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Nebraska Department of Education Rule 10 Hearings Scheduled

The Nebraska Department of Education has scheduled a public hearing on draft changes to Rule 10, which includes the new state accountability system, AQuESTT.The draft language includes provisions that will measure the performance of individual public schools and school districts, using multiple indicators like graduation rates, student growth and student assessment, among other items.The changes came via LB438, passed by the Nebraska Legislature...

Taxes & Rankings

No. 3? No. 25? It Depends on Who You Ask.There probably isn’t a taxpaying Nebraskan alive who thinks the state’s taxes are too low, but the fact is that Nebraska is in the middle of the pack among all states.In his State of the State address, Gov. Pete Ricketts cited a WalletHub.com ranking calling Nebraska the third-highest taxed state in the nation, trailing only California and New York.An Omaha World-Herald article pointed out that more...

Recognize Good Work

You have Amazing Colleagues; Why Not Give Them a Bit of Limelight?Awards Presented at Delegate AssemblyMany of your colleagues do extraordinary work each day. Why not give them some recognition?Any NSEA member may nominate a deserving individual or group for the awards, below, presented at NSEA’s 2015 Delegate Assembly. Mailed nominations must be postmarked by Saturday, Jan. 31, and should be sent to NSEA Awards, 605 S. 14th St., Lincoln, NE...

NSEA’s Children’s Fund Makes a World of Difference

 WARM & CLEAN WINTER COATS.  NEW GLASSES. FRESH CLOTHES.  NSEA members help students learn every day. They also help students be ready to learn every day, through generous giving to the Children’s Fund.Founded in 1994, the Children’s Fund has one goal: to provide children with all they need to be successful at school. That might mean a new coat for a coatless child; dental work for a child in pain; eyeglasses for a child...

Teachers Lag in Career Salary Race

Lifetime Earnings Suffer; Study Urges Restructured Pay PlansA study of teacher salaries finds teachers’ lifetime earnings vary greatly from district to district, due to a largely unstudied factor: the time it takes to climb the salary ladder.The report, Smart Money: What Teachers Make, How Long it Takes and What it Buys Them, finds that the salary information that usually gets the most attention — starting or ending salaries — doesn’t tell the...

It’s Time for Seuss!

Read Across America Observance is March 2The 18th observance of NEA’s Read Across America — celebrating reading on the birthday of Dr. Seuss! — will be here soon. Is your classroom gearing up to celebrate?NEA’s Read Across America is a reading motivation program that asks every child in every community to celebrate the love of reading. The program also supports NEA members, parents, caregivers, and children with the resources and activities they...

Assessment Results Fuel Improvement

 Test Results Provide Instructional RoadmapsBy Dr. Matt BlomstedtNebraska Commissioner of EducationWelcome back from the December break. I hope you and your students are reenergized and ready for the second half of the school year. Here at the Nebraska Department of Education the focus has turned ― in part ― to the administration of tests.State Assessment Director Valorie Foy and her team spent time this fall meeting with teachers and...

The Fitness Connection

 By Nancy Fulton, PresidentNebraska State Education AssociationI love and admire Maya Angelou’s outlook on life. One of her quotations is relevant to NSEA, our professional association. Angelou wrote, “I learned a long time ago the wisest thing I can do is be on my own side, be an advocate for myself and others like me.”I am sitting down to write this in late December — a normal time of year to reflect back over the past 12 months.The first...

Nickels (Finally) Gets Election Certificate

Court Orders Governor to Show Cause; Court Challenge PossibleThree days after it was statutorily due – and long after three other just-elected members received their Certificates of Election from the Nebraska Secretary of State’s office – Maureen Nickels finally received formal notification that she was elected to the State Board of Education.Obtaining the certificate was more difficult than the campaign. It took two sometimes tense meetings of...

For-Profit Schools — and Fraud: Are They Destined for Nebraska?

A report by the Center for Popular Democracy estimates as much as $54 million in suspected fraud in New York state charter – better known as for-profit – schools in 2014 alone.The November report comes on the heels of an October finding by the CPD of more than $30 million in charter school fraud in Pennsylvania since 1997. A third CPD report, released in May, found $100 million in charter school fraud in another 15 states.That’s $184 million in...

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