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35TH Annual MLK Day Community Celebration in Manchester January 16

Martin Luther King Coalition Celebrates “Growing the Beloved Community” MANCHESTER – On Monday, January 16, the Martin Luther King Coalition will celebrate their 35th annual Martin Luther King Day Community Celebration at the Saint George Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Manchester in observance of those people who are dedicated to the ideals of social justice, anti-racism, peace, and non-violent change. The Celebration will include live music and an awards presentation to the winners of the Martin Luther King Arts and Writing Contest. This free event includes a catered meal by the

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California Casualty Thomas R. Brown Athletics Grant

Application Deadline: January 15, 2017 Public High Schools and Middle Schools in need of financial help for their sports programs are urged to apply for a California Casualty Thomas R. Brown Athletics Grant. Qualifying teams can score up to $3,000. Applications must be received at www.calcasathleticsgrant.com by January 15, 2017, for consideration for the 2016/2017 year. The grant is named after California Casualty Chairman Emeritus Tom Brown, who is a firm believer that lessons taught on the playing field – teamwork, confidence and sportsmanship – help develop youth who are

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NH Department of Education Messages

MESSAGE FROM THE COMMISSIONER As you take time to rest over the holidays, let us take the time to reflect on all the things we are thankful for. It is comforting to know there are so many dedicated educators helping New Hampshire’s students to be successful. All of the achievements this year would not have been possible without people like you. I am grateful for your caring and passionate commitment to New Hampshire’s students. Best wishes for a happy and healthy Holiday Season! And may your New Year be filled with warmth, strength and love. Let’s work together to make 2017 the best it can be. Virginia M. Barry, Ph.D.   MEET THE SUPERINTENDENTS John Freeman currently serves as superintendent of schools for the Pittsfield School District, a position that

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My Union Experience: Standing Strong for Education for More Than 150 Years

This legislative session is shaping up to be a challenging one. Now more than ever, our collective strength will enable us to serve the needs of our students and members. During the 2016 Campaigns we heard our candidates speak out eloquently in support of public education and labor unions. We also heard the same anti-labor, anti-teacher, anti-public education rhetoric. Sadly, many of those supporting these views have won office. We know that our union experience is far different than the cliches, scapegoating, and name-calling. My union experience starts with recognizing and supporting the mission of my school – delivering the best possible educational experience for our students, supporting all those that make that experience possible, and, since we are a public institution, advocating for legislative support at the local, state

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2016 Election Results: Challenging Years Ahead

by Brendon Browne, Government Relations Director, NEA-New Hampshire NEA-New Hampshire recommended candidates at the top of the ticket went four for five, with Secretary Clinton carrying the state, Governor Hassan narrowly defeating Senator Ayotte for a U.S. Senate seat, Congresswoman Annie Kuster returning to Washington for a third consecutive term in the Second Congressional District, and former Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter for a fourth non-consecutive term.  Unfortunately, in what is probably the most important race for NEA-NH, Executive Council Chris Sununu defeated fellow Executive Councilor Colin Van Ostern in the Governor’s race. Governor Elect Sununu will be the first Republican Governor in twelve years in New Hampshire, and only  he second Republican to be elected to that office in the last eleven elections.  “Whether the issue is respect for public school students and educators, college affordability, or bullying, our 17,000 members believe in public  education, and believe that everyone

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Professional Development Activity Update

NEA-NH’s Public Education & School Support (PESS) Happenings by Dr. Irv Richardson and Ally Snyder Summer Leadership Week NEA-NH hosted an excellent week of trainings, August 1-5, 2016, offering 29 classes to 119 members – some of whom attended workshops during each day of the leadership week. Many of the classes were presented by our own staff and board members. Though four classes were cancelled due to low class registrations, we added two Grievance Processing sessions as well as an entire day (August 22) of Collective Bargaining training because the need for those workshops was overwhelming! We believe this is due to a successful 36-participant Jim Sweeney Leadership Academy (where we orient new association leaders) and the powerful energy of many newly-formed locals (Litchfield, Keene, Andover, etc.). We continue to

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The Plan to Gut Public Education

With the election of Donald Trump as president public educators are bracing for the worst. He wants to redirect federal funds toward school vouchers—and his choice of education secretary shows he’s serious. His selection for Education Secretary, billionaire Betsy DeVos, has no education degree or teaching experience, has never attended a public school or sent her children to one, and supports the funding of for-profit schools over public ones. Trump rolled out his $20 billion school voucher plan on the campaign trail. The proposal would redirect huge swaths of the federal education budget away from school districts and toward low-income parents, allowing them to spend a voucher at a public or private school of their choice, potentially including for-profit, virtual, and religious schools. His voucher plan could be a windfall

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Ensuring Safe, Welcoming, and Bias-free Schools

Schools should be havens. But right now, many of our students and educators are scared, anxious, and feeling threatened. Even before the election last month, New Hampshire teachers were witnessing the anxiety and fear that many of their students were experiencing.  Ann McQuade, an ELL teacher in Manchester, a federally mandated refugee relocation center, works closely with refugee and immigrant students who have traveled to New Hampshire from all over the globe. She recalls a student from Mexico who stood in front of her desk with watery eyes and asked, “Miss, is it true if Mr. Trump is elected President of the United States, my family will be kicked out of America?” and “Do you think they will take my Dad away? He brings food home and I don’t know

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NEA-New Hampshire Election Notice

Strong leadership can drive positive change, even in the most challenging of circumstances. Is it your turn to lead? Filing Deadline is January 17, 2017 All candidates for office must file in writing for the office for which they wish to run. All that is needed is a simple statement of your intent to be a candidate and the office for which you are running. For example, “It is my intent to run for Executive Board member for the North Country Region.” Include your name and the local association in which you are a member. This statement needs to be sent to the Elections Committee, c/o Rick Trombly, NEA–NH, 9 South Spring Street, Concord, NH 03301 or at rtrombly@nhnea.org. Important Election Deadlines: Candidate’s Intention to Run for Office due by

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