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Granite State Home Educators Helps NH Parents Navigate School Questions

We recently sat down with Michelle Levell, founder of Granite State Home Educators (GSHE), a NH nonprofit dedicated to supporting homeschooling NH families with practical information and curricular and extracurricular educational and enrichment resources. Since children were sent home this spring in the wake of COVID-19 and families have been faced with unexpected remote learning challenges, GSHE has reached out to help meet their urgent informational and support needs. We talked about their core mission and the support they’ve extended to all families during this challenging time.

Cornerstone Applauds Supreme Court School Choice Decision

New Hampshire families can celebrate! The Supreme Court removed religious barriers to school choice initiatives with its recent decision in the Espinoza case, ruling that a school choice scholarship program in Montana could not discriminate against schools on the basis of religion. The same decision struck a blow against long-standing state constitutional provisions known as Blaine Amendments that forbid state aid to religious schools …

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Supreme Court Cases to Watch Next Week

In light of the recent Bostock decision that undermined women’s rights by redefining “sex” discrimination to include gender identity, we’ve been watching the Supreme Court docket carefully. Early next week, the Court should issue decisions on three cases the outcomes of which could be of vital importance to issues surrounding life, health, and religious and educational freedom in New Hampshire and throughout the country. …

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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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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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