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Gaining Experience and Proficiency Step-by-Step

As Town Meeting and elections approach, it’s important to be sure that everyone understands what Teacher Salary Steps are and how they work. It is common practice across the country to determine a teacher’s compensation based on a Salary Schedule. A Salary Schedule contains steps and lanes. Steps reflect a teacher’s classroom experience while lanes are based on a teacher’s academic achievements. Teachers have, with the use of a stepped salary schedule, agreed to a school district’s assertion that a fully qualified teacher has both the background and actual experience

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NEA-NH President Applauds House Committee Vote

House ED&A Committee votes to move educator death benefit forward with a recommendation of Ought to Pass with Amendment CONCORD, NH – January 31, 2018 – NEA-New Hampshire President Megan Tuttle applauded the House ED&A Committee’s 11-6 vote to move HB 1415 forward with a recommendation of Ought to Pass with Amendment. HB 1415 establishes a benefit of $100,000 for the family of an educator killed in the line of duty. “When I first became a teacher 19 years ago, nobody told me that part of an educator’s job description

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NEA-NH President ‘s Testimony Against SB 193

  On Tuesday, NEA-New Hampshire President Megan Tuttle provided the testimony listed below to the House Finance Committee in opposition to SB 193, the unconstitutional voucher bill currently under consideration. The hearing on the bill lasted nearly four hours, and the House Finance Committee Room overflowed into the hallway. Opponents of the bill outnumbered supporters. In addition to President Tuttle’s testimony, NEA-NH presented the Committee with testimony from nearly 50 NEA-NH members in opposition to the bill. Because this bill is in House Finance, only financial considerations were allowed to

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NEA-NH President Testifies in Favor of School Employee Death Benefit Bill

Earlier this week, NEA-NH President Megan Tuttle testified before a House Committee hearing HB 1415, a bill establishing a death benefit for a school employee killed in the line of duty.  This bill is one of NEA-NH’s legislative priorities this year and is similar to one introduced previously.  Many of the concerns raised by House members last session before killing the bill have been addressed in this year’s version.  Here is a copy of her testimony: “When I first became a teacher 19 years ago, nobody told me that part of

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NEA-NH Statement on SB 193

NH Legislature Plans to Raise Property Taxes by Starving Towns of Millions of Dollars. Concord, NH, December 20, 2017 – NEA-New Hampshire North Country Executive Board Member Jon Dugan-Henriksen released the following statement on SB 193, the Legislature’s disastrous plan to raise local property taxes to benefit well-off private schools. “Vouchers will divert public tax dollars from schools that need it, to private schools and individuals who will use it with little to no oversight, leaving our state to ensure adequacy with aid money that does not exist,” said Dugan-Henriksen. “Data from other states show no evidence that vouchers improve student outcomes. In fact, given the opportunity to vote directly on vouchers, voters have overwhelmingly rejected them time and time again.” “The one common result in states that have adopted

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NEA-NH Municipal Election Recommendations

NEA-NH’s recommendations for the November 7, 2017 elections can be found here. Included with the recommendations is information on polling locations and other ballot questions. Every vote matters — be sure to encourage your friends and family to make it out to the polls. [btn text=”NEA-NH Recommendations” tcolor=#FFF thovercolor=#FFF link=”https://neanh.org/legislative-action/nea-nhs-municipal-election-recommendations/” target=”_self”]  

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ACA 2018 Exchange Enrollment Begins Nov 1; What You Need to Know

If you have members, family, or friends who need to enroll or re-enroll in a 2018 health insurance exchange marketplace plan under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), please share the following with them in light of a series of actions taken by the Trump administration. The administration’s actions include cutting the ACA’s enrollment period, scheduling maintenance of the HealthCare.gov website during high enrollment days, and cutting ACA advertising and outreach efforts.   1. Open Enrollment Period has been cut by 6 weeks Open enrollment for plans offered on federally-facilitated and state-based exchange marketplaces begins Wednesday, November 1, 2017, and runs until midnight December 15, 2017. Some state-based exchange marketplaces have longer enrollment periods, that run beyond December 15, so check with your state.   2. The HealthCare.gov website will be

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NEA-New Hampshire’s 2018 Legislative Priorities

Another legislative session begins soon, and NEA-NH is ready to promote and defend public education and educators in Concord. Vouchers: Regardless of what they’re called; vouchers, education savings accounts, or tuition tax credits; these schemes all rob public schools of vital public funding and resources.  Taxpayer money from hard working families across the state should not end up in the untraceable bank accounts of private schools. A child’s opportunity for success should never be left to chance – whether it’s a charter school lottery or a privater school voucher – both are risky propositions with no assurances.  What every child needs is a quality, well-equipped school right in their neighborhood where they can learn, be inspired, and thrive. Instead of taking away funds from our public schools and handing them

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NEA-NH Reaction to Supreme Court Decision to Hear Janus v. AFSME

Case would make the nation’s entire public sector “right-to-work”  CONCORD, September 28, 2017- Today the U.S. Supreme Court announced that it would hear Janus v. American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, Council 31. This case is a purely political scheme to further rig the economy against working people and the middle class by striking at the freedom of working people to come together in strong unions. Collective bargaining gives educators and students a voice in their schools and workplace. It not only helps assure fair wages and benefits, but also improves teaching and learning conditions. “That means everyone connected to the school benefits, including students, teachers, education support professionals, administrators, and taxpayers,” said Megan Tuttle, NEA-NH President. “I can’t stress enough that teachers’ working conditions are students’ learning conditions,

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