune in to get all of the details! (Hour 1b) Rich continued in his coverage of the Manchester Police Exam, discussing the written portion of the test.  He pointed out how some were failed by the education system and took a...

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Ed Sapienza – Candidate for Alderman in Ward 8

(Hour 2a) Rich talked to Ed Sapienza, who is a candidate for alderman in Ward 8.  Ed shared his background, before telling Rich his reasons for running.  He answered Rich’s questions about the Charter, speaking about his top three issues, and displayed his thoughts about benefits for Government, after being prompted by John in Manchester.  Finally, he addressed the Aldermen’s role in education, priorities for City funding, contract negotiations, campaign funding 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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Parental Involvement: Seeking Syllabus and Curriculum Concerns

(Hours 2a,b) Rich talked about the fight for parental involvement and the flak that he is taking as a Manchester School Board member.  He wondered why teachers don’t send home a syllabus and took a call from Ward 6 School Board candidate Jon DiPietro, who commented on curriculum concern from parents and teachers.  Tune in to hear all about it! Click here to learn more about Jon DiPietro. (Hour 2b) Rich continued in topic by reading a message sent to Rich by a constituent.  He then talked about an accusation from School Board member Connie Van Houten, reminded the...

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Diocese of Manchester Discusses Distinctions Found at Catholic Schools

(Hours 3b,c) Rich talked to Allison Mueller, Director of Enrollment Management at the Diocese of Manchester, for Is Our Children Learning.  After inquiring about her title, Rich wondered about how dioceses work and what their influence is within the school district.  They then shared about the structure of the diocese, uniqueness within Catholic schools, enrollment decline and more.  Tune in to get the details!   (Hour 3c) “What is the mission of each and every Catholic school,” Rich asked as he opened up the final segment of the show.  They discussed the academics, affordability, religious leaning, Common Core and...

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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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Trouble in SAU 55: An Unlawful Hire and Donna Green’s Complaint

(Hours 2a,b,3a) Rich tackled an issue that recently occurred within SAU 55, which includes the Timberland Regional School District and the Hampstead School District.  He spoke about Donna Green’s grievance with the hiring of Thomas Geary to the Business Operations Coordinator position within the SAU and took a call from Eddy in Manchester, who inquired about Rich’s position regarding oversight.  Tune in to get all of the details! (Hour 2b) Rich continued in his discussion regarding Donna Green’s complaint.  He pointed out that the SAU is in violation of the law and talked about the Superintendent’s attempt to squash a...

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Ann Marie Banfield on Technology in the Classroom and the Demise of Math Education

(Hours 3a,b,c) Rich talked to Ann Marie Banfield, Education Liaison at Cornerstone Action, for Is Our Children Learning.  Ann Marie began the segment by addressing the claims of declining teaching jobs in the Granite State.  They discussed the compliance of Charter Schools to the Common Core standards, before tackling technology in the classroom.  Tune in to get all of the details! Click here for Ann Marie’s mentioned blog post.   (Hour 3b) Rich and Ann Marie continued where they left off in their discussion about technology in the classroom.  “Who benefits from technology in the classroom,” Ann Marie wondered....

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The Restriction of Teachers and Discussing Unions

(Hours 2a,3a) Rich displayed his discontent over the teachers’ inability to do what they need to do in the classroom, as discussed in a previous discussion with Katie Howe.  He tackled testing, reminding the listeners about Kelley Tambouris’ past involvement on the show, and took a call from Eddy in Manchester, who inquired about a disconnect within the Manchester Education Association.  Tune in to get all of the details! Click here to view Kelley Tambouris’ archive.   (Hour 3a) Rich continued in his discussion about high stakes test, pointing out that they’re eating up too much time in the classroom....

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