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Charter Grant Has Far Too Many Unanswered Questions

NEA-NH President Megan Tuttle released the following statement today: If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Yet, this is exactly what we have come to expect from programs and initiatives championed by our education commissioner, Frank Edelblut. First it was the hype and misdirection surrounding his “Learn Everywhere” rules. Now it’s his “look I found $46 million for our charter schools with no strings attached” plan. Let’s be clear: the money Commissioner Edelblut is peddling from Betsy DeVos will cost New Hampshire far more than $46

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Saugus School Shooting Cannot Be Just Another School Day in America

There was a shooting at another high school in America today. Our schools should be the safest place a child can be. Unfortunately, that seems far from reality. “We do not need to debate one day longer on why mass killings take place in America. We’ve seen far too many people killed in schools, in houses of worship, in malls, at movie theaters and stores. We know killers commit these violent acts because they have far too easy access to lethal weapons,” said Megan Tuttle, NEA-NH President. “New Hampshire has

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FMLA Benefit Now Available to Education Support Professionals

“In December of 2006 tragedy hit my family. My husband was diagnosed with a rare advanced cancer and he required immediate surgery and would undergo intense chemotherapy in Lebanon over the next year. During this time I was able to use the sick time I had accrued to care for him after the surgery and take him to his biweekly appointments.” That is how her testimony to the Senate Committee began. In 2014, NEA-NH Executive Board Member Melissa Alexander started working on a crusade to ensure no other education professional

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State Board Votes to Devalue NH Diplomas

“The double-standard voted into place today is insulting to education professionals across New Hampshire.” Megan Tuttle, NEA-New Hampshire President NEA-NH is disappointed but not surprised by the vote taken by the State Board of Education to adopt Commissioner Edleblut’s ‘Learn Everywhere’ rules. “Today, the New Hampshire State Board of Education (SBOE) voted to no longer require state certification, student teaching, adherence to the state’s code of conduct or probationary periods to teach a high school class for a semester and award graduation credit,” said Megan Tuttle, NEA-New Hampshire President. “They

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Court: NH School Funding Unconstitutional

CONCORD, NH – June 6. 2019 – Today’s ruling confirms what NEA-NH has been saying for years: New Hampshire has failed to provide stable, equitable and truly adequate funding for our public schools for decades.  The Cheshire County Court issued the ruling on the lawsuit brought forth by Contoocook Valley (ConVal), Monadnock, Winchester, and Mascenic School Districts over the amount that the state provides in funding for NH schools, ruling that the funding formula is unconstitutional. “Our elected leaders have regularly put the interests of the wealthy and corporations ahead of the needs of our public school students and set education budgets without knowing how much it truly costs to educate kids,” said Megan Tuttle, NEA-New Hampshire President.  “Hopefully, this ruling is the first step in correcting these unconstitutional practices.”

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NEA-NH Files “Learn Everywhere” Right-to-Know Request

CONCORD, NH – June 4, 2019 – This morning, NEA-New Hampshire filed a Right to Know request with the Department of Education requesting all records and communications regarding the Commissioner’s “Learn Everywhere” proposal. “The fact is, these rules were written without meaningful input from public school educators, administrators and parents. Members from groups representing teachers, school boards, school administrators, school principals, and special education professionals have all spoken out in opposition to this plan,” said Megan Tuttle, NEA-New Hampshire President. “I cannot recall another time when all five of these groups were as unified on anything.” “Learn Everywhere completely tramples New Hampshire’s longstanding tradition of local control,” said Tuttle. “The State Board of Education has seen fit to pass rules that require our schools to be accredited, and teachers to

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Labor Movement Comes Back Big After ‘Janus’

In January, Virginia teacher Nicole Loch attended a #RedForEd rally at the statehouse in Richmond. She arrived on a charter bus sponsored by the Fauquier Education Association (FEA), even though Loch had never joined the union—a decision she had resisted for 11 years.“It was a bus full of other educators from my county,” says Loch, a civics teacher at Auburn Middle School in Warrenton. “When I got to Richmond, I saw the power of mobilization and strength in numbers,” she says. “I knew then I needed to join.” Loch marched and chanted for a mile—from Monroe Park to the capitol steps—where the crowd numbered 4,000. Standing there—holding a sign with the words “I Teach, I Matter”—she realized that many of the 250 FEA members at the rally had been meeting

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The Floor is Yours

If you could ask the presidential candidates one question, what would it be? Help us draw attention to the challenges facing public education by telling us what matters most to you, your students, and your community. Hundreds of thousands of educators have taken action in the past two years alone. The power of this union and our members has been on full display in cities and states across the country. And now we are taking this activism and ground game to the 2020 campaign where educators will play a major role in choosing the president of the United States. We are determined to elect a president who will always do what is best for students, public education, and who will ensure every student has equal opportunity regardless of where they

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Compare the Candidates

Get Involved, Starting Today Right now, candidates are deciding which issues they’ll run on. Let’s make sure public education is at the top of their agenda. In an effort to ensure our members can learn about the candidates’ positions on key issues, we have developed an interactive candidate comparison tool. The weight of the 2020 election is not light. We are choosing more than the next president. We are defining who we are as a people. We are determining the values and principles at the soul of the country. This will be at the center of this election and we cannot take this choice…this responsibility lightly.

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