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NEA-NH Reaction to Proposed Educator Code of Conduct

NEA-New Hampshire released the following statement today regarding the proposed Code of Conduct for Educators approved by the New Hampshire Department of Education: NEA-NH believes the administrative rules that address educator misconduct should delineate clear expectations and transparent procedural measures.  We were able to work with the drafters of the new proposal to suggest changes throughout the process in an attempt to achieve these goals. “Our own NEA Code of Ethics recognizes that our members believe in the worth and dignity of each human being, recognize the supreme importance of

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NEA-NH President: State-Mandated Start Date Does Nothing To Improve Student Learning

NEA-New Hampshire President provided in-person testimony to the Governor’s Save Our Summers Study Commission this week. Governor Chris Sununu issued an executive order establishing a commission to study the impact of New Hampshire schools setting start dates before Labor Day, and to evaluate whether schools should be required to start after the holiday.  In the Executive Order, the Governor wrote “starting school after Labor Day lengthens the summer tourism season, increases tourism expenditures and increases tourism and recreation-related state and local government revenues.” The following is the testimony given by

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Concealed Weapons in our Schools. Does That Sound Like a Good Idea to You?

Governor Sununu said in last night’s debate that an adult should be able to carry a concealed weapon into our schools. That’s wrong, and his policies make our schools less safe for our children and their educators.   We need to dramatically expand our focus on mental health. Proper diagnosis can and often starts in our schools, yet there is a huge shortage of school counselors, school social workers and school psychologists in public education. We need more school-based health centers that diagnose and treat mental health disorders. It’s also

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Homeroom 603: Conversation with Senator Donna Soucy

Homeroom 603 continues our conversations with NEA-NH recommended candidates as Senate Minority Leader and District 18 Senator Donna Soucy joins NEA-NH President Megan Tuttle to talk about public school funding, educator certification, school vouchers, fair COLA’s for retirees, and NH Senate candidates all educators should know and support. Senator Soucy believes that education should begin in early childhood and continue until a student has realized their potential and has the skills he or she needs to begin a career.  ​In an effort to make higher education more affordable, Senator Soucy supported

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Homeroom 603: Executive Councilor Andru Volinsky

NEA-NH’s series of interviews and conversations with candidates continues with Executive Councilor Andru Volinsky. NEA-NH President Megan Tuttle and NEA-NH Government Relations Director Brendon Browne sat down with Executive Councilor Andru Volinksy for a conversation on school funding, the role of the Executive Council and political district gerrymandering in New Hampshire. “Education should not be an accident of geography,” states Volinsky. “In my professional capacity as a lawyer, I have represented communities fighting to protect public funding for schools including in the Claremont School Funding suit and on behalf of the City of Dover.  As a first-term (actually first month) Executive Councilor, I led the challenge to the Governor’s appointment of an unqualified Education Commissioner. We lost; however, the concerns I raised about Commissioner Edelblut have, unfortunately, proven true and

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NEA-NH Recommended 2018 Candidates

NEA-New Hampshire’s complete list of recommended candidates can be found here. For New Hampshire Governor, Executive Council and Senate: For New Hampshire House:

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America Needs Unions Now More Than Ever as Supreme Court Sides With Corporate Billionaires

On heels of high-profile walkouts, new organizing and spiking approval for unions, union leaders see decision as rallying point to unrig economy and put workers first WASHINGTON – June 27, 2018 – The following statement was issued by leaders and members of NEA, AFSCME, SEIU and AFT following the decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to rule against working people and in favor of billionaire CEOs and corporate interests in Janus v. AFSCME Council 31, holding that requiring fair-share fees in the public sector violates the First Amendment of the Constitution. As millions of American workers recommit to their unions and launch new organizing drives and as support for labor unions has risen to its highest level in years, it is shameful that the billionaire CEOs and corporate special interests behind

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NEA-NH Recommends Joe Pace for District 3 Executive Council

NEA-New Hampshire, the state’s largest public sector union, announced their recommendation of Joe Pace in the race for Executive Council in District 3. “Joe Pace understands the value of public education in New Hampshire,” said NEA-NH President Megan Tuttle. “He attended public schools in Stratham and Exeter, and graduated from UNH. He knows firsthand how important our public schools are as pathways to prosperity for all of our families. He advocated for UNH as a student leader, and has continued to be a strong voice for public education as an active alumnus and a local elected official. Our educators know he will be there for us on the Executive Council.” “I’m honored and humbled by the support of our state’s educators,” Pace said. “As a grateful graduate of public schools

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NEA-NH Announces Recommendation of Molly Kelly for Governor

NEA-New Hampshire recommended Molly Kelly to be the next governor of New Hampshire in a press conference at Beaver Meadow School in Concord this week. “Molly Kelly has always been a champion for public school education, and we enthusiastically endorse her to be our next governor,” said Megan Tuttle, NEA-NH president. “Instead of pushing a school voucher program that would weaken public schools, we know Molly will work to strengthen public education, support teachers and ensure every child can earn a quality education.” “It is an honor to earn the support of tens of thousands of public school teachers and educators,” said Kelly. “Public education is the core of our democracy. If a school voucher bill that takes money from public schools and gives it to private or religious schools

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