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2017 NEA-NH Elections

Balloting for the 2017 NEA-NH Elections is open from 12:01 a.m. March 8 to 5:00 p.m. March 22.  Visit our voting site for instructions and ballot access.

NEA-NH Deeply Saddened By The Loss of President Scott McGilvray

Concord, NH – Megan Tuttle, Acting NEA-New Hampshire President, issued the following statement: “NEA-New Hampshire is deeply saddened today by the passing of our President and friend Scott McGilvray. “Scott made the lives of countless others better as a teacher, coach, mentor, friend and leader and he will be greatly missed. He was a tireless advocate for students and educators across the state, dedicating his life fighting to assure every child had the opportunity to succeed. Scott McGilvray made New Hampshire a better place for children.

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HCR Committee Needs Your Stories

Dear Members and Education Employees: The Human and Civil Rights Committee (HCR) of NH-NEA is requesting your assistance to collect stories! Since the Presidential election season started, we have seen a nation-wide increase in hate talk, crimes and bullying in our schools. Numerous stories have been reported to NH-NEA, and this committee has been charged with working on public responses to what is happening in New Hampshire to our students and our colleagues. To this end, we need your help to collect stories of any incidents of hate talk, racism,

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Spring 2017 Retirement Planning Seminar Dates

We all hope for a well-deserved retirement with financial security. NEA-NH and NEA Member Benefits are pleased to present seminars to help you plan and prepare. A well-planned retirement can result in fiscal security, but there are many factors to consider. Come and learn how to take full advantage of the resources available to you. Registration for this seminar is $10 for NEA-NH members plus one guest at no extra cost. We will review many pieces of the retirement puzzle, including: The NH Retirement System Medicare Financial Planning NEA Member Benefits for Retirees Each seminar runs from 4-6 pm, with light refreshments provided. Each meeting has limited space, so register right away!   To find out more about each session and to register, click on the links below: Manchester 3/16/17

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NEA: Repealing the Affordable Care Act Will Harm Millions of Students and Families

Repeal will force cuts to critical programs for ordinary Americans WASHINGTON – March 08, 2017 – WASHINGTON—NEA President Lily Eskelsen García issued the following statement regarding the Republican leadership plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA). “It’s time for the Republican leadership to come clean with the American people. Repealing the ACA will harm our students and their families by forcing cuts to critical programs, reducing financial support for lower-income Americans, and taxing the middle class. Bottom line, working Americans will pay more for less coverage while insurance executives and the wealthy get handouts. “The ACA expanded coverage to more than 20 million previously uninsured Americans, dramatically reducing the number of uninsured children in this country. The Republican leadership plan will reverse those gains, leading millions to potentially lose

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Voting in NEA-NH Elections Open March 8 through March 22

NEA-New Hampshire elections open 12:01 a.m. March 8 and close at 5:00 p.m. March 22. Members of record as of January 15, 2017 are eligible to vote. (NEA-NH Bylaws state that student members, associate members, fee payers and staff are not eligible to vote.) Voting is conducted online. To access your ballot you will need to provide your membership number and last name when prompted by the site. Your member number was included in the email sent to all members March 8 and can also be accessed by following the directions found on the voting page.  

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2017 NEA-NH Election Candidate Statements

Voting for NEA–NH Director and Executive Board seats will take place between March 8 and 22, 2017. Positions up for election along with candidate statements and photos, when provided by the candidate, are listed below. Again this year, voting will be conducted online. It is vital that NEA-NH has a valid, current email address for you if you wish to participate in this year’s elections. Electronic ballots will be made available to members by March 8, 2017. Voting closes at 5:00 p.m. on March 22, 2017. Statewide Offices: Sharry Sparks – NEA Director [Vote for one] I am asking for your endorsement for NEA Director. I have a longtime love and involvement of politics at the local and state level as well as advocating for public schools and public school

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Now They Want To Tell Us How To Pay Our Bills

We face a new challenge to our ability to effectively advocate for the 180,000 children in our public schools – the prohibition of payroll dues deduction. The bill, sponsored by Representatives, Hinch, Kurk, Packard, Chandler, Carr and Ohm states that “no public employer shall withhold union dues from a public employee’s wages. No other deductions are targeted by their bill. Only union dues. This legislation serves no purpose except to punish school employees and the unions that represent them. It creates no jobs, saves no money for school districts, and does nothing to improve education. It is a mean-spirited political attack by majority leadership and a clear infringement of personal liberty of law-abiding citizens of the Granite State. New Hampshire law clearly protects authorized paycheck deduction of payment to labor

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LOCKDOWN: The Assault on Public Education Has Begun

The assault on public education and collective bargaining has begun. With the loss of the Governor’s office last November, and the recent ratification of Betsy Devos as US Secretary of Education, the results could be devastating for New Hampshire public school students and educators. Ignoring the voices of over a million Americans, the Senate needed the Vice-president to cast the deciding vote, to approve DeVos, marking the first time in history such a move was required to confirm a cabinet post. With no experience as an educator or elected official, and despite a decades-long record of undermining public schools by promoting taxpayer-funded vouchers for private and religious schools, lobbyist and Republican donor Betsy DeVos is now the highest ranking education official in the country. In Michigan, DeVos fought for tax

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So-Called Right-to-Work Fails (Again)

Today, New Hampshire House members voted again to keep our state free from so-called Right-to-Work restrictions.  “Educator’s working conditions are our child’s learning conditions,” said Megan Tuttle acting NEA-NH President. “By weakening the ability of educators to advocate for students, kids across New Hampshire stood to lose things like smaller class sizes, safe classrooms and drinking water, up-to-date resources, and expanded curriculum choices. Our ability to advocate for every public-school student was preserved today.” “When out-of-state interests with pre-written legislation and lots of money try to set legislative priorities in New Hampshire, kids lose. Today’s vote prevented that from happening.” “The 17,000 members of NEA-New Hampshire extend our thanks to those voting against SB11 today, especially those members who stood strong against the pressure applied by the majority leadership on this

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