More than 20 NEA-NH members spent the day at the New Hampshire Statehouse meeting with elected officials and observing education committees as they work on bills. They saw firsthand how our laws are made, then had lunch with members of the House Education Committee and Senators – some of the legislators responsible for passing the laws and budgets that impact our students, schools, and members.
During the regular session of the House Education Committee that day, members watched the committee discuss SB 218, a bill that seeks to create an early educator professional development grant to ensure more of our teachers receive the mentorship and guidance they need to be successful during their first few years in the classroom. NEA-NH President Megan Tuttle, and Irv Richardson, NEA-NH Coordinator of Public Education and School Support, testified in favor of the bill. The House Education Committee voted to hold off on any action on the bill that day.
Members also witnessed the House Education Committee Executive Session on the so called Parental Bill of Rights bill. That bill left the committee without a recommendation on a 10-10 vote.