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NH Law, HB 507, ‘Teacher Privacy’ — Unintended Consequences Of “Class Recording” Clause.

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Click here to access the entire HB 507 Bill — from the State.

Click images to ENLARGE and read here.

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I can appreciate the INTENT of the ‘IVNo school shall record in any way a school classroom for any purpose without school board approval … clause — the last clause of this Bill.

It is to prevent school ADMINISTRATIONS from conducting SURVEILLANCE on teachers. I can appreciate why teachers would object to that. But we will get to that later.

I am no lawyer BUT as I read this it states, very clearly, “NO SCHOOL …“.

It doesn’t mention individual students. Yes, there is the ‘blanket’ secret, non-consensual (tape) recording law. But, that does not apply if a student requests verbal permission and does the recording in full view.

Schools are interpreting HB 507, that came into effect this school year (i.e., 2015 – 2016), as meaning that kids, with a teacher’s approval, can’t use their ubiquitous phones to record what is being said in class.

Well here is the WRINKLE in that. Students with disabilities — the so called ‘Section 504‘ kids. They are protected by a whole different (federal) set of laws. IF the 504 states that the student needs to be able to record, audio or even video, all that transpires in a classroom the school and teachers have to acquiesce!

We know. We have a 504 child. And she wanted to record some of her classes so that she could re-run them, over and over again. The ‘school’ agreed. Then they came across HB 507. THEN they said, BUT if we put it in her 504 she will be all set.

This is STUPID.

Yes, we all understand that teachers do not want to be SPIED upon. Yes, I have taught.

But just last week we all saw that incident with the school girl getting FLIPPED off her chair and flung across the floor.

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Click for ‘Boston Globe’ original IF you haven’t seen this before.

Aren’t WE all glad that 3 kids managed to capture this, on video, on their phones? Yes, I know that at least one kid is going to get charged for illegal recording. I saw her and her mother on CNN. They have NO regrets. They did the right thing.

We have cameras on school buses.

I think they have cameras on corridors [– but I could be wrong on that].

Don’t we ALL know, viscerally, that we will, as with the school buses, END UP having permanent, full-time cameras in all classrooms?

So this law has to be rethought.

You can clearly see that Clause IV was snuck in, most likely at the last minute, without too much thought OR consultation. Did they for a second think about the Section 504 override. I doubt IF there is a class in NH which does not have at least one Section 504 kid.

So, this is a Heads Up. No consequence to us. Our daughter, as of next week, when Deanna updates and signs the 504, will be able to record. 


Alton Central School (ACS), N.H.: THE FLOOD?

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.



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It is all here around the 7:30 minute onward mark on this ACS YouTube video of the Oct. 28, 2013, "Breaking Glass" School Board Meeting. That they hijacked the audio is very convenient to the Board. Click to access the video on YouTube -- with barely any audio.

It is all here around the 7:30 minute onward mark on this ACS YouTube video of the Oct. 28, 2013, “Breaking Glass” School Board Meeting. That they hijacked the audio is very convenient to the Board. Click to access the video on YouTube — with barely any audio.


Well it is all on tape — albeit with hardly any sound!
This is why the Board MUST subtitle this video IF they are serious about Public involvement.

Yes, that is Deanna up at the podium.

She is recounting a story that was told to her at the Alton Library, by somebody that was at ACS in 2012.

According to that person, in 2012, prior to that year’s vote on the ACS Building Renovation Bond
ACS school ‘staff’ intentionally let the floors flood, for ‘an hour’, from a burst central heating pipe
WITHOUT letting the maintenance folks turn off the water!

We do NOT know if this story is true.

So Deanna is up here trying to tell it — with the usual bullying interruptions from the Board.

She asks that this incident be investigated.

Just think about it.

If true ….

IRONY abounded at that meeting.

When the GLASS BROKE there was talk of ‘Damage to School Property‘.

What about flooding?

I am leaving it at that.

Watch the tape IF you can.

This is serious stuff.

Lets see if the Board takes any action as requested by Deanna.

I, personally, doubt it.

We are doing the only thing we can.

Documenting all of this so that there is a record.

Just in the last month, in addition to this ‘flooding’ allegation,
one or both of us have been approached by Alton residents
who have told us of ACS related incidents
involving: sour milk, door locks, architect fees
and a School Board member getting TEXT instructions
on how to vote!

BUT, the YouTube video starkly confirms the BIG problem
we have in Alton when it comes to ACS.

This pivotal School Board Meeting video has had,
to noon, Monday, Nov. 25, 2013,
41 views!

NOBODY CARES and the BOARD exploits that.

This blog, just yesterday, a Sunday (which is ‘down’ day) had
928 hits.

There were easily more than 41 hits on my ACS posts …
NOT counting the 98 hits on the ‘homepage’ of the blog.

My Comet ISON video on YouTube has had 811 views.

41 views of this School Board video.

Therein lies the problem.

Alton’s Funniest Videos (AIFV): Central School Superintendent William (Bill) Lander — “We Can’t Operate Meeting …”

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.



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Listen to this GEM of an interaction at the 1:00:27 mark. Turn your VOLUME as high as it will go.

Listen to this GEM of an interaction at the 1:00:27 mark. Turn your VOLUME as high as it will go.


This is where I raise a ‘Point Of Order‘ as to why WE, i.e., Joe Smuck the Public (some of us actual Tax Payers),
can’t see the document that is being discussed —
though it was PASSED, unanimously, at the August 8, 2013 Board ‘workshop’.
We have it on video.
That most documents will be made available to the Public.

Listen carefully, if YOU CAN, to what the Superintendent William (Bill) Lander has to say.

CLASSIC.

Jumping around!

Might actually not be a bad thing …

But, also LISTEN carefully. He says the document that I am inquiring about is in the handout.

IT WASN’T.

Now … we have this … which I already posted … as another Alton’s Funniest Video … Lander saying ‘He doesn’t know‘ what happened to the document.

Amazing.

It would actually be funny if it wasn’t so sad.

Alton Central School (ACS) Board IF They Are Serious About Public Transparency Should Have This Tape Subtitled.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.



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E-mail exchange last week. Superintendent SAYS he will try to get this resolved. Click to ENLARGE.

E-mail exchange last week. Superintendent SAYS he will try to get this resolved. Click to ENLARGE.


Click to access the YouTube video.

Click to access the YouTube video.


This was a pivotal Alton Central School (ACS) Board Meeting when it comes to relationships with the PUBLIC.

This will, forever, be remembered by three (3) of us from the PUBLIC that were there [plus our two kids] as the GLASS BREAKING meeting.

This was the meeting where the Board is trying to further GAG the public during the two grudgingly permitted public input sessions. I for one am NOT going to attend anymore. IF public debate is NOT permitted I am not going to waste my time — and my time is valuable as my achievements in any given year publicly testify.

It is superbly ironic that this meeting where limits of interactive public discourse gets debated SUPPOSEDLY has a video with a bad audio track!

As a professional cynic I have my doubts. It really, really serves this Board ideally NOT to have the public hear all of what happened during this meeting.

You can’t hardly hear some of the people talking.

As the e-mail above shows the Superintendent CLAIMED that they are going to resolve this.

Maybe the sound has improved a TAD. But, you still can’t follow much of what transpired at this meeting — even at full-volume on my Bose speakers attached to my Desktop. Forget hearing it on a laptop.

I request that the Board have this video subtitled SO all can follow what happened. 

Alton’s Funniest Videos (AlFV): Central School Superintendent William (Bill) Lander — “I Don’t Know”.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.



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Click for YouTube video. This funny exchange happens at the 1 hour 25 minute mark. See highlighted timebar.

Click for YouTube video. This funny exchange happens at the 1 hour 25 minute mark. See highlighted timebar.


This had to do with the availability of a document that should have been available for the public to see.

I got up, earlier in the meeting, and raised a ‘Point of Order‘ on it.

I was told by Superintendent Lander that a printed copy of the document was made available with the other papers, e.g., agenda and minutes.

The document was not there.

So having patiently waited till I was again permitted to speak, at the 2nd ‘public input’ slot, I question Lander as to where the document is or was.

Well you can, IF you have bionic hearing, since ACS appears to have doctored the sound, hear Lander say something along the lines of “I don’t know”!

That is great.

You can see that I was not amused. This, the ‘Breaking Glass‘ meeting, was FAR from funny. Probably one of the saddest and most disturbing public meetings I have ever attended. This day should go down in infamy as a very sad day for Alton.



Deanna has already contacted SAU about the UNACCEPTABLE sound on this video
— a VERY important one that every resident in Alton should watch.

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Letter In Laconia ‘Sun’ Re. ‘Lack Of Respect’ At Alton (N.H.) Selectmen Meetings. Please Come To The School Board Meetings!

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This appeared in the Wednesday, November 13, 2013 edition of
The Laconia Daily Sun‘.

Click to visit Website. Then find Nov. 13, 2013 issue ... I can't link to current issue, only past issues.

Click to visit Website. Then find Nov. 13, 2013 issue … I can’t link to current issue, only past issues.



I haven’t attended a selectmen’s meeting in a long time, so I am not in a position to comment.

But to see callousness and cussedness finessed you should attend the Alton Central School Board meeting — even when there is no breaking glass!

In terms of sheer entertainment value it was better than going to the circus and much cheaper. That is why we used to go, but not anymore. They succeeded in basically gagging the public. That is another story for another day, closer to the next Board meeting.

I am, however, confused by the statement about recording the meetings! Aren’t they already video taped! Not sure if Mr. Whittmann is talking about LIVE audio streaming maybe on FM. If he is talking about live streaming over the Internet that should already be possible. The School Board even talked about that. 

Reasons 167 To 168 Of The 1,001 Reasons I Really, Really HATE DirecTV.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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See July 15, 2013 post as to why I have cut back the rants to one or two a day.


#167. On Tuesday we, as a family, were watching a Hallmark movie. Come bedtime for the kids, I stopped the movie using the STOP button. That took us back to the recorded event ‘box’ — which has the options listed on the left hand side starting with PLAY, RESUME etc. DONE is right at the bottom. So I am scrolling down to DONE when the screen goes blank. No sound. Another bloody black screen from DirecTV. Could not go back to before. used Channel select to get out. Then checked movie via LIST. It was still there. Damn strange. Very annoying.

#168. Selecting FAVORITES, with either remote, has become a total bloody crap shoot. Hardly ever works first time. You got to keep on pressing it hoping that it will work. Amazing. Pitiful engineering. Cheap technology. Useless company.


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