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As Teacher Appreciation Week Comes to a Close…

Teacher Appreciation Week 2022 comes to a close today. In case you missed it, I wanted to share the opening few paragraphs for an article recently posted on NEA Today about an event they sponsored for educators this week. “To honor teachers for Teacher Appreciation Week, the National PTA hosted a Facebook Live panel discussion to ask what they need to feel valued and appreciated. NEA President Becky Pringle and Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona joined the discussion, which was moderated by Lisa Ann Walter, the actress and comedian who

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NEA-NH Statement on Senate Passage of HB 1431

Parents and teachers in New Hampshire have been working together for a long time to ensure our schools consistently provide what’s best for our children and their education. It’s part of the reason New Hampshire is always in the top 5 ranked public school systems in the country. Instead of building upon the on-going parent-teacher relationship, HB 1431 takes the opposite approach. Its broad language around so-called rights and notice, particularly on the heels of the banned concepts law, coupled with the threat of litigation will only provoke a greater

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We’re in This Together!

Each year during Teacher Appreciation Week, we encourage everyone to #ThankATeacher because educators truly deserve the gratitude of the communities they serve. However, with educators planning to leave the profession in record numbers, it’s clear that gratitude and gifts are not enough.  This year, in addition to the mugs, gift cards, special lunches and breakfasts, we are saying, loud and clear—we want RESPECT and we want to be heard, appreciated, and compensated as trained professionals. More students, parents and communities than ever before are coming together to say thank you by texting CELEBRATE to 48744 and posting on social media using the hashtag #thankateacher. Please consider joining them, and posting your thoughts about what you truly want this Teacher Appreciation Week using the #thankateacher hashtag. Thank you for everything you do all year for your students and for

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We Are At A Tipping Point This Teacher Appreciation Week

Dear NEA-NH Member, Today marks the beginning of Teacher Appreciation week in America. I don’t know about you, but this year I’d appreciate some real appreciation for the work we do.  Don’t get me wrong, the thank you notes and thoughtful gestures we receive this time of year from our students and supportive parents make my year brighter – and I know you feel the same way. But this year feels different. Being an educator is one of the hardest jobs in the world and it’s never been harder than right now. New Hampshire’s Commissioner of Education is once again attacking educators and attempting to divide us. This year the attacks on our profession feel personal. Educators in New Hampshire have been chronically underappreciated and underpaid.  Many of us are exhausted and

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NEA-NH Applauds Senate Decision to Kill Local Education Caps

NEA-NH is relieved that HB 1393 was killed by the Senate today. The way New Hampshire funds public education is already grossly inadequate and inequitable. The nonsensical, rigid methodology the bill envisioned takes this educational inequality and amplifies it,  disrupting our students’ learning environments and removing the very services and staff that have helped them recover from the uncertainty of the past 18 months. We are pleased the vote respected the will of the vast majority of those parents and citizens who testified against the bill.

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NEA-NH: The Solution Must Include Improving Pay If We Are Serious About Tackling the Educator Shortage

CONCORD, NH – APRIL 26, 2022: Today, NEA shared the findings from multiple reports that look at educator salaries, earnings, and school finances. These latest reports come at a time when a staggering 55 percent of educators are thinking about leaving the profession earlier than they had planned. “Unfortunately, all our studies show that rather than closing persistent pay gaps, we are moving in the wrong direction,” said Megan Tuttle, NEA-NH President, “and it’s hitting our ESP’s the hardest.” The Economic Policy Institute’s (EPI) most recent analysis of teacher pay finds a 19.2% wage penalty for teachers when compared to other college educated workers with similar characteristics. Closing this gap would require an increase of approximately $19,000 in the average teacher salary in New Hampshire. The data found that in

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