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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...

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...

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...

Update on Repayment of Refunded Service

Delayed Buyback Under Old Rules Was Costly to Retirement Plan Bellevue West High School teacher Jan Elliott has good advice for educators thinking about buying back years of service they may have relinquished in the state’s retirement plan.Buy that service back sooner, rather than later. It’s cheaper that way, said Elliott, who serves on the board of directors for both the Nebraska Public Employees Retirement System and NSEA.Elliott makes...

Credit Repair Scams: How to Avoid Them

Visit Legitimate Sites for Free Credit ReportsBy Lisa GerstnerChecking your credit report for suspicious activity is essential to combat identity theft. But if you go to the wrong site, your personal information could end up in the wrong hands. Just one website, www.annualcreditreport.com, provides free yearly credit reports as part of a federally required program.To get the reports, you must enter sensitive information, including your Social...

Get Innovative Lesson Plans!

Save 20 Percent Through Lesson PlanetChurning out lesson plans can be stressful and time-consuming, but now, through a partnership with NEA Member Benefits, Lesson Planet offers a convenient way for educators to discover and share innovative lesson-planning resources at a discounted rate.For more than a decade, the Lesson Planet solution has helped teachers find lesson resources, correlate them to standards, and organize curricula in a time-...

Drive Nets $12K for Wisner-Pilger EA

Pilger Middle School Was Destroyed by June Tornadoes A drive by the Nebraska State Education Association to benefit teachers who lost classroom materials to the twin twisters that hit Pilger on June 16 raised more than $12,000.NSEA President Nancy Fulton presented a check for $12,299 to Wisner-Pilger Education Association President Gregg Moeller in September, during an after-school meeting of WPEA members.Fulton said the cash will help...

Membership Card Goes Electronic

Expect Delivery to your In-Box Soon; Savings Can Begin Immediately! Most of the plastic cards in your purse or wallet help you to spend your hard-earned dollars. The card you received via email in the past few days will help you save!Your NSEA Membership Card opens a new world of money-saving benefits for you and your family. Your card can save you hundreds — even thousands — of dollars at more than 250,000 locations nationwide. You will...

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