parental rights

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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Don’t Cut Parents Out of Medical Decisions for Teens (HB 1503, 2018)

Cornerstone Action strongly opposes HB 1503, authorizing minors 16 years of age or older to independently consent to medical procedures. Such an attack on parental involvement is poor public policy. Nothing in the bill would improve the health of 16- and 17-year-olds. Furthermore, passage of HB 1503 would be inconsistent with existing law regarding procedures to which minors may consent. Consider the consequences of the …

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Honoring the Memory of Charlie Gard

We hear with great sadness of the death of little Charlie Gard, who has died in hospice after his parents were denied the opportunity to provide experimental medical treatment for him. His life and death, and his parents’ heroic defense of their son’s dignity, make us all think about the dignity of people with disabilities, the rights of parents, and the power of the …

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Lead Remediation Bill Misses the Mark (SB 247, 2017)

Addressed to House Finance Committee by Shannon McGinley, Cornerstone Executive Director: On behalf of Cornerstone’s supporters, we urge you to reject SB 247. The scourge of lead poisoning is not addressed properly in this bill, which interferes with parental rights and subjects children to unnecessary and physically invasive testing. Since the fiscal impact is the primary focus of this committee, how can the state …

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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 support transparency and notification regarding curriculum in all areas, …

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House Republicans have resurrected the radical Bathroom Bill. We need your help to protect the privacy and safety of NH women and girls!

Last week, LGBT activists were out in full force to support the Republican-sponsored HB 478, a bill that would radically and fundamentally change New Hampshire discrimination law to include “gender identity.” Cornerstone was there to represent the concerned citizens of New Hampshire, crafting testimony that asked serious questions in good faith about the unintended consequences of this policy – impacts on privacy, women’s rights, …

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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 SB 43. SB 43 is a result from the …

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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 control than making sure parents are fully informed when …

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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 Values education I don’t believe the cost is a …

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