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The Final Show: Surprise Guests and Superintendent Metzler’s Antics

(Hour 1a) Rich opened his final ever radio show by talking about how the listeners will be able to reach him after the show goes dark.  He then read the announcement that he wrote earlier this week, before talking to surprise guests Jorge Mesa-Tejada and Ed Naile.  Finally, they discussed the antics of Timberlane Regional School District Superintendent Earl Metzler.  Tune in to get all of the...

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On Air News Read for October 20. 2017

The Smarter Balanced Assessment is gone!  That’s what the New Hampshire Department of Education basically said when it announced that American Institutes for Research will provide the statewide standardized assessments that will be used to see how kids in grades three through eight are doing in English and math and they’re doing in grades five, eight and eleven in science.  The S A T will remain the assessment for high school juniors. In a statement released by the department, Commissioner Frank Edelblut said he is confident that A I R will provide high quality assessments designed to meet the...

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Rochester School Caught Logging Data on Student Bathroom Breaks

(Hour 2a) Rich talked about the collection of children’s data.  He shared about a visit to a school with Commissioner of Education Frank Edelblut, in which they noticed a non-academic survey being illegally given to students.  Finally, he expressed his outrage over finding that the times that children are going to the bathroom are being monitored.  Tune in to get the details!...

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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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Jimmy Lehoux – Ward 8 Candidate for School Board

(Hours 1b,c) Rich talked to Jimmy Lehoux, who is a Ward 8 candidate for a seat on the Manchester School Board.  Jimmy started by telling the listeners a little bit about himself, before explaining why he decided to run for office again.  He then pointed out the top concerns that he wants addressed.     (Hour 1c) Jimmy began the segment by answering Rich’s question concerning parental involvement in education.  They then discussed vocational schooling, redistricting and West High School’s program with...

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The Freedom Caucus Discusses the Budget, a Sobriety Checkpoint, School Choice and More

(Hours 2a,b,c) Guest hosts and State Representatives Victoria Sullivan and John Burt talked to the Freedom Caucus this morning.  They addressed the House Budget, the domestic violence controversy with the city solicitor and more.  Tune in to get all of the details!   (Hour 2b) State Reps Victoria and John continued with Freedom Caucus members Josh Moore, Greg Hill, JR Hoell and Kevin Verville for the Under the Golden Dome segment.  They discussed claims of misogyny within the State House.  They then spoke about the sobriety checkpoint that took place in Nashua over the weekend.   Click here for the...

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Ann Marie Banfield on Common Core and State Assessments

(Hour 3c) Rich talked to Ann Marie Banfield of Cornerstone Action for Is Our Children Learning.  Ann Marie brought up Senate Bill 43, talking to Rich about the vote and an amendment.  They then discussed Senate Bill 44 and the opposition that Education Commissioner Frank Edelblut is receiving concerning the reviewing of Common Core.  Finally, they shared criticisms about the recent trends with state assessments and spoke about a conflict of interest in the push for testing.  Tune in to hear all about it!...

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One NH School Seeing a BIG Increase in Test Refusals by Parents

Every year more parents catch on that the standardized testing in New Hampshire does nothing to help their children academically. In fact, it actually takes time away from learning in the classroom. One New Hampshire district is seeing a big increase in test refusals from parents. The Principal responded with the following e-mail but left out some critical pieces of information.   For instance in the new FEDERAL LAW (Every Student Succeeds Act ESSA) it says: ESSA page 144-145 ‘‘(2) TESTING TRANSPARENCY.— ‘‘(A) IN GENERAL.—At the beginning of each school year, a local educational agency that receives funds under...

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An Ethics Investigation and Pressure to Take State Assessments

(Hour 3b) Rich talked to Kimberly Morin of NH Political Buzz for Politically Buzzed.  She started the segment by discussing the ethics investigations of State Representatives Robert Fisher and Sherry Frost.  She then reported on parents who are being pressured to allow their children to take the Smarter Balanced Assessment.  Tune in to get all of the details!...

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Ann Marie Banfield and Plymouth State University’s Psychological Profiling

(Hours 3b,c) Rich spoke to Ann Marie Banfield, Education Liaison at Cornerstone Action, for Is Our Children Learning.  Ann Marie began the interview by telling the listeners about the psychological profiling that Plymouth State University has been performing on Queen City children. Click here to view Ann Marie’s relevant blog. (Hour 3c) Ann Marie spoke about the Right to Know requests that she filed, telling the listeners what she learned about Plymouth State University’s activities.  She talked about the fate of Senate Bill 43, which deals with opting out, and shared the argument against the bill.  Tune in to get all...

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