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Author: Ann Marie Banfield

UNH, surveys on children, and who is looking out for them? WARNING to PARENTS

Now that New Hampshire has a law (signed by Governor Sununu in 2017) that requires informed written consent from parents/guardians before a school district can administer a non-academic survey, I wanted to share an e-mail exchange between a professor at the University of New Hampshire and myself regarding a survey that is going to be given to students in Keene. I started by sending a “right to know” request to the Professor at UNH and administrator at the Keene School District. These emails were copied to administrators and school board members in Keene, the NH House and Senate Education...

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NH’s ATTACK on Religious Schools: TAKE ACTION

PLEASE write the House Eduction Committee members and ask them to vote AGAINST HB 1432 OR ATTEND the PUBLIC HEARING: 01/30/2018 at 02:15 PM LOB Room 207 (Legislative Office Building directly behind the State House) To: Rick Ladd <[email protected]>, [email protected], [email protected], “Cordelli, Glenn” <[email protected]>, [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], James Grenier <[email protected]>, [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], Representative Joe Pitre <[email protected]>, Victoria Sullivan <[email protected]>, [email protected], [email protected], [email protected] Mr. Chairman and members of the Committee:   My name is Ann Marie Banfield, and I am the Education Liaison for Cornerstone Action.  Cornerstone Action represents roughly 6,000 New Hampshire residents.  Cornerstone’s interest in education is to...

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There is an all out assault on parental rights in New Hampshire

Parents in New Hampshire fought long and hard to pass a state law that would require written consent before their children took an invasive survey in their local public school.  We heard from parents and school board members across New Hampshire describing how they found out their child took a controversial and personal survey without their knowledge. Last year Governor Christopher Sununu supported parents by signing SB43 which came from the study committee on HB206 in 2015.  Schools must now receive written consent from parents before their children can take an invasive non-academic surveys at school. During the study committee several people...

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Are NH Schools Practicing Mental Health Quackery On Your Kids?

The new federal law, Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), pushes schools to shift their focus away from academics to treating your child’s mental health.  This is something I take very seriously since some children come to school having to deal with all kinds of societal problems. Unfortunately, I’ve seen well-intentioned counselors in some schools do more damage than good when treating students.  Public schools weren’t set up to become mental health clinics for children.  Children who need those services need highly qualified licensed practitioners treating them in the same way you would want a doctor who specializes in cancer treating...

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SB466, Another Partisan Attack on New Hampshire’s Commissioner of Education?

New Hampshire’s Senate Democrats filed legislation to limit the activities of the Commissioner of Education.  SB466 says; “during their term of appointment, a commissioner may not hold or campaign for elective office, serve as the officer of a political party or political committee, use his or her name in support of or in opposition to a candidate, participate in or contribute to political campaigns or act as a lobbyist.”  SB466  is sponsored by Senators:  Woodburn, Dist 1; Cavanaugh, Dist 16; Feltes, Dist 15; Fuller Clark, Dist 21; SHennessey, Dist 5;  Kahn, Dist 10;  Lasky, Dist 13;  Soucy, Dist 18 and;...

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SAU93 Monadnock’s Superintendent wants the best quality education for her kids, just not for your children

Monadnock’s Superintendent wants the best quality education for her kids, just not for your children.  (See her letter below) There is a heated battle taking place in New Hampshire right now.  SB193 is a proposed bill that would set up Education Savings Accounts for families so they could access funding for their child to use at the school of their choice. Most Superintendents send some students to specialized schools outside the district if they  believe it will help those  children .  For instance, if a school does not have the capacity to educate a child with a severe disability, that...

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PARENTS: Questions To Ask Regarding Mental Evaluations On Your Children By Their Local School

I opposed Competency Based Education (CBE) in New Hampshire because it is a model used to change attitudes, beliefs, and values in children.  The old Outcome Based Education (OBE) model used in the 90’s failed students back then. OBE never focused on improving literacy, it was a model that shifted focus away from academics.  These failed fads tend to die out after a few years when parents figure out it does nothing to improve literacy. Social and Emotional learning (SEL) is the new fad that attempts to change your child’s values, values, and beliefs. Does your child have the...

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REPLY to Executive Councilors Volinsky & Pappas’ Political Hit Piece Against Commissioner Edelblut

This is my reply to Executive Councilors Andru Volinsky and Chris Pappas on their political HIT PIECE against Education Commissioner Frank Edelblut that appeared in the Manchester Union Leader: Dear Editor: Executive Councilors Andru Volinsky and Chris Pappas’ criticism of New Hampshire’s Education Commissioner Frank Edelblut, made me wonder, are they bothered that he’s working hard to improve public education?  Volinsky and Pappas took a swing at Commissioner Edelblut for attending political functions; however, they ignored all of the good things he’s attempting to do to improve public education in New Hampshire.     Edelblut has heard from parents and...

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School’s Starting: Time To Refuse The Standardized Tests (Don’t Be Misled By Superintendents)

You would think that after many parents in New Hampshire have refused to let their children take the standardize test, school administrators would lighten up a bit and stop bullying and misleading parents. I do have to mention that some parents are reporting that when they refuse to let their children take the standardized tests, some administrators have been receptive and honor their requests without hesitation. 

Unfortunately, this is not true for other parents in New Hampshire. Here is a letter sent to parents by Dr. Laura H. Nelson, Superintendent of Derry Schools in New Hampshire. There seems to...

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Is Sanborn Regional School District Lying To Parents?

I remember years ago when the former U.S. Secretary of Eduction, Arne Duncan, made a bold statement when he said: “As a country we’ve dummied down standards. We’ve reduced them due to political pressure and, we’ve actually been lying to children and parents telling them they’re ready when they’re not.” What happens when a school district is in the spotlight for being successful, but the teachers and students who attend the school or have graduated, say something else? Sanborn is one of the school districts in New Hampshire that has implemented many of the federal education reforms like Common...

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