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Horace Mann Program Can Help Manage Loan DebtIn November, more than 14 years after graduating from college and beginning her career as a teacher, Roxanne Rector was still paying on about $25,000 in student loans.In the space of just a few short weeks, however, her loan debt was cut by $5,000.With assistance from her Association and the Horace Mann Company, Rector applied for and was quickly approved for a $5,000 reduction in student loan debt....

There are Great Things Happening Here

Teachers Urged to Break Silence and Brag About the Learning Going on in Nebraska ClassroomsEditor’s Note: Ferial Pearson is an instructor in the College of Education at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, and has taught at Omaha South High and Ralston High schools. Her letter, below, caught the eye of national public education advocate Diane Ravitch this past spring. As Ravitch said, Pearson has “has embarked on a mission of kindness. In this...

The Challenges are Many

by Nancy Fulton, NSEA PresidentRegardless of which candidates you favored, the November General Election marked a long-awaited and thankful culmination to a difficult and divisive campaign cycle.Now that the politicking is behind us, it is time for educators to use our best skills and teach. However, I suggest that we use our teaching skills to reach a different audience.While we use our talents each day to shepherd Nebraska children along the...

Sturdy Outlook for Retirement Plan

Value, Funding Ratio of  Teacher Plan has Strengthened Over Past YearThe state retirement plan for teachers and school employees continues to grow both in assets and in funded ratio, but a cut in the actuarial assumed rate of investment returns will slightly delay the projected return to a near-100 percent funded ratio.That said, a chorus of reports on the plan indicates a healthy outlook. The good news came at November’s yearly joint...

Count Five Children Assisted!

$150K Drive ProgressesThe mother of five boys was in dire straits. With six mouths to feed, there was little money for clothes or other necessities.That’s when a teacher at the small, rural school noticed the family’s need. A call to NSEA and the Children’s Fund was quick to provide the boys some new clothing and a boost in self-confidence and respect. The mother’s note of thanks was forwarded to NSEA.“I’m not sure who to thank, so I hope this...

Falling Union Membership Costs Others

Wages Everywhere Stagnate With Declining Union MembershipA new report from a non-profit, nonpartisan organization has found that almost across the board, real wages today are substantially lower than in the 1970s, thanks to declining union membership.The Economic Policy Institute’s report says that the decline in union power has received little attention in the debate over wage stagnation. More focus is given to globalization, technological...

Give the Gift of an Award Nomination

The deadline to nominate a deserving co-worker for one of NSEA’s awards is slowly moving closer.  Wouldn’t it be a good idea to review the options here and start the easy nomination process now?Any NSEA member may nominate a member teacher, ESP or deserving group. Mailed nominations must be postmarked by Friday, Feb. 17, 2017, and should be sent to NSEA Awards, 605 S. 14th St., Lincoln, NE  68508-2742. Nominations may also be submitted...

State’s 150th Celebration Puts Emphasis on Children

Sesquicentennial Celebration Includes Classroom OpportunitiesWhen the Nebraska 150 Celebration’s (NE150) executive director talks about programming for the state’s Sesquicentennial, she quickly calls attention to the emphasis that has been placed on education.Children, said Regan Anson, are a priority.“They are the future of our state, and we want them to take away incredible memories that will last a lifetime,” she said.One goal of NE150...

From Building Blocks to Nation-Building

by Craig R. Christiansen, NSEA Executive DirectorIn virtually every pre-school and primary classroom, there is (or should be!!) a box of wooden blocks of various shapes for students to use as they imagine, create, build.   These “building blocks” are an important part in student’s work of imagining and learning through play and object manipulation.  Plain wooden blocks, Lincoln Logs, and parquetry blocks are children’s tools in...

Five Easy Ways to Stick to Your Holiday Budget

Do the Holidays Leave You Spent?  Try These Solvency TipsThe spirit of holiday giving can turn into the season of splurging — unless you stick to a budget. It might be fun to indulge today, but it won’t be fun to pay tomorrow.Yet you can stick to a budget without sacrificing the fun of giving and celebrating. Here are five ways to make it work.Create a Realistic Holiday BudgetHere are three key steps to follow.Know what you can afford. Many...

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