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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.

Jeanne Dietsch

Did Bedford Make a BIG MISTAKE Electing Senator Jeanne Dietsch?

In 2017 parents finally enjoyed a victory for parental rights.  Governor Sununu signed an important law that supported informed consent by a parent/guardian before their children could participate in a non-academic survey. What’s so bad about non-academic surveys in our schools?  A LOT. Google inappropriate surveys in schools and you will find examples of surveys …

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Lobbying-Against-the-People

Lobbying the NH Legislators: Toddlers for the Workforce!

Even though we are seeing more studies about the dangers of early education on young children, there is a political agenda that seeks to push more children into schools earlier and earlier. Recently Harvard published a study on the dangers of early school enrollment. As one blogger reported, they (toddlers) are seen as in investment. Emily Talmage reported: …

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What is the Superintendent in Laconia Hiding?

I’ve been searching for information on the mental health data collected and shared on students in the Laconia School District.  Accessing this information has become challenging, given the responses by the current Superintendent in the district, Brendan Minnihan. One thing is clear from the information that has been provided, mental health data on the students is …

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If this is happening in Merrimack schools without Parental Notification, it’s probably happening in your’s.

“New Hampshire schools have redirected the purpose of school, and the primary focus is not on academics.” Marge Chiafery, Superintendent of Schools; I appreciate your response that you have provided and appreciate the open dialogue about data collection and social, emotional, and behavioral programming (SEL) in the state of New Hampshire. After reading the regulations …

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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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