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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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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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AFT-NH Takes Pledge To Reclaim The Promise Of Public Education

AFT-NH Takes Pledge To Reclaim The Promise Of Public Education

  AFT-NH Board of Directors took the pledge to RECLAIM THE PROMISE OF PUBLIC EDUCATION Public education is under assault, and decades of top-down edicts, mass school closures, privatization, and test fixation with sanctions instead of support haven’t moved the needle in the right direction. It’s time to reclaim the promise of public education—not as it is today or as it was in the past, but as it can be—to fulfill our collective obligation to help all children succeed. Together, we will ensure that all children have the opportunity to dream their dreams and achieve them. We will put the … Continue reading

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Exeter School Board Attempt To Use Corporate Tactic To Rob Workers Of Their Pensions

This week the Exeter School Board met to discuss options for reducing the budget for next year.  One of the options the are pursuing is making the Para-professionals take an additional  30 minutes out of their workday. Being force to take an addition 30 minutes off a day may not seem like much, … Continue reading

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The NH Union Leader Is Wrong, We Need Teachers Not Volunteers In Our Classrooms

Once again the ultra-conservative editors at the NH Union Leader have completely missed the mark.  Today they published an editorial on the idea to use “volunteers” to oversee virtual classrooms. This ridiculous idea came from Mayor Gatas as a way to expand charter schools and reduce the cost of education in Manchester. “Mayor Ted Gatsas […]

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Why Pay for What We Don’t Use

My conservative Republican friend Crawford Notch was strutting down the street pleased as he could be with himself. Crawford was recently elected to the New Hampshire House of Representatives and was very proud of his accomplishment. I had reason to be much less pleased with him than he was with himself. “Crawford,” I said to […]

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