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Ignoring Property Taxpayers, Senate OK’s Unaccountable School Voucher Bill

CONCORD – Today, the NH Senate voted to take funds away from our public schools and raise local property taxes to compensate for that loss in funding. “Ignoring the voices of the thousands of taxpayers who opposed this bill, they voted to send your tax dollars to private and religious schools,” said Megan Tuttle, NEA-NH President. The absence of real public accountability for voucher funds has contributed to rampant fraud, waste, and abuse in voucher programs across the country. “Their vote on SB130 today opens the door to that type

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Bill Seeks to Roll Back the Rights We Secured Last Year

As enacted last year and signed into law by Governor Sununu, each school district now bears the cost of supplying menstrual hygiene products at no cost in all gender neutral bathrooms and bathrooms designated for females located in public middle and high schools. It seems that the “cost” of providing this basic right to our students is is jut too high for some members of the committee who want to gut the law and change it to allow school districts to make reasonable efforts to ensure menstrual hygiene products are available to

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NEA-NH President Testifies in Support of SB145 and Efforts to Maintain Education Funding Levels

SB145 is intended to maintain the level of  fiscal year 2022 state funding for school districts that have experienced significant disruptions during the COVID-19 pandemic in fiscal year 2021.  These disruptions have affected fall 2020 average daily membership in attendance, the number upon which fiscal year 2022 funding is based.  This bill will help school districts plan for town meetings, and help stabilize local property taxes. During the 2020-2021 school year, average daily membership attendance (ADMA) fell by approximately 8,000 students, due to shifting between in-person and remote learning. Free

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Senate Education Recommends Private/Religious School Voucher Plan

Today the Senate Education committee recommended passing SB 130, a bill that would create a voucher program to send taxpayer money to private and religious schools, on a party line vote. At a time when our state,  schools and students face serious challenges, the last thing we need to do is spend scarce taxpayer dollars on vouchers for private or religious schools that are not accountable and can pick and choose their students.  Voucher programs like this one, use our tax dollars for unaccountable private schools and expenses. SB 130

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NEA-NH Priorities for Public Education

We ask only what is right: equal opportunity for every student, every educator, every family. Committed to Improving Student Achievement and Education Quality Our students’ job is to learn, and our job is to make sure they can. Our democracy will flourish only when we ensure every school is fully funded, every child is treated with dignity, and every learner can pursue their passion. We must pass laws and policies that push forward the arc of justice–laws that protect all children’s access to a great public education, regardless of age,

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Educator Vaccines to Begin March 12

The good news is, starting March 12, educators across New Hampshire can receive their COVID vaccine. We’d like to thank President Biden for his efforts to dramatically increase the availability of vaccines and to direct that essential education workers be vaccinated by the end of March. Many school districts have already announced their plans to host clinics for their staff – some as early as the 12th.  Please check with your district to see if they plan on hosting such an event and be sure to take advantage of the

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Educator Vaccine Update

The following information was given at the Governor’s Press Conference today: Beginning 3/12, schools can begin giving vaccines to staff. Check with your school district to see if they have plans to administer vaccines to staff.  This will most likely be the fastest and easiest way to receive your vaccine. The state’s Vaccine Management System, VMS, will start taking educator appointments on 3/17. If your schools district is not able to host a vaccination event, you can register on the VMS site starting then. Vaccines from these appointments will begin

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If NH GOP Has its Way, We Won’t Even Be Allowed to Talk About Racism

New Hampshire lawmakers are debating a bill that would prevent educators from teaching about systemic racism and sexism in public schools and state-funded programs. This was the first line of an article in the Concord Monitor, published February 18, 2021. Read it again and note the century it was published. This is happening where we live right now and the bill’s sponsors are people our friends and neighbors voted for. Also from the Monitor; “HB 544, titled an act “relative to the propagation of divisive topics,” seeks to limit public

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NEA NH Statement on President Biden’s Vaccine Plan for Educators, Governor Sununu’s Decision to Continue to Make Teachers Wait

CONCORD, NH – On Wednesday, President Joe Biden announced that he is directing every state to prioritize COVID-19 vaccinations for front line educators, with the goal to have every teacher, school staff person, and childcare worker receive their first dose of one of the approved vaccines by the end of March. Statement from Megan Tuttle, President of NEA New Hampshire: “We agree with President Biden that we need to treat in-person learning like the essential service that it is. Our frontline educators, from teachers to school staff to childcare workers,

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NEA-NH Applauds President Biden for Prioritizing Educators for Vaccines

We have a new opportunity to keep students, educators and their families safe and focus on providing the education experience all students deserve. “We applaud the President’s announcement today reaffirming that education employees being vaccinated is a vital part of returning to full-time in-person education,” said Megan Tuttle, NEA-NH President NEA-NH has long advocated for a safe return to schools and vaccines are just one of the tools that can help accomplish that goal. It is refreshing to hear solutions coming from Washington to allow schools buildings to reopen as

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