New Hampshire

Cornerstone to Host Forum on Gender Identity

November 17, 2017

Cornerstone will host a candid forum on gender identity on Thursday, November 30, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. at the Executive Court, 1199 S. Mammoth Road, Manchester, New Hampshire. As the New Hampshire legislature prepares to vote on several gender-identity related bills in 2018, Cornerstone welcomes three experts with valuable experience and insights. Stephanie Curry, attorney, Family […]

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Education Choice Bill Advances on Bipartisan Vote

November 15, 2017

New Hampshire families just got a vote of confidence, as the House Education Committee narrowly recommended “ought to pass as amended” on SB 193. This important school-choice measure will go to the full House in January. The bipartisan vote was 10-9. Cornerstone commends the legislators who put kids first with this vote.  Of special note […]

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The Council Can and Should Handle “Policy”

November 15, 2017

“We don’t do policy.” Cornerstone heard from supporters who got that reply from an Executive Councilor who was explaining how he simply couldn’t deny state funds to abortion providers for non-abortion work. All he could do, he asserted, was approve what had been negotiated between the bidders and the state Department of Health and Human Services. […]

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Abortion Providers in Line for Family Planning Contracts

November 6, 2017

The Executive Council is expected to vote Wednesday, November 8, on a series of family planning contracts. Three of them are with known abortion providers: Planned Parenthood of Northern New England, the Joan Lovering Health Center, and the Equality Center. ACTION ITEM: Call your Executive Councilor (contact information here), and tell him you do not want your […]

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Special Elections November 7 in Manchester and Sullivan County

November 3, 2017

On Tuesday, November 7, Manchester voters will elect a mayor, and two state representative seats will be filled. Incumbent Manchester mayor Ted Gatsas is being challenged by Joyce Craig, whom he narrowly defeated in 2015. Craig has been endorsed by EMILY’s List, a national PAC supporting pro-abortion Democratic women, and Planned Parenthood of Northern New England’s […]

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DHHS Reschedules Hearing on Medicaid Rule Change to Allow Coverage for “Gender Reassignment”

August 23, 2017

The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) will hold a public hearing September 13 (originally scheduled for August 24) on a proposed rule change that would permit Medicaid to cover “gender reassignment” surgery. This would include surgery for children covered under the N.H. Healthy Families program. The hearing will be at 6:00 […]

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Common Core Standards: New Hampshire Students Deserve Better

May 11, 2017

Testimony regarding Concerns regarding NH State Academic Standards in Math & English, presented to New Hampshire Board of Education 5/11/2017 by Ann Marie Banfield, Education Liaison, Cornerstone Action. I come here today to speak on the review of the State academic standards in Math and English, which are also known as the Common Core State Standards. […]

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Prohibit Implementation of Common Core (HB 207, 2017)

February 13, 2017

Testimony by Ann Marie Banfield, Cornerstone’s Education Liaison My focus is on parental rights, academic excellence and literacy. I come here in support of HB 207 but with changes to the proposed language. This bill modifies RSA 193-E (Adequate Public Education), however I believe the reference to RSA 193-C (State Ed Improvement and Assessment Program) […]

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Student Assessments (HB 166, 2017)

February 13, 2017

By Ann Marie Banfield, Cornerstone’s Education Liaison Cornerstone opposes HB166. While I like the intentions of HB166, it does not go far enough. There is no reference to the validity of the local assessments that would replace the statewide assessment and there are no ethical boundaries that we desperately need to govern the psychometric testing. […]

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House Affirms Education Tax Credit

February 9, 2017

Students who stand to benefit from educational choice scholarships scored a double win on February 2, as the New Hampshire House gave thumbs-down to two attempts to repeal the state’s education tax credit law. Since 2012, tax credits have been available to New Hampshire businesses that donate to a scholarship organization to allow low- and […]

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Edelblut Nomination: Time to Act

February 9, 2017

Pending some communication between Governor Sununu and all the members of the New Hampshire Board of Education, the Executive Council delayed a vote on Frank Edelblut’s nomination to be Commissioner of Education. The Council meets again on February 15, and three of the five Councilors have indicated support for the nomination. We hope that the […]

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Legislators Have Another Chance to Repeal Buffer Zone Law

February 2, 2017

The New Hampshire legislature has its third opportunity to repeal New Hampshire’s anti-First-Amendment “buffer zone” law. Cornerstone supports the repeal effort, offered this year as HB 589, which has eight co-sponsors led by Rep. Kurt Wuelper (R-Strafford). Cornerstone has recognized from the first introduction of the buffer zone law in 2014 that it seeks to […]

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Cornerstone Applauds Nomination of Frank Edelblut to be Commissioner of Education

January 18, 2017

Cornerstone welcomes Governor Chris Sununu’s decision to nominate former state representative Frank Edelblut to be New Hampshire’s next Commissioner of Education. Cornerstone board member Shannon McGinley said,  “As a parent, public servant, and entrepreneur, Mr. Edelblut understands the importance of education for all of New Hampshire’s children. He also understands the need to allow parents […]

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Cornerstone Files Right-to-Know Request to NH DOE

March 20, 2015

On behalf of Cornerstone Policy Research, Education Liaison Ann Marie Banfield recently sent a request to the New Hampshire Department of Education under the state’s right-to-know law, seeking information about New Hampshire participation in the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Cornerstone has been contacted by many parents with concerns about the educational standards to be […]

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First In the Nation Voters, Seize Your Opportunity

February 27, 2015

by Bryan McCormack, Executive Director Having grown up in the Granite State, I have had the pleasure of enjoying all the marvels of our great state. From our rugged mountains all the way to our frozen lakes, there is so much beauty in the New Hampshire brand. However, there is one more beauty that I […]

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New Hampshire’s Education Tax credit law remains in effect, helping New Hampshire students

August 28, 2014

The New Hampshire Supreme Court today left the education tax credit law in place, in the case of Duncan et al. v. State of New Hampshire et al. Cornerstone’s Executive Director Bryan McCormack had this to say about the decision.“Every New Hampshire child has won today. In upholding the Education Tax Credit law, the New […]

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Truth in Labeling: Beyond the Party Symbols

August 26, 2014

Quick – how do you recognize a pro-life, pro-family, pro-religious-liberty candidate? Trick question. There is no “quick” way.  But doesn’t party affiliation do the sorting for us? No.  Remember that five of the sponsors of New Hampshire’s “buffer zone” law are Democrats, and three are Republicans. Casinos and their social costs were kept out of New […]

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The “buffer” is on hold

August 7, 2014

New Hampshire’s “buffer zone” law is on hold, keeping peaceful pro-life witness outside abortion facilities legal for now. Senate Bill 319, signed in June by Governor Maggie Hassan, would have allowed abortion facility managers to impose anti-speech zones of up to 25 feet outside the facilities.  Seven New Hampshire residents have filed suit against the […]

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Pull Out of Smarter Balanced Consortium: HB 1432 (2014)

February 11, 2014

To Members of the House Education Committee: Cornerstone Action does not support HB 1432 as written. We request that you move to amend HB 1432, to pull New Hampshire out of the Smarter Balanced Consortium and seek an alternative test.   There are achievement tests that have been in existence for many years that do not […]

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Pratte to step down as Cornerstone Executive Director

November 14, 2013

(MANCHESTER)- Cornerstone’s Executive Director, Ashley Pratte, has accepted the lead public relation’s position at the Young America’s Foundation in the Greater Washington, DC area.  She formally announced her resignation yesterday in a conversation with the Chairman of the Board.  Pratte will continue to represent Cornerstone at upcoming hearings on Medicaid expansion and will work closely with the Cornerstone […]

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Citizens Outraged by Common Core Information Session

October 28, 2013

(Manchester)- On Tuesday, October 29th  2013, members of the New Hampshire legislature will hear from Marc Tucker who is an avid supporter of Common Core standards.  Marc Tucker is very well known for his “Dear Hillary Letter” that laid out a master plan for the Clinton Administration to take over the entire U.S. educational system so that […]

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Get Parents’ OK for Mental Health Evals on Students: HB 384 (2013)

July 13, 2013

I am writing in support of HB384 an act requiring parental consent prior to the administration of a mental health examination to students in public schools. Below, you will see Federal Law “Right to review Curriculum” United States Code, Title 20 1232h Protection of pupil rights. I’d like to highlight:  (a) Inspection of instructional materials by […]

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Cornerstone Commends NH Senate for Defeating a 67% Increase in Taxes

May 23, 2013

May 23, 2013 (Concord, NH) Today the NH Senate voted with New Hampshire families in mind and voted 18-6 to indefinitely postpone HB617, the gas tax which would increase by 67% if passed. “I am thrilled that the NH Senate recognized the burden that this 67% increase would have on our families here in the […]

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Let’s Boost Civics: HB 159 (2013)

January 17, 2013

Cornerstone Action supports HB 159, which would require patriotic exercises in public schools on Federal Constitution Day. According to the recent NAEP U.S. History results, our students are failing at Civics.   As you can see from the graph below, there is a real problem in this content area.   Per: Students Fail at Civics: NAEP History […]

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It’s Time to Look at Abortion Statistics: HB 1680 (2012)

April 12, 2012

Cornerstone Action supports HB 1680, which began as a bill to require the collection of abortion statistics. It was amended in the House to require the oversight committee to establish a subcommittee to advise the general court on the potential collection of abortion data. However circuitous the route might be, we think the destination is […]

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Teacher certification: HB 1467 (2012)

February 16, 2012

Cornerstone Action supports HB 1467, relative to educational requirements for  teacher certification in New Hampshire. I believe there are two areas in education that would improve the quality of education for all students in New Hampshire.  The first would be improving the curricula, programs and textbooks used in many of our classrooms. Some programs have significant […]

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Casinos: Wrong for New Hampshire

February 6, 2012

Testimony provided to House Ways and Means by J. Scott Moody, Vice President of Policy for Cornerstone Policy Research. Cornerstone opposes the expansion of legalized gambling in New Hampshire for both moral and pragmatic reasons. We believe the net societal effect of government’s embrace of gambling has been disastrous. Legalized gambling is driven by and […]

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Encourage Schools To Advise Parents About Speakers: HB 1461 (2012)

January 31, 2012

Cornerstone Action supports HB 1461, which requires school officials to notify parents of a class or event involving an outside speaker and allow parents to opt for their child not to participate in the class or event. There are a number of examples where parents are finding out their children have been required to participate […]

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Concerns With International Baccalaureate: HB 1403 (2012)

January 29, 2012

Cornerstone Action supports   HB 1403, relative to providing pupils with curriculum and instruction regarding state and national sovereignty and establishing a committee to study the implementation of the International Baccalaureate program in New Hampshire. There are four issues with the International Baccalaureate Program that communities have faced in their respective districts. Cost Pedagogy Political Affiliation […]

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Addressing NCLB: HB 1413 & HB 1517 (2012)

January 18, 2012

Cornerstone Action supports HB 1413 and HB 1517. While both bills address the federal No Child Left Behind program, we’d like to encourage the Committee to consider the following testimony when determining the merits of each bill submitted. No Child Left Behind was another federal program that attempted to improve public education through a top -down […]

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