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The Most Expansive Voucher Bill in the Country is Headed for NH – NEA-NH Spoke in Opposition Today

HB20, the most expansive voucher program ever proposed in the United States, had its first hearing today. Make no mistake, regardless of the title, HB20 is a voucher bill. How bad are school vouchers for students? Far worse than most people imagine. According to one analysis, the use of school vouchers—which provide families with public dollars to spend on private schools—is equivalent to missing out on more than one-third of a year of classroom learning. In other words, this analysis found that the overall effect of the D.C. voucher program on students is

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NEA-NH: The CDC Did Not Just Give the ‘All Clear” to Return to Full-time In-person Instruction

The CDC’s recent release concludes that the current data indicate it is possible to safely reopen schools – a sentiment NEA-NH has shared for close to a year now – if the proper protocols and precautions are followed by everyone involved.  Sadly, this has not been the case in many of our schools. The CDC acknowledges that the lowest risk scenario for transmission is students and educators engaged in virtual-only classes, activities, and events. Higher risks occur with the increased personal contact associated with in-person instruction and activities, and larger

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Only in NH: Ski patrol receive vaccines before educators

Let’s be clear.  The 17,000 members of NEA-NH and their families think educators should get vaccines before ski patrol members. The Governor does not. We think masks help keep students and staff stay safe and should be mandated for all in-person learning. The Governor does not. We want the health and safety of students and staff to be priority one – that’s why our charitable foundation is distributing 4,000 child size masks to schools that haven’t received them from the Governor. We’re upset because we believe front line educators need

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Webinar 1/27: Winning the Fight to Preserve Public Education

Betsy DeVos has resigned as Secretary of Education, and under the incoming Biden administration, federal education policy will be led by an educator and public school graduate, Connecticut state education commissioner Miguel Cardona. For the first time in four years, public school educators will have a partner in Washington. But the right-wing effort to dismantle public education in the United States isn’t going away without a fight. And we can’t win that fight without understanding how and why it began. Join NEA-NH members and allies on January 27 at 7:00PM

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Governor: Please Name the School NEA-NH Has Stopped From Re-opening

During his press conference today, Governor Sununu stated teacher unions are blocking the reopening of school. So we’re asking Governor: please name the school NEA-NH has stopped from re-opening. If you want our schools to reopen, why are out-of-state ski patrol members getting vaccines before classroom teachers? NH Educators if you’re outraged you have to wait until downhill skiing is safe before your classroom is made safe, call the Governor and let him know: 603-271-2121

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NEA-NH President Calls on Sununu to Explain Why Ski Patrol is Receiving COVID Vaccine Before Educators

NEA-NH President Says Sununu Should Follow Other States and Prioritize Vaccinating Educators in Phase 1 Concord, N.H. — Today, NEA-NH is calling on Governor Chris Sununu to explain why ski patrol staff are being prioritized for the Phase 1a allocation of the COVID vaccine ahead of New Hampshire educators. According to the NH Region Ski Patrol, ski patrol staff can receive the COVID vaccine during Phase 1a, ahead of educators who are slated to receive the vaccine in Phase 2, or by March. However, according to section 153-A of Emergency

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Commissioner Edelblut, What Kind of Example Are You Setting for Our Kids?

Governor Sununu, are you as shocked by the comments tweeted by your Education Commissioner as we are? For his first posts since the insurrection at the Capitol on Wednesday, Frank Edelblut did not choose to denounce the murder of a police officer or the violence perpetrated by the rioters incited by President Trump. Instead, he chose to denounce the decisions by private corporations to enforce their terms and conditions of use.   Let’s be very clear here: Parler was de-platformed because they refused to control incitement of violence and hatred

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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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