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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

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NH High School Academic Teams Vie for 2017 Granite State Challenge

Forty-nine New Hampshire high school academic teams competed on November 13 for a place in the 33rd season of GRANITE STATE CHALLENGE (GSC), New Hampshire Public Television’s academic quiz show. The teams gathered at Manchester Community College to take a written quiz in the hopes of winning a spot to play in the 2017 season. The GSC Super Sunday qualifying contest featured school teams of up to six players in grades 9 – 12. The 16 teams with the highest scores will compete in the 2017 season of GRANITE STATE

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Take the Pledge: Safe Learning Environments for Every Student

Schools should be havens. But right now, many of our students are scared, anxious, and feeling threatened. We are hearing from students and educators around the country who are encountering hostile, hateful environments in their schools and communities, with fake deportation notices being handed out and swastikas drawn in bathrooms. We are being flooded with reports of hate speech and images directed at students in our schools. Nooses. Racist graffiti. Threats to our LGBTQ students. Headscarves being torn off. Girls being assaulted. Children are hearing that they are not welcome in their schools and even in the country they call home. There is no place for this in our schools. Educators know that this isn’t about politics, but simply that every student deserves a safe, welcoming, affirming learning environment. In

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Setting ‘Macbeth’ in Syria, Sanborn Students Find Parallels That Span Centuries

By TODD BOOKMAN, nhpr Listen to the story on nhpr This year marks the 400th anniversary of the death of Shakespeare. Theater groups around the world are honoring the Bard’s work with traditional and updated stagings of his plays. That includes a new performance of “Macbeth” at Sanborn Regional High School in Kingston. There, students are re-imagining the centuries-old tragedy, setting the work in the one of today’s most pressing humanitarian disasters — Syria. “Macbeth” is a story of ambition, of a main character who uses violence to assume the throne, and then resorts to more bloodshed to keep it. He’s a fictional character who could be easily mistaken for any of the modern world’s best known dictators. Men like Hitler, Stalin — and, more recently, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

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Saying ‘Thank You’ on National Education Support Professionals Day

Today we celebrate National Education Support Professionals (ESP) Day. Across the nation, ESP will be recognized for the critical role they play in educating the whole student, ensuring they are safe, healthy and supported so they can learn and reach their full potential. In celebration of National ESP Day and the ESP careers that are essential to student success, NEA created a new video: Education Support Professionals: Meeting the Needs of the Whole Student. Through the eyes of Sofi, a middle school student, we see how ESP make a difference in Sofi’s life and the lives of all students, both in and out of the classroom. “In New Hampshire we have all witnessed firsthand the awesome impact these dedicated professionals have had on every student they encounter. Each one is a positive

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Van Ostern is a Public Education Champion

By Scott McGilvray, NEA-NH President This fall, Americans across the country will elect a president, vice president, governors, state legislators, and members of the U.S. Congress and Senate. Early and absentee voting has already started in several states. As educators, we are keenly aware that we are electing our bosses – officials who influence what happens in our schools and classrooms.  One race this year has the potential to have a significant impact on the lives of public education employees and their families: the race for New Hampshire Governor.  NEA-New Hampshire, the state’s largest union, is recommending Colin Van Ostern for Governor, and is asking our 17,000 members and their families to support him during the campaign and on Election Day in November. Colin shares our belief that good public schools are the foundation for strong communities and a vibrant New Hampshire economy.

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NEA-NH Backs Hassan For US Senate

In late August, NEA-NH announced its backing of Governor Maggie Hassan for United States Senate. “I am proud to receive the endorsement of the National Education Association-New Hampshire and to stand with them as we continue work¬ing to advance educational opportunities for all of our students,” said Governor Maggie Hassan upon learning of the recommendation. “When our young people are equipped with a strong education, we are able to expand opportunity and ensure that our workforce can compete in our changing global economy. And it is unacceptable that politicians in Washington like Senator Kelly Ayotte have put their special inter¬est backers ahead of our students.” “Throughout her time in office, Maggie Hassan has consistently stood up for students, educators, and their families,” said NEA-NH President Scott McGilvray. “As our Governor,

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NEA-NH Backs Shea-Porter and Kuster in 2016 U.S. House Races

Both candidates have a proven track record supporting students, educators and families NEA-New Hampshire supports candidates that will vote to fund public education, defend the collective bargaining rights of working people and make certain that every child in NH receives a quality education. Both Shea-Porter and Kuster have been consistent in their support of New Hampshire students, educators and middle-class families. First Congressional District: Carol Shea-Porter “Knowledge is power, and education is the key to prosperity—everyone knows it,” says Shea-Porter. She believes the recent trend of slashing school budgets is shortsighted thinking that will result in an even greater long-term problem. “Money alone won’t solve all of our problems. But to cut funding when we’re already in a very precarious state defies logic and reminds me of the old and

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New Hampshire Educators Decry “Trump Effect”

Educators Share Accounts of How Trump’s Hate-Filled Campaign is Harming Their Students CONCORD, NH, 10/03/16 – To mark the beginning of National Bullying Prevention Month, educators in New Hampshire joined colleagues across the country to discuss Donald Trump’s dangerous and hateful rhetoric, the negative effect they are witnessing in classrooms, and the terrible example that Trump is setting for children. A recent report by the non-partisan Southern Poverty Law Center, titled “The Trump Effect,” offers hard data about the widespread trickle-down effect Donald Trump’s campaign is having in schools: More than two-thirds of teachers in the survey reported students – typically immigrants, children of immigrants and Muslims – have spoken about fears of what this election could mean to their lives and their family’s lives. More than a third reported

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