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EMAC Leaders to Represent in DC

The NSEA Ethnic Minority Affairs Committee (EMAC) Chair Edward Ventura, Omaha, and Vice Chair Jose Hernandez, Norfolk, will attend a Washington, D.C., workshop in November to study NEA Bylaw 3-1(g). The workshop is opportunity for state affiliate and national policy representatives to collaborate and better understand the NEA Bylaws, and to explore and develop best practices for implementation.Nebraska has not met its 3-1(g) goal for three years...

And the Survey Says...

By Nancy Fulton, PresidentNebraska State Education AssociationIs NSEA a professional organization or a labor union? Or is it both?Depending on where I travel across the state, what group of individuals I talk to, or the interests of the audience, the emphasis may be different.Those who join NSEA as a professional organization may have different reasons or goals than those joining as a union. Ultimately, it depends on what the member wants from...

AEW is Ahead!

Raise Your Hand for Student Success Access to a great public school is a basic right for every child, but that access is not readily available unless we all work toward that goal. Great public schools are the responsibility of every American, thus the theme for American Education Week 2014: Raise Your Hand for Student Success.With those obligations and responsibilities, it is only right that we observe the 93rd American Education Week —...

Nebraska Can Do This Right: A QuESTT

Sound Data Fuels Nebraska School ImprovementBy Dr. Matt Blomstedt, Nebraska Commissioner of EducationAs teachers and administrators, you know Nebraska schools are providing our students with excellent educational opportunities and student learning continues to improve. You also know that the news media headlines on federal accountability are misleading.Federal accountability under No Child Left Behind has failed and, worse yet, its...

Children’s Fund Now @ 20 Years

If There is a Child in Need, Children’s Fund Can HelpTwenty years ago, a few NSEA employees saw a need and came up with a plan.The need: Thousands of Nebraska schoolchildren go to school each year in need of a good meal, a warm coat, eyeglasses or another basic necessity that circumstances force them to do without.The Plan: To help as many of those students as possible acquire those necessities, assisting them to be prepared for school. After...

To the Last $74

NSEA Survey Illustrates Financial Challenges Young Teachers FaceAs he gets into the rhythm of his second year of teaching, Nathan Bacon and wife Danielle have learned to count pennies. About one-third of their income goes to housing, another 13 percent or so to student loans and the rest to automobile payments, gasoline, utilities, food and other expenses.In a good month, they have $74 left for discretionary spending. The July arrival of...

State Board’s Witzel Pens Education Thriller

“When Madden stops at Tres Rios, New Mexico, on his way to California to pursue a doctorate in education, he doesn’t expect to stay past lunch.”So begins the back cover teaser for the novel Saving Tres Rios, written by John Witzel, a member of  Nebraska’s State Board of Education.It isn’t often a member of the State Board writes a novel, much less a novel in the fiction/thriller/military genre that includes an uplifting educational theme....

Evaluation Issue? Administrative Problem?

Threats to your job, and to your teaching certificate, can come from inside your building. Consider these questions members sent through the NSEA website to the Association’s field staff: “I am having a problem with the principal.  Could you please send me the name/number of my rep so that I may talk with him/her.” “I would like to talk with someone to assist in writing a rebuttal of an evaluation.” NSEA’s 18 field staffers...

Women’s Work

By Craig R. Christiansen, NSEA Executive DirectorIn high school, my daughter lettered in volleyball, swimming and dance. Those interests, plus softball, triathlon and half-marathons, led to a master’s degree in sports administration and a life’s career.  She once questioned why there were no girls’ sports in my high school yearbook. When I went to high school, boys played sports and the girls watched or cheered.  It was a reflection of...

Tuition Reimbursement: Enhancing Excellence in Teaching Program

If you are a certified teacher employed in an approved or accredited Nebraska school, and are enrolled in an eligible graduate program, you may be able to take advantage of the state’s forgivable tuition loan program for classes that begin between Jan. 1 and June 30, 2015.The financing is available because the Nebraska Department of Education has announced a special release of $400,000 in tuition reimbursement dollars through the Enhancing...

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