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NEA-NH Election Information and Deadlines

NEA-NH Election Notice Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015, is the deadline for filing for office for the 2015 NEA–NH elections. Voting for NEA–NH president, vice-president, alternate NEA director and Executive Board seats will take place between March 8 and 22, 2015. Positions up for election are listed below. All candidates for office must file in writing for the office for which they wish to run with the Elections Committee, c/o Rick Trombly, NEA–NH, 9 South Spring Street, Concord, NH 03301 or at rtrombly@nhnea.org.  Important election deadlines include: Candidates Intention to Run for Office due 1/15/15 Candidate’s Statement and Photo for the

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New Hampshire’s Story of Transformation

This publication, from the New Hampshire Department of Education, represents our state’s story—the successes and struggles to transform an entire education system from the bottom up rather than the top down—to promote ownership and nurture real and lasting change. The work to design and create this publication began more than 12 months ago, yet the stories we’re telling in here have a history much deeper than that. The publication walks through this history, providing insight into New Hampshire’s educational transformation, which includes: exploring the impetus of why we’re making these

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Action Alert: RED OUT!

The Manchester Education Association (MEA) will hold a Red Out at the Mall of New Hampshire on Saturday, November 22, 2014 from 11:00 am-2:00 pm. Members of the Association, all educators employed by the Manchester School District, will be in red attire and will be seated in the Food Court and other seating areas at the Mall of NH. The intent of this activity is to show the public that the work of the educators in Manchester does not stop at the closing bell of school. Educators take work home each and every day to prepare lessons, projects, grade papers and to complete other school-related responsibilities. “We will be doing the work that we have brought home over the weekend at the Mall of NH to demonstrate our dedication to

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2.5 Million Children Are Homeless Annually in the U.S.

America’s Youngest Outcasts, prepared by The National Center on Family Homelessness, reports 1 in 30 Children in the US Experiences Homelessness. Major causes on child homelessness in the U.S. include: (1) the national’s high poverty rate; (2) a lack of affordable housing across the nation; (3) the continuing impacts of the Great Recession; (4) racial disparities; (5) the challenges of single parenting; and (6) the ways in which traumatic experiences, especially domestic violence, precede and prolong homelessness for families. Effective solutions must combine safe, affordable housing with essential services. Family members should be comprehensively assessed to understand what services they need. Parents may require education, job training, transportation, and childcare, and may also need mental health and parenting supports. All services should incorporate a family-oriented, trauma-informed approach. State Ranking The

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Update On New Restraint Law

Below is an updated explanation of the new restraint and seclusion law (RSA 126-U). The changes to the law went into effect on September 30, 2014.  The NEA-NH legal department authored an original memo about this law in the September edition of the Educator. Since then we have come to understand the nuances of the law and would like to provide NEA-NH members with an updated explanation.  We hope this explanation will demystify the law and make clear what is and is not restraint. If you have any questions or would like further clarification please contact the NEA-NH legal department. New Definition of Restraint: Under this law, the definition of restraint has changed.  “Restraint” now means “bodily physical restriction, mechanical devices or any device that immobilizes a person or restricts the

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NH Department of Education Key Messages for November 2014

ACCOUNTABILITY, ASSESSMENT, INSTRUCTION, AND SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT A. Testing Window for Spring 2015 Smarter Balanced Assessment Administration The Smarter Balanced Assessment Testing Window will open statewide on Monday, March 16, 2015. The window is 12 calendar weeks and will end on Friday, June 5, 2015. All assessments must be completed by grade spans within the 12 week window; however you do not need to take the whole 12 weeks if you are able to test in a shorter span using the overlapping week schedule described below. The grade spans within the window are: • Grades 3 & 4 during weeks 1-6 • Grades 5 & 6 during weeks 3-8 • Grades 7, 8, & 11 during weeks 5-12 Makeup assessments will occur during the appropriate window. Each school district will determine,

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When Families Do Better, Kids Do Better

When it comes to fighting for our kids, we never hold back and we never give up. Voters know what we know—when families do better, kids do better. On this fundamental lesson, the public is on our side. A message from Lily Eskelsen García, president of the National Education Association.  

GOP Controls US Senate in 114th Congress – Now What?

By Lauren Camera Posted in Education Week on November 4, 2014 11:38 PM Republicans will control the U.S. Senate during the 114th Congress thanks to wins in Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Iowa, North Carolina, and South Dakota, all tight and expensive races that in the end fell to conservative candidates and gave the GOP enough seats to call the chamber their own. While divided government will remain as the White House is in Democratic hands at least until President Barack Obama finishes his second term, the new political calculation in Congress will likely spur movement on education bills, including an overhaul of the outdated No Child Left Behind Act that lessens the role of the federal government. So who will be the major education players in the Senate next Congress? Largely, they’re

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Efforts Paid Off in NH

While votes and final tallies are still being calculated, it seems that NEA-NH recommended candidates did far better this midterm election than 4 years ago. In 2010, NEA-NH candidates won the Governor’s race. No recommended US House Reps or Executive Council members won. Five recommended NH Senate candidates won, and 105 NEA-NH-backed NH House members were elected. In 2014 the story is far better. NEA-NH recommended candidates won the Governor’s office, the US Senate position on the ballot, 1 of the 2 US House Reps, 2 Executive Council seats, 10 NH State Senate positions and 170 NH House seats. Your efforts paid off for your students, your family and your profession. Great work everyone!

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