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.