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Tag: Manchester Education Association

Negotiations Committee pushes back against MEA claims

The following statement was read into the record at the September 25, 2018 meeting of the Manchester Board of School Committee by Special Committee on Negotiations Chairman Richard H. Girard (R-at-Large).  It was unanimously signed by committee members Sarah Ambrogi (D-Ward 1), Ross Terrio (R-Ward 7), Jimmy Lehoux (R-Ward 8) and Katie Desrochers (D-Ward 11). Members of the Honorable Board: It is with both concern and frustration that we on the Special Committee on Negotiations address our efforts to negotiate a contract with the Manchester Education Association.  Because of continued misrepresentations by union officials that are stirring discontent within...

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Queen City Elections: Campaign Funding, Union Endorsements and a Candidate Commentary

(Hours 2a,b) After discussing the upcoming Community Connections segment, Rich attempted to get the listeners up to date on the Queen City’s elections, starting with sharing about the funding of the Joyce Craig and Ted Gatsas campaigns.  He then spoke about the Manchester Education Association’s endorsement of candidates and pointed out the Union’s priorities.   (Hour 2b) Rich continued in his discussion about Manchester’s upcoming elections, addressing where certain races could affect Mayor Ted Gatsas’ reelection efforts.  He commented on campaigning efforts and displayed the impact of perception.  Tune in to get the...

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On Air News Read for September 7, 2017

We have a correction to make as we start out this morning’s news!  Yesterday, we reported that Ward Two aldermanic candidate Will Stewart announced his endorsement by the Manchester Education Association.  In our discussion about the endorsement, we said we found it interesting that rival Ryan Richmann, the President of the Timberlane Teachers Association, had not been endorsed; opining it may have been because the union didn’t see him as a viable candidate. Well, Richmann was also endorsed by the M E A for the Ward Two aldermanic seat.  Thanks to a couple of members of our Large and...

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Superintendent Bolgen Vargas and the Teacher’s Union

(Hour 1a) Rich started the show by reading political candidate feedback from Manchester School Board member Lisa Freeman and by taking a call from Eric in Manchester, who commented on the Veterans’ Park bathroom situation.  He then shared about Manchester School District Superintendent Bolgen Vargas and his clashes with the Teacher’s Union.  Tune in to get all of the details!...

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Union Endorsements in Manchester’s Upcoming Elections

(Hours 1b,2a) Rich took a call from Harriet in Deerfield, who informed the listeners about the Right to Know Commission’s meeting today.  He then discussed the upcoming elections in the Queen City, speaking about those who received endorsements from the Manchester Education Association (MEA) and speculating about why certain candidates were chosen over others.  (Hour 2a) Rich continued where he left off with his coverage of the Union endorsements, beginning with Ward 7.  Tune in to learn about the candidates who will represent...

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On Air News Read for September 6, 2017

The Manchester Board of Mayor and Aldermen met last night and though it was a relatively short meeting, it was eventful.  The board received a presentation from Health Department officials regarding a new Web site they’ve developed to better connect people to their neighborhoods.  It’s called My Manchester NH.  We’ve got the link.  It also awarded Emergency Medical Services Officer Christopher Hickey with its newly minted Bright Idea award for coming up with Safe Station. As to matters of substance, the board not only extended the downtown park smoking ban to Kalivas Park, it also made the ban permanent,...

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Ward 2 Aldermanic Candidate Will Stewart: MEA Endorsement and Parental Qualification

(Hour 2a) Rich and Ed Naile talked about statements made by Ward 2 Aldermanic candidate Will Stewart.  Rich shared his great concern over Will’s endorsement by the Manchester Education Association and over his belief in what makes him a more qualified candidate, before taking a call from Ward 6 School Board candidate Jon DiPietro, who chimed in on the issue.  Tune in to get the details!...

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Campaign Attention, a Union Endorsement and a Keno Question

(Hour 1a) As Rich opened up this morning’s show he discussed yesterday’s interview with Ashton Whitty, a Berkeley student who was attacked by Antifa.  He then commented on interest in Jon DiPietro’s Ward 6 School Board campaign and took a call from Eddy in Manchester, who inquired about the value in how many views campaign videos receive.  Finally, they tackled the endorsement of Will Stewart by the Manchester Education Association and Rich answered Eric’s question regarding whether or not he supports Keno.  Tune in to get the...

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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 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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