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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

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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.

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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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Decision in Ohio v. Clark Avoids Putting Educators in Law Enforcement Role

NEA President: Mandatory reporting laws are there to protect abused, neglected children WASHINGTON—The Supreme Court of the United States issued its ruling today in Ohio v. Clark, which raised the question of whether a child’s statement to his teacher about being a victim of abuse is inadmissible in a criminal prosecution against his abuser because teachers and other educators should be considered law enforcement officials when they carry out their duty to report suspected abuse or neglect. The National Education Association filed an amicus brief in the case supporting the state’s view that educators’ valuable role as mandatory reporters and caregivers should not be compromised. In a unanimous decision, the Court agreed and ruled against putting educators in a law enforcement role. The case stems from an incident in March

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NEA-NH Statement on Governor’s Veto of HB 603

We continue to support efforts to further reduce both the frequency and reliance on statewide assessments in a timely and responsible manner. CONCORD, NH – NEA-NH believes that of all the things we teach our kids, the most important is love of learning.  Schools inspire children’s natural curiosity and desire to learn.  No bubble test can measure a kid’s curiosity.  So much happens at school that shapes our children’s tomorrows, that we must instill a love of learning, foster creativity, and teach critical thinking skills. Highly qualified, caring, dedicated teachers ensure that these things happen.  Standardized tests do not. We are fortunate that in New Hampshire there is not an over-reliance on these tests as they are not a significant factor in teacher evaluation, they are not used to determine school funding

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Summer Leadership Week 2015

Leading the Profession From Inside the School, August 3-7, 2015 Click Here to Register Online Today! CONCORD, NH – NEA’s Leadership Competencies document starts with the quotation, “The single biggest way to impact an organization is to focus on leadership development. There is almost no limit to the potential of an organization that recruits good people, raises them up as leaders, and continually develops them.” NEA-NH’s Summer Leadership Week is an opportunity to increase the impact that we have on the issues that are important to members in our local associations and on the statewide issues that affect us all as educators. By joining your association colleagues at this annual event, you’ll gain ideas and resources to accomplish the work of your local association. Again this year, we are providing essential

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SLO Consortium: A Training Opportunity

You’re invited to participate in a very exciting opportunity for professional learning and leadership. NEA-New Hampshire is starting the second year of a three-year grant from the National Education Association to assist teachers in implementing Student Learning Objectives (SLOs).  Again this year, NEA-New Hampshire seeks classroom educators from different grade levels, subject areas, and regions of New Hampshire who are interested in leading our profession and are willing to make a two-year commitment to the project. Participating educators will learn about implementing Student Learning Objectives (SLOs) in their own classrooms, provide professional learning for other educators on SLOs, and then will assist districts with SLO implementation. Selected participants will receive free professional learning plus an honorarium of $500.00 per year for their participation. During the year, participants will receive professional

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Paycheck Stability Bill On Its Way to the Governor

This morning, the New Hampshire House voted to accept the Senate amendment to HB 347, NEA-New Hampshire’s Paycheck Stability bill.  The bill is now headed to the Governor’s desk for her signature. NEA-NH has been instrumental in both the creation and passage of this bill.  We worked with sponsors in drafting the legislation at the request of our members, and met with Department of Labor officials to help explain the benefits and secure their support.  We were the only union to testify for the bill’s passage in both House and Senate hearings.  Members wrote hundreds of emails and letters, and made phone calls to Legislators asking them to support this bill.  As a result, the bill sailed unanimously through both chambers, and will become law this summer. “Our hard-working, dedicated

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Senate Budget Throws Tax Dollars Into Big Business Wishing Well

Hard working families should be a much higher priority than tax cuts for corporations. By Scott McGilvray, NEA-NH President The New Hampshire Senate deserves some credit for improving the budget sent to it by the House. But given the House plan, it would have been impossible not to. The Senate used more realistic revenue estimates than the House, and thus had more flexibility when it came to spending. Underestimating revenue, as the House did, is a longstanding trick used by politicians who want to cut spending on important programs like Meals on Wheels, the State University System, and road and bridge repairs. The Senate budget contains a proposal to phase-in cuts to the Business Enterprise Tax. The Association of which I am president pays that tax, meaning under the Senate

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