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Ann Marie Banfield began volunteering as Cornerstone’s Education Liaison in 2009. As an education researcher and activist she took decade-long research on education to Concord to lobby on behalf of parental rights and literacy. Working with experts in education from across the country, she offers valuable insight into problems and successes in education. She holds a B.A. in Business Management from Franklin University in Columbus Ohio. Ann Marie and her husband have three children and reside in Hampton, NH.

Manchester Mayor Joyce Craig

Mayor Craig, Please Put Parents and Teachers First, Not D.C. Bureaucrats

Mayor Joyce Craig responded to an article in the Manchester Union Leader saying, “in her mind, the points raised in Girard’s blog don’t raise any red flags.”  This was in response to School Board Member Rich Girard withdrawing support for Manchester Proud. “It’s a community-driven effort,” said Craig. “We’ve got residents, business leaders, colleges and universities who have …

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Manchester Proud’s Political Associations Draw Negative Attention

Dear Board of School Committee Members: I was made aware of Manchester Proud a short time ago by parents who told me about this new organization. As a former Bedford resident, I have seen how an organization outside the school district could be beneficial to everyone involved in the Manchester public schools. The Bedford Education …

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My Letter to Two UNH Professors on Their Inability to Follow Ethical Guidelines…

I’d like to share my letter to two UNH professors on their inability to follow ethical guidelines when administering controversial surveys to children in schools. Dear Professor Baynard and Professor Simpson: Here is a link to a news story reporting about an incident involving a parent whose child was surveyed at a school recently. In …

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How The NH School Boards Association Put Children At Risk for Sexual Assault

Most school districts pay the New Hampshire School Boards Association (NHSBA) dues out of the school budget. This means that taxpayers are funding a lobbying organization that promoted a policy that put every child in New Hampshire at risk of sexual assault. The NHSBA sent a model policy to school districts that paid dues to …

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Concerns About The 10-Year Mental Health Plan For New Hampshire

Last night I attended a meeting in Portsmouth with the New Hampshire Commissioner of Health and Human Services on the state’s 10-Year Mental Health Plan.  It was clear from the comments at the end of the presentation, from parents and other attendees dealing with serious mental health issues, that this issue is raising concerns throughout New Hampshire. …

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The Danger That Can Come To Your Children Attending a Public School in NH

Many people have never heard the name Glenn Cordelli, but if you are a parent, you should get to know him.  Glenn Cordelli is a state representative in New Hampshire serving in Moultonborough, Sandwich, and Tuftonboro.  He finished up his third term, and will hopefully be elected for a fourth term in November. Representative Glenn Cordelli …

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Why You Should Vote for Dan Hynes Over Terry Wolf in Senate District 09

People have asked me why I support Dan Hynes for Senate over Terry Wolf– especially since I respect and like Terry very much. Terry has always been cordial to me, and I appreciate that in a public servant.  She served for several years on the Bedford School Board and has served as Bedford’s State Representative.  She has …

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STOP the re-authorization of No Child Left Behind

OK, everyone in NH pick up the phone and make a 2 minute phone call RIGHT NOW. STOP the re-authorization of No Child Left Behind…..Thank you!! VOTE NO ON ESEA Rep. Frank Guinta (202) 225-5456 Rep. Annie Kuster (202) 225-5206  

WARNING to SENATOR KELLY AYOTTE! Signing onto Obama’s Workforce Agenda?

WARNING to SENATOR KELLY AYOTTE:  Obama is redesigning public ed from Liberal Arts to Workforce development. Marc Tucker tried this during the Clinton years, but Republicans were smart enough to reject it back then.  Tucker laid it out here in his letter to Hillary Clinton: The Common Core Standards are PART of this agenda. Competency …

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Common Core architect & advisor to the NH DOE: ELIMINATE LOCAL CONTROL

This is the plan to eliminate Local School Boards….just released today – by Marc Tucker at the Center for American Progress (THE Progressive think tank frequented by Clintonistas and Obama-ites which is totally in favor of “fundamentally transforming” America); the important part:  …If Americans are going to decide which level of government we want to …

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