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AFT-NH on Request for Summary Judgment on Divisive Concepts Law

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For Immediate Release - January 16, 2024                                        Contact:  Deb Howes, president@aft-nh.org

                    

 AFT-NH on Request for Summary Judgment on Divisive Concepts Law                                                

                                                           

CONCORD, N.H.Statement by American Federation of Teachers-New Hampshire President Deb Howes on today’s oral arguments before the U.S. District Court for the District of New Hampshire, requesting summary judgment on the divisive concepts law:

“The divisive concepts law is unconstitutional, a hindrance to students’ ability to receive an honest education and a cudgel being held over teachers’ heads to limit truthful lessons. Instead of a long drawn-out trial, AFT-NH is asking the court to grant summary judgment and rule that this law has had a chilling effect on the free speech of teachers and school staff due to fear of being punished for violating some undefined and vague definition of a divisive concept.

“This law is robbing our students of the robust public education they deserve. New Hampshire teachers should not be restricted from teaching honestly about history, gender, race or identity. We can’t let extremists take over our public education system and limit inquiry and discussion and the right of all students to become engaged citizens in the real world. We shouldn’t go through another school year with teachers afraid their careers will be jeopardized, with some even leaving the profession, over an unconstitutional, politically inspired law.”

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AFT-NH President Deb Howes on the Proposed Rules on Learn Everywhere Program"

"When the State Board of Education gives its approval to a Learn Everywhere program, or any program, it tells parents that program fits with its mission. It is saying this program has academic rigor, will help students learn and thrive. If it doesn’t,  it shouldn’t get State Board approval. These proposed changes to the Learn Everywhere rules don’t help the State Board reach that goal.     

I urge you to reject these proposed rule changes."

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CONCORD, N.H. Today, the Rockingham Country Superior Court ruled that the state’s funding of education is unconstitutional. The court also ruled that towns are no longer able to keep their excess SWEPT. AFT-NH President Deb Howes released the following statement:

“The court’s ruling today re-affirms what we have been saying for years, the state funding of our neighborhood public schools is inadequate and unconstitutional. The continued underfunding of our schools deprives many Granite State public school students of enough expert teachers to give them the individual attention they deserve, the help of skilled, caring paraeducators to support their learning and the counselors and social workers to help students navigate the many other challenges that can get in the way of learning."

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“The court’s decision is disappointing but not surprising. The court actually said the quiet part out loud, stating that the state does not have an obligation to provide a constitutionally adequate education to children whose parents opt to provide them a private education. That stunning admission should shock the public to its core and give everyone pause about the accountability and quality of voucher schools."

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CONCORD, N.H. Today, the New Hampshire School Board of Education approved a Prager U Financial Literacy video course for a ½ credit towards graduation from New Hampshire Public Schools. AFT-NH President Deb Howes released the following statement.

“Self-described as “edutainment,” PragerU does not even pretend to be a legitimate educational institution and certainly not one that is deserving of the trust that Granite State families put in the state of New Hampshire to ensure that each child is receiving an honest, academically rigorous and unbiased public education.

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Nashua Teachers' Union Press Release on Arming Teachers and Staff

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

CONTACT: Adam Marcoux, President, Office: 603-888-7544 

NTU OPPOSES ARMING TEACHERS AND STAFF 


NASHUA, NH March 21, 2018 – A little more than a month since the school shooting at Marjory Stoneman High School, and most recently, the shooting at Great Mills High School in Maryland, the topics of gun control, school safety, and arming teachers and school staff is still an active conversation. Even with the outpouring of opposition from teachers, staff, students, parents, and Union leadership across the country, the push continues. 

“The Nashua Teachers’ Union Board of Directors is completely opposed to arming any of our teachers or staff in Nashua,” said Adam Marcoux, President of the Nashua Teachers’ Union. The vote to oppose arming teachers and staff, which was unanimous, was taken at the NTU’s monthly meeting earlier this week. “Can you imagine sitting at calendar time or doing a read aloud, sitting next to students, with a loaded gun? We came into education to teach and help students, not be armed guards. I can’t think of a single person in the Nashua School District who wouldn’t think twice about helping and protecting students, but asking them to carry a loaded gun is asking too much.” 

Marcoux went on to say, “we as educators need to be armed with books, school supplies, reasonable class sizes, more guidance counselors and school psychologists, current materials and text books, and more support, not side arms. We don’t have the funds for more teachers, para-educators, guidance counselors, and school psychologists, but we can train and arm school staff? That doesn’t make any sense.” 

“We stand in solidarity with our colleagues from AFT and NEA across the country, opposed to arming teachers and staff. Arm us with pencils, not pistols.”

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Timberlane Teachers’ Association Supports Student Call for Action on Gun Violence

Timberlane educators support youth calls for action on gun violence and school safety

For Immediate Release:

PLAISTOW, NH— March 15, 2018 —The leadership of the Timberlane Teachers’ Association released the following statement:

 The Timberlane Teachers’ Association condemns gun violence and any calls to arm teachers, while urging lawmakers to protect children and educators from gun violence.  The Timberlane Teachers’ Association supports the walkouts for remembrance of the 17 victims of gun violence at Marjory

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 
CONTACT: Adam Marcoux, President, Office: 603-888-7544 

NTU MAKES DONATION TO TOYS FOR TOTS 


NASHUA, NH December 14, 2017 – Members of the Nashua Teachers’ Union played Santa this month, donating toys for those in need. The Nashua Teachers’ Union held the 2nd Annual Toys for Tots Donation Drive at all 17 city schools over the last month. When all was said and done, the NTU collected 345 toys, games, puzzles, and more for the Toys for Tots Foundation. 

“It is simply amazing,” said Adam Marcoux, President of the Nashua Teachers’ Union. “The teachers and staff of this district

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The American Federation of Teachers-NH has released endorsements for the NH State Representative races for the Nov. 8th General Election.

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The American Federation of Teachers-NH releases endorsements for candidates for NH State Senate. Please read the full press release and list of endorsements.

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