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MEA Announces Manchester Mayoral Forum on Education

All five candidates to appear in forum moderated by Scott Spradling CONCORD, NH, September 1, 2015–The Manchester Education Association, in collaboration with Granite State Organizing Project’s Young Organizers United, Every Child Matters in New Hampshire, and the YWCA, announced today the Mayoral Forum on Education to be held Wednesday, September 9, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm in the Manchester Memorial High School Auditorium. All five candidates for mayor have agreed to appear in this forum moderated by Scott Spradling, Emmy award winning former reporter, anchor and political director for

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Creating Safe Schools for LGBT Students

By John Rosales Published in NEAToday, Summer 2015 Issue As a paraeducator at Rye High School in Rye, NH, Sharon Sparks teaches education colleagues how to create school environments that are more inclusive and supportive for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered (LGBT) students. When LGBT students she tutored committed suicide, Sparks decided to help raise educators’ awareness about challenges facing LGBT youth. Today, she conducts professional Association trainings on how to communicate effectively around LGBT issues.  She also teaches participants about the social stigma, discrimination, and family rejection faced by LGBT

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SREA Files Labor Complaint

Sugar River Education Association  Requests Return To Previous Class Schedule By Patrick O’Grady Valley News Correspondent Claremont — The union representing the school district’s teachers filed an unfair labor practice complaint Thursday against the School Board over the new schedule at Stevens High School and is requesting that the state labor relations board issue a “cease and desist” order to prohibit implementation of the new schedule. The seven-page complaint to the Public Employee Labor Relations Board claims the board should be required to abide by an arbitrator’s June 29 ruling that sided with the Sugar River Education Association in a grievance filed in February over what the union termed a “unilateral change in the schedule.” “In a 25-page opinion (arbitrator Gary Altman) sustained the grievance,” the unfair labor practice complaint

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Recommending a President: The Process of Evaluation and Timeline

Editor’s Note: This is the final installment of our series on the Government Relations Committee process used to interview, evaluate and recommend candidates to NEA-NH members. The Process of Evaluation NEA-NH President Scott McGilvray, Executive Director Rick Trombly, Communications Director George Strout, worked with GR Chair Bonnie Doherty and Jake Sweeney from NEA to develop a list of 8 questions that would be asked of each candidate. These questions were not provided to the candidate beforehand, but each candidate was informed of the number of questions. Here are the questions each candidate was asked: 1. Teachers’ voices have been replaced by special-interest donors and for-profit corporations in the conversation about what works best in classrooms. How will your administration involve educators in the development and integration of education policy? 2.

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Recommending a President: Part 2 – The Process

Editors Note: This is the second installment of a 5 part series on Recommending a President: The GR Process Explained. Once the GR Committee has been installed, the process of candidate recommendations begins.  As candidates announce their intention to seek office, the GR Committee reaches out to them.  The Committee set a July 31st deadline to have all interviews completed. In early May, a letter was sent via regular mail and email to New Hampshire Democratic Party (NHDP) Chairman Raymond Buckley and NHGOP Chairwoman Jennifer Horn informing them that that NEA-NH would be beginning its interview process for any candidate that would like to be considered for our endorsement.  Due to the ever-changing field of candidates, both Chairs were asked to please forward our invitation to any interested candidate and

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Recommending a President: Part 1 – The GR Committee

Editor’s Note: This is the first installment of a five-part series explaining the Government Relations (GR) Committee Presidential candidate recommendation process. The recommendation process used by NEA-New Hampshire has been in place for many years and has been used countless times to make recommendations in the past for federal, state and local offices.  The Government Relations (GR) Committee is responsible for producing these recommendations and forwarding them to the Executive Board for approval and action.  This process is not new and was not modified in any way for this election cycle. The GR Committee is a standing committee of the Executive Board, consisting of 15 to 20 members.  Voting committee members include teachers, education support professionals and retired members appointed by the NEA-NH president and approved by the Executive Board.  The

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More Than 100 Educators Rally in Londonderry

Public education and educators are not the enemy More than 100 educators and supporters from across New England converged on the lawn at Londonderry High School today in response to the Education Summit hosted by Campbell Brown and featuring six republican presidential candidates. “We are here because we are not allowed inside,” said Scott McGilvray, NEA-New Hampshire President.  Earlier in the day, NEA-NH member Penny Culliton was denied entry, even though she held a valid registration entry form.  She was told, “It’s a private event and we can deny access to anyone we want” by event organizers. All 17 Republican candidates ignored invitations from NEA-NH to sit down and meet with them to discuss their education policy and to try to secure NEA-NH’s recommendation for the Republican primary.  In 2008,

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Join us at the NEA-NH Education Summit Rally

Educators from across the northeast will rally at Londonderry High School, the site of the 2015 Education Summit hosted by Campbell Brown, founder of the Seventy Four. Confirmed participants thus far include former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, Carly Fiorina, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, Ohio Governor John Kasich, and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker. We know from experience that many of those invited to appear at the Summit are responsible for chronic under-funding of public education and systemic educator-bashing. No one works harder than educators to improve our public schools so that every student, regardless of their zip code, can have an opportunity to attend a great public school.  The real question is what’s best for students, not corporate interests and privatization. Join us at the rally to be sure our voices

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Recommending a President: The GR Committee Process Explained

NEA-New Hampshire’s Government Relations (GR) Committee is tasked with vetting and recommending candidates to NEA-NH members.  This year, New Hampshire will again lead the way with our first-in-the-nation primary, and the GR Committee has been very busy. To help explain the role of the GR Committee and the entire process they use when recommending candidates, NEA-NH will be publishing a series of informative articles beginning August 19th. This is your chance to ask questions about that process. If you have a question about the vetting and recommendation process you would like to ask, simply send it the committee via email.  We’ll do our best to be sure all your questions about this important process are answered. We will begin publishing this informative 5-part series on August 19th, via email, and

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