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NEA-NH Condemns Gov. Walker’s Recent Statements

Statements Were Reprehensible and Disqualify Him For Public Office NEA New Hampshire condemns in the strongest way possible the association Wisconsin Governor Scot Walker made between working middle-class Americans peacefully protesting for decent working conditions and living wages for their families, and the brutal terrorist organization ISIS. “It gives us a clear indication of who Scott Walker is and what he thinks of working middle-class families,” said Scott McGilvray, president of NEA New Hampshire. “To mention teachers, para-professionals, custodians, cafeteria workers, guidance counselors, school nurses, assistants, bus drivers and crossing

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NEA-NH Elections Notice

Electronic balloting begins March 8 and ends March 22 Voting for NEA–NH president, vice-president, alternate NEA director and Executive Board seats will take place between March 8 and 22, 2015. All voting will be conducted electronically this year. It is vital that NEA-NH has a valid, current email address for you if you wish to participate in this year’s elections. Electronic ballots will be made available to members by MARCH 8, 2015. Voting closes at 5PM on MARCH 22, 2015. Candidate statements can be found on our Elections Page.

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Sometimes Coincidence is Part of the Plan

When you read that legislators are giving tax breaks to businesses, or refusing to close tax loopholes for the most affluent, or claiming public employees are overpaid or have too generous benefits, or express support for charter school and voucher schemes, remember the ultimate goal is to starve school districts of funds needed to keep their doors open. NEA-NH sends out a great deal of information to its members about new federal legislation, changes to state laws, and shenanigans taking place in local school districts. When you read these articles, or emails, or legislative updates, it is easy to shake your head and marvel at just how low regard many politicians hold of public educators and public education.  While the individual actions on which we report may seem far removed

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Improving How We Improve As Educators

Our professional work as educators is helping develop knowledge and skills in our students. One of the wonderful, yet frustrating, things about our profession is that no one teacher can ever know all there is to know about teaching a subject. There is always more to learn about the subjects themselves as well as learning better ways to help students understand the subject using critical thinking skills. Much of the professional learning in which we engage focuses on effective teaching strategies, gaining greater insight into the students with whom we work, or learning skills that help us collaborate with others. The Spring Instructional Conference is a great, cost-effective way to improve your knowledge and skill and rub elbows with your fellow educators. But large statewide conferences do not occur every

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What’s Happening in Professional Development

Notes from Dr. Irv Richardson and Ally Snyder NEA New Hampshire Public Education and School Support (PESS) It’s been a busy year already in NEA-New Hampshire’s Public Education and School Support (PESS) Department! We are working to provide you, as a valued member of NEA-NH, multiple opportunities for professional learning – for your career enrichment, to boost job satisfaction, and to provide professional development (PD) hours. With Summer Leadership Week and NEA-New Hampshire’s 160th Fall Instructional Conference behind us, your PESS Department has been busy designing professional learning opportunities for you. The NEA-New Hampshire Spring Instructional Conference will be held on Saturday, March 28 at Concord High School. This conference is open to all members and non-members. Last year NEA-New Hampshire combined the ESP Conference and the Beginning and Pre-Service

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Sen. Kelly Comments on Failure to Repeal Unconstitutional Education Voucher Law

Concord, NH – Following the defeat of SB 204, which would have repealed the education voucher tax credit law, Senator Molly Kelly (D-Keene) offered the following comments: “I am disappointed that our Senate Republican colleagues continue to support this unconstitutional law. Since the day I arrived in the Senate, I have fought for innovation in education and assuring that every child in the state of New Hampshire has access to a quality education. However, this law is not about innovation or access—it is about sending taxpayer dollars to religious schools.”  “Articles 6 and 83 of the NH Constitution clearly outline that the state has a responsibility to educate our children, but that the state can not send money to religious schools. Simply put: the education voucher tax credit is unconstitutional,

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Set a New Vision for “No Child Left Behind”

We have an opportunity to shape education for our members and their students for years to come. For too long educators’ voices have not been listened to when it comes to federal policy. No one knows better than our members what a reduction in high stakes testing and a greater understanding of opportunity could mean for our students. Our Senators need to hear what ESEA reauthorization should look like directly from NEA members now.   It is critical that we take action today! Call Congress Call Congress Today 866-331-7233. Tell them to pass a new ESEA bill that provides opportunity for all students. Email Congress Take action by sending an email to our Senators and Representatives in Washington. Sign the petition Right now, Congress is rewriting No Child Left Behind (NCLB)

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NEA-NH Announces Retirement Planning Seminars

NEA-NH and NEA Member Benefits invite you to attend one of our Retirement Planning Seminars.  We will offer six seminars this spring, in March and April, 2015. Each seminar is open to NEA-NH members and one free guest of their choosing. The seminars cost $10 (guests are free) and will run from 4-6 pm, with light refreshments provided. Each meeting is first come first serve, so REGISTER ASAP! For information on the Spring 2015 seminars, choose one of the links below:   Exeter on 3/11/15 Keene on 3/18/15 Concord on 3/25/15 Claremont on 4/2/15 Wolfeboro on 4/9/15 Manchester on 4/16/15 A NOTE ABOUT INCLEMENT WEATHER: If public schools in the town hosting the seminar are closed on the day of your seminar, then the event will automatically be cancelled.  Check

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Slow and Steady, For Now

Recently, two New Hampshire House Committees voted to retain three bills for further study that the NEA-New Hampshire has been tracking closely.  If passed, these bills could have a dramatic effect on your wallet, both today, and in retirement. First, last Friday, the Special Committee on Public Employee Pension Plans voted to retain HB 369, establishing a defined contribution retirement plan for public employees, and HB 556, establishing a cash balance plan for public employees in the retirement system.  Both of these bills could dramatically reshape the retirement plans for both current and newly hired members if enacted.  The Chairman of the committee indicated that it is his intention to start further work on the bills in March. While NEA-New Hampshire applauds the committee for not rushing through a bad

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