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Children’s Fund Now in Need; Can You Help?

Consider Gift to 20/20 Vision Campaign The NSEA Children’s Fund has been helping children for 20 years. Today, needs are surpassing the availability of funds.Children’s Fund expenses in the first four months of the Association year surpassed $29,400. Donations during that time were $12,800.As the Children’s Fund marks 20 years, NSEA has organized a campaign called 20/20 Vision for the Children’s Fund. The hope is to raise $10,000 by the...

More Than ‘Parsley on the Plate’

When policymakers discuss public education, NSEA member Maddie Fennell says the voice of teachers must be heard.During such talks, she says educators must be more than “parsley on the plate.”Fennell this year is the ambassador for, and serves on, the leadership team of the U.S. Department of Education’s Teach to Lead Initiative, an effort with the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards to advance student achievement by expanding...

NSEA Voices Support for Mental Health Services for Children

NSEA recognizes that providing adequate mental health care to students in public schools is vital.  Thus, NSEA voiced strong support last month to three bills before the Legislature.Speaking in favor of LB443, offered by Lincoln Sen. Kate Bolz, NSEA Director of Research Larry Scherer said educators often feel helpless to provide immediate services to students with obvious mental and behavioral health issues.LB443, he said, would broaden the...

Appearance Counts

By Craig R. Christiansen, Executive DirectorNebraska State Education AssociationSince the ancient Greeks, philosophers have wrestled with the difference between appearance and essence — what is the apparent form and what is reality. Today, in our society, we still struggle daily with that question. It is made even more difficult by the bombarding “hype” of advertising, the simplistic approach of ideology, and the (probably well-deserved)...

Singled Out

By NSEA President Nancy FultonOne of the inscriptions on the State Capitol is a perfect example of why communications with our elected representatives is so important. “The salvation of the state is watchfulness in the citizen.” Nebraskans, especially those who are NSEA members, have been watching the actions of state senators and communicating with them through individual conversations, emails, phone calls and even testimony at the public...

Congressional Reps Told: ESEA Must be Flexibile

NSEA, Other Groups Send Letter to RepsAs Congress struggles to update the Elementary and Secondary Education Act – aka No Child Left Behind – Nebraska’s educators have taken a stand on how ESEA should be reworked.NSEA, the Nebraska State Board of Education and six other signatories forwarded to the state’s five-member congressional delegation a clear message: ESEA “should set high expectations for state and local education systems, but allow...

‘Consider the Alternative’

Documentary on Nebraska’s Charter School Debate Premiers this Month“Consider the Alternative,” a new documentary discussing charter schools, public schools and the achievement gap in Nebraska, will premiere this month.Produced by Nebraska Loves Public Schools (NElovesPS), the film explores education reform and provides an understanding of the current landscape for public education in Nebraska. This one-hour feature provides viewers with a...

Elections Fill NSEA District, State Board Vacancies

 NSEA members have elected or re-elected three dozen colleagues to represent them at the state level on the NSEA Board of Directors, or at the district level on one of NSEA’s six district governance boards.The election took place in February. Here is the list of those elected: Capitol DistrictNSEA Board: Debra Rasmussen, Lincoln.President: William West, Lincoln.Vice President: Sarah Brown, Wilber-Clatonia.Executive Committee: Devin...

NEA Trainings Available to You

Omaha Members Benefit from Workshop on Social Justice Nearly 40 alternative education staff from the Omaha Public Schools took part in a social justice and diversity training in February, one of many trainings available from the NEA.Cathy Nelson, NSEA member and a teacher leader at the Blackburn Alternative Program for OPS, arranged the day-long training that gave the alternative ed staff a grounding in social justice, with the idea of...

No Joke! Loan Forgiveness Opens April 1

NSEA members interested in Nebraska’s tuition loan forgiveness plan take note: A new round of applications for tuition dollars opens on Tuesday, April 1.Applications for the Enhancing Excellence in Teaching (EETP) Program will be available on the Nebraska Department of Education website at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, April 1, through May 10 at:www.education.ne.gov/EducatorPrep/TopPages/EETPThe 2015-16 award is for classes that begin between July 1, 2015...

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