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NEA-NH Seeks Formal Guidance on HB2 Implementation from NH Attorney General

CONCORD, NH – July 12, 2021 – Today, NEA-New Hampshire requested that the state Attorney General issue specific, formal guidance on the implementation of HB 2 within public school districts and public institutions of higher education across the State of New Hampshire. The language included in the section entitled ‘Right to Freedom from Discrimination in Public Workplaces and Education,’ contains ambiguity that requires clarification. “We want our kids to have an education that imparts honesty about who we are, integrity in how we treat others, and courage to do what’s

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NEA-NH: We Did Indeed Respond

Earlier in the week, NEA-NH received a request to provide information for an article being prepared by the Union Leader on the massive voucher expansion program recently signed into law by Governor Sununu. Specifically, we were asked if we would challenge the new law in court, what effect vouchers will have on public schools and our members, and were we planning on organizing public schools. We sent our response on Thursday afternoon, well ahead of the Friday noon deadline we were given. When the article was published, it was noted

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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 educators will persevere in their commitment to prepare our students to succeed in the world. We will do what we always have done each time a challenge is presented to us, and as always, keep kids at the center of

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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 today shifts an even greater amount of education costs onto the backs of local property taxpayers, fails to adequately fund the kind of education our children deserve, and sends a chilling message to educators to remain silent on the topic

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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 House for “A Better New Hampshire is Possible” Rally WHEN: Thursday, June 24th at 10:00 AM WHERE: New Hampshire State House, 107 N Main St, Concord, NH 03303 The Coalition for a People’s Budget includes: NH Poor People’s Campaign, NH

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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 record 5,000+ registered their opposition to the legislation at its sole public hearing in the senate. It is also estimated this will cost property taxpayers at least $69 million over the next 3 years. On top of that, HB 2

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