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I live in Exeter, a small town of 15,000 in the seacoast area of New Hampshire. Exeter is the birthplace of the Republican Party and home to the prestigious Phillips Exeter Academy. It is an average town when you look at the demographics, but it has always been able to boast an above-average educational system. It isn’t easy to evaluate over the last two years due to COVID, but Exeter’s ranking in the state and nationally is slipping. That has been changing of late and not the way Exeter’s citizens would like.
More money spent for lesser results is not new math.
There are facts about the Exeter school system that are even more concerning than the drop-off in ranking. Decisions made by our Superintendent, Dr. David Ryan, are now being called into question by awakened parents and taxpayers. Two decisions particularly raised eyebrows were hiring a principal for one of our elementary schools who openly supported Critical Race Theory in her previous position in Arizona and the addition of a director of diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice. Exeter is 95% white but has two black members of our Select Board and no history of racially related issues.
This new director does play into an emphasis on CRT and DEIJ in the curriculum.
People would rather see a focus on educational skills.
The other issue of concern is the number of lawsuits against the school department. The latest count is 4in the last year initiated by students and one by a dismissed teacher. Five lawsuits are five too many. These cases include:
> 22 families filed suit against SAU16 over a mask mandate, which keeps students in masks for over 8 hours a day, including transportation time to and from school
Last spring, Exeter High School held its Senior Prom. The event was held outdoors, but COVID protocols were followed. The unidentified staff took it one step further by identifying students in attendance who had not been baxxed by numbering their hands with magic markers. At intervals throughout the night, students who were “marked” were told to hold their hands up high to identify […]
One Sick Day Proves We Need More Voices in Truthful Media
On October 19, I was sick. It crossed my mind that I had finally gotten the ‘rona, but my wife’s cream of chicken soup and a few extra hours of sleep into mid-afternoon had be back up and running after a sleepless night before.
When I finally stumbled over to my computer in the evening, I was met with a deluge of concern from readers. They asked what had happened as only one article had been posted that day. Generally, we post between 10-20 daily between all of the sites, not included curated and aggregated content. Seeing that we’d only posted my super-early morning article before taking the rest of the day off had readers assuming the worst.
We have a wonderful and talented group of writers who volunteer their time for the sites and their readers. Sharing their amazing perspectives has always been a blessing to us because we cannot afford to hire anyone at this time. But having great writers is meaningless if we don’t have great editors, or at least one additional. My wife helps me read and edit stories from time to time, but I’m a one-man show when it comes to getting the stories posted.
Whenever I highlight our desperate need for donations, I note that we do not receive money from Google ads even though most in conservative media are beholden. I often ambiguously note that the money donated will help us grow. Today, I’m highlighting a specific need. We must get an editor to help take some of the load and to expand on our mission of spreading the truth to the world. One sick day proved that.
The great news is that there is no shortage of people who CAN help. I am emailed variations of resumes every week by people who are much smarter than I am. As much as I’d love to hire some of them, we simply cannot. That takes money and as blessed as we’ve been to receive donations and collect ad money (though not from Google or Facebook), we have still fallen short.
Those who have the means, PLEASE consider donating. We have the standard Giving Fuel option and people can donate through PayPal. We are also diving into what we believe is extremely disruptive technology at LetsGo.finance, the world’s first major donation portal for crypto. I’ll be talking a lot more about them in the near future. Those who prefer Bitcoin can send to my address here: 3A1ELVhGgrwrypwTJhPwnaTVGmuqyQrMB8
We can get the voices out there and we’re willing to shine a spotlight on new talent. We just need the resources to make it happen. If you can help, we would be extremely grateful.
Thank you and God bless!