Legislative Update

NEA-NH Opposes Bill Giving Ed Commissioner Subpoena Power

NEA-NH President Megan Tuttle testified in opposition to the non-germane amendment to HB 533 that would grant subpoena power to the NH DOE in Code of Conduct cases. “To begin with, we are not aware of any material that the DOE has asked for in the course of an official investigation under the Code of Conduct that they have not received so in asking for this added power it is important for them to concretely articulate why it is they need this new ability,” said Tuttle in her testimony. “The legislature should be cautious on why agencies beyond law enforcement […]

NEA-NH: Treat Educators Like the Professionals They Are and Let Them Teach

NEA-NH testifies in opposition to HB 309 NEA-NH provided written testimony to the House Education Committee today in opposition of HB 309 asking the question why this legislation would be necessary to enact into law. In 2021, the legislature reaffirmed the policy and purpose statement of RSA 193-E:1, II, that it is the state that “establishes minimum standards for public school approval and academic standards for inclusion and delivery of educational services at the local level.” But it is the school districts that “then have responsibility and flexibility in implementing diverse educational approaches to instruction and curriculum tailored to meet […]

NEA-NH Testifies in Opposition to Voucher Expansion

“I am writing to you today to express our strong opposition to HB 464 and HB 367, legislation that would greatly increase the amount of funds directed toward our school voucher program by expanding the eligibility of the program. The bills appear to do so by eliminating the income eligibility among a variety of categories of students.” This is how the testimony submitted by NEA-NH for today’s hearings on HV 464 and 367 began. The evidence is just too stark to justify the use of public money to fund private expenses and tuition. Vouchers fail to deliver for the kids […]

Volunteer This Weekend to Help the Record Number of NEA-NH Current and Former Members Running For Office

There are 26 current and former NEA-NH members running for office this November, and they need your help. Educators deserve a place at the table when decisions are being made that impact public education. The experience educators have gained while working with students gives them a unique perspective when it comes to making education policy and setting budget priorities for their communities. Having members, and those who believe in the power of public education, in office means we are better able to advocate for our students and our profession.  You can help get them elected by volunteering this weekend to participate in […]

Stay Informed: With Little to No Public Input, Group Planning on Bringing Drastic Changes to NH Classrooms

For the past two years, with little public input, a group has been working on revisions to the rules that ensure every NH student receives a high-quality public education. NEA-NH and Reaching Higher NH hosted a special briefing webinar to update Members on the drastic changes this group is planning on bringing to districts and classrooms across the Granite State. For more information, we’ve provided the following links and resources: Reaching Higher New Hampshire Content including their analysis, a downloadable copy of the rules, as well as other pertinent information. Reaching Higher New Hampshire Registration Link. By registering for the […]

Record Number of NEA-NH Current and Former Members Running in November

Today in America, our schools are facing a lack of mental-health supports for students, teacher shortages, school shootings, book bans, and more. A new NEA survey shows that, despite their political differences, the vast majority of U.S. voters share the same concerns about public education today. What’s more, their concerns mirror the concerns of NEA members, who are working hard as school resumes to make sure all students have what they need. The nationwide poll of 1,000 likely November 2022 voters was split evenly among Democrats (30 percent), Republicans (31 percent), and Independent or independent-leaning (38 percent). Roughly one-third were […]