Get Ready: “Vouchers” Vote Early 2018

cropped-sb193.pngRead more about the bill and its effects in the Concord Monitor and Reaching Higher.

Call or contact your local representatives and tell them to vote NO on SB193.  Choose your town and click your reps’ name to get their phone number and email.

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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! 

ALL HANDS ON DECK: All Members Needed at Deliberative Sessions Feb 6-9

SEA Needs Your Help!
Please sign up to attend the Deliberative Sessions

SEA PAC is using Signup.com to mobilize members for this event.

Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:
1. Click this link to go to our invitation page on SignUp.com
2. Enter your email address: (You will NOT need to register an account on SignUp.com)
3. Sign up! Choose your spots – SignUp.com will send you an automated confirmation and reminders. Easy!

Note: SignUp.com does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually.

Deliberative Sessions

What are they?

At this meeting all properly submitted Warrant Articles, including the annual operating budget, are presented, discussed and can be amended, with certain limitations, prior to placement on the March ballot.

The only time Articles can be amended is at the Deliberative Sessions, with the amendments being approved or rejected by majority vote of the registered voters in attendance.

Why are they important?

Actions taken at the deliberative sessions can affect school budgets and warrant articles. Residents can make motions to take money out of the school budgets or add money to existing warrant articles. The decisions made at deliberative sessions WILL impact what residents vote on in March.

What can you do?

As a VOTER you can participate in the proceedings. You can speak to an issue, ask questions, and most importantly, vote on ALL motions.

As a NON-RESIDENT, you cannot participate in the proceedings, but your presence is still important. Your presence sends a potent message! Support your colleagues and your profession from any unwarranted attacks.

All Hands on Deck: So-called “Right to Work” Legislation Heads to House

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NH’s so-called “Right to Work” bill (SB11) has already passed the NH State Senate and will soon be headed for a vote in the House in three to four weeks (Mid-February) Despite research that suggests that the law reduces a typical full-time workers’ wages by an average of 1,558 a year and NH already has a nation-low unemployment rate, the bill has support in the Republican Party. Coupled with the upcoming Dues Collection Elimination Bill (HB 438), the effects on public and private workers’ unions in NH could be devastating to membership and negotiations.  In the coming weeks, SEA will be joining forces with other unions to contact our state government representatives, spread awareness and rally at the statehouse.  Talk to a SEA rep for details and check the “Right to Work” tab often for updates.

Read the proposed bills here:
Right to Work Act (SB11)
Dues Collection Elimination Bill (HB 438)

Understand the bill and how it affects workers’ rights and NH jobs here:
What Is So-Called “Right to Work?”
8 Things You Should Know About the proposed “Right to Work” Legislation
Facts to Know About “Right to Work” and the Economy/Jobs/Rights
FAQs About “Right to Work”