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Legislative Update April 29

Week of April 29th – May 3rd NOTE: the “Nope to Dope” rally scheduled for Sunday, April 28 at Hope Tabernacle in Manchester has been cancelled due to an emergency schedule change by Bishop Jethro James.   House Action This Week BILL: SB 263 Relative to Anti-Discrimination for Students in Public Schools WHEN: The House Education Committee will vote on SB 263 on Tuesday, April 30, at 10:00 a.m. …

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Legislative Update April 22

Week of April 22nd – April 26th  Senate Hearings This Week BILL: HB 383, Relative to Anti-Discrimination for Students in Public Schools WHEN: The Senate Education and Workforce Development Committee will have a public hearing on the bill on Tuesday, April 23, in room 103 of the Legislative Office Building. CORNERSTONE POSITION: OPPOSED. The problem is in the details: the bill is vague (what constitutes “discrimination”?), it …

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Legislative Update April 1

Week of April 1st – April 5th House Session Thursday, April 4th 10:00am BILL: HB 481, Legalizing and Regulating Recreational Marijuana STATUS:  The full House will vote on the bill Thursday, April 4. This is the second vote on the bill, and this is another chance to kill it. House Ways and Means Committee is recommending “ought to pass,” but the committee minority has filed its own …

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Senate passes SB196, student privacy now at risk

SB 196, relative to non-academic surveys administered to students in school, has passed the State Senate 13-10 on a party-line vote (with Democrats in the majority, and Sen. Fuller Clark absent). This bill switches the parental consent requirement for non-academic surveys administered in school from opt-in to opt-out. Supporters of the bill claimed that the “opt-in” policy was resulting in low response rates for …

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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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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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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 privacy rights of parents and their children.” In a …

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