education

Regulation of Non-Public Schools (HB 1432, 2018)

Cornerstone opposes HB1432 for several reasons. HB 1432 attempts to regulate nonpublic schools by imposing specific background checks and nondiscrimination requirements.  We are concerned about the religious liberty implication of HB 1432, since this regulation would be most restrictive on religious schools. In fact, we suggest that HB 1432 is both unnecessary and burdensome to …

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Early House Action, 2018: Mixed Results

In the first floor sessions of 2018, the New Hampshire House approved a bill to establish education savings accounts but killed an abortion statistics bill. In a pair of dramatic votes that each required a tiebreaking vote by Speaker of the House Gene Chandler, the House voted “inexpedient to legislate” (ITL) on two therapy ban …

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N.H. House Early Action Could Advance Educational Choice Measure

When the New Hampshire House convenes in the first week of January in 2018, SB 193 will be on the agenda, establishing education savings accounts for the benefit of New Hampshire children meeting eligibility requirements. This educational choice measure survived a 10-9 vote in the House Education Committee, with the bipartisan majority recommending that the bill …

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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 …

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Victories and Challenges Mark 2017 Legislative Session in Concord

Cornerstone supporters were instrumental in building support for several important legislative measures that Governor Sununu has signed into law. Education policy was a particular bright spot in the 2017 legislative session. School districts now have greater flexibility in finding alternatives for students in grades not provided by the local district (SB 8). Pupil privacy and …

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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 …

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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. …

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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 …

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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 …

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Governor Sununu Signs Parental Rights Measure (HB 103, 2017)

Shannon McGinley, Cornerstone board member, released this statement today following Governor Chris Sununu’s signing of HB 103. Today, parents in New Hampshire applaud Governor Sununu’s signing of HB 103. The law will support parental rights by requiring school districts to notify parents when the sensitive topic of sex education will be covered.  Parents all over New Hampshire overwhelmingly …

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Non-Academic Surveys (SB 43, 2017)

Senate Bill 43 provides that no student shall be required to volunteer or submit to a non-academic survey or questionnaire without written consent of a parent or legal guardian. The bill also creates an exception to this requirement for the youth risk behavior survey developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Cornerstone supports …

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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) …

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Student Assessments (HB 166, 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

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

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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Cornerstone Applauds Nomination of Frank Edelblut to be Commissioner of Education

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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HB 103, School District Policy on Objectionable Course Material (2017)

Testimony delivered by Ann Marie Banfield, Education Liaison for Cornerstone Action. I am a volunteer for Cornerstone where I focus on academic excellence, literacy and parental rights. I come here today in support of HB 103.  HB 103 is a parental rights bill that supports local control in education.  What is more supportive of local …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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Let’s Boost Civics: HB 159 (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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Cornerstone supports bills on fetal homicide, school choice, and a ban on partial-birth abortion

(CONTACT: Ellen Kolb, Cornerstone Vice-President for Government Affairs, 603-321-2703, ekolb@nhcornerstone.org) Governor John Lynch should be seeing some important bills on his desk soon, after votes Wednesday morning in the New Hampshire House. Pro-choice and pro-life New Hampshire residents can agree that a woman who chooses to carry her child should have that choice respected. Governor …

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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 …

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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 …

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Concerns With International Baccalaureate: HB 1403 (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)

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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