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Educators: Students Need Opportunity, Not Just Tests

Proposal would reduce federally mandated tests to ensure greater educational opportunity for all students WASHINGTON—U.S. Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) today introduced a bill to bring much-needed reform and relief to students from the federally mandated testing required by No Child Left Behind (NCLB). The Student Testing Improvement and Accountability Act would reduce the amount of federally required high stakes, standardized tests by more than fifty percent, and, instead, restore “grade-span testing.” This would occur both in English and Math—once in elementary school, once in middle school and once in high school. This

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NEA President on Senate HELP ESEA Bill

WASHINGTON–The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions today completed mark up of a bill to overhaul the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), more commonly known as No Child Left Behind. The final bill unanimously passed. Educators, students, and families are demanding that Congress get ESEA right this time by ushering in a new and improved vision for our nation’s public schools that provides a high quality education for every child. NEA President Lily Eskelsen García issued the following statement: “From the very beginning, the goal of educators

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ESEA Senate Markup – Day 2 Update

Today the Senate HELP Committee today continued its markup of the Every Child Achieves Act of 2015 – ESEA reauthorization. After a full day of consideration of amendments, the committee recessed for the day without completing action and will reconvene at 12:30 on Thursday to complete action. Votes remain on only a few amendments, followed by final passage. As previewed in last night’s email, the Committee’s work to improve the bill from its original introduction led us to issue a letter today urging a YES vote in Committee and to move the bill to the floor, where we will continue to fight for improvements that will work to close opportunity gaps in students and reduce the amount of standardized assessments. The Committee took additional steps today in improving the bill

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ESEA Markup Update: Wins and Next Steps

The Senate HELP Committee began its markup of the Every Child Achieves Act of 2015 – ESEA reauthorization. They met for 4 hours and took action on 12 amendments, including a few NEA priority amendments that yielded significant wins for assessment and accountability systems! They will reconvene today to try and finish consideration of the bill tomorrow. For your reference: here’s NEA’s Monday letter on the underlying bill, and today’s letter with our positions on amendments. We expect to send a letter on final committee passage next. Key amendment wins today: Alexander/ Murray substitute amendment to require multiple measures in elementary and middle schools in addition to high schools and mandate that states include at least one indicator of student or school supports within their accountability system to help draw

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Coalition Calls on Governor to Reject Business Tax Cuts, Voice Concern for State Budget

More than 40 organizations, including 18 small businesses, sign letter urging Governor to reject business tax cuts Concord, NH – Representatives from New Hampshire’s small business, nonprofit, education and faith communities gathered in Concord today to speak against proposed business tax cuts. More than 40 organizations, including 18 small businesses, have signed a letter urging Governor Hassan to reject business tax cuts in upcoming or future budgets; the letter was delivered to the Governor’s office on Tuesday morning. “The business tax cuts passed by the Senate earlier this year would drain nearly $28 million out of the upcoming state budget and reduce revenue by more $80 million each biennium once fully implemented, making it all but impossible to restore funding for local aid, services for the developmentally disabled, the state’s

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Western Region Spring Training Date Announced

The Western Region of NEA-NH is presenting their spring training workshops. Six workshops are being offered, each providing two hours of staff development credits. Professional Development Certificates will be available. All workshops will be held Wednesday, May 6 at Lebanon High School in Hanover, New Hampshire. Check-in and light dinner begins at 4:00 pm.  Workshops run from 4:30 to 6:30 pm. Registration Deadline is Thursday, April 30. Workshops include: WORKING TOGETHER TO INSPIRE BETTER READERS Presenter: Donna Ciocca, Author, and Adjunct Professor at PSU, SNHU, and NHTI It’s true! Two minds are better than one. The more educators work in collaboration, the easier the job and the higher the likelihood of success. Using communication to choose individualized instructional strategies, and meaningful assessment the outcomes will be optimized. K-5   HELP

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House Budget Writers Take Hundreds of Dollars From Teachers

Last week, House Republican’s took direct aim at the wallets and pocketbooks of every educator in the state and removed hundreds of dollars from them all. Desperate for the support of Bill O’Brien and his acolytes, they passed a last-second amendment transferring $2.5 million from the education credentialing fund to local municipalities.  This amendment was offered on the House floor, with no advance notice and no chance for the public to weigh in at an open hearing. House budget writers made this transfer despite explicit language stating: Fees to be paid to the commissioner of education for the administration of proficiency exams and other competence evaluations and other related fees including, but not limited to, fees for late filing and duplicate credentials, and for the issuance of educational credentials. These

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NEA President Comments on Senate Rewrite of ESEA

WASHINGTON – April 07, 2015 -U.S. Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Patty Murray (D-WA) today released a draft to overhaul the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), more commonly known as No Child Left Behind. The announcement comes on the eve of the law’s 50th anniversary on April 11. Educators, students, and families are demanding that Congress get ESEA right this time by ushering in a new and improved vision for our nation’s public schools. NEA President Lily Eskelsen García issued the following statement: “The Senate releasing an ESEA draft is movement but we will review the bill with a fine tooth comb looking for language that ushers in a new vision for our nation’s students and public schools; a vision that promotes equity and excellence for all students regardless

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Educators Spring into Wave of Action on Eve of 50th Anniversary of ESEA

Nationwide actions to reaffirm LBJ’s ‘fierce commitment to the ideal of education for everyone’ WASHINGTON– Families, students, educators, and communities across the nation will spring into an April Wave of Action to inject their voices into the reauthorization process of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), now more commonly known as No Child Left Behind, with a series of public events, teach-ins, rallies and digital engagements. This campaign coincides with Congress’ Easter recess. Leading the Wave of Action is a new six-figure television and digital ad buy that will run in select media markets home to 13 U.S. senators who will play a key role in deciding the future of the law. A cable ad buy also will air in the Washington, D.C. media market starting the week of

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