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Class Size, Testing & Mental Health

Those are Priorities for Teachers, Students, Fulton Tells Ed Committee When it comes to setting priorities for public education in Nebraska, NSEA members have a clear and concise list of concerns and recommendations, President Nancy Fulton told state senators in September.Nebraska teachers, she said, have deep concern about burgeoning class sizes; about the amount of time spent on standardized testing; and about the serious lack of student...

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...

Top Priority: Early Childhood Ed

Hassebrook Stand on Education Provides Clear Edge Grand Island teachers Amber O’Hara and Kristin Weaver know firsthand the importance of early childhood education.That pre-school experience – or lack thereof – sets the tone for their kindergarten classrooms at Wasmer Elementary School each year. It is typical that less than half of their students have had any pre-school experience, a statistic reflected in school readiness. Interviewed in...

Chemical Cleanout Plan is Under Way

Schools Asked to Manage Chemicals The Nebraska School Chemical Cleanout Campaign (NESC3) continues to bring improved chemical management to Nebraska Schools. The NESC3 was organized and implemented in 2007 and supported by Legislative Resolution, which encourages Nebraska schools to adopt and perform responsible chemical management for the protection of students and school staff.To date, 79 percent of Nebraska high schools have participated...

We Stand in the Way

By Craig R. Christiansen, Executive DirectorNebraska State Education AssociationIn 2011, public employees and unions across the country were under attack. For weeks, thousands of public employees had filled Wisconsin’s state capitol building and grounds, decrying the Wisconsin governor’s effort to eliminate collective bargaining in that state.Nebraska is not immune to anti-union sentiment. We saw a serious assault on collective bargaining that...

Offering Hope

By Nancy Fulton, PresidentNebraska State Education AssociationImagine trying to support yourself or your family on $290 a week. Over the course of a 40-hour work week, that is what Nebraska’s current $7.25-an-hour minimum wage earner receives for his or her endeavors.Imagine the struggle, the despair that comes with unexpected expenses, the hopelessness of the never-ending battle to make ends meet.Nebraska’s five-year-old minimum wage rate is...

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...

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...

With Membership, You Have an Edge

Only NSEA Offers Experienced Field Staff Ready to Serve You Your NSEA membership comes with something that no other association can provide: a talented and knowledgeable set of 18 field staff members versed in every aspect of Nebraska education.If you have a question about your employment rights, your evaluation, your teaching certificate, chances are that the field staff representative assigned to your school district has the answer.If not...

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-...

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