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Cornerstone - Senate Judiciary Rules Buffer Zone Repeal OTP 

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Senate Judiciary Committee Passes Repeal of “Buffer Zone”
 Cornerstone commends the Senate Judiciary committee for voting to repeal the “Buffer Zone” law by passing House Bill 403 with an Ought to Pass recommendation.  Members of the House and Now Senate committee have realized the importance of repealing this unconstitutional law.  This bill can now move forward to a full senate vote.

Repealing this law will allow New Hampshire to avoid costly litigation, similar to what was seen in Massachusetts where taxpayers were left to pay approx. $1.2 million in legal fees.  This fiscal impact along with the direct attack on citizen’s First Amendment rights makes repealing this law the most responsible and sensible course of action.

This law was hastily passed and signed last year before the Supreme Court had ruled on the Massachusetts law.  New Hampshire has not enforced the law and it is now clear that this mistake must be corrected by removing it from our statute.  “We’re pleased that the Senate Judiciary members have recognized the fiscal and constitutional implications of upholding this law.  It’s important that our legislators correct the prior mistake of rushing this legislation through by repealing the Buffer Zone law”, Political director Sarah Koski.
The Cornerstone team will continue to follow the progress of this legislation as it moves to the Senate. 
Cornerstone Action is the legislative advocacy arm of Cornerstone Policy Research, a nonprofit, non-partisan New Hampshire public policy organization working to promote strong New Hampshire families.


Cornerstone- Rick Santorum to Speak at Cornerstone Dinner 

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Cornerstone is pleased to announce that Senator Rick Santorum (PA) will be the keynote speaker for the Cornerstone dinner May 12th at the Radisson Hotel, Manchester, N.H. 7:00pm.
Senator Santorum served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1991 to 1995, and in the U.S. Senate from 1995 to 2007 where he was known as one of the most successful government reformers in our history.  Rick took on Washington's powerful special interests from the moment he arrived in our nation's Capitol in 1991. Rick was a member of the "Gang of Seven" that exposed the Congressional Banking and Congressional Post Office scandals.  Rick was also an author and floor manager of the landmark Welfare Reform Act which passed in 1996 that has empowered millions of Americans to leave the welfare rolls and enter the workforce.

Executive Director Bryan McCormack on Senator Santorum speaking, “ We are excited to have Senator Santorum to kick off our annual dinners. He has one of the best family values focused messages being shared today. With his emphasis on the blue collar community Senator Santorum speaks to the heart of the change we hope to see in New Hampshire.”
Bryan McCormack


Cornerstone - Common Core Prohibition Reaches the Governor's Desk 

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 Cornerstone would like to thank the New Hampshire Senate and House of Representatives for passing an important piece of legislation today. If signed by the Governor, will prohibit the state from requiring implementation of Common Core Standards.

Parents, students and teachers across New Hampshire sent letters and testified in support of SB101 based on the problems they are seeing in their local schools with the implementation of Common Core.  SB101 clarifies that Common Core is not a mandate on schools and that they are free to use better academic standards in their district.
Cornerstone urges Governor Hassan to listen to the people of New Hampshire and sign SB101 into law.  

Executive Director Bryan McCormack commented, "We are grateful that the House and Senate responded in favor of the testimony from numerous parents across New Hampshire. We can do better than Common Core and parents are not only seeing that but taking action for their families. We now hope to sit down with Governor Hassan and discuss the next step for this important bill."

Cornerstone on No Child Left Behind Waiver 

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Right to Know Request by Cornerstone Action
Cornerstone Action has filed a Right to Know Request after reviewing the current application for a waiver to No Child Left Behind.
After repeated attempts to gather information from the Board of Education on adopting the new national standards in science (Next Generation Science Standards or NGSS) Education Liaison, Ann Marie Banfield observed that the department of education is starting the process of reviewing the new standards in science.
The new No Child Left Behind waiver along with other documents found on the Department of Education's web site indicates New Hampshire Schools are already using the standards or will be using them soon.  In addition, documents indicate the Department of Education's commitment to Next Generation Science Standards prior to any public hearings by the Board of Education. This decision was made without any fiscal analysis as well as a complete lack of transparency.
After all of the controversy surrounding the adoption of the Math and English Common Core Standards in New Hampshire, the Department of Education should not rush this process, be fully transparent, conduct public hearings throughout New Hampshire, and offer a true unbiased process to determine if Next Generation Science Standards are the right sciences standards for New Hampshire students.
We submitted the following questions to Commissioner Barry today:
1) Did the New Hampshire Department of Education conduct public hearings in an effort to gather feedback from the public and teachers on the NGSS? If so, how many public hearings? 
2) Has the Department of Education compared the Next Generation Science Standards to State Science Standards that were considered the best in the country? If so, provide notes from those meetings so we can review them.
3) What is the estimated cost of implementing the NGSS in the New Hampshire schools?
4) Did you consult with Professors of Science at the college level in New Hampshire to analyze the Next Generation Science Standards and ask for their expert opinions? If so, can you provide notes and copies of those reviews? Please provide names, titles, and academic resumes of the higher education professors of science and engineering who reviewed the NGSS.
5) Please clarify the process for adoption of the NGSS.  According to Chairman Raffio, the NH Board of Education has just begun the process of either endorsing or adopting the NGSS. we are looking for detailed information on how this process to adopt or endorse the NGSS will go. 
6) Was there any kind of critical analysis done on the NGSS by the NH DoE? If so, can you provide notes and documentation on the materials used? 
7) Are the NGSS internationally benchmarked? If so, please provide a list of those countries.

Cornerstone on House Fetal Homicide Vote 

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Fetal Homicide Legislation Passes House

Today the New Hampshire House voted to pass HB 560, which provides that unborn children are included in the the definition of homicide.  This legislation has been long overdue in New Hampshire as families like that of the prime sponsor, Representative Leon Rideout, have been denied justice and closure.  When a criminal or negligent action causes the death of another it is only right that the correct legal avenue be set in place for the perpetrator to be prosecuted, this bill establishes that avenue in the event that a wanted unborn child dies as a result of such action.   If the bill passes the Senate New Hampshire will join thirty-eight other states that recognize a woman's right to a wanted pregnancy and protect unborn children.  

Political Director Sarah Koski commented, "We’re pleased that House members were able to see that this is not a pro-life or pro-choice issue, but rather an opportunity to provide necessary protection and justice for mothers and families that have greatly desired their unborn children."