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US DOE Reminds Bullying Cannot be Tolerated

SOURCE: U.S. Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights 10/21/14 As part of National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month, the U.S. Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) today issued guidance to schools reminding them that bullying is wrong and must not be tolerated – including against America’s 6.5 million students with disabilities. The Department issued guidance in the form of a letter to educators detailing public schools’ responsibilities under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and Title II of Americans with Disabilities Act regarding the bullying of students with disabilities. If

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NEA-NH Announces Recommended House Candidates

NEA New Hampshire recommended candidates are pro-education, pro-educator, pro-student, and believe as we do that every child in NH deserves a great public school, and caring qualified educators. Please support them this November 4. When you vote, don’t go alone. Bring your family and friends and neighbors. Contact former students, be a mobilizing force in your neighborhood and get people to the polls.       Belknap 01 Ruth Gulick Belknap 02 Lisa DiMartino, Sandra Mucci, Nancy Frost, Dorothy Piquado Belknap 03 David Huot, Maureen Baxley, Thomas Dawson, Kate Miller

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The Unbearable Cost of Not Voting

By Scott McGilvray NEA New Hampshire President This fall, Americans across the country will elect 36 governors, 6,048 state legislators, 31 state attorneys general, and 468 members of the U.S. Congress. Early and absentee voting has already started in several states; many states will commence early and absentee voting this week. As educators, we are keenly aware that we are electing our bosses – officials who influence what happens in our schools and classrooms. Midterm elections are very important for education voters, but far too many of us sit them out, waiting instead to vote in Presidential elections, or in local contests regarding our contracts. Because it’s not a presidential election year, many of our members may choose to stay home on November 4. Nothing could be more dangerous and

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Does Anybody Hear Me, Will Anybody Listen?

A Second Grade Teacher’s Story from a Manchester Elementary School By: Kelley Tambouris (Shared from her Facebook Post) Twenty-two years ago I began my teaching career. I have been a Special Educator, a Second Grade Teacher, a Third Grade Teacher, a Writing Teacher, a Literacy Coach, and now I am back in the classroom, again, as a Second Grade Teacher. Why did I become a teacher? I have a deep love of children and just knew my calling was to make a difference in their lives. As a teacher of 22 beautifully special and unique children, it is my responsibility to do what is best for them each and every day. I can stay quiet no longer. Here is our story: Today was the 28th day of school and I have

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What Matters More Than Test Scores

Diane Ravitch Research Professor of Education, New York University; Author, ‘Reign of Error’ As a nation, we worry far too much about PISA scores, which rank and rate students according to standardized tests. Many nations have higher average scores than we do, yet we are the most powerful nation on earth — economically, technologically, and militarily. What do the PISA scores mean? In his new book, Who’s Afraid of the Big, Bad Dragon? Why China Has the Best (and the Worst) Education in the World, Yong Zhao says that the East Asian nations have the top scores because they do heavy-duty test prep. One thing is clear: the PISA scores do not predict the future of our economy. They never have. Our students have never had high scores on international

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MEA Responds to Union Leader Misinformation

“LET US hear no more about underpaid Manchester teachers laboring without a contract.” So goes the opening statement of a recent Union Leader editorial. It goes on to admonish teachers for not willingly taking a pay cut while continuing to work as hard or harder than many would think possible. But as is often the case, whether it be in an editorial or an article, the paper skews facts in an effort to paint Manchester teachers as greedy and ungrateful when this isn’t the case. The fact of the matter is that roughly one half of all Manchester teachers rely strictly on a cost of living adjustment (COLA) to increase their salary. Those on the schedule receive an agreed-to increase for the previous year’s service, plus the same COLA. Detractors

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NEA-NH Announces List of Recommended Candidates

NEA New Hampshire supports candidates who will fund public education, support the collective bargaining rights of working families and make certain that every child in NH receives a quality education, regardless of their zip code.  We support candidates who believe as we do that every child in NH deserves a great public school, caring qualified educators, and that every child be clothed and feed properly so they can focus on learning. We believe there is greatness in every child and have dedicated our lives to ensuring they each get a chance to prove it. We support elected officials who will help us in our mission, rather than degrade our profession and defund public education.   List of NEA-NH Recommended Candidates for the 2014 Election: US Senate – Jeanne Shaheen US Congress

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Business Leaders Think These Are The Best States For Education

The Huffington Post | By Rebecca Klein New Hampshire Gets an “A” States with the highest academic achievement are mostly located north of the Mason-Dixon line, according to a new report from business leaders. The report, out this month from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, looks at the state of education in America through the eyes of business leaders. The report looks at multiple measures, such as students’ academic achievement, international competitiveness and workforce readiness to grade states on their educational effectiveness. The map below shows how states fared when graded on their levels of academic achievement. In order to determine these grades, the foundation looked at the number of students whose scores were proficient or advanced on the latest National Assessment for Educational Progress, a test on various

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