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Manchester School District Survey Results

Manchester School District Survey Results

I July and August, I conducted a survey of Manchester residents, asking them about Manchester School District issues. This article presents the results of the 175 responses to that survey. Overview The two most important issues as ranked by the respondents were...

Students and Teachers Get Some Relief. Finally.

Students and Teachers Get Some Relief. Finally.

The full Board of School Committee met on Aug-14 and approved a recommendation to standardize the districts standardized testing. That's not a misprint: For years, the Manchester School District's formative assessments were an inconsistent Frankenstein's Monster that...

The Heartbreaking Cost of Over-assessing Our Kids

The Heartbreaking Cost of Over-assessing Our Kids

In 2014, a Manchester elementary school teacher was in so much anguish, she felt compelled to speak out. The source of her angst was the excessive amount of assessments teachers are mandating to administer. Kelley Tambouris was "angry, frustrated, but most of all sad!...

Non-academic Surveys and the Myth of Anonymity

Non-academic Surveys and the Myth of Anonymity

Many school districts are partnering with universities, think tanks, and non-profit organizations to administer non-academic behavioral surveys to students. These surveys ask very personal questions including but not limited to sexual activity, drug use, domestic...

Manchester School District Spending

Manchester School District Spending

There are many discussions that take place about school spending and I've found it difficult to find data to put budget discussions into context. This post is the first in a series that will examine expenditures both citywide and in the school district. This first,...

Manchester School District Building Capacities 2016

Manchester School District Building Capacities 2016

The Manchester Board of School Committee formed a subcommittee to help alleviate overcrowding in some of the city's elementary schools by studying and recommending options for redistricting. Due to the fact that the city has far more capacity than enrolled students,...

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