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Letters from Members: Not Up to the Challenge

This letter is in response to Rep. Moffett’s recent words and actions.  He suggested that his party is the one that should be trusted to oversee the education of our children to ensure they are successful in the 21st Century. He also stated that the NEA does not have the best interest of our students and educators at its core. With all due respect, Rep. Moffett, you are incorrect on both counts. Those who disparage my Union tell me that “we love teachers – we just don’t like it when

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NEA-NH: Today’s Adoption of Lax Voucher Rules Another Example of Fiscal Malpractice and Failed Leadership

CONCORD, NH – August 27, 2011 – Today’s vote by the State Board of Education to adopt lax oversight rules for the massive voucher expansion recently signed into law by Governor Sununu puts New Hampshire on an accelerated and dangerous path to defund our public schools. One that consistently ends poorly in states that have passed similar laws. Private schools in Florida now rake in close to $1 billion a year in public money. A voucher scheme like the one recently enacted here in New Hampshire is responsible for this

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NEA-NH Announces Support for Educator Vaccine and Testing Requirement

CONCORD, NH – August 13, 2021 – The NEA-New Hampshire Executive Board met today and voted with no dissent to support the statement published yesterday by the National Education Association regarding required vaccines for educators. “As a Board, we agree with NEA’s rationale and conclusions, and voted to adopt them as our own,” said Megan Tuttle, NEA-New Hampshire President. The NEA Statement appears below: National Education Association President Becky Pringle issued the following statement today announcing NEA’s support for requirements that all educators receive a COVID-19 vaccination or submit to regular COVID-19 testing. “No one wants to be back in the classroom with their students more than educators, and student safety is our number one priority. NEA has said from the beginning that we need to follow the science, and

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NEA-NH: We Are Urging All of Our Members to Get Vaccinated

Since the beginning of the pandemic, NEA-NH has advocated for protocols and precautions to ensure the safety of our students and educators. 15 months ago, that meant our support for temporary remote learning as PPE and cleaning equipment was purchased and procedures for their use implemented. Every day, we continue to advocate for repairs, upgrades and replacement of antiquated HVAC systems in many of our schools. We supported mandatory mask wearing for every in-person learning session. And we spoke out strongly for educators to be able to receive vaccines as soon as possible to help get our kids back into classrooms where they belong. We continue to urge all our members to get vaccinated. The fact remains that children under 12 are unable to be vaccinated, and the delta variant

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With Educator Licenses on the Line, NEA-NH Renews Request for Details on Divisive Concepts Law

Today, NEA-New Hampshire, the state’s largest association of public employees, sent a follow-up letter seeking further guidance on the implementation of HB2 to the Attorney General and Commissioner of Education as their letter of July 12, 2021, has thus far been unanswered by either office. The Attorney General, Education Commissioner, and the Commission on Human Rights did release a brief ‘frequently asked questions’ guidance document addressing the implementation of the divisive concepts law contained in HB2. More than 90% of NEA-NH members surveyed recently believe the guidance document fails to answer the questions they have concerning implementation of the new law.  “The limited guidance by the Attorney General and Department of Education is reassuring in that it makes clear the law is very narrow as to what topics educators are

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NEA-NH: Divisive Concepts Guidance Falls Short

Yesterday, the Department of Justice, the Commission for Human Rights and the Department of Education issued guidance in the form of a Frequently Asked Questions document concerning the divisive concepts provisions of HB2, signed into law by Governor Sununu. “The comments included in the document fall short of what we were expecting,” said Megan Tuttle, NEA-New Hampshire President. “Two weeks ago, we sent a set of questions to the Attorney General’s office seeking specific example-based guidance on the implementation of the divisive concepts law within public school districts and public institutions of higher education across the State of New Hampshire. We still expect, and are awaiting, a response from his office which provides our members with concrete, practical examples of what, in his view, is allowed and prohibited under the

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