Category Archives: Education

The Saga of School Board Member Nancy Tessier – Messier and Messier

You have to admire the Manchester paper for helping out a friend on the city’s school committee. Here is the title of a “news” story they wrote: Paul Feely’s City Hall: Did school board member violate confidentiality? The issue isn’t, did … Continue reading

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Rich Girard: Breaking the rules, and getting away with it

On Monday, September 25th, the Manchester Board of School Committee did two things that actually made my jaw drop. As you may know, at-Large board member Nancy Tessier violated policies of the school board, provisions of the city charter and … Continue reading

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ESAs Create More Opportunities

Over the last several months we have continued to work on the Education Savings Account (ESA) bill, SB 193, which was retained by the House Education Committee. A subcommittee met multiple times and must present a decision to the entire … Continue reading

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Crybaby Candidates and the Mentality of Self-Importance

On October 5th, I reported on a candidate forum organized and advertised by Ward 6 school board candidate John DiPietro.  Having read his press release and visited the Facebook event post he published, it was clear that this was an open invitation to any … Continue reading

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Dartmouth Liquor Ban, Sexual Assaults, and Drug Arrests

Hanover — Dartmouth College’s annual campus safety report for 2016 shows little change in most key crime statistics, except for a slight drop in arrests and internal sanctions for alcohol violations. The data show that sexual violence and substance abuse reports … Continue reading

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Black Lives Matter protesters shut down ACLU speaker at William & Mary

Students affiliated with the Black Lives Matter movement crashed an event at the College of William & Mary, rushed the stage, and prevented the invited guest—the American Civil Liberties Union’s Claire Gastañaga, a W & M alum—from speaking. Ironically, Gastañaga … Continue reading

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Why Did US Dept. of Ed. Rescind Obama Sexual-Harassment Guidance – Lack of Statutory Authority

There’s an important backstory to Secretary Betsy DeVos’s recent announcement that the Department of Education (DOE) is rescinding its Obama-era “guidance” on sexual harassment, including sexual assault. Regulations or “guidance” must be based on statutory authority, but there is a … Continue reading

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