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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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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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Political Agendas of the Teachers Union

(Hour 3a) Rich talked to Cornerstone Action’s Ann Marie Banfield about the upcoming elections.  He shared his belief that one of the reasons the general public isn’t focused on the right topics is due to the focus of the elected officials.  They shared about opposition towards Deb Langton, Lisa Freeman and the Humble Host, the political agenda of the Teacher’s Union and more.  Tune in to get the details!...

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School Spending: Discussing the Tax Cap and Figuring out the Funding

(Hours 1a,2b) Rich started the morning by talking about last night’s Manchester Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting.  He shared his criticism with what Hillside Middle School Principal Brendan McCafferty had to say at the meeting, but largely praised the Principals who attended.  Finally, he gave his prediction about whether or not the tax cap would be overrun and informed the listeners about statements made by Manchester School District Superintendent Bolgen Vargas.  Tune in to get all of the details! (Hour 2b) Rich started by sharing his opinion with Ed Naile, Chairman of the Coalition of New Hampshire Taxpayers,...

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Coming from Concord: Senate Bills 8, 66 and 3

(Hour 2a) Rich started the segment by playing a teaser clip for an upcoming segment regarding elderly residents.  He then talked about Senate Bill 8 (The Croydon Bill), informing the listeners about what it is, followed by Senate Bill 66 (The Fetal Homicide Bill).  Finally, he continued to display his disapproval with Senate Bill 3, which would be a step backwards in the war against voter fraud.  Tune in to get all of the details!...

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School Choice: Parental Involvement and Technological Implementation

(Hours 3b,c) Rich talked to Felix Alvarado, Headmaster at Straight “A” Academy, for Is Our Children Learning.  They began the segment by talking about the passing of Sid Glassner, long time Anchor of Is Our Children Learning and Host of Inside Education.  They then transitioned into a discussion about school choice, talking about the discouragement of parental involvement, and Felix made his opinion about compulsory education clear. (Hour 3c) Felix began the final segment by expressing his vision regarding what school choice should look like.  They talked about technology within the school system and Felix shared his frustration with what...

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Sonja Witkowski – Candidate for MEA President

(Hours 1a,b,c) Rich was joined by Sonja Witkowski, who is a candidate for MEA (Manchester Education Association) President.  After sharing her background, Rich asked about the role of the Union, Union PR and more.   (Hour 1b) Rich further inquired about how the Union can better communicate with the public moving forward.  They discussed whether district changes to accommodate English language learners are necessary, changing standards in the Manchester School District, how assessments should be handled and teacher pay raises.  Finally, they took a call from Eddy in Manchester, who wondered about teacher mandates.   (Hour 1c) In his...

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MEA Communication, School Nurses and a School District Charge-Back System

(Hour 2a) Rich commented on his previous segment with Sonja Witkowski, who is a candidate for MEA President.  He shared about his interaction with former MEA President Ben Dick and spoke about how communication has changed during Sue Ellen Hannan’s reign as President.  Finally, he informed the listeners about hostility that is coming from the organization, before sharing about criticisms aimed at the Public Health Directer and the School District’s charge-back system..  ...

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Ralph Boehm and the Croyden Bill

(Hours 3a,b,c) Rich started the hour by giving the listeners a lesson about the Croydon Bill, which was vetoed by former Governor Maggie Hassan.  He informed the listeners about a change in the situation, before he tackled the New Hampshire Department of Education stance on educating children.  He discussed the vilification of Charter Schools and the restrictions that are placed on teaching staff in providing innovation.  Finally, he spoke about the special education trend within the Manchester School District and he shared his opinion regarding school choice and the failure of education.   (Hours 3b) Rich spoke to former State Representative Ralph Boehm about...

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James O’Keefe and a Complicit Attorney General’s Office

(Hours 2b,c) Rich spoke this morning to James O’Keefe of Project Veritas.  O’Keefe told Rich about a lawsuit with ACORN, what he has experienced in New Hampshire regarding voter fraud, his speech at the Coalition of New Hampshire Taxpayer’s annual picnic and more.  Finally, he talked about his latest undercover sting. For more information click here. (Hour 2c) Rich discussed the previous segment, sharing his opinion concerning the fact that the Attorney General’s office decided to not prosecute fraudulent voters due to an alleged lack of cooperation on O’Keefe’s part.  He then took a call from Eddy in Manchester and referred to a listeners question regarding getting the Feds involved.    ...

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