Contact: Douglas Ley, AFT NH President
Phone: (603) 831-3661
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
9:00 A.M EDT, November 2, 2018
AFT-NH President Douglas Ley’s Testimony to “Save Our Summer” Commission
Bow, NH NOVEMBER 2, 2018
AFT-NH President Douglas Ley provided written testimony to the Governor’s “Save Our Summer” Commission to make recommendations whether or not there should be a change made at the state level that would have schools only be allowed to open after Labor Day.
In relevant part, President Ley stated, “AFT-NH supports our long-established NH tradition of local control and local preference in matters of school year scheduling. We believe those closest to the community and to the students are best situated to make appropriate decisions in regards to scheduling. We ask that the Commission respect local control and draw appropriate conclusions in your report due on November 30, 2018.”
He further offered that, “There is a strong preference for local control—i.e., leaving the issue of start-dates in the hands of the locality. Different localities and districts may have different perspectives and AFT-NH strongly endorses leaving this issue in the hands of the local school districts. They are directly responsible to their community and are best positioned to meet the needs and desires of their constituents and to serve the interests of their students."
Please read the full written testimony at "Save Our Summer" Commission Testimony.