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Violence Prevention Through Media Literacy Classes Announced

Media Power Youth is pleased to announce a North Country training date for the Media Literacy for Safe and Healthy Choices curriculum training. Space is still available in the Plymouth training on 9/19/2014, but registrations are needed  by 9/17/2014 (12pm).  The Manchester Training is filling up fast so register as soon as possible. VIOLENCE PREVENTION THROUGH MEDIA LITERACY Media Literacy for Safe and Healthy Choices Classes Plymouth, Manchester and Gorham are sites for the next in a series of trainings for NH educators seeking to prevent youth violence through media

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Dear Policymakers and Admins: Here’s Your Back-to-School ‘Supply’ List

By Alyssa Hadley Dunn Assistant Professor, Urban Teacher Education at Michigan State University By Katie Plemmons 9th grade teacher Around the country, a new school year has just begun and students (and their parents and guardians) have been given extensive supply lists, with everything from pencils and binders to hand sanitizer and paper towels. Teachers have also been spending inordinate amounts of money out-of-pocket in order to make their classrooms inviting spaces and to purchase class sets of supplies. But there are still many things needed to make this year

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Merrimack Teacher Earns NH All-Star Educator Award

By KIMBERLY HOUGHTON Union Leader Correspondent MERRIMACK — A local high school teacher has been named New Hampshire’s All-Star Educator for making a positive impact on the lives of numerous Merrimack students. This week, Jon Van de Car was recognized by the New Hampshire Lottery and New Hampshire Motor Speedway as the winner of its “All-Star Educators” contest. He was awarded a $3,000 donation, and will be honored with a VIP experience at the Sylvania 300 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sept. 21 at NHMS. Van de Car is a welding and automotive instructor at Merrimack High School. He was nominated for the award by principal Kenneth Johnson. “What really stood out about Mr. Van de Car was his emphasis on helping students develop life skills and promoting a

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MEA Narrowly Passes New Contract

By TED SIEFER New Hampshire Union Leader MANCHESTER — The teachers union has narrowly approved a new contract, potentially bringing to an end a two-year stalemate between the district and the educators. The Manchester Education Association ratified the agreement Tuesday evening, according to union President Ben Dick. Dick declined to release or discuss details of the contract until the boards of aldermen and school committee have a chance to review and vote on it. “I want to make sure the process is completed. I’m hopeful the two boards will ratify it,” Dick said, adding, “I think it allows us to move forward as a district and city.” Mayor Ted Gatsas, who represented the district alongside its top administrators in the negotiations, said he believed the contract would bring savings to

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New Hearing Sought in Voucher Case

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Lawyers for a group trying to overturn a law allowing a business tax credit to fund private school scholarships filed a motion Monday saying the state’s high court made a mistake when it left the law intact. The New Hampshire Civil Liberties Union is asking the Supreme Court to reconsider its ruling or rehear a key pillar of the arguments. The court two weeks ago ruled that the parents, taxpayers and a business had no right to sue because they hadn’t proved they were hurt by the law. The judges said a 2012 law allowing such suits was unconstitutional. In its motion, the NHCLU said the high court defied 150 years of precedent, including its own decisions, the intent of the state constitution that gives the legislature the authority

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Fall Retirement Planning Seminar Schedule Announced

Learn what you need in order to retire with peace of mind! NEA-NH and NEA Member Benefits are pleased to present this retirement seminar to help you plan for your retirement. This seminar is ideal for those who are 2-5 years (or more) from retirement. We will review many of the pieces of the retirement puzzle, including: • NH Retirement System • Medicare • Financial Planning Options • NEA Member Benefits for Retirees There are several different seminar dates and locations from which to choose. Each is $10 and open to NEA-NH members and one free guest each. This event is held in the Concord NEA-NH office. Each seminar runs from 4-6 pm, with light refreshments provided. Events fill up VERY quickly, and are first come first serve, so REGISTER TODAY by clicking

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Changes to Restraint and Seclusion Rules Take Effect September 30

From: NEA-NH Legal Department This session, the New Hampshire Legislature passed SB 396, which addresses the use of restraints and seclusion on children in schools.  We believe that every effort should be made to prevent the need for the use of restraint and for the use of seclusion. And that all children should be educated in safe, respectful, and non-restrictive environments where they can receive the instruction and other supports they need to learn and achieve at high levels. This law, which goes into effect on September 30, 2014, could impact all of our members. Outlined below are the major changes brought about by this law. It is critical that our members are aware of them. Introduction In our view, this law puts unrealistic and unworkable expectations on the ability of teachers and paraprofessionals to do

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Back to School, and to Widening Inequality

Robert Reich Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy, University of California at Berkeley; author, ‘Beyond Outrage’ American kids are getting ready to head back to school. But the schools they’re heading back to differ dramatically by family income. Which helps explain the growing achievement gap between lower- and higher-income children. Thirty years ago, the average gap on SAT-type tests between children of families in the richest 10 percent and bottom 10 percent was about 90 points on an 800-point scale. Today it’s125 points. The gap in the mathematical abilities of American kids, by income, is one of widest among the 65 countries participating in the Program for International Student Achievement. On their reading skills, children from high-income families score 110 points higher, on average, than those from poor families. This is

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