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...
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...