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The National Education Association of NH Announce Their Endorsement Of Hillary Clinton

 (image Keith Kissel FLIKR)

(image Keith Kissel FLIKR)

CONCORD, NH, September 14, 2015 – Today National Education Association-New Hampshire (NEA-NH), the state’s largest educator and public employee union, announced its endorsement of Hillary Clinton for president, throwing the support of more than 16,000 members and their families behind Clinton during New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation primary campaign.

“Hillary Clinton has been a tireless fighter for both students and educators throughout her career,” said Scott McGilvray, NEA-NH President. “From her days going door-to-door to help improve access to public education to her fight in the Senate pushing back against harmful measures that would damage our public schools, Hillary has proven over and over again that she puts students and educators first. Hillary understands the power of a strong public education system and the difference a quality education will make in a child’s life, and she is ready to stand up for our teachers, strengthen our education system, and ensure that every child in America has access to a quality public education that will prepare them for lifelong educational and economic achievement.”

“Hillary’s call for universal pre-K in Rochester earlier this year shows that she understands the vital role public education plays in helping our children succeed,” said Megan Tuttle, NEA-NH Vice President and Pembroke teacher. “Hillary understands how important it is that every child has the same access to quality early childhood education so that they get off to the right start on their path to lifelong educational achievement. We need a president like Hillary who will expand and strengthen access to public education, not make damaging cuts that restrict our children’s opportunities.”

“Hillary has consistently stood up for public educators and worked to ensure that our public schools receive the support they need,” said Allison Estes Brown, Plymouth Special Education Teacher. “She has fought back against damaging voucher programs and counterproductive standards that harm schools instead of help them. Hillary understands the difference committed, talented teachers make in a child’s life, and she is ready to take action to ensure that our public schools are staffed with the best and brightest Americans.”

NEA-NH’s recommendation process began in May and included face-to face interviews by a representative committee of teachers, education support professionals and retired members. Their recommendation was forwarded to NEA-NH’s member-elected Executive Board for comment and approval.  The entire process is described in detail on NEA-NH’s website, www.neanh.org.

About NEA-New Hampshire

NEA-New Hampshire is the largest union of public employees in the state. Founded in 1854, the New Hampshire State Teachers Association became one of the “founding ten” state education associations that formed the National Education Association in 1857. Known today as NEA-NH, and comprised of more than 16,000 members, our mission to advocate for the children of New Hampshire and public school employees and to promote lifelong learning remains true after more than 150 years. Our members are public school educators in all stages of their careers, including classroom teachers and other certified professionals, instructors at public higher education institutions, students preparing for a teaching career, education support personnel and those retired from the profession.

When Tragedy Strike, Heroes Emerge. In Sandy Hook, The Educators Are The Heroes

In the wake of any tragic event, a few people are raised up as heroes.  It may be something small, like helping the people move away from the car accident. It could be the firefighter who ran back into the burning building to make sure everyone else was out.  These are the heroes we need to celebrate.

After all of theses situations, many normal people ask themselves, what would I have done in this situation?

Everyone is talking about the Sandy Hook Elementary disaster.  This was a horrific moment that millions of Americans will never forget.  I do not want to talk about gun control or mental health problems (though we still need to promote those conversations).  I want to talk about the HEROES that emerged from Sandy Hook.

The real Heroes were the educators.  All of them did what they could to protect the children.  Some even died, in an effort to protect their students from harm.

This morning the Nashua Telegraph posted an editorial that mirrors my mentality. “Newtown’s heroic educators should never be forgotten.”  The editorial highlights the stories of the brave men and women at the Sandy Hook Elementary School.

• Principal Dawn Hochsprung, 47, and school psychologist Mary Sherlach, 56, were shot and killed while confronting the gunman, amid some reports that the 5-foot-2 principal was shot while lunging toward him. Both Hochsprung and Sherlach had been meeting with a parent in a conference room when they heard the initial series of “pops” and went running toward the shooter.

 • First-grade teacher Victoria Soto, 27, was killed after trying to usher her students into a classroom closet. When six of the frightened students got out, Soto positioned herself between them and the gunman. None survived.

 • Special education teacher Anne Marie Murphy, 52, a 14-year veteran of the school, was found dead, holding the lifeless body of 6-year-old Dylan Hockley.

“We take great comfort in knowing that Dylan was not alone when he died, but was wrapped in the arms of his amazing aide, Anne Marie Murphy,” the Hockley family said in a statement. “Dylan loved Mrs. Murphy so much and pointed to her picture on our refrigerator every day.”

 • Rachel D’Avino, 29, a teacher’s aide, also died protecting her students, unaware that her boyfriend intended to propose to her Christmas Eve.

 • Lauren Rousseau, 30, the sixth staff member to die in the shooting, only had been a permanent substitute teacher at the school since November, a job her mother said made it “the best year of her life.”

Then there were the many acts of bravery committed by those who were fortunate to escape with their lives. (Read more in the Nashua Telegraph)

Now ask yourself, would you have done the same thing? I would have, and I hope we all would have. Do not ever forget what these women and men did to save the hundreds of other children in this school.  These union members paid the ultimate price for their efforts to protect the children.

When the  right wing media starts to say that the union teachers are destroying our schools, you can remind them of these heroic union members who sacrificed their lives for the children.  

UPDATED to include this new video to honor the victims from AFT National.


See also American Federation of Teachers Aids In Healing After NEWTOWN Tragedy


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