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For All It's Worth: Class Size & Student Achievement

NSEA’s new For all it’s Worth is an easy-to-use series designed to keep you informed about your association, its benefits and value.Each month, the series will provide easy-to-access information about your membership. Throughout the school year, you will receive these monthly membership editions, which fall under three key areas: Membership Benefits, Working Conditions and Action & Advocacy.In the Classroom: Student AchievementAs back to...

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...

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...

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-...

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...

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...

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...

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...

On Education Issues, It’s Hassebrook

Bipartisan Team of NSEA Members Check the Facts, Recommend Hassebrook as Governor Education a Hassebrook Focus; Opposes Corporate Schools When Nebraskans go to the polls on Tuesday, Nov. 4, they will elect the first new governor in the state in 10 years. Only one of the two candidates has the credentials to be called an “education governor.”Based on answers to education-related questions, a bi-partisan team of 15 NSEA members from...

Ventura Takes Helm of EMAC Affiliate

Ambitious List of Goals on Minority Organization’s Agenda The NSEA Ethnic Minority Affairs Committee (NSEA-EMAC) encourages ethnic minority participation in all NSEA activities to ensure diverse membership representation.The chair of NSEA-EMAC for 2014-15 is Edward T. Ventura Jr., a K-5 technology teacher and member of the Omaha Education Association. NSEA President Nancy Fulton appointed him to a one-year term as president.“I am excited...

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