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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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My Turn: Past Decade Has Seen Big Changes in Education

By TOM RAFFIO For the Monitor Wednesday, May 10, 2017 I’m sorry to leave the State Board of Education but am pleased with what we’ve accomplished over my 10-year term, the last five as chairman. I’m most proud of the working relationship we built between the board and the department and, most importantly, with parents, educators, and businesses throughout the state. One of the board’s key priorities since I came on 10 years ago has been to help our schools move toward personalized competency education. This is a big change

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NEA-NH Presidents Comments to State Board of Education

This morning, NEA-New Hampshire President Megan Tuttle provided the following remarks during the public comment portion of the New Hampshire State Board of Education meeting: Good Morning ladies and gentlemen. My name is Megan Tuttle and I am the President of NEA-New Hampshire. Your agenda for today includes discussion on proposals to revise the New Hampshire English Language Arts standards and the Mathematics standards. The 17,000 members of NEA-NH, frontline employees in the daily challenge to bring the goals of the standards to life for our students, urge you to reconsider

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Full Day Kindergarten is a Sound Educational Investment

An open letter to the House Finance Committee Dear Chairman Kurk and Members of the House Finance Committee, After more than 25 years of trying, New Hampshire is finally poised to fully fund those communities that have full day kindergarten. Kindergarten is a magical time in a child’s life. During kindergarten, children learn to get along with each other, they discover the joy and challenge of reading and writing, and they learn what it means to be in school. We know that kindergarten is a key “bridge year” for children—a

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Now They Want To Tell Us How To Pay Our Bills

We face a new challenge to our ability to effectively advocate for the 180,000 children in our public schools – the prohibition of payroll dues deduction. The bill, sponsored by Representatives, Hinch, Kurk, Packard, Chandler, Carr and Ohm states that “no public employer shall withhold union dues from a public employee’s wages. No other deductions are targeted by their bill. Only union dues. This legislation serves no purpose except to punish school employees and the unions that represent them. It creates no jobs, saves no money for school districts, and

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