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LOCKDOWN: The Assault on Public Education Has Begun

The assault on public education and collective bargaining has begun. With the loss of the Governor’s office last November, and the recent ratification of Betsy Devos as US Secretary of Education, the results could be devastating for New Hampshire public school students and educators. Ignoring the voices of over a million Americans, the Senate needed the Vice-president to cast the deciding vote, to approve DeVos, marking the first time in history such a move was required to confirm a cabinet post. With no experience as an educator or elected official,

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So-Called Right-to-Work Fails (Again)

Today, New Hampshire House members voted again to keep our state free from so-called Right-to-Work restrictions.  “Educator’s working conditions are our child’s learning conditions,” said Megan Tuttle acting NEA-NH President. “By weakening the ability of educators to advocate for students, kids across New Hampshire stood to lose things like smaller class sizes, safe classrooms and drinking water, up-to-date resources, and expanded curriculum choices. Our ability to advocate for every public-school student was preserved today.” “When out-of-state interests with pre-written legislation and lots of money try to set legislative priorities in

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NEA-NH Deeply Disappointed With Edelblut Confirmation

NEA-NH is deeply disappointed with today’s vote from the Executive Council confirming Governor’s Sununu’s choice to head the education department, Frank Edelblut.   “Like DeVos, Edelblut has no experience or interaction with the public education system of New Hampshire. Overseeing a state department of education requires an in-depth knowledge of how public schools are governed, how they are managed, and the challenges employees in public schools face. Mr. Edelblut possesses no such knowledge or experience. Other than overseeing the management functions of the employees under his direct supervision, the business skills Mr. Edelblut possess are not transferable to ensuring our children’s educational experience is exceptional. Our children’s futures are too important to rely on someone who cannot hit the ground running on day one, said Megan Tuttle, NEA-NH Vice President.

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NOTICE: Proposed Changes to the NEA-NH Bylaws

The following changes to the NEA-NH Bylaws are submitted by the Resolutions and Constitution Revision Committee, according to the procedures established in the Bylaws. Delegates will vote on the proposed amendments at the Assembly of Delegates annual meeting on Friday, March 17, 2017. Current bylaw language is set in roman type. Proposed new language is set in boldface italics. Language to be deleted is struck through. 1. ARTICLE II. MEMBERSHIP Amend paragraph 8 of Article II as follows: 8. Member Dues Adjustment: The Executive Board may adjust member(s) dues on appeal by the member or the LEA Local Education Association (LEA). (2016)(2017) Rationale: This change makes clear reference to “LEA.” 2. ARTICLE III. DUES TRANSMITTAL POLICY Amend Article III to insert a new paragraph 5 and renumber the remaining paragraphs.

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Senate Approves Unqualified Secretary of Education

The U.S. Senate approved Betsy DeVos, the embattled pick to lead the U.S. Department of Education. Educators across the nation spearheaded the opposition initially but the chorus against her nomination quickly mushroomed and took on a life of its own immediately following her confirmation hearing. “Mrs. DeVos’ clearly lacks even a basic understanding of federal education policy, laws, and instructional practices. She has no relevant experience. There is just no way I would ever be certified to instruct students in New Hampshire if I lacked as much knowledge and experience in my field. But she gets to be the nation’s chief educator. How is this good for kids?” said Megan Tuttle, NEA-New Hampshire Vice-president. NEA’s historic campaign rallied parents, students, educators, civil rights groups, and other public education advocates-both Republicans

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RELEASE: Senate Limits Employees’ Ability to Advocate With Passage of SB-11

Joint Statement of the leaders of New Hampshire AFL-CIO and its affiliates, the National Education Association of New Hampshire, the State Employees Association, the New Hampshire Carpenters, and the New Hampshire Teamsters following the Senate passage of so-called “Right-to-Work” legislation Concord – Today the New Hampshire Senate passed the so-called “Right-to-Work” bill. This bill is not about improving New Hampshire’s economy or increasing the freedoms of any worker in the Granite State. Instead it is an attack on all working families by special interests seeking to lower wages for everyone and undermine worker protections. This bill is designed to do one thing and one thing only: limit employees’ ability to advocate on behalf of what’s best for their families and communities. This bill will silence the teachers who advocate on

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NEA-NH Response to Edelblut Nomination

Governor Chris Sununu is reportedly set to tap former one-term State Representative Frank Edelblut as New Hampshire Commissioner of Education. Best known for his divisive statements in the legislature and during his brief run for the Republican nomination for governor last year, Edelblut is one of New Hampshire’s most extreme opponents of a strong public education system. NEA-NH Vice-president Megan Tuttle provided the following response to the nomination: “We all—parents, educators, officials, community leaders—share the responsibility for the success of students. We must all ask ourselves what we can do in our respective roles to make our schools better for kids and help to ensure their success. For educators, that means reaching and motivating every student. For parents, that means instilling values of respect, responsibility and a love of learning.

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35TH Annual MLK Day Community Celebration in Manchester January 16

Martin Luther King Coalition Celebrates “Growing the Beloved Community” MANCHESTER – On Monday, January 16, the Martin Luther King Coalition will celebrate their 35th annual Martin Luther King Day Community Celebration at the Saint George Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Manchester in observance of those people who are dedicated to the ideals of social justice, anti-racism, peace, and non-violent change. The Celebration will include live music and an awards presentation to the winners of the Martin Luther King Arts and Writing Contest. This free event includes a catered meal by the New Hampshire Food Bank and social hour from 2-3 p.m. The awards ceremony and arts competition will take place from 3-5 p.m. The 2017 Martin Luther King Award will be given to Eva Castillo, Executive Director of the NH Alliance

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California Casualty Thomas R. Brown Athletics Grant

Application Deadline: January 15, 2017 Public High Schools and Middle Schools in need of financial help for their sports programs are urged to apply for a California Casualty Thomas R. Brown Athletics Grant. Qualifying teams can score up to $3,000. Applications must be received at www.calcasathleticsgrant.com by January 15, 2017, for consideration for the 2016/2017 year. The grant is named after California Casualty Chairman Emeritus Tom Brown, who is a firm believer that lessons taught on the playing field – teamwork, confidence and sportsmanship – help develop youth who are more engaged in the classroom and the community. Since its inception in 2011, over $500,000 has been awarded to more than 400 high schools across the nation. Last year, athletes at 86 public high schools from 34 states shared $102,500

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