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NEA-NH Urges Charters Be Held to the Same Standards as all Other Taxpayer-Funded Schools

Today, the Commissioner and Legislature have agreed to cash Betsy DeVos’ check to double the number of charter schools in New Hampshire.  Her check provides for the start-up costs for these new schools, but does not pay to operate or maintain them – the taxpayers of New Hampshire will be responsible for those costs. Charter schools, by their very nature, drain funding from local public schools, which enroll over 90 percent of K-12 students. We believe since charter schools are taxpayer-funded schools, they MUST be held to the same safeguards

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Legislative Preview: What We Face in 2021

This week, the state legislature that convened on December 2 will look very different from the last 2 years – which means the legislative landscape changes dramatically. Republicans now hold a 14-10 majority in the state senate, a 213-187 majority in the state house and will hold a 4-1 majority when the new Executive Council is installed in January along with Governor Sununu. With the change in party control, we expect to see a very different policy agenda pushed by the new majority for the upcoming year, but some of

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What NH Students and Families Need Now is PPE, Test Kits, Laptops and Internet Access – Not More Charter Schools

New Hampshire House and Senate leaders plan to move ahead this week on the $46 million federal grant to help double the state’s charter schools – their first major legislative action since taking power in the Legislature last month. Education Commissioner Frank Edelblut said his department will be submitting another request to accept the funding at Friday’s Fiscal Committee meeting. “The pandemic has made it clear that many of our public schools and districts need help. Now is not the time to double the number of charter schools in New Hampshire,”

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TAKE ACTION: Politicized Courts Threaten Students, Schools, and Communities

As the nation mourns the loss of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Senate Majority Leader McConnell and President Trump are rushing to replace her on the court. The next president must nominate Justice Ginsburg’s replacement after the people have spoken. We are just more than 40 days away from Election Day, with people voting all across the nation even now about who will nominate the new Supreme Court Justice. Under no circumstances should the Senate consider a replacement for Justice Ginsburg until after inauguration. In order to have

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NEA-NH Statement on Executive Council Board of Education Vote

The State Board of Education is responsible for providing leadership and oversight to our education system. This requires experience in education, whether that be prior service on a school board, in  school administration or as an educator in a classroom; a demonstrated commitment and advocacy around advancing educational policies and outcomes; or any other activity that indicates the nominee has the experience and expertise to best serve our state’s children, the vast majority of whom attend public schools. NEA-NH routinely opposes nominations that do not demonstrate a background in public education or the expertise to guide the 167 school districts in our state. For these same reasons, we opposed the nomination of Frank Edelblut for Education Commissioner. Especially now, as the State Board takes up major issues, and the COVID-19

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NEA-NH Recommends Plunkett for District 2 Council Seat

NEA-NH announced their backing of Leah Plunkett for District 2 Executive Council today. “As a parent, educator and NEA-NH member, Leah knows first-hand how a high quality public education can change a student’s life for the better,” said Megan Tuttle, NEA-NH President. “That’s one of the many reasons why we are excited to recommend her. We know as a member of the Executive Council, Leah will be a fierce advocate for our public school students, staff and their families.”  The Executive Council provides a critical check on the governor, assessing state contracts, and vetting candidates for important positions such as agency heads, state board positions and judgeships; all of which have a tremendous impact on education and working families in New Hampshire. Leah’s combined experience as an educator and progressive

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Teacher Appreciation Week Message from Senator Shaheen

“As a former teacher, I know firsthand the satisfaction that comes when you see a student succeed and thrive inside and outside of the classroom.”

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Educators See Senate Passage of SB556 Important Step in Addressing School Violence

NEA-NH applauds the Senate’s action passing SB 556 today, that, among other things, requires school safety programs to contain a plan for responding to violent acts, reporting all acts of violence, and utilizing the joint loss management committee each district already has in place to address protocols for employees to follow.  “Last year we came to the legislature to support the formation of the study committee because day after day we heard heart breaking story of New Hampshire educators being injured by students,” said Megan Tuttle, President of NEA-New Hampshire. “Today’s students, through no fault of their own, are coming to school with behavioral issues stemming from trauma at home. The results in our schools, especially over the last several years have been profound. As that report indicated, we have

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Census Resources for Educators – Everyone Counts

The importance of the U.S. Census to the well-being of children and the strength of their public schools cannot be overstated. Using census data, the federal government allocates tens of billions of dollars in education funds to states and localities annually using formulas that factor in population and poverty levels. An accurate census count is the critical first step to helping educators address the needs of every child who walks through their doors. The census count happens only once every 10 years; when we undercount young children, the consequences can last most of their childhood. NEA has collected census resources for educators on one site that includes: Order a Census Poster and Toolkit for your Classroom, School, or Campus Lesson Plans and Activities Census Videos and Graphics Links to additional

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