Teachers Union Launches New Webpage Calls “War on Teachers” | Local News

New Hampshire’s second-largest teachers’ union has called on state education commissioner Frank Edelblut to step down after the department created a webpage that makes it easier for parents and students to report complaints. teachers for alleged discrimination under state “concepts of division” law.

In a statement on Thursday, American Federation of Teachers’ New Hampshire president Deb Howes said Edelblut had declared a “war on teachers” that could lead educators to lose their licenses over unfounded claims.

“AFT-NH calls on Governor Chris Sununu to demand that Edelblut withdraw from his scandalous, clearly politically motivated and harmful efforts,” Howes said in the statement.

The National Education Association of New Hampshire, the state’s largest teachers’ union, had opposed Edelblut’s reconfirmation and wants the state’s new “freedom to discriminate” law to be repealed.

Brian Hawkins, director of government relations for NEA-NH, said the union sent a letter to the Education Department in August asking for clarification on how the law would apply to teachers – a letter that has stuck without answer.

“All of a sudden we see this shape,” Hawkins said. “It appears that the administration is more interested in the process of investigating (in) the law than in ensuring that educators have the proper guidance to comply with it.”

“I think this highlights the concern that the intention of the law was to cool education on diversity, equity and inclusion and on learning from the mistakes of the past so that they don’t repeat themselves. , for the benefit of our students and the country, state and country, ”said Hawkins.

The Ministry of Education website was created in response to the law on the right to non-discrimination in public workplaces and to education adopted in June. The so-called “concepts of division” law prohibits teachers in public schools from teaching that a group is inherently superior or inferior to people in another group, or that a group is inherently racist, sexist or oppressive.

“It was bad enough that the law was trying to find a problem that didn’t exist – no teacher in New Hampshire teaches that one group is inherently superior or inferior to another,” Howes said in the statement. AFT-New Hampshire.

On the Department of Education website, a parent or student who believes a teacher has violated this law can complete and submit a form, which is sent to the New Hampshire Human Rights Commission for investigation. . The commission determines whether the person filing has the base to file a formal complaint.

After the webpage was announced, Moms for Liberty NH wrote on Twitter that the group would offer a monetary reward to parents, teachers, students or school staff who reported teachers.

“We have $ 500 for the person who successfully catches a public school teacher breaking this law,” the New Hampshire chapter of the Conservative National Parents Organization wrote on Friday.

Edelblut told the union leader he knew teachers were doing their best to treat students equally, with dignity and respect. “This web page is now publicly available. So in the rare event that something could appear to be unwanted treatment, individuals have a place to go where they can voice their concerns and receive help, whether it be parents or teachers, ”Edelblut said. the newspaper.

Howes said Edelblut declined AFT-NH’s invitation to meet with its members about the law and instead launched the webpage to report and investigate them. “It’s too bad New Hampshire has an education commissioner who doesn’t support educators and the work they do every day to help our children,” she said.

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