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We are less than thirty days to the very important election to be held on November 8th. We are getting down to the wire and we want to make sure you are able to make your voting plans regardless of whether you will be voting in person that day or by absentee ballot.

Even though we have same-day voter registration in New Hampshire, it is always a good practice to make sure you are registered to vote. This is especially true since a significant number of voters were purged from the voting lists as part of the 10-year clean-up of voter rolls. You can check with your city and town clerk to make

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CONCORD, N.H.—In a federal lawsuit filed today, educators and parents are taking a stand against New Hampshire’s attempt to implement a vague and punishing law that makes it impossible for public school teachers to know what and how to teach, as a result of a new law commonly known as the “divisive concepts” law. By attempting to restrict the way discrimination, diversity, bias, justice, and struggle is viewed or taught, the measure puts educators at the center of a nightmare scenario: They would be required to comply with a law that appears to be at odds with the state’s constitution and its law mandating a robust and well-rounded public school education—an education that includes the teaching of accurate, honest history and current events. MORE
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CONCORD, NH—Statement by Deb Howes, president of AFT-New Hampshire, on the importance of COVID-19 mitigation protocols such as masks and vaccinations as students and educators return to in-school learning:

“AFT-NH educators are thrilled and excited to return to in-school learning and see their students in person. We want all educators and students to come to school healthy and safely, and we want them to stay that way. In accordance with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American Academy of Pediatrics and other highly respected infectious disease organizations

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Press Release by AFT-NH President Doug Ley

REPUBLICAN POLITICANS VOTE TO RAISE PROPERTY TAXES

CONCORD, N.H. Today, during the New Hampshire House session, conservatives in the House voted for a budget that would dramatically cut education funding and raise property taxes for Granite Staters who need relief.  AFT-NH President Doug Ley released the following statement:

“As a  union that represents thousands of educators across New Hampshire we know and see the educational inadequacies in our state. Two years ago, legislators prioritized education funding especially to those cities and towns that

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AFT-NH President Douglas Ley on Gov. Sununu’s Re-opening School Guidelines

Contact: Douglas Ley, AFT NH  President

Phone: (603) 831-3661

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

9:00 A.M EDT, July 15, 2020



AFT-NH President Doug Ley issued the following statement in reaction to the guidelines issued by Governor Sununu.

“Once again, Gov. Chris Sununu fails the test of leadership.  With COVID infections spiking rapidly across the nation and with public health officials repeatedly stating that wearing masks is one of the easiest and most effective ways to limit the spread of the virus, the Governor refuses to mandate wearing of masks in schools.  In fact, the entire set of guidelines released today amount to a pile of nothing—little guidance, vague suggestions, and most important, no support provided by the State to local school districts facing huge costs as the school year approaches.  The Governor likes to act like a king doling out Federal CARES funds, but when it comes to actual leadership, the king abdicates.

From the start, the process of crafting guidelines for school reopening in Fall 2020 was fraught with difficulties, mostly self-inflicted.  The task force and supportive working groups appointed by Education Commissioner Frank Edelblut contained virtually no public school teachers while sidelining leaders of statewide education organizations to a working group with no clear assignment or duties.  The initial materials sent out by the Commissioner featured numerous press articles touting individual stories of students thriving in online education but nothing on the work of educators and the looming challenges.  Even the survey touted today was tilted towards online education, and while the Governor cited the survey to justify his vague recommendations, the actual results have yet to be released, despite requests from myself and other working group members.

No required use of masks.  No State support to aid districts facing huge costs for heightened sanitizing and cleaning regimens.  No aid for districts when it comes to transportation (how many kids can you fit safely on a school bus?)  No help in obtaining PPE for schools.  No help in ensuring all students have equal access to remote learning when it becomes necessary (as it surely will).  And what about the teachers, para-educators, food service workers and administrative support staff?  What if their health is already compromised or if a loved one at home is vulnerable?  What provisions are to be made for them? 

Local control is part of the very foundation of public education in New Hampshire, but stronger State guidance and support can mesh with local control.  Local variations are real, but broad public health concerns crossing local district lines are also real, along with the scientific guidance that can help us in forming sensible policies.  Sadly, Governor Sununu has abdicated his leadership responsibilities when it comes to our students, teachers, and schools in New Hampshire.  We can only hope and pray that the patchwork approach adopted in New Hampshire does not lead to the same tragic results that we are now witnessing across the United States.”  

AFT-NH is a federation of 28 locals, and is the largest affiliate of the NH AFL-CIO.  Our 4000 members range from teachers to para-educators, school support staff, municipal employees, law-enforcement officers and higher education faculty, and we stand for equal access to quality public education, affordable health care, and maintaining the rights of working people to have protections and a voice in the workplace.   


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Randi Weingarten and NYC teacher Tamara Simpson

Attacks on public education in America by extremists and culture-war peddling politicians have reached new heights (“lows” may be more apt), but they are not new. The difference today is that the attacks are intended not just to undermine public education but to destroy it.

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 PRESS RELEASE

 

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. 

Read the full testimony at "Save Our Summer" Testimony".

Read the Executive Order creating the "Save Our Summer" Commission at  Executive Order creating "Save Our Summer" Commission.


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AFT-NH ENDORSEMENTS FOR 2018

Governor, Congress , Executive Council and NH State Senate


Governor:  Molly Kelly

Congressional District 1:  Chris Pappas

Congressional District 2:  Annie Kuster


Exec. Council 1:  Mike Cryans

Exec. Council 2:  Andru Volinsky

Exec. Council 3:  Joe Pace

Exec. Council 4:  Gray Chynoweth

Exec. Council 5:  Deb Pignatelli


NH Senate 2:      Bill Bolton

NH Senate 3:      Christopher Meier

NH Senate 4:      David Watters

NH Senate 5:      Martha Hennessey

NH Senate 6:      Anne Grassie

NH Senate 7:      Mason Donovan

NH Senate 8:      Jenn Alford-Teaster

NH Senate 10:    Jay Kahn

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AFT-NH 2018 Endorsements for NH House

 

Belknap County:

District 2 (Gilford, Meredith): 

            Dorothy Piquado

District 3 (Laconia-Wards 1 thru 6):

            Carlos Cardona

            David Huot

            Philip Spagnuolo

District 4 (Sanbornton, Tilton):

            Charles Mitchell

District 5 (Alton, Gilmanton):

            Betty Ann Abbott

            Michelle Carter

District 6 (Belmont):

            Justin Borden

District 9 (Belmont, Laconia-Wards 1 thru 6):

            Charlie St. Clair

Carroll County:

District 1 (Bartlett, Hart’s Location, Jackson):

            Anita Burroughs

District 2 (Chatham

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The Timberlane Teachers' Association and the Timberlane Support Staff Union are pleased to release its First Annual Voter's Guides for Timberlane Voters. These voter's guides cover the election for the Timberlane Regional School Board and Budget Committee positions. 

The Timberlane Teachers’ Association and Timberlane Support Staff Union submitted pertinent questions to all registered candidates for the Timberlane Regional School Board and Budget Committee for our first annual public voter’s guides.  These guides are not an endorsement or recommendation of any one candidate, but an effort to assist residents in making an informed decision at the polls on Tuesday, March 13, 2018.

You can download the voter's guides here:

TRSD School Board Voter's Guide

TRSD Budget Committee Voter's Guide

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