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Say ‘Thank You’ on National Teacher Day

It’s that time of year again: Teacher Appreciation Week, and National Teacher Day is May 7! Over the past year, more than ever before, teacher voices have been heard  – and not just in classrooms. These educators are making a difference across the country and in their own communities. The #RedForEd camapign  has united educators, parents and students in a powerful movement to advocate for and protect the nation’s public schools. After years in which funding for public schools has stagnated or even fallen, teachers are demanding the support and learning environments

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Celebrate National Teacher Appreciation Week 2019

Want to thank your favorite New Hampshire teacher for expanding your mind? Or all teachers for the incredible work they do each day? Use one of our online thank you cards. Select your favorite card design, enter a custom message and share via social media. Don’t forget to tag your favorite teacher(s) in your post! Wear #REDforED on Wednesday, May 8 This year, we especially appreciate all our NEA-NH members who are fighting for school funding, professional pay, and better learning conditions for their students. Show your solidarity with them

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The Widening Mental Health Treatment Gap in Schools

As educators, parents and students across the nation continue to advocate for more public school funding, the gaps in resources available to students continue to widen. One major area of concern getting more attention over the past few years is the scarcity of mental health resources in schools. Without the necessary services, students, especially those undiagnosed or untreated, are falling behind their peers. According to a new study published in The Journal of Pediatrics, millions of children across the U.S. are experiencing depression, anxiety and/or behavioral disorders. “Mental disorders in childhood can negatively affect…children’s ability to achieve social, emotional, cognitive, and academic milestones,” the report said. Analyzing data from the 2016 National Survey of Children’s Health, the researchers found that 7.1% of children aged 3-17 years had anxiety problems, 7.4%

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NEA President: Educators Will Play a Major Role in Choosing the Next President

Largest labor union launches Strong Public Schools campaign aimed at engaging its three million members WASHINGTON— The National Education Association jumped into the 2020 presidential campaign for the first time during a national conference call with reporters—highlighting what is at stake in this election and declaring that its more than three million members will have a powerful and unique voice in selecting the next president of the United States. “We are choosing more than the next president of the United States in the 2020 election,” said NEA President Lily Eskelsen García. “We are defining who we are as a country and determining the core values and principles that will guide this great nation moving forward. Educators plan to be front and center in this conversation. We will make our presence

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National Average Teacher Salary Down 4.5%

By Cindy Long Amber McCoy, a fourth grade teacher at Kellogg Elementary in Huntington, West Virginia, has 16 years’ experience under her belt, but still makes just $44,000 a year. She also has about $40,000 left in student loans to pay off. McCoy has worked as a tutor, pet sitter, and Amazon customer service rep to make ends meet. In February 2018, she decided enough was enough and joined thousands of her fed-up colleagues across the state in launching a successful nine-day work stoppage. “[It] was our last resort, but it raised public awareness about persistent low pay,” McCoy says. The average salary in West Virginia is $45,642, one of the lowest in the nation. The national average teacher salary, adjusted for inflation, has decreased 4.5 percent over the past decade,

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California Casualty has Funds for Public School Music and Art Programs

There is new help for school music, art and performance programs. California Casualty has introduced the Music and Arts Grants to help pay for art materials, music and other necessities. Educators at public K-12 schools can apply for $250 at www.calcasmusicartsgrant.com. The entry deadline is June 30, 2019, with grants awarded in September. The grant is designed to foster creativity in schools for choir, band, dance, film, theater, computer arts and graphics or any K-12 curriculum that employs art for learning.  California Casualty been serving educators since 1951 and understands the importance of music and arts education for children. Numerous studies have concluded that sharing a love of the arts enhances students’: Brain development Creativity Classroom involvement Music and art curriculum has also been shown to reduce disciplinary issues and

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