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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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Questions on MHT School Policies, Parental Notification

(Hour 2b) Controversy over the showing of “Yes You Can Say No,” a video shown to 3rd graders at Highland Goffs Falls School without parental notification.  Rich thought the video (about child predators) was well done but understands why parents are upset about not being notified prior to it’s showing.  To what degree are incidents like these likely to continue to happen in the Manchester School District? 03-18-2014 Hour...

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On Air News Read for February 11, 2014

02-11-2014 News Valentine’s Day is 3 days away.  Have you pre-ordered your gifts from Jacques?  Get it done so V-Day can simply be fun! Well, it was an interesting meeting of the Manchester Board of School Committee last night as major news was made.  With respect to The Manchester Academic Standards, Assistant Superintendent David Ryan announced that a first, very rough draft of the English Language Arts Standards had been completed.  Though he held up a three ringed binder he said contained the draft, it wasn’t released to the public.  Instead, he said it was headed for revisions and that the district would take Common Core critic Dr. Sandra Stotsky, the educator largely credited with developing the standards that turned Massachusetts into a public education powerhouse, up on her offer to review and comment on any standards the district was considering.  Ryan made that announcement right after he said the district had received input from Dr. James Milgram on the district wide trimester math tests at the elementary school level and would not only be modifying the tests based on his input, but would be sending the modifications his way for review before using them again. As expected, and prohibition of public comment at committee and the objections of the public during last night’s meeting not withstanding, the board did approve the so called SMART goals and policy changes...

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Teacher’s Union President on New Superintendent, Common Core, Breakdown of Family

(Hour 1a)  Ben Dick, President of the Manchester Education Association, came in to discuss the current state of our educational system in Manchester. In this clip, Ben and Rich discuss the teacher’s contract, how the “social” elements of learning in elementary school are disappearing, Ben’s relationship with the new superintendent, common core, the curriculum and our society’s loss of family structure and values....

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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: New Superintendent Speaks on Manchester’s Challenges, Common Core

(Hour 3a b c)  Dr. Debra Livingston, Manchester’s New Superintendent, came in for an exclusive, hour-long interview.  Read more for details! Listen in while she discusses her background, what attracted her to Manchester, how she feels about our City’s student population and how she thinks she can resolve the problems that Manchester is facing.  Plus, Rich asks about the recent Curriculum Audit, the recent waiver from the Department of Education and Common Core. 7-25-2013 Hour 3abc Read our FEATURE STORY: Dr. Livingston Elected New Manchester Superintendent of...

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On Air News Read for July 9, 2013

7-9-2013 News Manchester School Superintendent Dr. Debra Livingston made her debut before the Board of School Committee last night.  She discussed the waiver New Hampshire received from the federal Department of Education that supposedly provides the state greater flexibility in dealing with struggling schools.  We reported several weeks ago that the feds were holding the waiver hostage to the passage of Senate Bill 48, which created so called priority and focus schools.  Well, in order to get the waiver, seven Manchester schools had to be labeled “priority schools.”  They are Beech Street, Henry Wilson, McDonough, Parker Varney, Gossler Park, Parkside and Southside.  What’s that mean?  Well according to Livingston, it’s a good thing because it will make more money and people available to help those schools.  We’ll get into the details of that and what she didn’t say about what else comes with being labeled a priority school under the new law in this morning’s show.  In response to questions from Mayor Ted Gatsas, it was discovered that this waiver isn’t the one he’s been clamoring for that would allow the city to not test non-English speaking children until they understood the language.  Livingston said she’d see what this waiver would allow.  During her presentation, she also made mention of a meeting she attended with sixty six teachers at the School of Technology and while she didn’t say the...

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