Education

GrokTALK! – School Choice in Croydon, NH Part II

by Steve MacDonald April 15, 2015
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We continue our discussion with Jody Underwood about how Croydon, NH discovered a taxpayer-funded School voucher program already in existing New Hampshire law, we cover what the state constitution actually says about education, and what State School Board chair Virgina Barry  tried to leave out of that debate when she insisted Croydon stop their School […]

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Ian Underwood – Courcruxes

by GrokWatch News Desk April 14, 2015

Ian Underwood | GrokWatch News Desk Suppose you buy a car made by General Motors.  And there is a problem with the car — the brakes aren’t designed properly, and you’re severely injured in a car crash.  So you want to sue GM. And suppose you’re required to do that in a court that is […]

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Epic – Former NH Supreme Court Justice Chuck Douglas smack down of NH State Education Commissioner Virginia Barry

by Skip April 13, 2015

This past Saturday (I gotta get the videos done – Thank GOD that Steve got the audio done!) we had Jody Underwood, Chair of the Croydon School Board, on to talk about the fight that NH State Education Commissioner Virginia Barry (Ph.D., dontcha know) concerning Cryodon and SAU #43’s use of “school choice” to send its […]

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“Executive Order Disorder” in the Granite State

by Jane Cormier March 6, 2015

If you are like me, you occasionally experience passing moments of panic when you stop to think where we are heading as a nation. Not only do we have a president who is overly-exercising his “pen and phone” with executive orders, bypassing the vote of Congress on MAJOR issues, you have a certain malaise in […]

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Does The State Own Your Children?

by Steve MacDonald March 5, 2015
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Rep. Josh Moore joins the program to discuss State Ed Empress Virgina Barry’s decree that no one shall opt out of any testing in her domain. They talk parents rights, the decline toward the socialist state, and the winner of the WTF of the week.  Listen to the entire podcast here Follow us on YouTube, […]

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‘Let’s Destroy Liberal Academia’

by Steve MacDonald March 5, 2015
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If you had not figured it out yet, the Government takeover of Student loans was both a sop and to control and protect the redistribution of billions nationally and annually.   To enrich an army of left-wing intellectual moon-bats, legitimize dopey progressive ideas with federal grants, and to recycle taxpayer backed dollars through the white tower […]

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HB 603 And The Parental Right To Refuse

by Steve MacDonald March 2, 2015
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Posted by request… PLEASE INVITE and SHARE WITH YOUR FRIENDS! Let’s meet in the LOBBY of the Legislative Office Building at 9:00 am on Thursday, March 5th. NH Commissioner of Education Virginia Barry is using Technical Advisories to intimidate parents. Barry believes her directives SUPERSEDE a parent’s fundamental RIGHT to direct the education of his […]

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Class Size vs. Student to Teacher Ratios

by Steve MacDonald March 2, 2015
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This months Education update covers the difference between the politically charged term “class size” and another education metric ‘Student to Teacher ‘ratios.  Listen to the entire podcast here Follow us on YouTube, USTREAM, Facebook, and Twitter …and take us with you on iTunes, iHeart Radio, Spreaker, TuneIn, or Stitcher.

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GrokTALK! February 28th, 2015

by Steve MacDonald March 1, 2015
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This week I call into the show from CPAC as Skip and Mike take the reins along with guests Jorge Mesa-Tejada (On education), Rep. Max Abramson (on Criminal justice and defining lethal and non-lethal force–among other issues), and Rep. Josh Moore on who owns the children – parents or educators. Follow us on YouTube, USTREAM, […]

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HR 5 – The Student Success Act Is a Trap!

by Steve MacDonald February 27, 2015
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By Steve Mac Donald | Watchdog Arena The Student Success Act (HR5) working its way through the U.S. House is a trap. HR5 is being sold as legislation that will “support State and local accountability for public education, protect State and local authority, inform parents of the performance of their children’s schools, and for other purposes.”  […]

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January 24th Education Update

by Steve MacDonald January 26, 2015
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In this education update Jorge Mesa-Tejada helps taxpayers grasp their school budget by explaining what it is they need to look at and how to tell what it really means. Follow along with some reading material here.     You can listen to the entire podcast here. Follow us on YouTube, USTREAM, Facebook, and Twitter […]

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GrokTALK! With Dr. Jason Sorens

by Steve MacDonald January 13, 2015
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Dartmouth College Lecturer Dr. Jason Sorens, founder of the Free State Project, joins us to discuss his new endeavour called Ethics and Economics Education of New England (E3NE), a program to bring a new perspective to economics, ethics, markets, exchange, and more to high school students around New England.  We also discuss ethics and morals […]

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What Kind Of Jasper Will We Get?

by Steve MacDonald December 15, 2014
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Democrat elected NH House Speaker Shawn Jasper (see also Jassper) has some history with regard to dishonest tactics. This is from January 2012… Rep. Shawn Jasper testified yesterday, January 25, 2012 AGAINST House Bill 1571 “on behalf of the House Republican Majority office,” i.e., Rep. DJ Bettencourt.  Oddly enough the GOP leadership was the ONLY […]

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Common Core – Three Quick Quotes…

by Steve MacDonald December 10, 2014
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Obama used 4.35 Billion of Stimulus money to ‘pay’ states to join Common Core, which imposes new standards …  By controlling national testing standards, Common Core creates the infrastructure for federal control of school curricula. and … If someone had set out to design a curriculum specifically to stamp out the next generations ability to […]

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GrokTALK! with Jorge Mesa-Tejada

by Steve MacDonald December 8, 2014
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Jorge Mesa-Tejada shares a tale of growing public education tyranny in a local school district.  The new Super, Earl Metzler (We’ve dubbed him the Earl of Metzler) has adopted an Obamaesque approach to rule and doesn’t seem to care what statue or charter say otherwise. We also discuss this growing trend as well as the […]

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GrokTALK! with James O’Keefe and Jorge Mesa-Tejada

by Steve MacDonald December 6, 2014
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James O’Keefe spends an hour with us in-studio (and a few minutes by phone on his way there).  Before that, Jorge Mesa-Tejada fills us in on the Earl of Metzler–a local school superintendent who rules with an executive style unlike president Obama – it’s his school district and he’ll do what he wants, New Hampshire […]

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AZ Dept of Ed Retaliates Against Teacher Opposed To Common Core

by Steve MacDonald December 3, 2014
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Goldwater Institute Today the Goldwater Institute filed a lawsuit on behalf of Tucson, Ariz. teacher Brad McQueen, who was retaliated against by employees of the Arizona Department of Education for speaking out against the Common Core State Standards. For years, Mr. McQueen was paid to serve on several committees of teachers who advised the state […]

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NH Democrat Peggy Gilmour Doesn’t Trust You

by Steve MacDonald October 27, 2014
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New Hampshire Democrat Peggy Gilmour and her fellow traveler have invested a lot in mailers depicting her opponent Kevin Avard as an enemy of children and education. This debate can be boiled down to this: Kevin trusts parents, Gilmour trusts bureaucrats.  Kevin prefers local control, Gilmour prefers state or national control.   Kevin Trusts you to, […]

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The Monopoly of Education

by Steve MacDonald October 18, 2014
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    The most urgent necessity is not that the State should teach, but that it should allow education.  All monopoles are detestable, but the worst of all is the monopoly of educations. -Frederic Bastiat          

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Democrats Tell NH Parents, Teachers, And Administrators They Are Stupid

by Steve MacDonald October 15, 2014
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I caught the end of a commercial by (I believe it was paid for by the) DCCC that described NH Congressional District two candidate Marilinda Garcia as an education risk not worth taking.  Seems the Dems are working the rope line on “Garcia wants to shut down the Federal Department of Education” and hey– that’s […]

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GrokTALK! with State Senate Candidate Kathy Rago

by Steve MacDonald October 2, 2014
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NH State Senate candidate Kathy Rago (District 7) joined us this past week to talk about why she is running, about education and school choice, government spending (and governments true role), the barriers to entry and business/job creation that excessive occupational licensing presents, and a lot more. (30 min)   Listen to or Download the […]

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GrokTALK! August 9th, 2014 with Emily Sandblade and Susan Olsen

by Steve MacDonald August 9, 2014

This week on GrokTALK! our guests are Hillsborough NH Dist 18 House Rep Emily Sandblade and Susan Olsen. The topics? Manchester Education standards and the ongoing story behind those unauthorized changes to New Hampshire’s Pistol / Revolver License Application. Mike joins by phone for segment one, and Skip and Steve own segment four with plenty […]

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GrokTALK! August 9th Live Stream -Emily Sandblade and Susan Olsen

by Steve MacDonald August 9, 2014
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This week our guests are Hillsborough NH Dist 18 House Rep Emily Sandblade and our own Susan Olsen.  The topics?  Manchester Education standards and the ongoing story behind those unauthorized changes to New Hampshire’s Pistol / Revolver License Application. If you don’t see it here, you can always watch it at USTREAM.tv here. Live broadcast […]

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There’s a storm brewing in Manchester and again Common Core is the epicenter

by Kimberly Morin August 5, 2014

As reported by Rich Girard on “Girard At Large” yesterday, the state battle over Common Core continues in Manchester.    Since the Curriculum and Instruction Committee (C&I) decided to approve what they claim to be “better standards” over Common Core and push forward to a vote by the Manchester School Board, there has been controversy about whether they are […]

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GrokTALK! Aug 2nd, 2014 – Robin Eubanks

by Steve MacDonald August 4, 2014
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Next Up on GrokTALK! Robin Eubanks joins us.  Robin is the author of Credentialed to Destroy and maintains a very comprehensive blog called the Invisible Serf’s Collar.  Robin talked to us about the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, passed last week in congress with no fanfare or discussion.  The bill (now law) affects every state […]

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Parental Control is Needed for Childrens’ Education

by Don June 25, 2014

Today we are celebrating the achievements of graduating students.  We applaud them and wish that they achieve their dreams. While we are happy for those who are prepared for their next endeavor, we need to recognize that many of our schools are just not good enough for students or for our country’s needs.  Too many […]

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Learn About the Weather At Weatherbell Analytics

by Steve MacDonald June 10, 2014
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I speak often about Weatherbell Analytics and Joe Bastardi’sSaturday Summary.  It’s a great place to learn about the weather and why you can expect certain things from your climate when you see patterns develop that are predictable and have nothing to do with CO2….sorry lefties. Joe shows us the data, lots of data, charts, graphs, […]

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GrokTALK! May 24th, 2014 – Michelle Levell For The NH House

by Steve MacDonald May 26, 2014
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Longtime Grassroots activist Michelle Levell joins us to talk about why she is running for the NH House (Rock-7, Windham).  We chat about SB120 (Death to speech!) and some of the gaping holes in the legislation, accountability, emotional pleas as policy, gun rights, dealing with media bias, and school choice. GrokTALK! Segment Two (30 min) […]

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GrokTALK! May 10th Segment One – Guns, Girls, Dems, Duncans, Bans, and Legislatures

by Steve MacDonald May 12, 2014
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In segment one we bring up recent School Board appointee Bill Duncan, the idea of choice in education (and the choice to object to material used in class), Cell Phone Bans, the Speech Police, Paint tax, Minimum wage, the left-wing allure of a professional legislature, lingerie, Dartmouth’s rape culture, girls with guns, and more. Listen […]

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Dr. Duke Pesta – The Truth About Common Core

by Steve MacDonald May 4, 2014
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Watch it in bits or set aside time for the whole thing.  Then share it. Have you heard about Common Core? The chilling truth behind these new national educational “standards” will terrify you. Common Core represents the latest and most comprehensive step in the drive toward complete government control of our children’s education. Join us […]

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