Media Clips from 10/17/11- Todays clips about Teachers Contract up for vote. AFT-NH talks of school vouchers. NH primary. Loews closes stores and more.
Teachers’ contract goes to new vote | Concord Monitor: “Teachers in the Hillsboro-Deering School District are hoping voters today will approve a contract that reflects union wage and health care concessions made since voters rejected an initial agreement in March.
The district’s nurses, teachers, guidance counselors and librarians have been working without a contract since June 2009. Since then, about 55 of the district’s most veteran teachers have not had a pay raise because they hit the highest level in the contract’s 13 step increases.
The rest of the district’s approximately 110 teachers have received about 3 percent pay raises annually since the contract expired.
“If the contract doesn’t pass, I think the morale, it’s going to be really low,” said Diane Hines, a third-grade teacher who has worked in the district for 26 years. As president of the local chapter of the New Hampshire Federation of Teachers, she was involved in the contract negotiations.”
This is an Op/Ed from Laura Hainey President of AFT-NH on the proposed Voucher School program being discussed in the NH House.
New Hampshire Labor News: Vouchers Offer False Hope: Kids Need a Quality Education Agenda. An Op/Ed from Laura Hainey, Pres. of AFT-NH:
If a medication isn’t working, a doctor would say to stop using it. If a puzzle piece doesn’t fit, you wouldn’t keep try to fit it into the space. If studies consistently conclude that vouchers don’t improve student achievement, why would you support it?”
New Hampshire Primary: ABC News and WMUR to Hold Only Primetime Broadcast Network Debate – ABC News
: “JUST THREE DAYS BEFORE “THE FIRST IN THE NATION” PRIMARY ABC NEWS AND WMUR-TV JOIN TOGETHER TO HOST A PRIMETIME REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE DEBATE IN NEW HAMPSHIRE
ABC’s Diane Sawyer and George Stephanopoulos to Moderate Debate from Saint Anselm College with WMUR Anchor Josh McElveen
Debate to Air in Primetime at 9:00 PM/ET on the ABC Television Network”
Class sharpens skills for the unemployed | New Hampshire NEWS02
: “In a conference room lined with computers at Manchester Community College. Ellison and his fellow students are part of the inaugural class of WorkReadyNH, a new state program being run out of four community colleges that aims to improve the job-seekers’ core competencies and professional acumen. The program grew out of discussions Gov. John Lynch had with employers around the state and is based on a national worker certification program.”
New Hampshire House Denies Speaker Power To Jail Citizens
: “New Hampshire lawmakers voted last week to reject a proposal to provide the House speaker with the authority to put people in jail.
The amendment came during debate over a bill to create a committee to investigate the New Hampshire Local Government Center over allegations regarding the agency’s finances in relation to a local government insurance pool. The original bill’s language provided the committee with the same subpoena powers as the full legislature, which the ways and means committee sought to change with a new amendment.”
Lowe’s closing 7 N.E. stores: “According to Lowe’s, the closings will affect 105 workers in Haverhill, 102 in Biddeford, 118 in Manchester, 83 in Ellsworth, 78 in Claremont, 83 in Hooksett, and 110 in North Kingstown. Employees will get 60 to 90 days’ pay and benefits as severance, the company said, and some may be able to get jobs at some of the 67 Lowe’s locations in New England that will remain open. (Based on information on the company’s store-locator website Monday, the closings won’t affect the 2 Vermont locations or 16 Connecticut stores. According to this list, Lowe’s is closing 2 of 11 Maine locations, 1 of 27 Massachusetts locations, 3 of 13 New Hampshire locations, and 1 of 5 Rhode Island locations.”
Library program is vital – and far from ‘gold-plated’ | Concord Monitor: “The New Hampshire Legislature recently passed a measure requiring the state library to review the federal program guidelines for which it receives federal dollars to support library programs and seek to amend its five-year plan to use the money designated to support three inter-library vans for other purposes.
If the three vans are removed from the state library’s fleet, only one van will be available to support the inter-library loan program for the entire state.”