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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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Tell State Board of Education at June 8 Meeting: Students Deserve Higher Standards

Parents and educators concerned about Common Core educational standards for New Hampshire students can bring their concerns to the State Board of Education (BOE) at its next meeting, June 8, 2017. Encourage board members and Commissioner Frank Edelblut to review academic standards, including Common Core’s English and Math standards and the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The June 8 BOE meeting will be at …

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Common Core Standards: New Hampshire Students Deserve Better

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. I initially wanted to speak on the vote to …

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To Board of Ed: Review Next Generation Science Standards

Testimony to the New Hampshire Board of Education, 5/11/2017, from Ann Marie Banfield, Education Liaison, Cornerstone Action. I come here today to address the Next Generation Science Standards that were adopted in November 2016. In 2010, the State Board of Education adopted the Common Core Standards in Math and English.  From that day, parents and teachers across New Hampshire have been discovering that the Common …

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Let Our 5-Year-Olds Play: No to Full-Day Kindergarten Bill (SB 191, 2017)

Delivered to House Finance Committee by Shannon McGinley, Cornerstone Executive Director: Cornerstone Action urges the House Finance Committee to vote “inexpedient to legislate” on SB 191 as written. Although we acknowledge the best intentions of the bill’s supporters, we must oppose SB 191. We recognize that this committee is focused on its fiscal impact to our state so I will first point out that …

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Prohibit Implementation of Common Core (HB 207, 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) since that is what is driving the implementation of …

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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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Opposition to Common Core Exists on Both Sides of Political Spectrum

Opposition to Common Core Exists on Both Sides of Political Spectrum (Concord)- In a letter addressed to Secretary Arne Duncan, Massachusetts Senator Ed Markey (D) wrote about his concerns with “data mining” and collection of sensitive data.  He mentions that “putting sensitive information of students in private hands raises a number of important questions about the privacy rights of parents and their children.” In a …

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Citizens Outraged by Common Core Information Session

(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 it could serve national economic planning of the workforce.  Mr. …

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