Public School

Texas Judge Blocks Obama Bathroom Directive

by Steve MacDonald August 22, 2016
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A Judge has blocked the Obama Administration’s genderless bathroom directive. On Sunday, [Federal Judge Reed] O’Connor ruled that the federal education law, Title IX, “is not ambiguous” about sex being defined as “the biological and anatomical differences between male and female students as determined at their birth.” O’Connor concurred with Texas Republican state leaders who argued […]

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Public School Transgender Bathrooms Revisited

by Steve MacDonald May 16, 2016
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We continue our discussion from the first segment on the Obama letter to public schools (on Transgender Bathrooms) with N.C. Lt. Gov. Forest’s remarks, and our take on the debate. (Download this segment) (Full podcast)

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Oklahoma Public School: Staff Armed – May Use Whatever Force is Necessary…

by Steve MacDonald February 8, 2016

Rather than wait for good guys with guns to show up the Okay School district in Oklahoma has armed some of its own, on campus, and posted signs warning ‘visitors’ that, “certain staff members can be legally armed and may use whatever force is necessary to protect our students.” Other districts in OK are considering […]

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Exeter NH High School Bans School Dances Indefinitely – Is SAU 16 to Blame?

by Steve MacDonald December 17, 2015
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SeacoastOnline is reporting that Exeter High School will no longer hold dances. Why? Students were engaged in sexually suggestive grinding on the dance floor. Alcohol or drug use were also cited as issues but the thrust of the problem appears to be dirty dancing. This is unfortunate for the kids who just wanted to dress […]

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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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NAEP, SMARTER BALANCE, NECAP, ETC…What are we doing to our kids?

by Steve MacDonald February 18, 2015
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Kathy Dunton | GrokWatch News Desk If you’re a parent of an 8th grader in Rochester, you may have received a letter from the Rochester Middle school last month, informing you that your child has been “selected” to take the NAEP mathematics, reading or science assessments.  These assessments were to begin on February 10th, but […]

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One Good Survey Deserves Another

by Ed Naile April 29, 2014

The, let me correct myself, OUR children in middle school in Bedford were assigned a survey to complete. Of course Bedford being a liberal, enlightened public school the survey asked about minors and their ideas about sex. You knew it would, right? One question about this “survey” would be this. Who was it really for? […]

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New Hampshire Public School Drop Out Rates Soar Under Governor Hassan

by Steve MacDonald April 29, 2014
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A national organization that examines public school drop out rates has just graded New Hampshire.  We got an 86% (UL-Secret hand shake required).  That might sound good until you recall that Governor Maggie Hassan’s predecessor claimed the rate had dropped below 1%.  This means that under Maggie Hassan, Drop out rates have skyrocketed. (Why aren’t […]

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What ‘Was’ The Bill of Rights?

by Steve MacDonald November 19, 2013
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I’m not trying to read to far into question #9 on the worksheet below but  come on…. What was the Bill of Rights? It was a tourist attraction.  (Might still be, for all I know.) Jeesh.  You could at least make these difficult. Note: Worksheet courtesy of my daughters homework.

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Nashua Elementary School Bans “Tag”

by Steve MacDonald October 10, 2013
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AP Charlotte Avenue Elementary School Principal Patricia Beaulieu posted a letter on the school’s website last week informing parents of the school’s safety policies.  She says while “tag” may seem innocent enough, it has been banned in many schools because of injuries. Just a side note.  Other names for “tag” include, running,  exercise, and socialization.  […]

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Bureaucratic Child Abuse…?

by Steve MacDonald September 30, 2013

The same bureaucratic group-think responsible for the long term suspensions of children playing with toy guns on private property, chewing pop-tarts, pointing pencils, playing make-believe (see list after the jump), is the same buraucratic mind-set that will be “manageing” your health care–and by extension your quality of life, your aging parents and grandparents lives, childrens […]

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Too Good Not to Post – “Last Thursday I Lied”

by Steve MacDonald August 27, 2013
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Found and shared by Susan.  Great read. Here’s a snippet.  Digest this then go read it all… Words mean things. At least they used to. They’re currently debased and euphemized until nobody knows nothin’ about nuthin’ by reading the newspaper. “Homeschooling” has been freighted with meaning, and it’s not the meaning I want it to […]

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Everything you wanted to know about Common Core but the NH DOE refused to tell you!

by Steve MacDonald August 13, 2013
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I’m stealing Math Wizards headline, and why not; I’m posting their content. Peg Luksik  years ago explained to all of us how Outcome Based Ed (OBE) was failing children in public schools.  She is back to explain the numerous problems with Common Core.  By the way, OBE is back in NH but renamed “Competency Based […]

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California Democrats On Track to Pass Public School Pedophile Protection Act

by Steve MacDonald July 11, 2013

When you put Democrats in charge, well, what else would you expect? California’s SB 131 would change the stature of limitation for filing sexual predation lawsuits against public School employees (pedophile teachers sexually harassing students) for incidents that happened before 2009 in the state, but suits against private and non-profit schools could still be filed […]

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Public Educators Caught in Massive Cheating Conspiracy

by Steve MacDonald April 3, 2013

Public Educators in Atlanta have been caught in a massive cheating conspiracy designed to hide poor reading and math skills.  “The four principle crimes that are charged in the indictment are the statements and writings, false swearings, theft by taking, and influencing witnesses,” Fulton County District Attorney Paul L. Howard, Jr. said. Racketeering charges are also […]

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A Conservative Solution to The Public School Lunch Circular Firing Squad

by Steve MacDonald December 18, 2012

Federal mandates made school lunches cost more and forced foods into them most kids don’t care for so the Derry School District Lunch program is pondering why overall receipts are down. “The food service numbers are significantly less on student sales,” Simard said. She said the food services department is still working to determine the […]

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Because Someone Asked For It. – Public School Sex Abuse For The Record

by Steve MacDonald October 25, 2012

Public school teachers, as a matter of record, have recorded more incidences of sexual misconduct than any other group we know of, but because these events are often unreported, under-reported, (not sensationalized by the press or any particular group), or just concealed from the public, there is a false public perception that while it probably […]

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Developing…Merrimack High School Teachers Indoctrinating Students?

by Steve MacDonald October 18, 2012

I have received a number of reports of teachers in the Merrimack High School actively promoting a specific presidential candidate.  This appears to take several forms.  I have reports of posters, temporary messages encouraging students to assist a single campaign–with contact info, and then the typical teacher injecting their own preferences into the class discussion […]

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You Can Force A Public School Student to Pay for a ‘Healthy Lunch’ But You Can’t Make Them Eat It.

by Steve MacDonald July 25, 2012

Would you be at all surprised to learn that public school students who buy lunch in Public School cafeterias are–after a fashion–getting around the USDA Federal requirement that they consume certain foods with their meal? Would you be more or less surprised to learn that the federal mandated will cost you as parents and taxpayers […]

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Do Retired School Superintendents Ever Really Retire?

by Steve MacDonald May 15, 2012

Starting in July of 2012, Mr. Irwin Sussman will begin his new job as the Superintendent of SAU#43 ( Croydon-Newport), a not so curious turn of events for a man who recently “retired” after 40 years working in public education in New York State.  (Last week, you may recall, we introduced you to Robert Sullivan.  […]

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HB 1607 – Public Schools Could See Buckets of Free Money

by Steve MacDonald April 14, 2012

Skip just posted a nice letter from the Londonderry Superintendent of schools in which the Super appears to lobby the state Senate in opposition to HB1607.  This bill establishes an education tax credit for businesses or groups that set up scholarship programs to help offset the costs of non-public school tuition.  This could allow more […]

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An Airsoft Gun-Free Zone?

by Rick Olson April 1, 2012

“Don’t carry a gun. It’s nice to have them close by, but don’t carry them. You might get arrested.” —John Gotti An Airsoft gun can be dangerous. Dangerous because if one gets hit in the eye with one of those plastic BB’s, an eye could be lost. Like the old saying goes, “It’s all fun and […]

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Define Irony For Me

by Steve MacDonald March 28, 2011

The government run schools are concerned about making sure students get some kind of an education in personal finance and economics.

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Should Your Public School Be Teaching Sexual Intimacy?

by Steve MacDonald March 15, 2011

Diane Schneider fired the money-shot heard ’round the world when she asked how we can teach sex education (in public schools) without terms such as orgasm, oral sex and masturbation. That quote got plenty of ink, if for no other reason than that copy writers and editors are always looking for ways to sneak the words “oral sex” and ‘orgasm’ into their copy. (Like I just did there–twice)

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Drop Out Rate Result of Changing Methodology

by Steve MacDonald March 9, 2011

The headline reads Dropout rates below 1%. Eight paragraphs into the love fest we find out what (pat on the back) I was just complaining about a few weeks ago.

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The Real Reason For Raising The Drop Out Age To 18?

by Steve MacDonald March 2, 2011

I can tell you from long discussions about the various pathways to “graduation” that the goal is more geared toward getting kids through school on paper to make the numbers look good. Any reasonable path to that end is considered a win, but by any traditional standard it is anything but a public school success story.

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The Cost of Defining “Adequate” In Merrimack NH

by Steve MacDonald March 1, 2011

I announced that if you took the total Merrimack School budget and divided it by the total student enrollment that it cost more than the sending your kid to UNH. This appears to have riled some people up. In fact someone sent me an nice itemized list of the “costs” of sending your kid to UNH for a year just to prove I was wrong, and to justify how Merrimack’s cost per child wasn’t as much.

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Separation Of State…from Church.

by Steve MacDonald October 27, 2010

Yesterday I came across a series of poorly worded essay questions—my second sons homework–the worst of which was this; What part of Article VI of the US constitution supports the idea of separation of church and state? Explain. (Go ahead and roll your eyes or make a grunting noise, or whatever it is you do when confronted with such nonsense.)

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Number Poems

by Steve MacDonald September 30, 2010

I neglected to share this, but on the first day of school this year my 5th grader’s first homework assignment in math was a math poem. Using numbers in a poem. That was the Math homework that day. Use numbers….to make a poem.

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