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NEA-NH Press Releases and Statements

To Some NH Politicians, Loyalty Means Silence

Representatives Lekas, Layon, Cordelli, and Ammon have introduced HB 1255 to “expand the prohibition on teacher advocacy of subversive doctrines.” Digging back to a New Hampshire Teacher Loyalty law that prohibits educators from advocating communism as a political doctrine, they added prohibitions on advocating “any doctrine or theory promoting a negative account or representation of the founding and history of the United States of America” including teaching that “the United States was founded on racism.” For good measure they also propose that “a violation of this section shall be considered

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This American Education Week the Word of the Day is Unrelenting

Unrelenting: not yielding in strength, severity, or determination. That’s the word I think best describes the situation we find ourselves in this American Education Week. The mutating virus, the angry pressure applied on our local elected officials by a small, vocal, misinformed segment of our society, the attacks on public education and those who provide it, and now the bounty placed on New Hampshire educators – all unrelenting. Also unrelenting however is our dedication and devotion to our students, our desire to safely remain in our classrooms, and the creativity

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NEA-NH Calls on Governor Sununu to Swiftly Denounce State Sanctioned Bounty Hunters and Repeal Banned Concepts Law

CONCORD, NH – NOVEMBER 12, 2021 – In response to the offering of monetary bounties by political allies of Governor Sununu’s Education Commissioner in return for targeting educators over the new banned concepts law, NEA-NH is calling on Governor Sununu to denounce this vigilante tactic and urge the Legislature to repeal this disaster of a law. Politicians like Commissioner Edelblut who pushed for this ban don’t think children deserve an honest and accurate education bear responsibility for this type of repugnant activity. “We want our kids to have an education

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New Hampshire Educators Believe Distance Learning Should be a Last-Resort District Decision

Proposed new State Board of Education rule sends message that the health and safety of students and educators not a priority.    CONCORD, NH – NOVEMBER 10, 2021 – NEA-NH submitted a letter to the State Board of Education to consider as they addressed proposed rule changes to exclude the use of distance learning in cases of school-wide COVID outbreaks. “Our members view this proposal as far too limiting on local school districts and respectfully request that the Board consider withdrawing their proposal or making substantial changes in order to

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NEA-NH Recommends Education Champion Hilliard for Somersworth Mayor

CONCORD, NH – OCTOBER 25, 2021- During his time as Mayor of Somersworth, Mayor Hilliard has used his voice as an elected leader to fight for more funding for public education and partnered with NEA-NH to expose school voucher schemes that threaten to damage our kids’ education and raise property taxes. Mayor Hilliard’s track record as a leader in this regard has earned him the support of NEA-NH, the only statewide organization that represents the Hilltop city’s educators. “We’ve always maintained that educator voices should be heard as decisions are

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Southside Middle School Wins California Casualty’s 2021 Music and Arts Grant

San Mateo, CA, October 7, 2021 – After careful consideration of nearly 500 applications, California Casualty has designated 142 schools throughout the country as 2021 Music and Arts Grant awardees. “We are excited to announce that this year, we are awarding a 2021 California Casualty Music & Art Grant to NEA-NH Member Regina McGuiggin from Southside Middle School in Manchester,” said Amy Grosso from California Casualty. “She is among 142 grants being awarded in 29 states. She will receive $250 to help purchase much needed art supplies for their program.”

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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

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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

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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

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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

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NEA-NH Seeks Formal Guidance on HB2 Implementation from NH Attorney General

CONCORD, NH – July 12, 2021 – Today, NEA-New Hampshire requested that the state Attorney General issue specific, formal guidance on the implementation of HB 2 within public school districts and public institutions of higher education across the State of New Hampshire. The language included in the section entitled ‘Right to Freedom from Discrimination in Public Workplaces and Education,’ contains ambiguity that requires clarification. “We want our kids to have an education that imparts honesty about who we are, integrity in how we treat others, and courage to do what’s

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