Ann Marie Banfield

Ann Marie Banfield has been researching education reform for over a decade and actively supports parental rights, literacy and academic excellence in k-12 schools. You can contact her at: banfieldannmarie@gmail.com

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My Report from the Epping School Board meeting: Civility, Respect, and Free Speech

The mother of the girl who was told to cover up her Trump T-shirt started the meeting with a statement.  She had composure and, set the stage for a civil discussion on what happened. I wish every parent took the opportunity to address their school board in the same way when problems arise. After that, …

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Victoria Sullivan for Mayor of Manchester

Victoria Sullivan, the Candidate, the Mother, and the Legislator

So today Victoria Wojdylak Sullivan announced that she is running for Mayor in Manchester.  Let me tell you about Victoria so that you get an idea of the candidate, the mother, and the legislator. I met Victoria several years ago and really got to know her when she served as Manchester’s State Representative on the …

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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 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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