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Serve by Leading!

Educators are born to lead. Are you ready to take your turn at leadership of the state’s oldest and largest profes­sional organization?Beginning on February 16, NSEA members will vote for candidates to fill three dozen district offices and openings on the NSEA’s Board of Directors. Those elected will assume leadership roles in determining the future of the Association.The filing deadline for those offices is Friday, Jan. 23. All voting is...

Higher Ed Academy Voting Dates Set; File by Jan. 23

Members of the NSEA Higher Ed Acad­emy will choose officers in voting that will be held in conjunction with other NSEA elec­tions. However, because Higher Ed members are now integrated into NSEA’s six districts, depending on workplace, they will receive two e-mails — one alerting them to NSEA elections and one for Higher Ed Academy elections.Higher Ed Academy offices that are open for election include president, three-year term; vice...

Painted & Scrubbed

Minden’s Middle School Gets Facelift Through SEAN’s Outreach to Teach Nearly 100 members of the Student Education Association of Nebraska turned out on a November weekend to spruce up the C.L. Jones Middle School at Minden as part of the organization’s annual Outreach to Teach.The project was a part of SEAN’s annual fall conference.Students from a dozen Nebraska colleges and universities spent the day painting, scrubbing, washing and...

NSEA Seeks More Cash for Tuition Reimbursement

Asks Education Committee to Add to Funding from Lottery DollarsNSEA has made good on a promise to state senators to continue Association support of Nebraska’s tuition reimbursement program.In testimony before the Legislature’s Education Committee on Nov. 19, Jay Sears told senators “NSEA is here to give full support” to continuation of the $1.2 million-a-year program that provides tuition reimbursement for qualifying educators to use for...

Trend is ‘Up’ for Retirement Plan

All Factors Indicate Sound Financial Shape Two years ago, a consultant estimated that the state would have to kick in more than $300 million over five years to keep Nebraska’s teacher retirement plan funded.At the time, the plan was 77 percent funded in the aftermath of the Great Recession. That was the low-water mark in a decade or more, and was down from a 90 percent funded ratio in 2008.Flash forward to July 31, 2014 – the end of the...

Share, Learn at GPS Network

The GPS Network is a free, open-to-everyone online professional learning community created and maintained by the National Education Association to connect educators, parents, and stakeholders in public education who want to collaborate, share, and learn.Using a discussion-group format, it provides searchable data and resources that allow users to know what is important and to share what works for great public schools to support student success....

Timeline Set for ESEA Waiver Request

Education Vision, Student Support, is Foundation for RequestBy Dr. Matt BlomstedtNebraska Commissioner of EducationNebraska is well positioned to submit an application for a waiver under No Child Left Behind, and the work has begun to meet a timeline set by the State Board of Education.I know Nebraska teachers and administrators are eager to learn what the waiver will include and how that will affect our education system, but the elements in...

BCBSNE Extends In-Network Benefits for Members at Five CHI Hospitals

Kearney, Grand Island, Schuyler, Nebraska City, Plainview Affected Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE) has announced that its health care plan members will be able to get in-network benefits at five CHI Health hospitals that are currently out of network, providing plan members with enhanced options for health care in their communities.All but three Nebraska school districts use BCBSNE through the plan managed by the Educator’s...

1.9 Percent Premium Hike Cheered by School Groups

EHA Premiums for 2015-16 Set; Increase is Well Below Inflation Premium rates for the 2015-16 association year are now set, and the news is very good.The rates for the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska health care plan used by nearly every school district in Nebraska will rise a meager 1.9 percent. That rate is well below the national rate of medical inflation and marks the 10th consecutive rate increase of less than 9 percent.In five...

A Cash-Saving App from NSEA!

To get great member deals wherever you go, download the NSEA ‘My Deals’ smartphone application from your app store.The registration process requires an e-mail address and a “mobile password” — the number 8589- (include the hyphen) followed by your personal 10-digit NSEA identification number, which can be found above your name on the mailing label of The Voice or on the front of your NSEA membership card.Download the app, and begin to save cash...

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