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Sununu Vetoes All Three Gun Violence Prevention Bills

The Governor has no intention of keeping guns out of schools New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu vetoed three bills meant to implement common sense gun violence protection measures last week. All three bills were passed by the New Hampshire House and Senate. On Friday, NEA-NH president Megan Tuttle said, “Governor Chris Sununu vetoed three bills today which would have made our schools, places of worship, and stores where New Hampshire families shop safer.  We don’t have to wonder who has the ear of Governor Sununu.  We do have to wonder

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NEA-NH President Joins NH Citizens in Urging Governor to Sign Gun Violence Prevention Bills

In a packed LOB this afternoon, NEA-NH President Megan Tuttle joined elected officials, and activists in calling on Governor Sununu to sign the 3 gun violence prevention bills on his desk passed by the NH House and Senate earlier this year. “We do not need to debate one day longer on why mass killings take place in America. We’ve seen enough people killed in schools, in houses of worship, in malls, at movie theaters and stores. We know killers commit these violent acts because they have mental health problems, or

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Negotiations Resume Between MEA and Manchester Board of School Committee

MANCHESTER, NH  July 31, 2019 — Negotiators for the Manchester Board of School Committee and the Manchester Education Association met for the second time in two weeks in pursuit of a new contract.  In a joint statement, the parties announced that new ground rules governing the bargaining sessions were adopted and that a conceptual salary proposal from the MEA was discussed.  There were also discussions on health insurance.             The negotiating teams disclosed that under the new bargaining rules, a statement will be issued following each session. The statement will include any written proposals presented by either negotiating team.  Bargaining sessions, however, will remain closed to the public.             Several meetings were tentatively scheduled over the next several weeks, the next of which is August 21st.

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JLCAR Cites 8 Reasons to Object to So Called Learn Everywhere Rules

As reported yesterday, the Joint Legislative Committee on Administrative Rules (JLCAR) voted to preliminarily object to the so called Learn Everywhere rules submitted by Education Commissioner Edelblut and narrowly approved by the State Board of Education. The committee cited 8 reasons for their objection in a letter to the State Board of Education. Sen. Jay Kahn, a member of the Joint Legislative Committee on Administrative Rules (JLCAR) stated that “the Committee is required to determine if proposed rules are consistent with legislative intent and can be implemented without conflict with other state laws or rules. Specifically, a Department or Board of Education can’t use rules to change statutes and there can’t be conflicting rules. The Department needs to reconcile these concerns. The Department can’t assume authority for curriculum approval that

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Senate President and House Speaker Respond to Governor’s Budget Invitation to Local Leaders

After vetoing the budget a few weeks ago, Governor Sununu’s office invited local officials from around the state for a closed-door information session in Concord Friday morning.  As reported by the Concord Monitor, in a letter sent out to towns and cities July 9, Sununu laid out a vigorous defense of that veto. “Just like you, I am responsible for the operations of government,” Sununu wrote. “Just like you, I must prioritize needs in order to budget within the state’s means.”  The Governor insists that the business profits tax rate not be increased to 7.9% from its present 7.7%, stalling the budget process and halting millions in education and other aid to local towns and cities. New Hampshire Senate President Donna Soucy and Speaker of the House Steve Shurtleff wrote a response to the same elected

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Learn Everywhere Rules Sent Back to DOE after Committee’s Preliminary Objection Vote

NEA-New Hampshire is pleased with today’s Joint Legislative Committee on Administrative Rules (JLCAR) vote to preliminarily oppose the so called Learn Everywhere rules, sending them back to the Department of Education to address a number of very specific objections and the committee’s concerns for special education students. “We believed from the very beginning that the process used to develop ‘Learn Everywhere’ was deeply flawed due to the lack of input sought, or incorporated from, New Hampshire’s educators,” said Megan Tuttle, NEA-New Hampshire President. “Some of the conflicts outlined in JLCAR’s objections were the direct result of the exclusion of teacher voices and the dismissal of educator input. Public interest would have been better served by genuinely engaging educators and organizations such as ours earlier on in the development of these

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