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NEA-NH: Ongoing Assault on Public Education Continues With Passage of Budget

CONCORD, June 24, 2021 – NEA-New Hampshire is deeply disappointed but not at all surprised by today’s vote on the budget. This body of elected representatives did very, very little in the way of truly representing the priorities and values of the majority of New Hampshire’s citizens, and this budget reflects just how out of step the General Court has become. ‘Nothing is more important than our children,’ they say. But House and Senate leadership defund our schools and muzzle our educators every chance they get. The budget they advanced

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“A Better New Hampshire is Possible” Rally at State House Tomorrow

CONCORD, NH – On Thursday, June 24th at 10 am, a grassroots coalition for a People’s Budget will gather at the State House in Concord to demand a better budget for New Hampshire. The rally will take place as the House and Senate hold concurrent sessions to vote on the final version of the state budget. The rally will feature advocates on issues of racial justice, public education equity, disability justice, tax fairness, and the urgency of climate action. WHAT: Coalition for a People’s Budget to Gather at the State

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NEA-NH Calling for RedForEd TOMORROW, Thursday, April 8

We’re asking all members and supporters to wear red to show our outrage over the Governor’s order Well before the Governor decided to insert himself into the process, many school districts had developed plans and were on track to return to full-time classes by early May.  Those plans were created with the input of educators, administrators, parents and health officials to address the unique needs of each school and bring students back AS QUICKLY AND AS SAFELY AS POSSIBLE. This has always been our goal. To call attention to the

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The Most Expansive Voucher Bill in the Country is Headed for NH – NEA-NH Spoke in Opposition Today

HB20, the most expansive voucher program ever proposed in the United States, had its first hearing today. Make no mistake, regardless of the title, HB20 is a voucher bill. How bad are school vouchers for students? Far worse than most people imagine. According to one analysis, the use of school vouchers—which provide families with public dollars to spend on private schools—is equivalent to missing out on more than one-third of a year of classroom learning. In other words, this analysis found that the overall effect of the D.C. voucher program on students is

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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 and high standards of accountability, transparency, oversight and equity as public schools. In previous hearings, it was clearly shown that New Hampshire’s charter school laws provide for weak regulations and lax oversight.  In fact, our state’s charter school teachers are

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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 the same challenges we all knew would be before us will remain the same. What does not change: COVID-19 Relief Funding and LeaveRegardless of party control, the pandemic challenges continue. While there appears to be a light at the end

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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,” said Megan Tuttle, NEA-NH President. “NH Students and families need our elected leaders to pay attention to the schools we already have, and help them with the health crisis we are in right now.“ New Hampshire’s charter school laws provide

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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 a Supreme Court that is just and fair, we need a fair-minded justice like Ginsburg. A principled, dignified defender of justice who will utilize their position on the bench to safeguard civil rights. We accept nothing less. Our nation is

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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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