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Strafford School Board Negotiated in Bad Faith, Say Educators

The Strafford School Board failed to reach agreement on a new teacher contract because it negotiated in bad faith, according to leaders of the Strafford Education Association/NEA-NH.  Today in Concord, the Association filed an unfair labor practice charge against the board with the NH Public Employee Labor Relations Board in Concord. “We regret that it came to this, but Chairman Monahan’s illegal behavior could end up hurting our entire school,” said Association Co-President Audrey Dolan.  “For the first time in anyone’s memory, it’s possible that we’ll go two years in

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This Wasn’t in the Job Description

by Scott McGilvray, NEA-NH President Earlier this month, NEA-New Hampshire released our Legislative Priorities for 2016. They reflect the values we share as an organization and as human beings. Leading our list of priorities this year is a bill that would provide a death benefit of $100,000 to the family of any public school employee killed in the line of duty. This bill is modeled after the one passed by the New Hampshire Legislature following the murder of Officer Michael Briggs in 2006. Michael’s Law provides a death benefit of

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NEA-NH Partners With The VIVA Project

Project Seeks to Gather, Amplify and Implement Your Ideas and put the (Yo)u back in Union. NEA-NH is using ground-breaking technology to put the (yo)u back in Union. “We want to build the union you want and need, said Scott McGilvray, NEA-NH President. “We can only do that if we work together.” Tapping into the power of technology and your collective wisdom, the NEA-NH leadership team has created a new kind of partnership amongst members, and between members and their leaders, at the local and statewide level. “Some call this ‘crowd-sourcing’,” said Phil Sherwood, Director of Policy, Advocacy and Organizing for NEA-NH. “We call it common sense for any professional association.” This initiative uses a cutting edge web-based platform to gather, focus and amplify valuable input from classrooms and turn

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Join the Final Sprint for a 2016 California Casualty Grant

Application Deadline: January 15, 2016 The race is on for public high schools in New Hampshire to secure a 2016 California Casualty Thomas R. Brown Athletics Grant.  The deadline to apply for up to $3,000 for their athletics programs is January 15, 2016 at www.calcasathleticsgrant.com. The grant is a tribute to California Casualty Chairman Emeritus Tom Brown, who strongly believes that every student-athlete should have the opportunity to compete in physical activities that build character and confidence, traits that translate to success later in life. California Casualty is once again making $100,000 available to public high schools across the nation to purchase sporting equipment, defray travel costs or improve athlete safety. The Thomas R. Brown Athletics Grant program has awarded more than $400,000 in the four years since its inception.

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NEA-New Hampshire Announces Legislative Priorities for 2016

CONCORD, NH — NEA-New Hampshire, the state’s largest union representing 16,000 public school professionals, announced their 2016 legislative priorities today.  The Association plans to actively and fully support upcoming legislation that promotes these priorities.   Ensure All New Hampshire Public School Students Have a Qualified, Certified Teacher in Their Classroom Current law requires that only 50% of teachers at public charter schools in New Hampshire be certified or have three years of experience, and there is no requirement that those teachers that are certified be certified in the subject matter that they teach. “NEA-NH believes that all New Hampshire students have the right to be taught by qualified, credentialed teachers. We fully support HB 1120 that requires all teachers at a public charter school in New Hampshire are credentialed,” said

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Educators Welcome New Education Law to Create Greater Opportunity for Every Student

President Obama marks start of new era in public education with ESSA signing WASHINGTON—At a White House ceremony President Barack Obama today signed into law S. 1177, the Every Student Succeeds Act, a bipartisan and bicameral bill to reauthorize the federal education law known as the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. NEA President Lily Eskelsen García joined the president. Mary Jo Bremner, a teacher at Browning High School on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation in Montana, and Sabrina Peacock, a third grade math teacher in Guilford County, North Carolina, also joined President Obama and President Eskelsen García at the White House signing ceremony. “This new law is a well-deserved victory for our nation because the Every Student Succeeds Act will create greater opportunity for every student regardless of ZIP Code,” said

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NEWS RELEASE: NEA-NH Welcomes Senate Approval of ESSA

U.S. Senate ushers in new era in public education with historic vote NEA-New Hampshire welcomes bill to create greater opportunity for every student to succeed CONCORD, NH —The U.S. Senate today approved S. 1177, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), a bipartisan and bicameral bill to reauthorize the federal education law known as the Elementary and Secondary Education Act on an 85-12 vote.  President Barack Obama is expected to sign the bill into law as soon as this week. “This new law recognizes that the one-size-fits-all approach to education, learning and testing does not work, said Scott McGilvray, NEA-New Hampshire President. “It validates New Hampshire’s long-standing tradition of local control; where parents, elected officials and educators work together to unlock each student’s potential.”   Students and educators have lived with

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U.S. Senate Ushers in New Era in Public Education With Historic Vote

NEA welcomes bill to create greater opportunity for every student to succeed WASHINGTON—The U.S. Senate today approved S. 1177, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), a bipartisan and bicameral bill to reauthorize the federal education law known as the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. President Barack Obama is expected to sign the bill into law as soon as this week. “Today, the U.S. Senate took a bold and historic step to usher in a new era in public education,” said NEA President Lily Eskelsen García. “This is a deserved victory for public education because the Every Student Succeeds Act will ensure all students have equal opportunity to a high-quality public education regardless of ZIP Code.” Students and educators have lived with the unintended consequences of the failed No Child Left

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Sen Woodburn Tours North Country Schools With NEA-NH President

North Country State Senator Jeff Woodburn and NH-NEA President Scott McGilivray will tour several North Country schools on Thursday, December 10, 2015. The pair will visit some of the state’s smallest schools — including Landaff’s Blue School, one of the last remaining one-room schools, and the Errol Consolidated School, one of the state’s smallest 1-8th grade schools with only 18-students.  They will also tour the Lisbon School, Gorham’s Edward Fenn School, the Lancaster North Country Charter School and will meet with Colebrook area teachers. McGilvray, a Manchester educator, leads the state’s largest teachers union, NEA-New Hampshire.  Woodburn is a former teacher having taught at the Whitefield School and White Mountains Regional High School. “We’re committed to fighting for opportunity for all students regardless of their zip code,” said McGilvray. “Great schools,

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