NEA-NH Legislative Take Action Center

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This past week, the Senate Education Committee voted on party lines to recommend passing HB 1298 and amending the bill back to the version they passed months ago. This bill is being advocated for by Commissioner Edelblut as part of his effort to water down the standards for teaching. As a refresher, with the amendment, the bill would create a “Part-Time Teacher” who can teach in public schools provided they only work less than 30 hours a week, pass a criminal history record check and are subject to the educator code of conduct. There is no time limit to this status or requirement for a path to certification, traditional or alternative, where a teacher could receive feedback, support, or professional development.   

Studies have shown that teacher quality is the most powerful indicator of student achievement within the school. The effect of a high-quality teacher can be as much as one grade level in annual achievement growth. High-quality and effective teachers are well-versed in teaching methods, learning theory, child development, assessment, and their content area.  

High-quality preparatory programs, whether it is a “traditional” program or alternative pathways like Grow-Your-Own programs, help future teachers build the skills and knowledge necessary to effectively serve their students.  

In Texas, a new state law has resulted in more unlicensed new teachers being hired than licensed ones; in rural and small-town schools, almost 75% of new teachers hired in 2023-24 were unlicensed.  

Further, uncertified teachers leave the profession at a higher rate than certified teachers. Approximately 30% of uncertified teachers leave the profession within a five-year span compared to 15% of certified teachers.  

ACTION ALERT: Tell your state senator to reject lower standards for New Hampshire students by rejecting HB 1298! 

On May 16, the Senate cast a party line vote to pass HB 1312, which goes to the Governor’s desk next. This bill would essentially codify a recent NH Department of Education interpretation of the 2-week notice to parents around objectionable material which is an unworkable standard that would leave educators wondering what course material could apply to the notice requirements that traditionally had been focused on sex education and health classes. For example, if there is a book or math worksheet that contains any kind of scenario mentioning someone’s gender or orientation, does it then fall into a 2-week notice requirement? The bill also contains more vague language that is like other so-called parental rights legislation that puts educators in impossible positions in determining which actions or conversations could put them or a student in jeopardy when they are only trying to be a trusted adult at school. 

ACTION ALERT: Call Governor Sununu and urge him to veto HB 1312 – 603.271.2121

HB 1665 is an effort to dramatically expand private school vouchers by raising eligibility to enter the program from 350% of the Federal Poverty Level to 500% (or $156k per year for a family of four). This bill would bring the state a long way toward universal voucher eligibility and the fiscal debacles with public education that states like Florida and Arizona are facing right now. For New Hampshire, this could mean as much as an additional $66 million diverted from public education annually. 

Several organizations funded by the Koch brothers are now focusing on this, effectively the last remaining voucher expansion bill in the legislature this year. Some Republican state senators have expressed caution about expanding the private school voucher program as far as this bill would but the pressure will be on and that’s why it is critical you act now and urge your state senator to reject expanding the runaway voucher program! 

If you have already used our action form, take the next step by calling your lawmaker to urge them to reject voucher expansion. You can find your state senator’s phone number here.