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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

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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

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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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NEA-NH Legislative Update: January 31, 2020

Students are at the center of everything we do. Our legislative objectives again this year focus on improving student achievement, education quality, and ensuring in-service and retired education professionals have the resources, support and respect every professional deserves. Here’s a quick update on the activity so far this year on the legislation that most impacts our students and members: School Funding Commission The Commission to Study School Funding has held its organizational meetings and will begin laying out the tremendous amount of work they have to fulfill their mission. The creation of this commission was authorized in the state budget as a next step to the additional money provided to most school districts during this 2 year budget cycle. This will be a critical commission that we will be engaging

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Portion of 2018-2019 NEA-NH Dues Dollars Not Tax Deductible

The Revenue Reconciliation Act of 1993 eliminated the individual federal income tax deduction for lobbying expenses paid or incurred as part of membership dues. This affects only those members who itemize deductions and meet the two-percent minimum requirement for additional miscellaneous deductions. Those members will not be able to deduct that portion of the NEA–NH 2018-19 union dues attributable to lobbying. The non-deductible portion of the dues for 2018-2019 is 9.68% or $44.54 for a full-time teacher.

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NEA-NH Government Relations Committee: Many Strong Choices for Educators This Primary

When asked by Patrick Cogan, Chair of NEA-NH’s Government Relations Committee, what a recommendation from NEA-NH would mean to his campaign, Cory Booker replied that the Presidency of the United States is the most powerful and influential position in the world, impacting the lives of Americans and countless people around the world. An NEA-NH recommendation would help him, or any candidate, do well in the New Hampshire primary, proving that he or she was a viable candidate as they moved into other primaries across the nation. “In short,” Booker said, “the people in this room could change world history.” This is how the members of the Government Relations, GR Committee approach their work, especially during presidential primary elections. After interviewing six of the top tier candidates this year, and long

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