education

Education Tax Credit Repeal HB 632

Testimony delivered to House Ways and Means Committee by Ann Marie Banfield, Education Liaison for Cornerstone Action. For more information, contact cornerstone@nhcornerstone.org.  HB 632-FN: please vote “inexpedient to legislate” On behalf of Cornerstone Action, I urge you to reject HB 632-FN, repeal of the education tax credit. This tax credit program directly benefits business owners and individuals who have the generosity and vision to …

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Save NH’s Education Tax Credit Program!

Right now, New Hampshire’s  Education Tax Credit scholarship program does a lot of good for the children of our state. But the program is facing multiple legislative attacks this year, the first of which is House Bill 632. BILL: HB 632 Repealing of the Education Tax Credit Scholarship Program WHEN:  Public Hearing Tuesday, February 5th, starting at 11:00am WHERE: Legislative Office Building, room 202, located at …

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Reaffirm Religious Liberty in NH Schools

Op-Ed by Cornerstone Attorney Christopher Jay Update: This op-ed published in the Union Leader, February 5th 2019 Prayer in public schools is a provocative issue: an unpredictable mix of principle, personal, and practical. This volatile conversation has arisen in the New Hampshire House of Representatives in the form of House Bill 289, which proposes to repeal the current state law that enables a district …

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Protect Parents’ Rights, Student Privacy (SB 196, 2019)

Testimony submitted to Senate Education and Workforce Development Committee by Ann Marie Banfield, Cornerstone Action Education Liaison. On behalf of Cornerstone Action, representing thousands of New Hampshire residents. I offer this testimony in opposition to SB 196.  The bill seeks to change the requirements for school district policies governing the administration of non-academic surveys or questionnaires by removing informed written consent by parents or …

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Classroom

Schools, Prayer, & Lawmakers: Clarity Needed (HB 289)

Cornerstone Action takes a cautious position on HB 289, relative to the recitation of the Lord’s Prayer in elementary schools. The language of the bill is deceptively simple. It raises two concerns, however, which legislators should consider during the hearing on HB 289 (Thursday, 1/17/19, 2:30 p.m., House Education Committee). HB 289 would repeal a New Hampshire law permitting school districts to authorize the …

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House Hearings on Changing Gender on Birth Certificates & Disallowing School Prayer

Second in Cornerstone’s 2019 series of State House updates! To see the first one click here.  Cornerstone is keeping you updated on public hearings on proposed legislation regarding issues that matter to you! Remember, at any of these hearings you may speak on a bill, or you may attend simply to sign a sheet indicating whether you support or oppose the bill. You can also …

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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 those schools. If we cherish religious liberty, we should …

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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 bills, one of which might be reconsidered on February …

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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 ought to pass with amendment (OTP/A). Cornerstone is urging …

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Education Choice Bill Advances on Bipartisan Vote

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 are Reps. Rick Ladd (R-Haverhill, 603-989-3268, ladd.nhhouse@charter.net) and Glenn …

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