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Two New Hampshire Schools US DOE Blue Ribbon Winners

Canaan Elementary School and Gilmanton School are being recognized as among the greatest schools in the country U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan recognized 335 schools as National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2015, based on their overall academic excellence or their progress in improving student academic achievement. The program recognizes schools in one of two performance categories. The first category is “Exemplary High Performing,” in which schools are recognized among their state’s highest performing schools, as measured by state assessments or nationally-normed tests. The second category is “Exemplary Improving,” in

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Fall 2015 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

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NEA-NH Announces Clinton Endorsement

CONCORD, NH, September 14, 2015 – Today National Education Association-New Hampshire (NEA-NH), the state’s largest educator and public employee union, announced its endorsement of Hillary Clinton for president, throwing the support of more than 16,000 members and their families behind Clinton during New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation primary campaign. “Hillary Clinton has been a tireless fighter for both students and educators throughout her career,” said Scott McGilvray, NEA-NH President. “From her days going door-to-door to help improve access to public education to her fight in the Senate pushing back against harmful measures that would damage our public schools, Hillary has proven over and over again that she puts students and educators first. Hillary understands the power of a strong public education system and the difference a quality education will make in a child’s life,

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Dear Teachers: You’re Not Fooling Me

by Candice Curry, Alamo City Mom’s Blog Wonderful teachers, we’re in this together and I see you. Dear Teachers, As a mom to a gaggle of kids, I’m a little consumed this time of year. I’ve spent hours at the store going over different school supplies lists and checking off stuff as I throw it in my cart. The total adds up in my head as I travel down each aisle, and I get a little sick to my stomach. I’m well over my budget and have a full cart before I even get to the aisle with the lunchboxes. I don’t even want to think about packing lunches for the kids each morning, and I’m exhausted just looking at the Pinterest posts on how all the good moms do it.

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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 students. Attendees learn that more then their heterosexual peers, LGBT youth become victims of violence, abuse, and exploitation, and 30 to 40 percent of homless youth identify as LGBT. Sparks believes raising educator awareness is the best way to support

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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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