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Open Letter to NH Senators and Reps: Please Support Full-day Kindergarten

Waiting Only Hurts Their Futures Dear NH Representative/Senator On behalf of the 17,000 members of NEA-New Hampshire, I am writing you today to ask you to support the Committee of Conference report on SB 191, increasing funding for those communities that have full day kindergarten. To be clear, SB 191 as amended by the Committee of Conference, is not perfect. NEA-New Hampshire has always, and will always continue, to advocate that full day kindergarten be funded in full in the same manner as all other grades. However, NEA-NH also recognizes

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2017 Excellence In Education Awards Ceremony

NEA-NH President Megan Tuttle presented EDie Awards to the winners of the School Nurse of the Year and one of the four winners of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching at this year’s EDie award ceremony on June 10. The New Hampshire School Nurses’ Association selected Barbara J. Kelly, R.N. as the 2017 School Nurse of the Year. “Kelly represents excellence in school nursing as demonstrated through her kind, compassionate and proactive approach to student care. She is a leader and learner, and is highly respected

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Betsy DeVos Compares School Choice Critics To ‘Flat-Earthers’

No other name for it. When she says “choice” she means vouchers. And the cuts to pay for them are devastating. Kate Abbey-Lambertz HuffPost•May 23, 2017 Opponents of school choice policies are akin to “flat-earthers” who are fighting innovation in education, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos said Monday night. DeVos gave a speech praising President Donald Trump’s plans for the “most ambitious expansion of education choice in our nation’s history ― a day before his administration released a budget proposal that would slash Education Department funding by more than $9 billion. “The time has expired for ‘reform.’ We need a transformation ― a transformation that will open up America’s closed and antiquated education system,” DeVos said at the American Federation for Children’s annual National Policy Summit in Indianapolis. “Defenders of

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My Turn: Past Decade Has Seen Big Changes in Education

By TOM RAFFIO For the Monitor Wednesday, May 10, 2017 I’m sorry to leave the State Board of Education but am pleased with what we’ve accomplished over my 10-year term, the last five as chairman. I’m most proud of the working relationship we built between the board and the department and, most importantly, with parents, educators, and businesses throughout the state. One of the board’s key priorities since I came on 10 years ago has been to help our schools move toward personalized competency education. This is a big change for our whole school system. It’s a new way of thinking about each student’s progress through school, how grading works and many other parts of how our schools work. The biggest change our students see as our schools move in

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NEA-NH Presidents Comments to State Board of Education

This morning, NEA-New Hampshire President Megan Tuttle provided the following remarks during the public comment portion of the New Hampshire State Board of Education meeting: Good Morning ladies and gentlemen. My name is Megan Tuttle and I am the President of NEA-New Hampshire. Your agenda for today includes discussion on proposals to revise the New Hampshire English Language Arts standards and the Mathematics standards. The 17,000 members of NEA-NH, frontline employees in the daily challenge to bring the goals of the standards to life for our students, urge you to reconsider this action. After 18 years of teaching, I can confidently say that I have seen these standards in use, and that they are indeed effective in their current state. The use of standards helps streamline instruction, ensuring that teaching practices

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Full Day Kindergarten is a Sound Educational Investment

An open letter to the House Finance Committee Dear Chairman Kurk and Members of the House Finance Committee, After more than 25 years of trying, New Hampshire is finally poised to fully fund those communities that have full day kindergarten. Kindergarten is a magical time in a child’s life. During kindergarten, children learn to get along with each other, they discover the joy and challenge of reading and writing, and they learn what it means to be in school. We know that kindergarten is a key “bridge year” for children—a year for children to move from unstructured play and early learning to the more structured learning environment of formal schooling. Full day kindergarten boosts student achievement and improves students’ social and emotional skills. A full-day schedule allows more appropriate challenges

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UNH Provides Partial Response to Rep. Cushing’s Right to Know Request

University reports close to $200,000.00 in payments to law firm to prevent employees from exercising legal right to organize. CONCORD, April 12, 2017 – The University of New Hampshire has finally provided a partial response to Representative Cushing’s Right to Know request. Earlier this year, Rep. Cushing sent two Right to Know requests to the University seeking, among other things, the names of any outside vendors advising management on anti-union efforts, the amounts paid to these organizations, and copies of communications with these organizations. In their partial response, the University reported spending $193,565.13 on legal fees and expenses with Jackson Lewis Law Firm from June 2016 to March 2017. “I’m shocked to find that UNH has spent a couple hundred thousand dollars to hire outside help to fight university employees

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My Turn: School Vouchers – Another Plan to Raise Your Property Taxes

By Mark Fernald; Published in the Concord Monitor 3/27/17 Take $63 million from the public schools and give it to people whose children do not go to public school. That, in a nutshell, is what Senate Bill 193 would do. The bill was approved by the Republican majority in the New Hampshire Senate and now moves to the House. Republicans want to promote “school choice.” The state provides $3,561.27 in funding for each student in grades one through 12 in a New Hampshire public school. SB 193 would divert 90 percent of that amount, or $3,205.14, to parents of “eligible children” to be used to pay for home-schooling expenses, for a charter school or for any private school. Under SB 193, for every child who is home-schooled, or in a

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