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2017 District Elections: Results

The NSEA Board of Directors met on March 18, 2017 and certified the election results found below.  Winners are highlighted in yellow.  District/PositionCandidateCapitol NSEA BoardMegan Brown(Vote for 1)Rita Bennett (Vote for 1)  PresidentWilliam West(Vote for 1)(Vote for 1)  Vice PresidentDevin Garcia(Vote for 1)Lesa Christiancy (Vote for 1)  Executive CommMichael A. Cobelens(Vote for 1)...

State’s Rivers Become a Part of Wildlife Federation Poster Contest

Nebraska has more miles of rivers than any other state.Because the Loup, the Calamus, the Republican, the Platte, the Missouri, the Snake, the Niobrara, and the Elkhorn are teeming with native wildlife, the Nebraska Wildlife Federation for its 2017 Wildlife Poster Contest has chosen the theme “Rivers of Nebraska.”These rivers and their associated habitats (riparian woodlands, wetlands and sandbars) offer suitable habitat for many native wildlife...

Collective Bargaining Dead in Iowa

Legislature Acts Fast in Attack on ISEAIt happened quickly, taking just a few days.Both Houses of the Iowa Legislature OK’d language in mid-February that bans teachers from bargaining for anything other than base salary.In a divide and conquer approach, the new law affects all public sector employees except law enforcement and firefighters.Provisions of the law were made public on Feb. 7. The bill sped through committee hearings before reaching...

OEA Fends Off Privatization

District Sought to Outsource Teaching JobsThe Omaha Education Association stood for children, taxpayers and members through the late months of 2016 as it turned back an effort by the Omaha Public Schools to privatize jobs connected to the district’s transitional program for middle school students.At risk were OPS tax dollars, the quality of education of OPS middle school students, and several dozen OPS teaching jobs.School district officials had...

Collaboration, Not Competition

by Nancy Fulton, NSEA PresidentThe oldest – and perhaps most worn out – talking point put forth by charter school zealots submits that "competition is good for public schools."That misguided charter school tenet supposes that public schools operate like the free market, with consumers who benefit from more choices and lower prices. Advocates would plop charter schools here and there, and have those charters make public schools better by offering...

Discipline: A ‘Significant Concern’

Results of Survey on Discipline Shared with Education CommitteeWhen Jay Sears told the Legislature's Education Committee that LB595 addressed "an area of significant concern" for Nebraska teachers, it might have been an understatement.His story of an NSEA member's encounter with a violent student gave senators a brief but vivid sense of the urgency behind the phenomenal response to an NSEA poll.Sears said the teacher's story was just one of many...

Vouchers Divert Funding, Shortchange Kids in Poverty

LB608 is Scheme to Take Tax Dollars From Public SchoolsWhen addressing vouchers, NSEA delivered two messages as the Legislature’s Education Committee considered LB608.Both messages were clear: vouchers harm public schools.Retired Omaha Education Association member Cheryl Goodwillie said the voucher plan in LB608 would drain funds from an already shallow public school revenue stream.NSEA Organizational Specialist Jay Sears told senators that...

Professional Practices: Coming to a Meeting Near You

PPC on the Road, in Prevention ModeThe Professional Practices Commission is on the road!Clerk of the Commission Kelly Muthersbaugh is ready to travel to local association or area meetings to tell the story of the PPC, with two goals in mind.First, Muthersbaugh hopes to get the word out about the 12-member commission. Second, she hopes that a little bit of knowledge will be worth a whole bunch of prevention.Muthersbaugh is new to the job as clerk...

If Not Now, When?

by Maddie Fennell, NSEA Executive DirectorDuring my first weeks at NSEA, I have spent a lot of time reading, asking questions and listening. In fact, I met with every member of our staff individually to learn more about them personally, the work that they do and the ideas they have to strengthen our Association.I have been humbled by the level of passion and commitment our staff has to each of you as members, to our students, and to our mission...

NDE Hosts ESSA Stakeholder Events

Seven Hearings Set Across StateNebraska Commissioner of Education Matt Blomstedt has announced that the Nebraska Department of Education will host an ESSA Stakeholders Listening Tour at seven sites across the state in March.ESSA is the Every Student Succeeds Act passed by Congress in 2015. ESSA replaces the No Child Left Behind Act, and updates the 1965 Elementary and Secondary Education Act passed by Congress in 1965.Key discussion topics will...

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