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Author: Ann Marie Banfield

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 come forward and said we want to help Manchester public schools by doing outreach to the community. I have no fears that it is politically based or they are going in with any preconceived notion.” But Mayor Craig sat next to me...

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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 their organization. Several school boards then adopted the policy based on their recommendation.   That policy changed the bathroom policy for transgender and gender non-conforming students and, put all children at risk for sexual assault. Parents have been concerned for their children now that these...

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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.  I went to the presentation with a friend because I think it’s important to hear what other people think.  One of her first comments after we left the presentation had to do with the ability of the state to deal adequately with...

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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 recently put forth a Bill that would require each local education agency to develop a local data security plan. HB1612 was signed into law by Governor Sununu in August, and now school boards across New Hampshire will have to develop a Data Inventory Security Plan....

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Another BIG Mistake in Bedford: Chromebook

I remember when parents were told that kids needed to use calculators in the classroom because it was the newest technology.  Calculators were one of the worst ideas , and has contributed to the lack of math literacy  in America.  Students became dependent on calculators for basic math computation. Ever since then, there has been a push for more technology in the classroom.  They couldn’t be more wrong. The ones pushing more technology in the classroom, look to profit off of sales from technology.  Don’t get me wrong new computer technology has done a great deal of good for America, but...

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

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 made many decisions, and voted enough for me to know that her political views do not line up with what I believed was best for Bedford residents or myself. The former Superintendent, Chip McGee, who resigned after the recent controversy involving school counselors that spoke on behalf of a convicted child molester, had a history of failing students in Bedford.  Terry supported his promotion from Assistant Superintendent to Superintendent when she served on the School Board. I have been an outspoken critic of the failed Everyday Math program that’s been used in Bedford for many years. I even had a lengthy discussion with  Chip McGee about how the math program needed to be improved.  I went so far as to have him contact Math Professor David Klein to speak to the deficiencies in Everyday Math.  Prof. Klein was involved with reviewing, and has spoken publicly about how Everyday Math failed children across the country. According to Sylvan Learning Centers in Bedford, tutoring students wasn’t needed, until they adopted Everyday Math.  Now it’s...

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One More Reason To Refuse The Standardized Tests For Your Children, Violating NH Laws

Another reason for parents to REFUSE the standardized assessments for their children. I removed the name of the parent at her request.   ———- Forwarded message ———- From: Ann Marie Banfield <[email protected]> Date: Sat, Apr 28, 2018 at 5:55 PM Subject: Re: Fw: SBAC test question review To:  “Edelblut, Louis (Frank)” <[email protected]> Commissioner Edelblut,  Please see the following e-mail that was sent by Heather Gage regarding ****’s request to see her son’s Smarter Balanced Assessment that he took in 2017. As you can see, she is being denied access to the test questions on the assessment her son took.  You...

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WARNING: SNHU Students and Parents of Children in Public Schools

According to this recent article in the Manchester Union Leader, SNHU received a $1 million dollar grant from Google to develop an assessment to measure “soft skills.” Soft skills include behaviors, attitudes, and the mental health of the person being assessed.  In NH, these soft skills are  being assessed k-12 too.   In some cases this is being done without parental knowledge or consent.   This is part of the Competency Based Education model that includes measuring attitudes, dispositions, and behaviors.   Pearson recently conducted similar research on college students without their informed consent: https://spectator.org/the-lefts-latest-creepy-orwellian-education-tactic-social-psychological-interventions/   Here, the authors...

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For Students Walking Out To Remember The Columbine School Shooting, Please Read This

On Friday, students are going to walk out of school to remember the Columbine school shooting, and demand more stringent gun control laws.  But, have any of these students looked at what happened at Columbine ? Do they know what was going on inside the school? I’ve been an outspoken critic of our schools being turned into mental health facilities.  Not because mental health isn’t important, but because those treating children are not properly trained or educated. It takes years of education and training for a Child Psychologist to earn their degree.  They then take an oath to uphold...

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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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