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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

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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 –

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NEA-NH President Testifies for Retirement Commission

“…educators hired after July 1, 2011 will never receive 100% of their expected pension.” Today, NEA New Hampshire President Megan Tuttle provided testimony for the New Hampshire Decennial Retirement Commission.  The text of her comments is provided below.   Mr. Chairman, Members of the Commission, My name is Megan Tuttle and I am the President of the National Education Association of New Hampshire. Prior to becoming NEA-NH President last March, I taught for 19 years in the Keene and Pembroke School Districts.  I want to thank you for the opportunity

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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

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NEA-New Hampshire Announces Recommendations in Upcoming Special Elections

Following the results of Tuesday’s primaries in Hillsborough District 15 and Sullivan District 1, NEA-New Hampshire announced the following recommendations in the four Special Election’s scheduled for State Representative between today and November 7th. September 26th Kari Lerner Rockingham District 4 (Auburn, Chester, and Sandown) “As a former educator, Kari knows that a strong public education system is vital to growing New Hampshire’s economy,’ said NEA-New Hampshire President Megan Tuttle.  “Like the 200 State Representatives that voted down SB11, Kari also knows that Right to Work has no place in

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NH Department of Education Selects New Vendor for Statewide Testing

The state of Department of Education has entered into a contract with the American Institute for Research, AIR, for a new standardized test for New Hampshire. NEA-NH continues too look into the impact this change will have on our students and educators and will post updates as we learn more about the new tests. For now, this is what what have learned: The AIR test is based upon the Common Core Standards so it will be testing the same knowledge as the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) test. The specifications

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Changes in Paraeducator 1 Certification Process Have Many Asking Questions

The New Hampshire state Board of Education recently voted to adopt changes in the certification requirements for paraeducators “The Department of Education has really degraded Para 1 certification to the basic minimum required to be employed,” said Jill Owens, NEA-NH Executive Board member and Education Support Professional in Hampstead.  “When our paras first became certified after working to fill out the Competency form required under the old rule, they had a whole new view of their capabilities and worth.  It is hard to put into words, but their job became

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Preparations Underway to Promote and Defend Public Education in NH

NEA-New Hampshire’s Legislative Agenda and Priorities for the 2018 session For more than 150 years, NEA-New Hampshire has been committed to improving student achievement in New Hampshire public schools, providing learning opportunities for teachers and students, and ensuring that all students are ready to learn.  Our unwavering belief in opportunity, respect and fairness drives our legislative and leadership teams who work tirelessly for our members in Concord and Washington. “Attacks on education, opportunity and fairness happen every year, and we believe this year will be no different,” said Brendon Browne,

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This Labor Day, and Every Day, Unions Fight for Real Freedoms for Working People

Unions are critically important in giving educators a voice that allows them to advocate to ensure every student has the opportunity to receive a good education that inspires natural curiosity and a desire to learn. Educators negotiate to keep class sizes down so children have one-on-one attentions and modern tools to learn. If corporations and politicians eliminate our freedom to form unions, they’ll continue to drive down wages, kill jobs, defund our public schools and services, silence working people at the ballot box, and cripple the fundamental values of freedom

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