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New Traditions to be Set at Delegate Assembly

Friday Night Format Includes Two Dozen PD BreakoutsMelding the distant past with what must become the future, NSEA members will see a vibrant new vision for Delegate Assembly when the convention convenes in late April.For years mired in the process of routine governance issues – vital but sometimes tedious – the 2018 Delegate Assembly will open with more than three hours of professional development in the form of 24 breakout sessions and 20...

LB295 Progress Slowed

‘Reckless’ Property Tax Relief Bill Still AliveIn late March, as the 2018 session of the Nebraska Legislature wound toward an uncertain end, two threats to state funding for public education took divergent paths.LB947, a tax bill favored by the governor, featured corporate income tax cuts that would eventually carve a nearly $650 million a year hole into the state’s revenue stream. Sold as a property tax relief measure, the bill appeared to be...

Kids Like Felix Deserve a Chance

by NSEA President Jenni BensonThe February tragedy in Florida – the senseless shooting of 14 teenagers and three high school educators – stirred deep emotions in all of us. As we tried to fathom what happened, many of us thought of our students who struggle with mental health and other issues.Among my initial thoughts were those of a young man I taught, early in my career, in a self-contained classroom for students with behavior disorders.Felix...

9-Day Strike Ends in Win

NEA President Lauds West Virginia; Oklahoma May be NextEvery school in West Virginia closed on the last Thursday of February for what eventually became a 9-day work walkout by nearly 22,000 public school teachers and education support professionals.The walkout seemed to be near an end in early March when the West Virginia House of Delegates approved a five percent salary increase. The state’s senate initially balked and offered four percent....

Higher Ed Opportunity Ahead

Bylaw Change, Conference on the HorizonIf change is good, NSEA’s Higher Education Academy is in a very good position.There are a number of positive developments that will affect higher education locals and members across the state. For instance:A proposed change to NSEA Bylaws will be considered at Delegate Assembly on April 28. The plan would give the Higher Education representative on NSEA’s Board of Directors full voting rights. The Higher...

New Grant for New Teachers

NSEA Pilot Program Gets Lift from NEA via Three-Year GrantJust weeks into her first year of teaching, Chelsi Christensen admits she was a “little freaked out” when she received an email, and later a text message, from Maureen Nickels.“I wondered ‘who is this woman? How does she know me?’” said Christensen.Seven months later, Christensen is more than pleased to have answered the message from Nickels. So, too, are Jordy Duer and Jill Kimbrough,...

New Leaders Take Office in August

District, State Officers Set for 2018-19NSEA members across the state elected new leaders to fill nearly three dozen district and state officers vacancies during an online voting process in late February and early March.These representatives will take office beginning with the Aug. 1 start date of the 2018-19 Association year. Here are the results:Higher Education AcademyPresident: Andrew Lenzen, Nebraska Western Community College.Tri-Valley...

2018-19 Enhancing Excellence in Teaching (EETP) Application

Educators seeking advanced endorsements and skills through college coursework may now apply for tuition reimbursement via the state’s 2018-19 Enhancing Excellence in Teaching  Program (EETP).The application process opened on the Nebraska Department of Education website on Monday, April 2, at 9 a.m.The reimbursement in this round is for classes from July 1, 2018, through June 30, 2019. Individuals must apply each year.EETP provides a limited...

NSEA, Members Decry Higher Ed Budget Cuts

Public higher education in Nebraska is at substantial risk with the governor’s budget proposal to further cut funding for the university system, community colleges and state colleges.That was the message NSEA – and a stream of other higher education supporters – delivered to state senators during legislative committee hearings in February.NSEA was at the Appropriations Committee hearing to oppose the cuts, which would mean a loss of more than 12...

NSEA Still Seeking Praxis Instructors, Tutors

Goal is More Candidates For Teaching CertificatesNSEA is still in the market for a handful of instructors to teach a review course on reading, writing and math skills that will assist potential teachers in readying for the Praxis Basic Skills test required for entrance to Nebraska colleges of education.Also wanted: A handful of tutors to assist the college students who feel they may need a little extra review and understanding before taking the...

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