As you know, the Nashua School District has blocked its staff and students from accessing the fifth largest online media site – us:
We are local. Our Alexa ranking makes us more heavily trafficked than the Nashua Telegraph, not to mention all the blogs and local sites to which Nashua.edu allow access. The only non-television media destinations with better traffic in the state are the Union Leader, SeacoastOnline, Concord Monitor (and only barely) Fosters.com. We’re number five. (TV and Radio sites are in a different league where we are not trying to compete. Yet.)
Why block us? There has to be a reason.
And now we WILL be finding out why. I have just issued an NH RSA 91:A RTK demand (RTK – Right To Know; other States / Federal level this is known as a FOIA – Freedom of Information Act) to the Nashua School Board, the Nashua School District, and Nashua Superintendent Mosely:
From: “Skip” <Skip@granitegrok.com>
To: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com
Sent: 5/24/2019 3:38:33 PM
Subject: [GrokCrew] RSA 91:A demand for the Nashua School Board, the Nashua School District, and Superintendent Mosely
Openness in the conduct of public business is essential to a democratic society. The purpose of this chapter is to ensure both the greatest possible public access to the actions, discussions and records of all public bodies, and their accountability to the people.
My name is Skip Murphy and I am the owner and co-founder of GraniteGrok.com, NH’s fifth largest online media site. It has come to my attention that the Nashua School District has seen fit to block access to our site by staff and students even as other lesser (and larger) NH media sites are not. From our perspective, this seems to have been caused by our negative coverage of the antics of the Nashua School Board and Superintendent in the matters of School Board member Doris Hohensee. We dryly note that not only is this discrimination on the part a tax payer funded public organization against the Free Press (abridgements of both our US Constitution First Amendment Right and our NH Constitution Right in this matter):
[Art.] 22. [Free Speech; Liberty of the Press.] Free speech and Liberty of the press are essential to the security of Freedom in a State: They ought, therefore, to be inviolably preserved.
[Art.] 8. [Accountability of Magistrates and Officers; Public’s Right to Know.] All power residing originally in, and being derived from, the people, all the magistrates and officers of government are their substitutes and agents, and at all times accountable to them. Government, therefore, should be open, accessible, accountable and responsive…
Thus, consider this a formal RSA 91:A demand:
- I am looking for copies of all correspondence ( hardcopy and/or electronic) between any and all Nashua School Board members, the Superintend of the District, staff in the Superintendent’s office, staff within the Nashua School District Administration, or the teacher’s union(s) that are directly or indirectly related to the process of deciding that GraniteGrok should be banned from being accessed from within the Nashua School District IT / network infrastructure normally available to staff and students.
- I am looking for copies of all correspondence ( hardcopy and/or electronic) between any and all Nashua School Board members, the Superintend of the District, staff in the Superintendent’s office, staff within the Nashua School District Administration, or the teacher’s union(s) that are directly or indirectly related to the process of implementing the policy that GraniteGrok will be banned from being accessed from within the Nashua School District IT / network infrastructure normally available to staff and students.
These would include (but not limited to emails, recorded conversations, individual notes, and other such types materials employed concerning the process deciding on and implementing this ban on students and staff being able to access GraniteGrok.com. Please remember that worldview discrimination is actionable as well as the unwillingness to follow this Chapter of NH Law; to wit:
Any person aggrieved by a violation of this chapter may petition the superior court for injunctive relief. The courts shall give proceedings under this chapter priority on the court calendar. Such a petitioner may appear with or without counsel. The petition shall be deemed sufficient if it states facts constituting a violation of this chapter, and may be filed by the petitioner or his counsel with the clerk of court or any justice thereof. Thereupon the clerk of court or any justice shall order service by copy of the petition on the person or persons charged. When any justice shall find that time probably is of the essence, he may order notice by any reasonable means, and he shall have authority to issue an order ex parte when he shall reasonably deem such an order necessary to insure compliance with the provisions of this chapter.
My legal team stands ready to seek such redress if such responsive records are not made available as specified by the time limit in RSA 91:A. We believe such records are available, else how would your actions have been decided upon and carried out? With that, we expect that any and all records having a material bearing on this matter will be duly protected as well as backup systems (e.g., email, voice mail) will also made secure in order to provide any and all responsive records that may which also be subjected to additional RSA 91:A demands.
Kindest regards, and have a great weekend!
Owner and Co-Founder
I await the confirmation of this email and the Nashua BoE and District’s responses. As always, we will keep you informed. After all, this was an action by a tax payer funded entity to block access to a member of the NH Media. To our knowledge, there was no public meeting as which this matter was discussed and a decision made. Further, does anyone know who gave the order to bring down the electronic guilllotine on their staff and students trying to access GraniteGrok while continuing to allow access to other sites (as Steve noted)? We don’t and we do wish to find out both the whys and wherefores.
To be continued…