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Ignoring Property Taxpayers, Senate OK’s Unaccountable School Voucher Bill

CONCORD – Today, the NH Senate voted to take funds away from our public schools and raise local property taxes to compensate for that loss in funding. “Ignoring the voices of the thousands of taxpayers who opposed this bill, they voted to send your tax dollars to private and religious schools,” said Megan Tuttle, NEA-NH President. The absence of real public accountability for voucher funds has contributed to rampant fraud, waste, and abuse in voucher programs across the country. “Their vote on SB130 today opens the door to that type

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Tuttle Talk: Answering Your Vaccine Questions March 17, 6:30PM

The New Hampshire School Nurses’ Association and the New Hampshire Medical Society recently published “COVID-19 Vaccine Frequently Asked Questions for School Staff” to help answer some of the most pressing questions educators have now that we’ve been able to receive them. Join two of the collaborators on that project, James G. Potter, the Executive Vice President of the New Hampshire Medical Society, and Pamela Clay-Storm, RN, School Nurse at Kennett High School, will be Megan’s guest as they discuss the importance of the vaccines and answer your questions. Don’t miss

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New NEA Mental Health App Helps Members Deal with Stress and Anxiety

NEA Member Benefits now offers an important new benefit in response to members’ requests for a stress management solution. The NEA Mental Health App is designed to help members address the considerable mental health impacts of the pandemic and other stressors present in their lives. Offered in partnership with Sanvello Healthcare, the NEA Mental Health App is an evidence-based mobile app care solution created by clinical experts that enables members to access on-demand help for stress, anxiety and depression. The Sanvello app is the #1 solution in this arena and currently has over 3 million users nationwide. The NEA Mental Health App is available to members, spouses/domestic partners and eligible dependents* in all 50 states. The program consists of three main options, as follows: Sanvello Free Self-Care Solution – Access

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NEA-NH ESP of the Year Shannon Fuller and Her Mission to Stand Up to Stigma

Shannon Fuller, recently named NEA-New Hampshire’s ESP of the Year, now finds herself in the running for National ESP of the Year. By all measures, Shannon has been an active leader who is truly making a difference in the lives of countless families. The best person to tell her story is Shannon. Tell us a bit about your day as an Education Support Professional? Like most educators, my daily work schedule has a wide variety of responsibilities. Before school starts, I greet and spend time with students as they gather by the school. They visit and play together in groups to increase social engagement before classes begin. I’ve worked in two different schools now and have had the opportunity to be a part of lunch and bus dismissal at each

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Bill Seeks to Roll Back the Rights We Secured Last Year

As enacted last year and signed into law by Governor Sununu, each school district now bears the cost of supplying menstrual hygiene products at no cost in all gender neutral bathrooms and bathrooms designated for females located in public middle and high schools. It seems that the “cost” of providing this basic right to our students is is jut too high for some members of the committee who want to gut the law and change it to allow school districts to make reasonable efforts to ensure menstrual hygiene products are available to students. That’s not we what fought for. We cannot allow this gain to be rolled back! NEA-NH President Megan Tuttle provided the following testimony in opposition to HB276 Last year a bill was passed and signed by Governor Sununu to

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NEA-NH President Testifies in Support of SB145 and Efforts to Maintain Education Funding Levels

SB145 is intended to maintain the level of  fiscal year 2022 state funding for school districts that have experienced significant disruptions during the COVID-19 pandemic in fiscal year 2021.  These disruptions have affected fall 2020 average daily membership in attendance, the number upon which fiscal year 2022 funding is based.  This bill will help school districts plan for town meetings, and help stabilize local property taxes. During the 2020-2021 school year, average daily membership attendance (ADMA) fell by approximately 8,000 students, due to shifting between in-person and remote learning. Free and reduced lunch enrollment fell by approximately 10,000, because of COVID-19 as well. NEA-NH President Megan Tuttle offered the following testimony: This bill would provide some urgently needed stability for school districts as we enter town budget season We know

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