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3-31-14 AFT-NH Legislative Update: Smarter Balance Testing and A ‘Thank You’ To Legislators

3-31-14 AFT-NH Legislative Update: Smarter Balance Testing and A ‘Thank You’ To Legislators

Now that crossover has come and gone both chambers will start working on each other’s bills.  Both chambers have till May 15th to act on these bills. I would like to thank all the representatives that supported us on the following bills: AFT-NH supported the recommendation of Ought To Pass as amended on HB 1494-FN, relative to administration of the New Hampshire retirement system and authority of the board of trustees. The amended version ensures … Continue reading

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Pres. Obama’s Budget Puts Working Families And Education First

Pres. Obama’s Budget Puts Working Families And Education First

President Obama released his 2015 budget last week. He calls it “A Roadmap for Growth, Opportunity, and Fiscal Responsibility.” The White House says that “the Budget adheres to the 2015 spending levels agreed to in the Bipartisan Budget Act and shows the choices the President would make at those levels.  But it also shows how to build on this progress to realize the nation’s full potential with a fully paid for $56 billion Opportunity, Growth, … Continue reading

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2-23-14 AFT-NH Legislative Update : Issues of the Week — Charter Schools and Common Core

The House Education Committee held several hearing and made recommendations on many bills this week, but many more bills remain to be worked on by the Committee. Several of these bills dealt with charter schools. I will start calling them public charter schools when they: •    Accept all children that walk through their doors, •    The entire teaching staff should be certified, •    They would take on all the responsibility of educating special education students and not rely on the local school system to offer services, •    They would take on the responsibility of transporting the students to school. •   … Continue reading

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2-10-14 AFT-NH Legislative Update: Common Core and Smarter Balance Assessments

This past week there were several hearings regarding the Common Core Standards and the Smarter Balance Assessment with several others scheduled for this coming week. AFT-NH knows that a recent AFT poll found that 75 Percent of teachers support the new standards, but it also found that they have not had enough time to understand them, put them into practice or discuss them with colleagues. If these standards are to work we need to ensure that in each district the following are in place when implementing the Standards: •    There needs to be planning time for understanding the Standards and … Continue reading

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Guest Column: Not All Teachers Are Supportive Of The New Common Core Standards In NH

Guest Column: Not All Teachers Are Supportive Of The New Common Core Standards In NH

Editor’s Note: The Common Core has been discussed at great length by many different people.  Everyone has their own opinion on the new CCSS.  The NHLN has taken the position that CCSS is good but not without faults.  L Graykin submitted this Op/Ed to the NHLN as a way to show that not all teachers agree with the way that CCSS is being unrolled.   The views of Mr Graykin in no way reflect the news of the NHLN and are intended to provide more background and explain some of the opposition to the CCSS in hopes that we can … Continue reading

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2-3-14 AFT-NH Legislative Update And Bills To Watch This Week

It seemed to be a long week with not much accomplished at the State House. The House is still working its way through retained bills from the 2013 session, while the Senate held its first full session on their 2014 bills. The positive note of the week is that the Senate defeated SB 217 the right to work for less this week by a vote of 13 to 11. AFT-NH thanks all the senators who stood with us. The Senate Health, Education and Human Services committee held a hearing on SB 322: relative to the renomination of teachers. This bill … Continue reading

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Are ‘School Vouchers’ Being Used To Teach Anti-Union Propaganda?

Are 'School Vouchers' Being Used To Teach Anti-Union Propaganda?

History has always been on of my favorite subjects – and as Edmond Burke said, “Those who don’t know history are destined to repeat it.” What if the history you were being taught differed from what really happened?  That is exactly what is happening inside the book “America Land I Love”. This book is written for eight graders but the inaccuracies in the book are astounding.  I will start with an easy one. Yes, the title of the chapter is the ‘Rise of Big Government’.  Did you also see what the subchapter title was?  That‘s right, it is called the … Continue reading

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New Hampshire Vouchers: The Choice Nobody Is Taking

New Hampshire Vouchers: The Choice Nobody Is Taking

Once a year, in effort somehow convince people that private charter schools are better than public schools, organizations like ‘Students First’ are pushing ‘National School Choice Week’.  This once a year event floods the media with stories about how school vouchers are working or that school vouchers are a better use of your tax dollars.  This is all complete hogwash. The simple truth is that people are not choosing to change schools and the school vouchers program is more about getting taxpayers to pay for private religious schools. After the red tide of Republican legislators took Concord (NH) by storm … Continue reading

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1-28-14 AFT-NH Legislative Update

1-28-14 AFT-NH Legislative Update

From Laura Hainey, President AFT-NH UPCOMING VOTE IN THE SENATE: On Thursday the Senate Finance Committee held its hearing on SB 217 the “right to work for less bill”. They voted 4 to 2 to pass the bill, but if it had been referred instead to the Senate Executive Departments And Administration Committee, we might have seen it defeated by a 3-2 margin.  The next step is for the full Senate to vote on January 30th when they are in full session. As in the many years past AFT-NH is opposed to this bill and asks that it be defeated. … Continue reading

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In-State Dreamers Should Get In-State Rates At UNH Schools

In-State Dreamers Should Get In-State Rates At UNH Schools

How many times have you heard the ignorant anti-immigrant right-wingers say that undocumented immigrants are uneducated leeches on the US economy?  I cannot tell you how many times I have heard this.  That is why I was delighted to hear that New Hampshire is about to consider a law to allow students awaiting legal citizenship, entry into the University of NH at residential rates. For decades now we have been telling our children that they need to get a college education to be able to get a good job, and live well in the middle class.  Though I agree that … Continue reading

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