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NH Retirement Coalition Further Responds to Supreme Court Ruling

Earlier today, the New Hampshire Supreme Court issued its decision in the Professional Firefighters of NH v. State of NH “Rate Case” permitting firefighters, police officers, teachers, and public employees’ pension contributions to be increased. The Coalition believes that the Court’s ruling focuses narrowly on the Legislature’s ability to change a “fixed contribution rate.” The Court relied on a Florida Supreme Court decision in a similar case, allowing a Legislative body “to amend a retirement plan prospectively, so long as any benefits tied to service performed prior to the amendment

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Council of Economic Advisers: Investment in Preschool Absolutely Worth It

A new report from the White House Council of Economic Advisers makes the case that investing in preschool education is absolutely worth it. The report, released Wednesday morning, comes out the same day that the White House is convening a Summit on Early Education. While President Barack Obama hasnot yet persuaded Congress to pass a major preschool expansion bill, he is expected to point to other indications of progress. The president is set to announce which states and communities are receiving some $750 million in federal grants for the expansion

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NH Retirement Coaliton Responds to Rate Case Ruling

NH Retirement Security Coalition Responds to Supreme Court Ruling on 2011 Legislation that Increased Employee Contribution Rates The NH Retirement Security Coalition has long contended that promises made to our member employees should be enforced because our members uphold their promises each and every day that they go to work. The Court’s decision today unfortunately allows public employers to renege on their promise of security in retirement. While this decision is disappointing, our members will continue to provide high quality service to the state and its cities, towns, and school districts. We are deeply concerned about the long term impact of this decision on the people of NH. We are carefully reviewing this decision in detail with our attorneys and members of the Coalition and we will offer further in-depth

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NH Supreme Court Rules on Retirement Rate Case

The New Hampshire Supreme Court issued their ruling on the retirement rate increase case this morning. The text of their ruling can be found here. NEA-NH will meet with our lawyers today to consider the implementations of the ruling and our next steps. This case deals specifically with contribution rate increases. We hold that there is no indication that in enacting RSA 100-A:16 the legislature unmistakably intended to bind itself from prospectively changing the rate of NHRS member contributions to the retirement system. Because the Federal Constitution affords the plaintiffs no greater protection than does the State Constitution in these circumstances, we reach the same conclusion under the Federal Constitution as we do under the State Constitution. Accordingly, we reverse the trial court’s ruling that the 2011 amendment to RSA 100-A:16,

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UPDATE: Congress Passes Bill Inspired by Derry Educator

POSTED BY THE EAGLE TRIBUNE, Friday, December 5, 2014 12:15 am By Doug Ireland direland@eagletribune.com DERRY —  Every year, educators such as Margaret Morse-Barry spend hundreds of dollars of their own money to buy classroom supplies. They aren’t reimbursed for those expenses. So last year when a federal tax deduction for teachers who purchase classroom items was set to expire, the Derry special education coordinator sent a letter to Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter, D-N.H., to express her concern. That $250 tax deduction may now became permanent and provide teachers with some financial relief after the U.S. House passed legislation Wednesday introduced by Shea-Porter and inspired by Morse-Barry. Morse-Barry, who is also president of the Derry Education Association, said teachers typically spend some of their own money because tight school budgets in

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Classroom Expense Deduction (REPAY) Passes House

WASHINGTON, DC—Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01) is pleased to announce that the Classroom Expense Deduction was included in a bipartisan package that passed the House today by a vote of 378-46. “I am very happy that when teachers file their taxes next year, they’ll have this modest recognition of the financial sacrifices they make for our kids,” said Shea-Porter. Last October, Shea-Porter introduced H.R.3318, the Reimburse Educators who Pay for Academic Year (REPAY) Supplies Act, and built an active coalition of 68 bipartisan cosponsors. Throughout 2014, she led bipartisan letters and advocacy efforts, speaking with colleagues on both sides of the aisle about the importance of extending this deduction. Shea-Porter began her efforts in response to a letter she received from Margaret Morse-Barry, an educator from Derry, New Hampshire, who urged

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NEA-NH President Asks Congressional Delegation to Ease “Cadillac” Tax Impact

  On December 1, NEA-NH President Scott McGilvray sent the following letter to the New Hampshire Congressional Delegation including Senator Jeanne Shaheen, Senator Kelly Ayotte, and US Representatives Annie Kuster and Carol Shea-Porter:     Dear Honorable Members of the New Hampshire Congressional  Delegation: I am writing to you on behalf of the 16,000 members of the National Education Association of New Hampshire regarding concerns of the so-called “Cadillac Tax” as part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). The tax is imposed on high cost health plans which will exceed certain thresholds in 2018, but it is already impacting public school employees today. While the tax has become known as the “Cadillac Tax” in reference to high-cost plans, comprehensive healthcare which protects families from medically related financial

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NEA-NH Election Information and Deadlines – UPDATED

NEA-NH Election Notice Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015, is the deadline for filing for office for the 2015 NEA–NH elections. Voting for NEA–NH president, vice-president, alternate NEA director and Executive Board seats will take place between March 8 and 22, 2015. Positions up for election are listed below. All candidates for office must file in writing for the office for which they wish to run with the Elections Committee, c/o Rick Trombly, NEA–NH, 9 South Spring Street, Concord, NH 03301 or at rtrombly@nhnea.org.  Important election deadlines include: Candidates Intention to Run for Office due 1/15/15 Candidate’s Statement and Photo for the Educator due 1/15/15 Electronic Ballots Made available to Members 3/6/15 Voting Closes 3/22/15 Positions Subject To Election This Year NEA-NH President (3 year term) NEA-NH Vice President (3 year term) Alternate NEA Delegate (3 year term) Executive Board Positions (2

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New Hampshire’s Story of Transformation

This publication, from the New Hampshire Department of Education, represents our state’s story—the successes and struggles to transform an entire education system from the bottom up rather than the top down—to promote ownership and nurture real and lasting change. The work to design and create this publication began more than 12 months ago, yet the stories we’re telling in here have a history much deeper than that. The publication walks through this history, providing insight into New Hampshire’s educational transformation, which includes: exploring the impetus of why we’re making these changes; our vision for the Granite state; models from our classrooms, districts and partnerships; the lessons we’ve learned and where we see our system moving from here. The narrative is threaded together with videos of our students, educators, parents, administrators,

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