Ann Marie Banfield

Ed. Commissioner Supports Higher Standards, As Councilors Play Politics

Cornerstone Education Liaison Ann Marie Banfield responds to a recent commentary by Executive Councilors Andru Volinsky and Chris Pappas, published in several New Hampshire news outlets. The recently-published criticism aimed at Education Commissioner Frank Edelblut by Executive Councilors Andru Volinsky and Chris Pappas made me wonder: are the Councilors bothered that Edelblut is working hard to improve public education in New Hampshire? Volinsky and Pappas …

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Edelblut Nomination: Time to Act

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 Council makes it unanimous, putting the interests of New …

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Cornerstone Files Right-to-Know Request to NH DOE

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 used in local schools, and we look forward to …

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Beyond “Smarter Balance”: Protecting Student Privacy

The new Common Core Standards (CCSS) have generated controversy around the country.  In a recent Huffington Post article, “How the Common Core Lost Teacher Support”, Peter Green explains why support among teachers is plummeting.   Green highlights the numerous reasons why teachers are seeing significant problems associated with this latest education reform fad. Within this latest education reform is the data mining of information on …

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