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 violence, etc. They argue that the data from these surveys helps the school district understand the needs of the student … Read more

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, high-level look compares school district spending to student enrollments from … Read more

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, the problem could be solved by moving students from where there is too little … Read more

Stop Experimenting On My Kids

This article first appeared on the Girard at Large website. On Wednesday, October 16, 2013, the public session of Manchester Board of School Committee’s meeting, I voiced my opposition to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). In order to ensure my comments fit within the allotted three minutes (unlike many proponents who arrogantly droned on for five, … Read more