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Groundbreaking Independence in NH: Manchester District’s Academic Standards Freed From Common Core   16 comments

Independent thought is alive and well in Manchester, New Hampshire. Wednesday, Manchester School District’s board voted to split from Common Core, which spells the end of the Common Core groupthink for this groundbreaking school district.

According to the Manchester Union Leader, the board voted to have the district develop its own “Manchester Academic Standards,” following months of debate over the adoption of the Common Core standards. The 13-1 vote came after nearly two hours of public comments.

The independent, city-based standards were proposed by Superintendent Debra Livingston. God bless her and the people of Manchester.

Dr_-Debra-Livingston NH Manchester

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New Hampshire parent activist Ann Marie Banfield, shared the following:

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HOW WE DID IT:

1) A few moms have been involved in fighting common core in NH

2) We’ve been going around talking to different groups to educate the grassroots on the CCSS

3) We have a radio show host in Manchester who made this issue a priority

4) We had a “common core forum” in September and hosted national experts explaining the problems w/Common Core. We advertised it for months and packed the room. We taped it and sent it out for others to watch.

5) We continue to speak to different groups in NH and are hosting another Common Core forum next week.

6) Before the vote last night, 3 moms took 400 fliers and dropped them in mailboxes in 4 school member’s districts. The fliers asked the residents to call the school board member and tell them to vote NO on Common Core

7) We are taking this victory and will build momentum to see if we can get other districts to reject Common Core.

The BIG turning point was the Common Core Forum in September. This energized a lot of people to help us.

Having a radio talk show host supportive of our cause was another huge benefit.

The Lit. drop is inexpensive, and very effective.

Ann Marie
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Thank you, Ann Marie Banfield and Dr. Debra Livingston, for your inspiring examples of independent thought in the pursuit of liberty and legitimate education.

New Hampshire Representative Aims to Repeal Common Core With NH Constitutional Redress   6 comments

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Rep. John Hikel, a Republican Member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives since 2008, often shares this quote from Thomas Jefferson:

“The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions, that I wish it to be always kept alive. It will often be exercised when wrong, but better so than not to be exercised at all. I like a little rebellion now and then”.

A little rebellion is exactly what’s happening in New Hampshire, as more and more parents and legislators are waking up to the takeover of education by corporate and federal forces. Rep. Hikel is asking New Hampshire citizens to sign the petition, to stop common core.

New Hampshire may be at an advantage constitutionally (state-constitutionally). As Representative Hikel reminds people, there is a New Hampshire redress allowance to repeal problems (such as common core.) It states, in part 1, article 31: “The legislature shall assemble for the redress of public grievances and for making such laws as the public good may require”.

Rep. Hikel notes that article 32 also states that the people have the right to instruct their representatives to redress wrongs:

[Art.] 32. [Rights of Assembly, Instruction, and Petition.] The people have a right, in an orderly and peaceable manner, to assemble and consult upon the common good, give instructions to their representatives, and to request of the legislative body, by way of petition or remonstrance, redress of the wrongs done them, and of the grievances they suffer.

Hikel explains: “Most states have a redress process but New Hampshire is the only one that has a mandate written in its Constitution– that the People are guaranteed redress. People need to know their full authority.”

To read more about inherent parental rights over the children’s educational system, or to sign the NH petition, or to read the September 2013 testimony of New Hampshire Parents for Education against Commmon Core click here.

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