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Alton School Board Continues Backroom Tactics

After abruptly ending the last public school board meeting without setting a new meeting date, the Alton School Board has decided to convene April 25th and has posted the agenda. At issue is whether there was a meeting or other communication including only three school board members and the superintendent held to decide on April 25th as a meeting date. The two newest school board members were not notified of – or included in – that meeting, nor was the public. With only the input of the superintendent and the

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More than 290 Attend Spring Instructional Conference

NEA-NH hosted our annual Spring Instructional Conference this past Saturday (April 2, 2016) at Concord High School!  With 293 registrants and approximately 120 other partners and friends of education – presenters, vendors, and members of the Department of Education – participants learned about 19 organizations that can assist education professionals in their work for New Hampshire’s children.  President Scott McGilvray led the keynote address, encouraging all in attendance to work together collaboratively, changing mindsets and breaking down barriers as we go. Informative workshops were led by Reaching Higher New Hampshire (which brings

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Recent Union Win Also an Unexpected Victory for Women

Tracy Sturdivant Co-director, Make It Work The Court’s recent decision (or rather indecision) on Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, which preserves unions’ ability to collect fees from teachers and government workers to help support the cost of collective bargaining, is an obvious victory for unions. What’s less obvious is that it’s a victory for women, too. And the reason why might surprise you. Women make up nearly half of the nation’s union membership. In addition to having higher wages and more benefits than non-union workers, including a higher likelihood of having paid family and medical leave and paid sick days, women in unions also see a smaller wage gap with their male counterparts. We’ve all seen the stats on equal pay. On average, women make 79 cents to every white

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Forever Grateful for Paraprofessionals

By John Edmondson, Hampstead Middle School Mar 31, 2016 Originally posted by the Derry News I wonder what my mother thought of my sixth-grade report card as she perused it back in 1968. Did scores of little red flags flap as she read that her youngest son, in terms of showing initiative, “needs to improve”? Apparently I was not a fan of Virginia history, at least the way it was taught at Madison Elementary School. Though I remember feigning interest in the John Rolfe-Pocahontas hookup, my teacher, Mrs. Crane, wasn’t fooled. In the social studies/research and participation category, it was still a stark “needs to improve.” And I guess taking furtive peeks at MAD magazine, not so cleverly concealed inside the pages of my language arts workbook, didn’t impress good

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NEA-NH Welcomes Three New Keene State College Associations

Overwhelming Support Recorded in Tonight’s Votes NEA-New Hampshire is proud to welcome three new associations; Keene State College Administrative Staff Association (KSCASA), Keene State College Staff Association (KSCSA), and the Keene State College Directors and Supervisors Association (KSCDSA). These new associations join the Keene State College Adjuncts Association and the Keene State College Education Association as NEA-NH Members. “We are looking forward to helping the dedicated professionals of Keene State College preserve the campus community they value, and in advocating for a fair, collaborative and transparent working environment,” said Scott McGilvray, NEA-NH President. The more than 300 members represented by the new Associations join the more than 17,000 current NEA-NH members; the largest public employee union in the state. Members of the Keene State College Organizing Committee were also delighted

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Alton Parents and Teachers Angered By Superintendent’s Actions

Alton Teachers Schedule Emergency Community Meeting For April 7 The April 4 meeting of the Alton School Board ended less than 5 minutes after it started, leaving residents, parents and teachers shocked and angry.  This was the first scheduled Board meeting after the March elections which resulted in the addition of Michael Ball and Peter Leavitt to the Board. Alton School Board policy BDA states “the Board shall organize annually at its first meeting following the District elections… This meeting shall be called to order by the Superintendent, who shall preside during and until the election of a Chairperson.”  Alton superintendent Maureen Ward heard motions nominating current chair Stephen Miller and newcomer Leavitt.  Following a 2-2 vote, Ward declared she was “uncomfortable presiding over the meeting,” recessed the meeting without

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Teacher Pipeline Still Drying Up

Peter Greene Teacher and writer; blogger, curmudgucation.blogspot.com There has never been a lower percentage of college freshmen interested in teaching. This comes courtesy of UCLA’s annual survey of first time freshmen, a survey that has been collecting data for about fifty years. You can read the full survey results in a report here. There are several interesting takeaways from the survey, including the finding that today’s freshmen are more likely to protest than any freshmen in quite a while. Also, they feel financially strapped (especially women), less connected to a particular religion, and very focused on job prospects. Also, LGBTQ students are far more likely than their straight peers to feel overwhelmed and depressed. But for the education world, the most striking data comes from the survey question asking in

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NEA-NH Statement on Friedrichs Ruling

An equally divided U.S. Supreme Court today delivered its decision in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, affirming that public employers have a compelling interest in having strong and effective collective bargaining. The 4-4 decision leaves intact the sound law of Abood v. Detroit Board of Education that has been working for nearly four decades. At issue in Friedrichs was whether non-union members could share the wages, benefits and protections negotiated in a collectively bargained contract without needing to pay their fair share for the cost of those negotiations. “The case was brought by the Center for Individual Rights, an organization funded by corporate special interests that are pushing their own agenda, which clearly does not include the well-being of children in public schools,” said Scott McGilvray, NEA-NH President. “The case

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Supreme Court Reaffirms Collective Bargaining in Landmark Case

The U.S. Supreme Court today delivered its decision in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, affirming that public employers have a compelling interest in having strong and effective collective bargaining. The 4-4 decision leaves intact the sound law of Abood v. Detroit Board of Education that has been working for nearly four decades. At issue in Friedrichs was whether non-union members could share the wages, benefits and protections negotiated in a collectively bargained contract without needing to pay their fair share for the cost of those negotiations. The case was brought by the Center for Individual Rights, an organization funded by corporate special interests that are pushing their own agenda. The National Education Association, the nation’s largest union with more than 3 million members, and the California Teachers Association, are two of

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