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NEA-NH Announces List of Recommended Candidates

NEA New Hampshire supports candidates who will fund public education, support the collective bargaining rights of working families and make certain that every child in NH receives a quality education, regardless of their zip code.  We support candidates who believe as we do that every child in NH deserves a great public school, caring qualified educators, and that every child be clothed and feed properly so they can focus on learning. We believe there is greatness in every child and have dedicated our lives to ensuring they each get a chance

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Business Leaders Think These Are The Best States For Education

The Huffington Post | By Rebecca Klein New Hampshire Gets an “A” States with the highest academic achievement are mostly located north of the Mason-Dixon line, according to a new report from business leaders. The report, out this month from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, looks at the state of education in America through the eyes of business leaders. The report looks at multiple measures, such as students’ academic achievement, international competitiveness and workforce readiness to grade states on their educational effectiveness. The map below shows how states fared

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Voucher Law Has No Real Help For Low-income Kids

BY BILL DUNCAN This article originally appeared in the New Hampshire Business Review Supreme Court ruling means the tax credit program may continue for the moment, leaving the state with a fiscal liability of uncertain size for a program with no legitimate public purpose Before the misunderstanding spreads too far, it is important to point out what the recent New Hampshire Supreme Court decision actually said about the constitutionality of the voucher tax credit law: Nothing. The voucher tax credit program, passed by the 2012 O’Brien Legislature over the veto of Gov. John Lynch, provides up to $6 million per year in business donations for tuition vouchers averaging $2,500 each to enable New Hampshire students to leave public schools and attend private schools or, with smaller subsidies, home schools. Virtually

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The Letter From School That Stopped Me in My Tracks

by Jen M.L. Author, People I Want to Punch in the Throat: Competitive Crafters, Drop-off Despots, and Other Suburban Scourges, I Just Want to Pee Alone, and I Just Want to Be Alone School started a few weeks ago, and we’re still trying to get back into the swing of things. I don’t know about you, but it’s been tough. Are you back in the routine yet? Our morning routine is pretty standard. The Hubs wakes up early to get the kids ready for the day. At 7:30 a.m., he starts out by yelling — I mean, gently waking up the kids. Every morning I hear “Adolpha, get down here and get dressed” and “Gomer, get dressed and brush your teeth.” Some days there is more yelling than others. This morning

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Elizabeth Lichtenberg Named 2015 New Hampshire Teacher Of The Year

Commissioner of Education Virginia M. Barry, Ph.D., announced that Elizabeth Lichtenberg, a fourth grade teacher at Alton Central School, is the 2015 New Hampshire Teacher of the Year. In receiving this award, Ms. Lichtenberg becomes New Hampshire’s candidate for National Teacher of the Year. “Selecting a Teacher of the Year is an exceptional way to celebrate the many outstanding and dedicated people teaching in New Hampshire schools,” said Commissioner Barry. “Every year the selection committee is amazed by how difficult it is to select a recipient to continue the proud tradition of teaching excellence in our state. Liz will serve as a leader and ambassador for all the outstanding teachers devoted to the highest level of student learning in their classrooms.” Ms. Lichtenberg has been a part of the Alton

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Violence Prevention Through Media Literacy Classes Announced

Media Power Youth is pleased to announce a North Country training date for the Media Literacy for Safe and Healthy Choices curriculum training. Space is still available in the Plymouth training on 9/19/2014, but registrations are needed  by 9/17/2014 (12pm).  The Manchester Training is filling up fast so register as soon as possible. VIOLENCE PREVENTION THROUGH MEDIA LITERACY Media Literacy for Safe and Healthy Choices Classes Plymouth, Manchester and Gorham are sites for the next in a series of trainings for NH educators seeking to prevent youth violence through media literacy education through an initiative of NH Governor Maggie Hassan and the Office of the NH  Attorney General. When/Where: 9/19/2014 – Whole Village Family Resource Center, Plymouth NH 11/7/2014 – Manchester Community College, Manchester NH 3/16/2014 – North Country Education

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Dear Policymakers and Admins: Here’s Your Back-to-School ‘Supply’ List

By Alyssa Hadley Dunn Assistant Professor, Urban Teacher Education at Michigan State University By Katie Plemmons 9th grade teacher Around the country, a new school year has just begun and students (and their parents and guardians) have been given extensive supply lists, with everything from pencils and binders to hand sanitizer and paper towels. Teachers have also been spending inordinate amounts of money out-of-pocket in order to make their classrooms inviting spaces and to purchase class sets of supplies. But there are still many things needed to make this year successful for public educators. Thus, our list below offers suggestions for what “supplies” (both literal and figurative) administrators and policymakers can provide for their teachers this year. *** Dear Policymakers and Administrators, Here is your back-to-school “supply” list for this

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Merrimack Teacher Earns NH All-Star Educator Award

By KIMBERLY HOUGHTON Union Leader Correspondent MERRIMACK — A local high school teacher has been named New Hampshire’s All-Star Educator for making a positive impact on the lives of numerous Merrimack students. This week, Jon Van de Car was recognized by the New Hampshire Lottery and New Hampshire Motor Speedway as the winner of its “All-Star Educators” contest. He was awarded a $3,000 donation, and will be honored with a VIP experience at the Sylvania 300 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sept. 21 at NHMS. Van de Car is a welding and automotive instructor at Merrimack High School. He was nominated for the award by principal Kenneth Johnson. “What really stood out about Mr. Van de Car was his emphasis on helping students develop life skills and promoting a

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