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Legislative Update – The New Legislature Taking Shape

Speaker of NH House – In the wake of the death of NH Speaker Dick Hinch, there will need to be a new election for Speaker when the House meets on January 6th. On December 18, the House Republicans held a virtual caucus and will be nominating the acting Speaker Sherm Packard for that post making him the likely next speaker. Here is what we know for committee assignments which are important to track as we work to make our voices heard on our issues: Senate Committee assignments – The

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NEA-NH Urges Charters Be Held to the Same Standards as all Other Taxpayer-Funded Schools

Today, the Commissioner and Legislature have agreed to cash Betsy DeVos’ check to double the number of charter schools in New Hampshire.  Her check provides for the start-up costs for these new schools, but does not pay to operate or maintain them – the taxpayers of New Hampshire will be responsible for those costs. Charter schools, by their very nature, drain funding from local public schools, which enroll over 90 percent of K-12 students. We believe since charter schools are taxpayer-funded schools, they MUST be held to the same safeguards

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Where Are Educators in the Line for Vaccines?

With several COVID-19 vaccines being fast-tracked for approval, vaccines may be available sometime this month. “Every single student, educator, and parent in America has spent the past 10 months in a state of anxiety over the COVID-19 pandemic and what it’s done to our school communities,” said Becky Pringle, NEA President. “There is no replacement for the in-person connection between our students and their educators. With promises of a vaccine on the horizon, we have a new opportunity to return to an in-person education where every student can thrive –

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Legislative Preview: What We Face in 2021

This week, the state legislature that convened on December 2 will look very different from the last 2 years – which means the legislative landscape changes dramatically. Republicans now hold a 14-10 majority in the state senate, a 213-187 majority in the state house and will hold a 4-1 majority when the new Executive Council is installed in January along with Governor Sununu. With the change in party control, we expect to see a very different policy agenda pushed by the new majority for the upcoming year, but some of

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President’s Letter: Through adversity, our strength shines

If you’re like me, you’re eager to see 2020 fade into the past and move on to 2021. Enough already. But for all the pain, disruption, and chaos it brought, 2020 also provided us greater insight into some of our un-celebrated strengths. Through countless examples of sacrifice and service above and beyond the incredible job you have done in the past, this year proved once again just how dedicated and caring our members truly are. Throughout the pandemic, as difficult as it was, we kept the focus on students. You

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What NH Students and Families Need Now is PPE, Test Kits, Laptops and Internet Access – Not More Charter Schools

New Hampshire House and Senate leaders plan to move ahead this week on the $46 million federal grant to help double the state’s charter schools – their first major legislative action since taking power in the Legislature last month. Education Commissioner Frank Edelblut said his department will be submitting another request to accept the funding at Friday’s Fiscal Committee meeting. “The pandemic has made it clear that many of our public schools and districts need help. Now is not the time to double the number of charter schools in New Hampshire,”

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NEA-NH Encourages School Funding Commission to be “Bold” and “Comprehensive”

NEA-NH president Megan Tuttle provided the following testimony to the School Funding Commission this afternoon: Good afternoon, my name is Megan Tuttle President of NEA-NH. Our union represents over 17,000 educators across our state in collective bargaining. In addition to negotiating and representing school staff and faculty we also provide our members high quality professional development and raise money for scholarships and basic needs for our students. Before I begin, I would like to thank each one of you for your service on this committee and to the legislators who

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Isn’t it Time You Stood Up For Our Public Schools, Commissioner?

The grant you submitted again today does still not address the basic charter school safeguards of transparency, opportunity and quality.  It takes money directly from our underfunded public-school system, and ties taxpayers to a generation of new expenses. We thank all those elected officials who continue to have the courage to stand up to you. We all believe education has the power to change lives. In fact, as a society we believe the value of an education is so great to the individual and the common good, that we all

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President’s Letter: Elections Matter – Be Heard

It’s been two years since the last “big” election. I think we all could have predicted that Betsy DeVos and Donald Trump would continue to undermine public education every chance they could – and they did. I think we all know that Commissioner Edelblut would do everything in his power to implement the Trump-DeVos agenda – and he did. I think we all hoped that Governor Sununu would be more moderate in his approach toward education. Instead, he showed just how devoted he was to the notion of dismantling public

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NEA-NH Recommends Cinde Warmington for District 2 Executive Council

CONCORD, NH – September 18, 2020 – NEA-New Hampshire announced their recommendation of Cinde Warmington for District 2 Executive Council today. “We’re confident Cinde’s experience uniquely prepares her to be a leader on the council in holding the governor and his education commissioner accountable during this critical time for educators during the pandemic,” said Megan Tuttle, NEA-NH President. “As Cinde says, we have seen for the last two years, that one vote is the difference between a Commissioner of Education who believes in public education, and one who seeks to

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