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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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First In the Nation Voters, Seize Your Opportunity

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 became acquainted with as I grew into the political …

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Truth in Labeling: Beyond the Party Symbols

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 Hampshire by a single vote earlier this year – …

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The “buffer” is on hold

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 law, in the case of Reddy v. Foster. U.S. District …

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Get Parents’ OK for Mental Health Evals on Students: HB 384 (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 parents or guardians.  All instructional materials, including teacher’s manuals, …

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Teacher certification: HB 1467 (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 gaps of knowledge to fully prepare students to compete …

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Encourage Schools To Advise Parents About Speakers: HB 1461 (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 in a class that they felt did not serve …

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