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Just the Facts: A Regular Report on the Presidential Candidates

Spotlight on Educational Opportunities for All Students Democratic presidential candidates support closing education opportunity gaps. Vice President Joe Biden (DE) supports smaller class sizes, providing students a well-rounded curriculum, and affordable postsecondary options: “every child is capable of succeeding.”(1)   Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (NY) has called for more support of public schools. According to Clinton, “talent is universal…but opportunity is not. (2)  She asserts that “the time has come to make preschool available to every child in America”. Former Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee observed that prioritizing public

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Public School Veteran Files for Ward 6 Seat

CONCORD, NH – Last Friday Karen Ladd, a public school teacher, filed 119 nominating petitions to be placed on the ballot for Ward 6 Alderwoman.  The 119 petitions were collected in just three days, and represent nearly 20% more than the amount necessary to qualify. “I was thrilled to have the support of so many of Ward 6’s voters,” said Ladd.  “Having spent the last three days canvassing I am really looking forward to continuing to get out there and meeting more of the wonderful voters of Ward 6.” A

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NEA-New Hampshire Supports Governor’s Approach

CONCORD, NH, July 27, 2015– NEA-New Hampshire supports Governor Hassan’s fiscally responsible path towards a compromise budget, and her hope that this plan will spur negotiations with lawmakers. The Legislature’s unbalanced budget was not good for the students in our public schools or for the taxpayers who fund them, and the Governor did the right this by vetoing it. “We believe the Governor’s approach ensures that in the future we will not have to make significant cuts to critical priorities, including investing in higher education, substance abuse prevention, health care, and transportation infrastructure,” said Scott McGilvray, NEA-New Hampshire President. There are many proven ways to improve our economy and create jobs immediately.  Fixing our roads and bridges now will create jobs.  Increasing aid to schools and to municipalities will create

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In Their Own Words

During the recent NEA Representative Assembly (RA) in Orlando, presidential candidates were invited to submit remarks to the delegates. More than 7,000 educators from all 50 states gathered in Orlando, Florida, from July 3-6 to attend the National Education Association’s 94th Representative Assembly (RA). The RA is the top decision-making body for the nearly 3 million-member NEA, and sets Association policy for the coming year. Embracing the meeting’s theme – “NEA: Unite. Inspire. Lead.” – delegates tackled complex issues with far-reaching implications for the profession, from the future of testing to equity in education. As a service to our members, the recorded remarks from candidates who submitted them are included here and presented in alphabetical order.

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Legislature’s Budget Cheats Public Education and Taxpayers

Op-Ed by Scott McGilvray, NEA-New Hampshire President Senate Education Committee Chair John Reagan wrote in the Concord Monitor recently that the budget vetoed by Governor Hassan was good for education.  The Legislature’s unbalanced budget was not good for the students in our public schools or for the taxpayers who fund them, and Governor Hassan did the right this by vetoing it. When Senator Reagan says aid to public schools was increased by phasing out the cap on adequacy grants, he is only half right.  In other communities, their taxes will go up substantially because their grants are decreased in his budget. Those communities are going to see substantial increases in their property tax rates just to maintain what they currently have. Senator Reagan cites changes made to charter school funding

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Shaker Regional Forms New NEA-NH Unit

The support staff of the Shaker Regional School District have formed a union and will now be represented by the National Education Association of N.H. As reported by the Laconia Daily Sun A decision made by the N.H. Public Employee Labor Relations Board on June 22 certified the NEA’s representation of all full- and part-time employees who are working in clerical, custodian, food service, paraprofessional, teacher assistant and other similar positions. The collective bargaining unit will not include SAU office staff, IT employees, occupation therapists, psychologists, the school-to-work coordination or other positions within the district that are considered temporary or seasonal. No management is included. Superintendent Maria Dreyer said she argued that the SAU office staff should not be included because of their access to personnel and confidential records and

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Manchester Educator to Receive National Education Award

The NEA Foundation announces prestigious awards with extensive professional development opportunity WASHINGTON, DC (June 25, 2015) – Lucy Canotas, a Math Educator at Bakersville Elementary School in Manchester, will receive the 2016 California Casualty Award for Teaching Excellence, one of public education’s most prestigious awards. Canotas is among 42 public school educators who will be honored. Each are highly accomplished professionals: they are master teachers, mentors, certified by their states, and the recipients of numerous other awards for their professional practice and expertise. In addition, most hold advanced degrees, many are state Teachers of the Year, and some are certified by the National Board for Professional Standards. Unique to these awards, each educator will be invited to participate in the Global Learning Fellowship, an extensive, year-long professional development opportunity to

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Ten National Education Advocacy Groups Call on Senate to Put Kids First

Students cannot afford to start another school year with failed federal education law WASHINGTON—Ten national education groups, representing educators, principals, school boards, superintendents, chief state school officers, parents and PTAs, and school business officials, will come together Tuesday to urge the U.S. Senate to bring the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) reauthorization bill to the floor for a vote. The Senate reauthorization bill, known as the Every Child Achieves Act, passed unanimously and in a bipartisan fashion in the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee on April 16. No date has been set for debate and vote by the full Senate. ESEA has been expired since 2007. The ten education groups are in full agreement that the Senate needs to finish the job and bring the bill to

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NEA-NH Denounces Raid on Teacher Credentialing Fund

Scheme targets teachers to offset huge business tax cuts CONCORD, NH, June 23, 2015– NEA-New Hampshire believes the budget coming out of the Committee of Conference is unbalanced, unfair, and shortsighted.  One under-reported gimmick the Legislature is using to subsidize huge tax cuts to businesses, is to raid the State Teacher Credentialing Fund of $2.5 million. To ensure integrity, relevance, and high quality in the preparation, certification, and conduct of New Hampshire educators, all professionals employed in NH public schools must possess the appropriate certification for their assignment. Teachers pay a fee to the Credentialing Fund to receive and maintain their certification. “New Hampshire prides itself on our high quality, locally controlled schools. Our students are some of the best prepared in the country, and that is not by accident,” said Scott McGilvray, NEA-New Hampshire President. “New Hampshire’s

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