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For All It's Worth: NSEA: Legal Support & Due Process

Working for Your Best Interests: You Can be Confident in the Protections NSEA ProvidesEvery month during the 2014-15 Association year, the For all it's Worth series provides easy-to-access information about your NSEA membership. Throughout the school year, you will receive monthly membership editions via email, highlighting three key areas: Membership Benefits, Working Conditions and Action & Advocacy.You can feel confident in the...

Corporate School Deja Vu

Senators Have Turned Back, Again, the Corporate/Charter Retread NSEA Asks Senators to OK LB435, Allowing Time to Teach, Time to Learn In each of the past two years, state senators have killed bills that would have allowed up to five corporate schools in Omaha.Now, supporters are back for a third try, again with the same language. LB616, offered by O’Neill Sen. Tyson Larson, would plop up to five corporate/charter schools in Omaha.At a...

What It Means to Belong to EHA

 Health Plan is One of State’s Oldest and Most Stable Insurance Pools By Greg LongEducators Health Alliance Field RepresentativeAs an educator and enrollee in the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska health care plan, you are also a member of the Educators Health Alliance.EHA is one of the largest, oldest and most stable insurance pools in Nebraska.EHA membership has more than 72,000 participants and includes all but three of...

Contemplating Retirement? Consider Attending an NPERS Seminar

NPERS Seminars Will Help You PrepareAre you planning to retire this year, or are you thinking about retirement in the next few years?If so, you may want to attend one of the School Retirement Planning Seminars hosted by the Nebraska Public Employees Retirement Systems office.The Spring 2015 seminars are for those age 50 and over, and registration is required at least one week prior to the seminar of your choice.By law, each eligible employee is...

Loan Forgiveness Deadlines Near

NSEA members interested in Nebraska’s tuition loan forgiveness plan have two opportunities at hand:A new round of applications for tuition dollars will open up on Tuesday, April 1;State senators are considering LB589, which would extend and expand funding for the tuition reimbursement program. Senators need to hear from educators that the program is worth funding well into the future. Application Process OpensApplications for the 2015-16...

Certification Gains

 Vote to Certify a ‘No-Brainer’ for Leyton MembersThirteen NSEA locals completed certification elections in the last year, growing the number of locals that no longer need to seek formal recognition from their local school board before bargaining can begin.A successful certification election guarantees that the local association will forevermore represent all members of the bargaining unit in negotiating terms and conditions of employment....

A 20/20 Vision For the Children’s Fund

Use is Far Outpacing Donations to Fund For 20 years, the NSEA Children’s Fund has upheld the notion that no child’s education should suffer because of need.No child should come to school unable to see the front of the classroom because his or her family cannot afford eyeglasses. No child should be distracted by hunger pangs.Now, after 20 years, the Children’s Fund is lacking. Donations have dipped at the same time the need has intensified....

The Things We Can’t Count

 By Nancy Fulton, NSEA PresidentAward winning children’s book illustrator Christopher Myers last month explained that he was in a classroom when a child asked him one of those unanswerable questions that kids seem to ask.You know, one of those questions like “how do you wash a fish?’The particular question posed to Myers was this: How many words does it take to make a good story? The question made Myers realize that some things just were...

Don’t Be Muzzled by LB288!

LB288 poses a serious threat to the work that gives you a voice in policymaking, protects your employment rights, and assists you in improving your benefits and salary.Most personally, LB288 limits your ability to determine how you decide to disperse your paycheck. Ultimately, LB288 is aimed squarely at silencing your voice by defunding your local and state education associations.The Legislature’s Business and Labor Committee will hear testimony...

Beyond the ‘Usual Suspects’

Early Childhood Education Gets Broad Support from Nebraska Law EnforcementWith 40 years on the beat, Tom Casady’s personal encounters and observations detailing the misadventures of uneducated or under-educated lawbreakers could likely fill hundreds of police blotters.So several years ago, when Casady came across an organization called ‘Fight Crime: Invest in Kids’ at a convention of law enforcement professionals, he was on board.“‘Fight Crime:...

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