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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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New Math Education and Harmful Teaching Methods

(Hours 2a,b) Rich spoke about feedback that he received after a recent Curriculum and Instruction Meeting in Manchester.  He requested the assistance listeners who would like to become involved as an intern to the show and spoke about traditional methods for math education versus modern methods. Click here, here and here for the mentioned articles and here (Time Stamp: 1:35:00) for the video.   (Hour 2b) Arthur in Sandown called into the show to share his thoughts about the math curriculum, and he started by bringing attention to the word ‘rigor.’  Rich then discussed the push-back that President Donald Trump is...

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Commissioner of Education Criticisms and Superintendent Vargas’ Budget

(Hour 3a) After sharing the Bad Weather Bureau report, Rich tackled Tom Raffio’s concerns regarding Frank Edelblut’s intentions as the Commissioner of Education.  He then discussed the budget crisis that the Manchester School District is facing and shared his opinion on the behavior of teachers.  Finally, he spoke about the impacts of the Teacher’s Contract and declining enrollment in the district.  Tune in to hear more.  ...

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A Right to Know Request: Next Gen Science Standards

(Hours 3b,c) After encouraging his listeners to let New Hampshire’s Executive Council know that they support Frank Edelbut’s as Commissioner of Education, Rich talked to Ann Marie Banfield of Cornerstone Policy Research.  They discussed the Right to Know request that Ann Marie filed in regards to the State Board of Education’s adoption of next gen science standards.       (Hour 3c) Rich and Ann Marie continued in their discussion about the next gen science standards.  They made comparisons between former and current educational standards and spoke about a search for information to prove that sufficient research was done before...

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A Conflict of Interests: Lobbying in the Granite State

(Hours 2a,b) Rich talked about taxpayer funded organizations that are lobbying the legislation within the Granite State.  He spoke about Scott McGilvray’s vote against Right to Work and informed the listeners about a conflict of interests.  Finally, he shared about Senate Bill 2, House Bill 223, and dealing with the Unions. (Hour 2b) “Should folks who receive tax payer dollars in any way shape or form be allowed to impact legislation,” Rich asked as he continued with the topic.  He then spoke about Universal Pre-School, Southern New Hampshire University’s impact in recent elections, and the unusual amount of money that the Save the Children Action Network spent in local races in 2015....

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Standardized Testing and the Opt Out Movement

(Hours 3b,c) After speaking about the confirmation of Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education, Rich and Sid Glassner, Senior Fellow with the New England Society for the Study of Education, discussed school testing for Is Our Children Learning.  Sid told the listeners about the amount of time that will be devoted to testing next month and encouraged parents to opt out, while informing them about the punishment for opting out.   (Hour 3c) Sid encouraged parents to build a bigger and better opt out campaign.  He and Rich talked about efforts from the Democratic Party to weaken the opt out...

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DOE Holds Taxpayer Funded Closed-Door Meeting

(Hours 2a,3a) Rich informed the listeners about an invite-only meeting that the State Department of Education organized.  He spoke about the intention of the meeting and shared his opinion that any leader that attends this type of meeting is in violation of the public’s trust.  Tune in to get the details.  (Hour 3a) Rich spoke about the impact of the furtherance of Government into the fields of healthcare and education.  He also talked about a potential conflict between the local school board and the State Superintendent Association. ...

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Why I Support School-Choice, Oppose Common Core But Do Not Support Betsy DeVos

President Trump promised to get rid of Common Core during his campaign for president.  Opponents of Common Core like me understood that the Obama redesign in public education was much more than just a set of dumbed down standards for our public schools. We expected President Trump to appoint a Secretary of Education that understood why this reform was not only going to dumb down our schools, but completely transform them into something parents didn’t ask for and do not want. I’ve always been a supporter of school-choice and I was proud to support our school-choice program in New Hampshire.  When the creators of New Hampshire’s scholarship program came to me years ago to ask for my support, I made sure our program was NOT a VOUCHER program.  As much as I’d like parents to take their tax dollars and use them for their child’s education, vouchers have been used by bureaucrats as a way to control private schools. Instead New Hampshire has the Children’s Scholarship Fund New Hampshire.  This program was set up in a way to keep bureaucrats from using the money to control our private and parochial schools.  Companies and individuals donate to the organization, they receive a tax credit or deduction, the funds are then distributed from the organization leaving bureaucrats unable to attach strings to that money. The DeVos idea is to use government funding that...

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Councilor Volinsky and a Delayed Commissioner of Education Vote

(Hours 1b,2a) Rich spoke about the attempts by Councilor Andru Volinsky and Councilor Nick Pappas to delay Frank Edelblut’s Commissioner of Education vote.  He commented on Attorney General Joseph Foster’s selective enforcement of the law and he wondered if Councilor Volinsky is in violation of Federal law.  Tune in for all of the details.   (Hour 2a) Rich took a phone call from Kimberly Morin of NH Political Buzz.  Kimberly spoke about the school in which Councilor Volinsky’s children received their education.  They then discussed the Councilor’s connection to Senator Bernie Sanders, coordinated efforts to attack Edelblut and they...

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Catholic Schools Week with the Diocese of Manchester

(Hour 2b) Rich spoke to School Superintendent Dave Thibault, Allison Mueller and grade schooler Chase Fussell of the Diocese of Manchester.  They discussed student enrollment, the Shine Brighter marketing campaign and financial aid.  They also spoke about language education, state assessments and more.  Click here for more information....

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