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April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Nebraskan Tours State to Tell His Story Mike Carnes was 9-years-old when the older brother of a friend sexually assaulted him.Now, the author and award-winning writer and editor hopes to raise awareness about the crime of sexual assault involving minors. He has already spoken to students at school assemblies in northeast Nebraska, and hopes to reach a wider audience. He is touring the state during April, which is Sexual Assault Awareness...

Questions About Your Retirement?

NSEA Organizational Specialists Can Help You Get Started Are you considering retiring this year? Next year?Regardless of your target date, you’ll have questions about the process, from district policies to the handling of your state-managed retirement plan. NSEA members often ask those questions of their organizational specialist. “My circumstances at school this year have changed so I am seriously thinking of retiring in May.  I...

Inequality for All?

Reich: Investment in Education ‘A Public Good’ In 1999, 29.7 percent of Nebraska households were labeled as ‘low income’ by the U.S. Census Bureau. By 2012, that number had grown to 33.9 percent.In 2000, 10 percent of Nebraska children were living in poverty, according to the Census Bureau. By 2012, that number had nearly doubled, to 17.9 percent.Those numbers illustrate the “hollowing out of the middle class” as more Nebraska – and...

Mentors & Sounding Boards

Intergenerational Mentoring Aids Pre-Service Teachers Ten more Nebraska teachers-to-be will have an edge when they begin their careers.They were matched with retired teachers and NSEA members during a two-day retreat in early February at the NSEA’s Lincoln Headquarters. The retired educators will serve as mentors, cheerleaders and sounding boards to the young teachers during the last two years of their college careers and into the start of...

Deja Vu on Charters!

NSEA: Partnership in Omaha is Answer Charter schools, hailed by some as a “silver bullet” cure to America’s alleged education crisis are, in fact, a path to privatization.Multiple valid studies show that charters perform no better than public schools. What they do, however, is rob tax dollars and funnel them to private, or not-for-profit – or sometimes even for-profit – schools. Nebraska is one of the few states where charters are barred....

Why Your Association Matters

Late Night host David Letterman doesn’t have a lock on his famous ‘Top Ten’ listing! Members of the Columbus Education Association recently developed a ‘Top 10 Reasons Why CEA Matters.’ The list was shared at the initial meeting of Columbus educators at the beginning of the school year, and CEA President Lori Focher shared the list with NSEA.The list:Top 10 Reasons Why CEA Matters No. 1: CEA is the Professional Organization for EducatorsIt’...

Dealing With a Pushy Principal?

That’s Where NSEA Works for You In some cases, the bully may not be a fourth grader.Once in a while, he may wear a tie and sports coat, or she may wear a pantsuit. Consider this plea for assistance that was delivered to NSEA from a member in need recently: “I am a second year teacher and a first year teacher in my school district. I am concerned that I am being mistreated and bullied by my principal and need some advice and support...

Retiring This Year?

NPERS Seminars Will Help You Prepare Are you planning to retire this year, or are you thinking about retirement in the next few years?If so, you may want to attend one of the School Retirement Planning Seminars hosted by the Nebraska Public Employees Retirement Systems office.The Spring 2014 seminars are for those age 50 and over, and registration is required at least one week prior to the seminar of your choice.By law, each eligible...

Board Updates Minority Plan

Steps Taken to Further Encourage Minority Participation in NSEA ActivitiesThe NSEA Board of Directors has approved a plan designed to increase minority participation in Association activities.The action, taken at the board’s November meeting, is to encourage minority Association members to attend NSEA functions and governance events; to seek leadership positions within the Association; and to attend the NSEA Delegate Assembly and the NEA...

Children’s Fund: Created to Help Kids

Members Can Request Funding to Aid KidsScribbled in a child’s block letters, the selfless note above is the kind that regularly lands in the NSEA mailbox, thanks to the good work of the NSEA Children’s Fund.Kids across Nebraska have received new coats, clothes, underwear, shoes, eyeglasses, and more, when those items are needed.Clearly, such testimonials show that the NSEA Children’s Fund makes a difference.Every NSEA member knows of children in...

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