SB 193 Passes NH House 184-162

A big set back, but this isn’t over.  The bill will now head to the House Finance Committee before it heads back to the House and then the Senate.  Keep contacting your Reps and Senators and let them know VOUCHERS ARE THE WRONG CHOICE FOR NEW HAMPSHIRE!

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URGENT ACTION NEEDED!

A Call to Action!

Dear Members,

Your action is desperately needed. NH Senate Bill 193 (the school voucher scheme) will be voted on January 3rd, 2018 by the NH House of Representatives. Make no mistake about it, this bill will wreak havoc on school budgets and negatively impact students and teachers.  Please share this information on social media and in your conversations.  SEA has a new facebook page so please like the page and share the information on it with your friends.

You have a voice and can have a hand in defeating this bill by calling your state representative. Call, email or send a postcard your local representatives and tell them to vote NO on SB193.  (Choose your town and click your reps’ name to get their phone number, email and address)  Here are instructions to send postcards and attached here are talking points and facts regarding the bill.

A phone call has the most impact, emails are helpful as well as direct mailings.
We encourage our members to stand up in the House and speak against this bill. They’re more emboldened when they can say thousands of constituents have contacted them urging them to speak out and vote no. Don’t let this opportunity to be heard pass you by.

Thank You,
John Croteau and SEA Representatives

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House Education Committee Passes Voucher Bill 10-9

The bill will head to the House Finance Committee and a full House vote in January of the new year. The vouchers are back again, this time in the form of “savings accounts” that will divert up to $5,100 in state aid to families for private or home schooling (including religious schools) Get your protest shoes laced up, we have marching to do.

http://www.concordmonitor.com/House-committee-signs-off-on-voucher-bill-13740462

WELCOME BACK!

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Welcome back SAUs 21 & 90!  As usual, the summer sped by and another school year awaits.  SEA created two of these banners to welcome students and staff for a fantastic start to the 2017-18 year.  You’ll see them on Thursday at WHS/Marston School for our first meetings.  See you then! 🙌

 

Congrats to WHS!

Congratulations Winnacunnet High School!

The Seacoast Education Association would like to congratulate Winnacunnet High School faculty, staff, and administration on being awarded the 2017 New Hampshire High School of Excellence award. The award is given annually by the New Hampshire Excellence in Education Awards Program to recognize New Hampshire schools and individuals who meet high standards of excellence. Receiving this honor is an affirmation of the tremendous teaching and learning that happens at Winnacunnet.
This award is the culmination of the efforts of the Winnacunnet faculty, staff and administration, working with a singular focus to deliver high quality educational experiences for all students.
However, the honor also belongs to the Winnacunnet community for their support and trust. For that, we thank you for allowing us to do what we do best which is to educate your children. The school of excellence award reflects the value and respect our community places on education. Therefore, this award belongs to the entire Winnacunnet community.

John Croteau
Seacoast Education Association
President

SEA Voting Recommendations

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After much debate and careful consideration, the SEA executive board voted to recommend the following candidates to our members:

Hampton School Board – Andrea Shepard
Seabrook seat on the Winnacunnet School Board – Fran (Frances)  Henderson
Hampton Falls seat on the Winnacunnet School Budget Committee – Tony Delano
Seabrook seat on the Winnacunnet School Budget Committee – Forrest Carter Jr.
 
In uncontested races and races where no candidate distinguished themselves, the Association did not feel it was prudent to recommend.
In addition, please consider supporting your union brothers in sisters in town: public works employees, police and fire.

Phone Banking for the Hampton Academy Building Project

SEA is looking for  people to make phone calls to Hampton residents about the HA building project. There will be phone banks on the following dates:
Script focus – informing about the project
Saturday 2/18    9:00 am -11:00 am
Wednesday 2/22   6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Script focus – Get out the vote
Wednesday 3/8   6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Saturday 3/11   9:00 am  – 11:00 am
People should meet in the HA library.
Please spread the word to Hampton staff.  Any amount of time would be greatly appreciated (even just one hour would be great).
 
Contact Amy Murphy with any questions. Please let us know if you will be able to make it.
 
This project really benefits our kids & staff! Thanks in advance for your effort!