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Budgets Should Reflect Priorities Not Fears

NEA New Hampshire Statement on State Budget Deliberations A budget for any family or organization, no matter how big or small, reflects their goals, aspirations and priorities. What does the budget currently being developed in Concord say about the budget writers’ vision for New Hampshire? It clearly reaffirms that their priority is not to provide opportunity for working families, or stimulate the New Hampshire economy, or protect the less fortunate. Their priority is ensuring the rich become richer by balancing cuts to essential services on the backs of working families

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NEA-NH Election Results

  Voting in the 2015 NEA-NH Elections closed Sunday, March 22 at PM.  All voting this year was conducted online. The NEA-NH Elections Committee met Monday afternoon to review the results and determine winners in contested races. They released the following results:   NEA-NH President (3 year term) Scott McGilvray NEA-NH Vice President (3 year term) Megan Tuttle Alternate NEA Director (2 year term) Sharry Sparks Executive Board Positions (2 year term) Capital Region (Elect 1) Mike Macri Eastern Region (Elect 1) Ed Olson Lakes Region (Elect 1) Karen McLoud Monadnock

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NH DOE Announces Pilot Competency-Based Assessment Program

Governor Hassan, Department of Education Announce Federal Approval of New Hampshire’s Pilot Competency-Based Assessment Program. First-In-The-Nation Accountability Strategy Offers Reduced Level of Standardized Testing with Locally Managed Assessments CONCORD – Continuing efforts to help students develop the skills and innovative thinking needed for success in the innovation economy of the 21st century, Governor Maggie Hassan and New Hampshire Department of Education (NHDOE) Commissioner Virginia Barry today announced that the U.S. Department of Education (USED) approved New Hampshire’s Performance Assessment for Competency Education (PACE) pilot in four school districts. A first-in-the-nation accountability strategy, the PACE pilot will allow districts to reduce the level of standardized testing in favor of more locally managed assessments that will be more integrated into a student’s day-to-day work. The four PACE-implementing districts – Sanborn Regional, Rochester,

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Five Issues That Will Decide If the Era of No Child Left Behind is Really Over

BY TIM WALKER Many public school educators may be surprised to learn that 535 members Congress and their staffs are deciding what teaching and learning will look like in the classroom over the next ten years. But that is exactly what is happening right now on Capitol Hill – the reauthorization, or rewriting, of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act – better known as No Child Left Behind. The stakes couldn’t be higher. What kind of education will we be able to deliver to our students for the next decade? Will public schools exit the era of “test and punish,” “narrow curriculum,” “drill and kill” and enter a period characterized more by “opportunity for all” and a “well-rounded education”? That all hangs on how these five critical issues are addressed – and whether the voices

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HB 555 Asks Our Schools to More With Less

The following letter was sent today from NEA New Hampshire President Scott McGilvray to the House Education Committee regarding HB 555, a bill that seeks to clarify the ability of public chartered school pupils to participate in programs and co-curricular activities in their resident district. Who doesn’t want what’s best for the students of New Hampshire?  It would be great if every child, regardless of their zip code, had access to small classes, one-on-one interaction with teachers, technology that aided in instruction, clean, safe classrooms, curriculum that prepares them for the 21st century and the opportunity to participate in sports, music, drama, arts, robotics and any other interest that helps round out their educational experience. Every day, public schools across New Hampshire struggle with how to provide the best possible learning

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South Central Region Spring Training Dates Announced

The NEA-NH South Central Region is pleased to invite you to our 2015 Regional Spring Workshops. All sessions will be held at our NEA-NH Manchester office, Suite 603, beginning at 4 p.m. and ending at 6 p.m. Workshops are free for NEA-NH members.  Professional Development certificates will be issued for each workshop. . TO REGISTER: Please RSVP to Karen Heavener via email at kheavener@nhnea.org or by phone at 603-715-9311 by Friday, April 10.  Indicate in your reply which session(s) you plan to attend as well as the name of your local. Workshops will be held  Monday, April 13, and Wednesday, April 15 and Tuesday, April 21 from 4 – 6 p.m. at the NEA-NH Manchester Office (Brady Sullivan Tower), 1750 Elm Street, Suite 603, Manchester, NH. Light snacks will be available. .  MONDAY, APRIL 13 UNDERSTANDING NEW HAMPSHIRE’S

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Capital Region Spring Training March 25

The Capital Region is presenting its annual spring training. Two workshops are being offered, each providing two hours of staff development credits unless otherwise noted.  Professional Development Certificates will be available. DEADLINE FOR SIGN-UP: 3/17/15. There is no charge for NEA-NH members (teachers, support staff or student members). There is a $35 charge for non-member teachers and a $20 charge for non-member support staff, non-refundable after March 16.  Registration fee must accompany the registration form.  Make checks payable to “NEA-NH” (please indicate Capital Region Training in the memo field). The workshops will be held at NEA-NH headquarters at 9 South Spring Street, Concord. Check-in and Light Meal from 4:15 to 5:00 p.m.  Workshops run from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Mail registration form to NEA-NH, 9 South Spring St., Concord, NH, 03301, Attn: Linda

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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 guards, the hard working backbone of our public education system, who dedicate their lives for each and every child in their care, and in some instances have even given their lives to protect those children, in the same sentence as

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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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