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Arthur J. Pippo Joins NEA-NH as Executive Director

NEA-NH, the state's largest union representing 16,000 education professionals, is proud to announce appointment of Arthur J. Pippo as their new executive director. Pippo, a veteran of thirty years with the NEA-affiliated Massachusetts Teachers' Association, started on August 2nd, 2010.

"I'm pleased to be joining NEA-NH and working as an executive director," Pippo said. "New Hampshire's educators, like educators across the country, are facing difficult economic times and I hope to be able to help protect the interests of education professionals and the students they serve."

Arthur Pippo has worked as a statewide organizer and negotiator, served as MTA's legislative agent on Beacon Hill, and, most recently, worked for 18 years with MTA's Division of Higher Education working with community college, state college, and university employees. He earned an MBA from Suffolk University and successfully completed Harvard's Trade Union Program.

"Arthur has experience with every part of the work we do here at NEA-NH and we expect that he'll be able to provide effective leadership from his first day with us," said NEA-NH Rhonda Wesolowski. "We think he'll be a great fit as an administrator and an effective voice for us at the State House. We couldn't be happier with our choice."

August 2, 2010

NEA-NH Delegate Assembly 2009


President Rhonda Wesolowski

Michelle Walter, Chair, Membership Development Committee

Sam Giarrusso, Member, New Hampshire Retirement System Board of Trustees

March 29, 2009

The America Reinvestment and Recovery Act
What funds are available to New Hampshire, and how can they be spent?

The purpose of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act is to save jobs. New Hampshire is to receive $343 million in funds that may be used for education—from Head Start through higher education.

These funds represent increases in federal spending that will apply to Fiscal Years 2009 and 2010, with the possibility of applying some unused funds to FY 2011 budgets. They will be allocated as follows:

$142 million: Funds that flow through existing programs (usually administered by the state Department of Education):

Early Childhood Education

1. Head Start, $3.8 million
2. Child Care & Development Block Grant, $4.6 million
3. IDEA Part C Infants & Families, $2.1 million
4. IDEA Part B Preschool Grants, $1.6 million

Elementary & Secondary Education

1. IDEA Part B Grants to states, $47.5 million
2. ESEA Title I, Part A, $31 million
3. ESEA School Improvement Grants, $8.2 million
4. Educational Technology State Grants, $3.2 million
5. Education for Homeless children & Youths, $0.2 million

Student financial Assistance

1. Federal Pell Grants, 2009-10 Award Year, $16.7 million
2. Federal Pell Grants, 210-2011 Award Year, $19.8 million
3. Federal Work Study, $1.3 million

Rehabilitation Services

1. Vocational Rehabilitation State Grants, $1.9 million
2. Independent Living, $0.3 million

$200 million State Fiscal Stabilization Fund.
Within federal guidelines, this fund is administered largely at the governor's discretion, however:

$164 million (81.8 percent) of this fund must be spent on education.
The remaining $36 million (18.2 percent) can be spent on education but may also be spent on government services.

As funds are released, the U.S. Department of Education will issue guidelines. The National Education Association has a team of researchers and government relations specialists who are tracking the ARRA guidelines as they are issued. Likewise, NEA-New Hampshire is monitoring the flow of funds into and within our state. The NEA-NH legislative team will hold conversations with government officials and provide guidance to its local associations about the delivery of ARRA funds.

March 20, 2009

Major Education Victories in Economic Recovery Package!

The economic recovery package under consideration in the House of Representatives shows major victories for public education. The proposed American Recovery and Reinvestment Bill includes significant increased investments in education, including all the areas NEA urged Congress to include. These victories would not have been possible without your assistance and your dedication in educating Members of Congress about the great need for such investments.

The proposal specifically includes:

In addition, the tax portion of the economic recovery package is expected to include $21 billion in school modernization through tax credits on school construction bonds. 

The package also includes critical increases in health care, nutrition assistance, and unemployment insurance, all of which were included in NEA's requests to Congress. 

The package appears to increase funding for the NEA-opposed Teacher Incentive Fund by providing "$200 million for competitive grants to school districts and states to provide financial incentives for teachers and principals who raise student achievement and close the achievement gaps in high-need schools and $100 million for competitive grants to states to address teacher shortages and modernize the teaching workforce." Look for updates from NEA and NEA-NH as further details become available. 

Even though we are very pleased with the proposed package, we must keep in mind that considerable work will be required both to get it passed in the House and to ensure that the Senate package includes similar investments. The House Ways and Means and Appropriations Committees are expected to "mark-up" the pieces under their jurisdiction next week. We will be calling on you at that time to contact your Members of Congress, particularly those who serve on these committees, as well as to urge your state legislators and governors to weigh in with Congress in support of the package. 

The proposed package reflects your hard work in urging your Members of Congress to craft a package that addresses the urgent issues facing your states and communities. We thank all of you for your continuing efforts on these issues. 

January 21, 2009

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