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NEA-NH Welcomes Passage of the School Employee Death Benefit Bill

Members urge Governor to sign bill into law CONCORD, NH – May 23, 2018 – The School Employee Death Benefit bill, along with an additional $10 million for school security upgrades, passed both the House and Senate today. There was a voice vote in the Senate, and the bill passed the House 262-76. The bill is now headed to the Governor. The most recent slaughter of students and educators in Texas is further evidence of the need for this bill for the surviving families of school employees who die from

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Protest the Betsy DeVos Visit

President Trump’s Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos is coming to New Hampshire on Monday night for a New Hampshire GOP fundraiser. The Secretary’s visit comes on the heels of a desperate effort by Governor Sununu to revive SB 193, the school voucher bill which would have diverted funds from public schools to private and religious institutions. It’s the same failed policy that DeVos has pushed aggressively in her short tenure with the Department of Education. WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT!  It’s up to us, the people of New Hampshire, to take a

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Dear Gov. Sununu; You Have Underestimated Us Once Again

An open letter to Governor Sununu:   Dear Governor Sununu, We are aware that SB193 supporters have tied their unconstitutional voucher bill to the bill authorizing the public-school employee death benefit, among other education related bills.  The thousands of school employees in this state, along with their families and supporters find this tactic reprehensible.  If you believed that we would be moved to offer support for a bill that robs millions from public school children across the state to save the death benefit bill, then you have grossly underestimated the lengths to which public school employees will go to protect our students. Employing strong-arm, parliamentary trickery to save your voucher scheme at a time when New Hampshire teachers dip into their own pockets to purchase pens, paper, and other needed

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Happy Teacher Appreciation Day!

Today, Americans in cities and towns all over the nation are celebrating National Teacher Day, a day set aside to honor educators in every community. I want to thank you for your commitment to your students, and for the work you do each day to create safe, inviting, engaging classrooms, and great public schools for every student. Teachers give so much. A boost of confidence when we really need one. Extra help when we’re having trouble. A welcoming presence when everything else seems out of control. You have made countless lives better, and today I want to add my voice to all those saying, “Thank you.” I know that appreciation alone will not reduce the challenges we face to help meet the needs of our students, but I wanted to

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SB193 Hurts Real Kids in Real Need

The entire premise of a quality public education is based on the foundation of helping every child in every zip code. When supporters of SB193 say the bill will help “kids in need,” it somehow seems to imply that poorer children are being charged to attend public school and just can’t afford it. In fact, we, as a community, pay taxes to assure that all kids get a quality education for free.  SB193, and all the other so-called “School Choice” bills, seeks to divert the public money already in use to provide a free education to the children of our state, to pay for tuition at private and religious schools. This bill actually hurts real kids in real need by robbing public schools of the funds they need to provide

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NEA-NH Links Sununu’s Failure to Endorse Educator Death Benefit Bill to Committee Vote to Kill the Bill

HB 1415 would have provided a $100,000 death benefit payment for educators killed in the line of duty. The bill mirrors a similar benefit currently provided to first responders. CONCORD, NH, April 18, 2018 – NEA-NH President Megan Tuttle blamed Governor Sununu’s failure to endorse HB1415 as the reason the Senate Finance Committee voted to kill the bill today. HB1415 would have provided a $100,000 death benefit payment for educators killed in the line of duty. The bill mirrors a similar benefit currently provided to first responders. “On behalf of the 17,000 NEA-NH members who work in public schools where shootings are becoming all too common place, I requested Governor Sununu to support this bill. He did not even give me or our members the courtesy of a reply,” said

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Legislative Update – 4/6/2018

With crossover day happening yesterday, the Senate began work on House bills (and vice-versa) this week. Educator Death Benefit Passes Senate Committee Unanimously The NEA-NH backed bill to extend the $100,000 Death Benefit that currently covers police and firefighters to educators killed in the line of duty, was heard in the Senate Executive Departments and Administration Committee on Wednesday. Following the hearing, the committee voted unanimously to pass the bill, with a full vote in the Senate next week. Too often we contact our elected officials asking them to pass or oppose legislation, but then forget to say thank you when they support public school educators and students. If you would like to take a moment to thank the five Senators on ED&A, you can do so here. COLA for Retirees

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Someone Will Win a Free Membership. Will It Be You?

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