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Friday
Aug212015

NHDP - Day of Attacks by GOP in the Granite State, Teachers Fight Back on Behalf of Students 

 

KEENE, N.H. - Today, Jeb Bush held a Town Hall in Keene, New Hampshire, just a day after he bashed teachers at an Education Summit in Londonderry and said he wanted to voucherize education, a concept that would drain resources from our public education system and from programs that support low-income kids.

 

President of the Keene Education Association, Maureen Meyer made the following statement, in response:

 

“One by one, the Republican Presidential candidates have attacked teachers for being the problem, not part of the solution. When Jeb Bush admitted yesterday that he wanted to dismantle and voucherize our education system, it’s clear that he isn’t putting kids first or respecting the positive impact our public schools and teachers have on vulnerable, low-income children here in New Hampshire.”

 

“If the candidates really wanted comprehensive education plans that put students first, they should have invited the experts to talk to them - the members of their teacher associations.”

 

But Jeb Bush wasn’t the only one bashing teachers yesterday. Here’s a sampling of what some of the candidates said:

 

Jeb Bush: Blamed unions for problems in schools and even ‘bragged’ about his fights with teachers in Florida all while suggesting we voucherize education to the detriment of students across New Hampshire.

 

John Kasich: Instead of explaining his harmful $1.8 billion cut to public schools, he said this:  "If I were king in America, I would abolish all teachers' lounges, where they sit together and worry about, 'Woe is us.'"

 

Chris Christie: Doubled down on previous comments that teachers deserve “a punch in the facewhile saying nothing of the over $1 billion in damaging cuts he made to education funding in New Jersey.

 

Scott Walker: Said unions were a “barrier” to quality education and touted his union-busting credentials. Not discussed? His massive cuts to education funding in Wisconsin.

 

Carly Fiorina: Said teachers unions were partially responsible for crippling innovation in schools”

 

The Concord Monitor reported that “one voice conspicuously absent from the list of panelists at Wednesday’s education summit of Republican presidential candidates was that of a teacher.” Read more about the attacks on teachers and response below or click here for the full article:

Inside and outside, candidates and teacher union members trade barbs at education summit

Concord Monitor // Ella Nilsen

One voice conspicuously absent from the list of panelists at Wednesday’s education summit of Republican presidential candidates was that of a teacher.

Outside the education summit at Londonderry High School, it was a different story.

They “have openly come out against public schools and really would like to dismantle public schools,” said NEA-NH president Scott McGilvray. “We can’t let it go without pushing back against it.”...

The animosity between the teachers’ union members outside and the Republican candidates inside was palpable.

As each of the six candidates took the stage, they often blamed unions for country’s struggle with education. Many said the organizations exist only “to collectively bargain” and protect the interest of their members...

Carly Fiorina called teachers unions “pretty universally on the wrong side of these issues.”

Wisc. Gov. Scott Walker called unions a “barrier” to good education and talked at length about his own highly publicized fight against them in his home state of Wisconsin.

“The NEA went after me,” Walker said. “I threaten them; I threaten them because I care about getting things done.”...

McGilvray and other teachers union leaders from Maine denied the way candidates were characterizing them and said their organizations are there to support teachers and students, saying that without fair pay and benefits, fewer teachers will want to join the profession.

“We’re not the villains,” said Strout.

McGilvray said he was concerned the 2016 Republican candidates were taking their stances on education to the extreme.

“I believe among the top candidates are the most anti-public education, anti-working class group we have ever seen,” he said.

NEA NH officials said they have invited each Republican presidential candidate to talk about education issues and potentially receive the union’s endorsement… This election cycle, no Republican candidate has yet responded, Strout said.

“Not one of them said thank you for the invitation,” he said. “It says they don’t want to engage with people who know what’s going on in schools.”...

“We need to stop the attacks on public education by uniting behind policies that are right for our children and right for our schools,” McGilvray said.

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Wednesday
Aug192015

NHDP - 11:30 AM Educators Rally for Public Education 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
Wednesday, August 19 at 11am EDT
 
NH Educators Rally and Hold a Press Conference in support of Strong Public Schools
 
Wednesday, August 19: Educators from across the northeast will rally at Londonderry High School, the site of the 2015 Education Summit hosted by Campbell Brown, founder of the Seventy Four.
 
We know from experience that many of those invited to appear at the Summit are responsible for chronic underfunding of public education and systemic educator bashing. Confirmed participants thus far include former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, Carly Fiorina, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, Ohio Governor John Kasich, and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker.
 
No one works harder than educators to improve our public schools so that every student, regardless of their zip code, can have an opportunity to attend a great public school. The real question is what's best for our students, not corporate interests and privatization.
               
WHERE:  Londonderry High School
              295 Mammoth Rd, Londonderry, New Hampshire 03053
 
WHEN:    11:00 AM Rally, 11:30 AM Press Conference
 
WHO:      Educators and Community Activists Rally at Education Forum     
              
Confirmed Press Conference Speakers:     
Scott McGilvray, President NEA-NH
Allison Estey Brown, Special Education Teacher, Plymouth
Stephen Tallo, Math Teacher, Londonderry High School
Tuesday
Aug112015

Arnold For Manchester Mayor - Arnold Calls for Gatsas to Step Aside, School Board Votes No Confidence in Gatsas 

Manchester, New Hampshire – Tonight, in public comments to the Manchester School Board, mayoral candidate and former Alderman Patrick Arnold called Mayor Gatsas’ recent veto of a proposed teachers’ contract “absurd” and urged Gatsas to step aside. 

“Mayor Gatsas, work with those elected by the voters, or step aside for someone who will,” Arnold said before a city hall chamber packed with concerned parents and educators broke into applause. 

Later in the evening, the Manchester School Board took a vote of no confidence in Mayor Ted Gatsas. “Tonight’s vote of no confidence further demonstrates that Ted Gatsas has lost a mandate to lead this city,” says Arnold in response to the vote. “People of this city deserve strong leadership to move beyond business as usual, and the clock has run out on Ted Gatsas’ failed leadership.” 

 

Patrick Arnold is a candidate for mayor of Manchester, New Hampshire. Arnold served as a Manchester Alderman from 2009 until 2014. In 2013, he was the Democratic candidate for mayor against Mayor Ted Gatsas, the Republican incumbent. Less than 500 voters separated Manchester from a new mayor in 2013. In March 2014, the Manchester Board of Mayor and Aldermen unanimously confirmed Arnold’s appointment to the city’s Conduct Committee. An attorney by trade, Arnold earned his law degree at the University of New Hampshire School of Law. He and his wife, Kathy, have a daughter, Abigail.


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Tuesday
May192015

NRSC - Maggie Hassan Is Against School Vouchers

NRSC

 

Maggie Hassan Is Against School Vouchers

WASHINGTON – With the school year coming to a close, the NRSC is starting a series reminding voters that elitist Governor Maggie Hassan opposes school vouchers which would enable students to attend the school that fits them best.  

“Every child should be able to attend the school that fits them best, but Maggie Hassan disagrees as she voted against school vouchers,” said NRSC spokesman Jahan Wilcox. “Hassan’s elitist view that big government should dictate which school each child attends is fundamentally wrong.”  

BACKGROUND …

In May 2006, The New Hampshire State Senate Approved Legislation That Would Create A Scholarship Foundation To Provide School Vouchers For Low-Income Families. “Low-income families would be eligible for vouchers to send their children to better schools under a plan approved by the state Senate on Thursday. The bill calls for spending $250,000 to start a quasi-private foundation that would solicit donations for scholarships that low-income families could use for tuition at private schools or public schools outside their district. It also would streamline state funding for existing charter schools and provide $400,000 in startup money for new ones. Several Senate Democrats said as much as they supported those provisions, they could not vote for a bill that included vouchers.” (“Senate Approves School Vouchers,” The Associated Press, 5/5/06)

The Legislation Established A Quasi-Private Foundation To Collect Donations For Scholarships. “The bill calls for spending $250,000 to start a quasi-private foundation that would solicit donations for scholarships that low-income families could use for tuition at private schools or public schools outside their district. It also would streamline state funding for existing charter schools and provide $400,000 in startup money for new ones. Several Senate Democrats said as much as they supported those provisions, they could not vote for a bill that included vouchers.” (“Senate Approves School Vouchers,” The Associated Press, 5/5/06)

In May 2006, Hassan Voted Against Legislation That Would Appropriate $250,000 To Create A Public-Private Foundation To Provide Scholarships For New Hampshire Students For Private Or Public Schools. “An Act relative to distribution of state aid to charter schools and relative to funding for charter schools.” (H.B. 76, Roll Call Vote #124, Motion To Pass Adopted 15-8, 5/4/06, Hassan Voted Nay; Senate Journal 14, 5/4/06, pg. 579)

Friday
Oct312014

NH Sen. Clark endorsed by education, environmental and equality organizations 

Clark thanks organizations endorsing her re-election campaign


(Portsmouth, NH) Sen. Martha Fuller Clark's campaign released a list of organizations supporting her re-election campaign, reflecting the priorities that have made her, in the words of her hometown newspaper The Portsmouth Herald, "a political legend" and a "liberal icon."

NARAL Pro-Choice New Hampshire has endorsed Sen. Clark's campaign after naming her a "champion of choice" in the Spring. This endorsement is no surprise to those following Sen. Clark's work in Concord over the years. A consistent advocate for women's health and reproductive freedom throughout her career, NARAL NH’s executive director Laura Thibault has called her "always willing to speak up and be a voice for women in the state who don’t have a voice”

Educators have weighed in strongly behind Sen. Clark's re-election campaign with both NEA-NH and AFT-NH standing in solidarity with the veteran lawmaker. Clark, whose political career has been marked by a consistent commitment to primary and secondary public education, has long enjoyed the support of New Hampshire’s teachers. In the last legislative session, Clark championed renewed funding for school building aid and introduced the first legislation designed to restore funding to the state’s university and community college systems – efforts that drove the new funding that allowed for tuition freezes and cuts across New Hampshire’s higher education system.

The State Employees Association (SEIU Local 1984) and the NH AFL-CIO have also endorsed Sen. Martha Fuller Clark‘s re-election campaign. Learning of the SEA's endorsement last month, Clark told New Hampshire Patch said “The 11,000 hardworking people who keep the state government running and work so hard in our town and county offices have again put their faith in me and I won’t let them down if I am returned for another two years in Concord." The state AFL-CIO, meanwhile, represent some of the largest private sector union members in the state, including building trades and commercial employees. 

The Sierra Club, recognizing decades of work defending the Seacoast and Great Bay, have endorsed Sen. Clark. Announcing their endorsements, the Sierra Club eloquently made the case for electing lawmakers like Sen. Clark: "We need to elect leaders who know climate disruption is real, and know we need to act. If we don’t go to the polls, extremists like former House Speaker Bill O’Brien will repeal the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (REGGI) and block sensible energy legislation in the State House in Concord. In Washington, if climate deniers continue to block legislation in Congress and support Big Oil and Coal, smart solutions will see more delays. We cannot let that happen again. Be sure to vote this November, and better yet, get engaged now and bring a friend with you to the polls – it matters!"