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After Committee Adopts HB1431, NEA-NH Hopeful On News of Promised Veto

HB 1431 was adopted with amendments by the Committee of Conference today. Even after the adoption of amendments, HB1431 still requires mandatory, immediate disclosure to parents about changes in gender identity and expression at school – it interferes in parent-child relationships, causes harm to vulnerable LGBTQ+ and other students, and undermines school efforts to create affirming, inclusive learning environments. “Parents and teachers in New Hampshire have been working together for a long time to ensure our schools consistently provide what’s best for our children and their education,” said Megan Tuttle,

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As Teacher Appreciation Week Comes to a Close…

Teacher Appreciation Week 2022 comes to a close today. In case you missed it, I wanted to share the opening few paragraphs for an article recently posted on NEA Today about an event they sponsored for educators this week. “To honor teachers for Teacher Appreciation Week, the National PTA hosted a Facebook Live panel discussion to ask what they need to feel valued and appreciated. NEA President Becky Pringle and Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona joined the discussion, which was moderated by Lisa Ann Walter, the actress and comedian who

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NEA-NH Statement on Senate Passage of HB 1431

Parents and teachers in New Hampshire have been working together for a long time to ensure our schools consistently provide what’s best for our children and their education. It’s part of the reason New Hampshire is always in the top 5 ranked public school systems in the country. Instead of building upon the on-going parent-teacher relationship, HB 1431 takes the opposite approach. Its broad language around so-called rights and notice, particularly on the heels of the banned concepts law, coupled with the threat of litigation will only provoke a greater

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NEA-NH Applauds Senate Decision to Kill Local Education Caps

NEA-NH is relieved that HB 1393 was killed by the Senate today. The way New Hampshire funds public education is already grossly inadequate and inequitable. The nonsensical, rigid methodology the bill envisioned takes this educational inequality and amplifies it,  disrupting our students’ learning environments and removing the very services and staff that have helped them recover from the uncertainty of the past 18 months. We are pleased the vote respected the will of the vast majority of those parents and citizens who testified against the bill.

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NEA-NH: We Reject Your Efforts at Division, Commissioner.

Once again, you’ve got it all wrong Commissioner. This is what our teachers do. Spend hundreds of dollars of their own money each year to buy students supplies because their school is not properly funded Comfort young students who are stigmatized by people like you who separate them and make them feel as though they are less valuable as human beings Change diapers in schools for special needs children because they deserve a chance in this world like everyone else Stock in-school food pantries for students because their parents cannot

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NEA-NH President: HB 1393 is nonsensical, rigid, undemocratic and dangerous

NEA-New Hampshire President Megan Tuttle offered testimony today in opposition to HB 1393, a bill that would inflict Croydon-like damage on every school district in the state. Her testimony appears below: Dear Chairman Gray and Honorable members of the Senate Election Law and Municipal Affairs Committee, My name is Megan Tuttle, President of NEA-NH, and I have the honor of representing more than 17,000 educators across our state who have gone to extraordinary lengths over the last 2 years to meet the countless challenges this pandemic has presented them so

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NEA-NH President: HB1131 Works Against Public Safety

NEA-New Hampshire President Megan Tuttle offered testimony on opposition to HB 1131, a bill that takes away a key mitigation tool against and airborne pathogen that a school district has to keep students and staff safe and in-person and mandates that any violation would be considered a violation of the educator code of conduct – potentially making New Hampshire educators choose between their job and their license. Her testimony appears below: Chairman Bradley and Honorable members of the Senate Health and Humans Services Committee, My name is Megan Tuttle, President

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NEA-NH Mourns Loss of Rep. Renny Cushing

NEA-NH is deeply saddened by the passing of long-time champion for education, educators, and working families, Renny Cushing. “We grieve the loss of our dear friend and most ardent supporter, Renny Cushing,” said Megan Tuttle, NEA-NH President. “Renny’s dedication to the promise of public education and to all those who learn and work in our schools made New Hampshire a better place. His fighting spirit and steadfast commitment to ensuring each of us could achieve the success story inside us will truly be missed.”

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NEA-NH Opposes Extreme Anti-Masking Bill HB 1131

HB1131 seeks to prohibits school boards and accredited nonpublic schools from adopting, enforcing, or implementing a policy that requires students or members of the public to wear a facial covering. The bill also enables any person who claims to be aggrieved by this proposed law to be able to initiate a civil action against a school, the district, or the local school board as well as other litigation adds a violation of the law by a certified educator to the growing list of proposed violations of the code of conduct.

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NEA-NH: We must hold every school to the same standard, whether public or private.

NEA-New Hampshire President, Megan Tuttle, offered testimony today in favor of swift passage of HB 1607, a bill that would ensure “that there shall be no unlawful discrimination in any public school, private school, approved school tuition program, or educational service that receives public funds.” Here is the text of her testimony: Chairman Ladd and Honorable members of the House Education Committee, My name is Megan Tuttle, I am the President of NEA-NH and I represent more than 17,000 New Hampshire educators. For more than 168 years it has been

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