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NEA-NH: Sununu Silences Educators By Signing Budget

CONCORD, June 25, 2021 – Once again, Governor Sununu has failed even the simplest test of leadership. Rather than chart a course that would help the largest number of New Hampshire families, students, parents, and taxpayers, he signed a dangerous and harmful budget at 4:45pm on a Friday afternoon.  In his ongoing attempt to defund and dismantle public education, he signed a budget that silences educators while robbing our public schools of needed funds to pay for private school vouchers for the wealthy. We will not be deterred. New Hampshire

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NEA-NH: Ongoing Assault on Public Education Continues With Passage of Budget

CONCORD, June 24, 2021 – NEA-New Hampshire is deeply disappointed but not at all surprised by today’s vote on the budget. This body of elected representatives did very, very little in the way of truly representing the priorities and values of the majority of New Hampshire’s citizens, and this budget reflects just how out of step the General Court has become. ‘Nothing is more important than our children,’ they say. But House and Senate leadership defund our schools and muzzle our educators every chance they get. The budget they advanced

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“A Better New Hampshire is Possible” Rally at State House Tomorrow

CONCORD, NH – On Thursday, June 24th at 10 am, a grassroots coalition for a People’s Budget will gather at the State House in Concord to demand a better budget for New Hampshire. The rally will take place as the House and Senate hold concurrent sessions to vote on the final version of the state budget. The rally will feature advocates on issues of racial justice, public education equity, disability justice, tax fairness, and the urgency of climate action. WHAT: Coalition for a People’s Budget to Gather at the State

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NEA-NH: Budget Proposal Fails to Represent and Fund New Hampshire Values

CONCORD, June 17, 2021 – Today, the House and Senate conferees on HB 2 produced a budget proposal that contains numerous provisions that are opposed by the vast majority of the people of New Hampshire. The conferees included an unaccountable private and religious school voucher program which would increase property taxes by attempting to fund 2 different education systems – one public and one private – and both on the taxpayer’s dime. Two polls conducted this year have shown the overwhelming majority of Granite Staters oppose such a program, and a

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NEA-NH Mourns the Loss of Representative Douglas Ley

NEA-NH is deeply saddened by the passing of long-time champion for education, educators, and working families, Douglas Ley. “We grieve the loss of our colleague, Doug Ley,” said Megan Tuttle, NEA-NH President. “Doug’s dedication to public education and to all those who work in our schools enhanced student learning and improved educator working conditions.  His work benefited New Hampshire’s students, schools, and communities. His fighting spirit and steadfast commitment to working families will be missed.” “We extend our sincerest condolences to his wife, sons, and loved ones and hope they

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NEA-NH Congratulates Muriel Hall on Her Victory

CONCORD – NEA-NH congratulates Muriel Hall on her victory in her special election for State Representative.   Muriel ran a positive race about standing up for public education and supporting workers’ rights while her opponent and his allies tried to use the politics of fear and division to win an election. With tonight’s results, Bow and Dunbarton voters sent a clear message to Concord.  Representative-elect Muriel Hall is an accomplished educator and fierce advocate for strong, healthy, and safe communities. These are the priorities Bow and Dunbarton voters want their representative

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NEA-NH Online Ads Target Tax Impact of Massive Voucher Expansion

CONCORD, NH – In light of the Senate’s passage of a budget bill that included the most sweeping school voucher program in the country, NEA-NH has launched an statewide online ad campaign to allow the voices of the state’s property taxpayers to be heard. The voucher provision added to the budget has not received any analysis from the Legislative Budget Assistant and is essentially a blank check written by Senate Republicans to be paid by local property taxpayers of New Hampshire. The NEA-NH campaign aims to raise awareness that this

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Divisive Concepts Language Should be Deleted, Not Amended

Sen. Bradley’s divisive concepts amendment is yet another attempt to whitewash American history by intimidating schoolteachers into avoiding important conversations about race and mischaracterizing history lessons and current event discussions on racism and sexism as some plot to undermine America. The past and the present are interconnected. It’s impossible to teach America’s history without discussing injustice, especially when present-day events mirror historical lessons. The vagueness of this amendment makes it very unclear how it will impact history lessons in New Hampshire. What is very clear, however, are the sanctions for

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NEA-NH: This Budget Can be a Better Representation of the Priorities of the People of New Hampshire

“We have an opportunity on this, National Teacher Appreciation Day, to show the most important people we serve as educators, our students, that we support a strong public education for all by funding our schools and striving to be a more inclusive and just community.“ Today, NEA-NH President Megan Tuttle offered the following testimony to the Senate Finance Committee during their hearing on the state budget bills. Dear Chairman Daniels and Honorable members of the Senate Finance Committee, While the state budget bills contain numerous provisions in them, my testimony

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NEA-NH: We Have a Few Questions, Governor

CONCORD – We’re hoping to get some answers from the Governor at today’s press conference regarding his new order that circumvents the carefully crafted plans of many school districts in the state. Well before the Governor decided to insert himself into this process, school districts had developed safe re-opening plans and were on track to return to full-time classes by early May. Those plans were created with the input of educators, administrators, parents, and health officials to address the unique needs of each school and bring students back AS QUICKLY

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