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Teachers Celebrate History, Debate Education Issues

2017 Friend of Education Honored, Student Discipline & Teacher Training Study ApprovedApril 22, 2017 — More than 350 teachers and other education professionals from across Nebraska met this weekend to discuss issues facing public education and to celebrate their professional association’s sesquicentennial. The 28,000-member Nebraska State Education Association (NSEA) was founded in October 1867 in Brownville.Educators elected by their peers...

Voluntary Separation Agreements

Contact State Senators TODAY and TUESDAY to Keep Cost-Effective Voluntary Separation Agreements & Incentives Outside Budget & Levy Caps On Tuesday, senators will debate LB512, which would effectively end a school district's ability to provide voluntary separation agreements (VSAs) and incentives for teachers. Currently these agreements are outside budget and levy caps but only if the school district can prove that they save taxpayer...

Federal Budget Proposal Would Eliminate Professional Development

On March 16, the Trump Administration released its “skinny budget” with a proposed 13 percent cut to the overall federal education budget which would include a total elimination of Title II, Part A. As well-known educator Linda Darling-Hammond noted in an article in the Huffington Post, “the Trump ‘Skinny Budget’ would put educators’ learning on a starvation diet.” Title II, Part A of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) is the section of...

‘No’ to Charters, ‘Rule of 95’

NSEA Members Urge Defeat of Charters, Oppose Lessening of Retirement PlanMore than 150 public school supporters rallied against a charter school bill on March 14 – and the legislative hearing that followed lasted nearly eight hours.The rally drew attention to privatization schemes hidden in the charter movement, and to the cuts to public education that would result.More than a dozen people – including NSEA members and three past Teachers of the...

Democracy and a Theory of Change

by Nancy Fulton, NSEA PresidentWe are just weeks away from NSEA’s annual Delegate Assembly, where members come to meet friends from across the state, to discuss, debate, and to give voice to the Association’s direction.Delegate Assembly is the highest decision making body of our Association, and likely the largest democratically-run gathering in the state in any given year. Each delegate is given the time and respect to make his or her opinion...

Forecast for Retired Spring Conference: Chilly!

Antarctic, Everest Tales on Agenda; Antiques, Solar Eclipse also SetIt may be spring, but the NSEA-Retired Spring Conference will certainly put forth a chilly vibe for attendees!The keynote will be delivered by Lincolnite Robert Kay, who will tell how “I Conquered Everest!” Kay will detail his planning and ascent to the top of the world’s tallest mountain.Later in the day, the Spotlight on Nebraska speaker, Shannon Fickes, will discuss “Living,...

Are You the 2018 Teacher of the Year?

Are you Nebraska’s next Teacher of the Year?Application forms for the 2018 Teacher of the Year are now available through your superintendent or principal, or by calling the coordinator at the number listed below.Applications must be submitted or postmarked by midnight (CST), Aug. 11, 2017. A selection panel will review applications, and up to five teachers will be advanced. Finalists will be interviewed in September, and the Teacher of the Year...

Lofty Children’s Fund Campaign Goal is $150,000

‘Frozen Figure’ Campaign at Lincoln Middle School Raise’s $3,925 for Children’s FundFor more than 20 years, the NSEA’s Children’s Fund has been assisting kids in need.Now, the presidents of NSEA’s six governance districts believe the Children’s Fund itself needs a bit of assistance.  At the 2016 delegate Assembly, they launched a drive to raise $150,000 for the Children’s Fund by October 2017, the month marking the 150th anniversary of NSEA...

The Association Takes Center Stage

Delegate Assembly Gala Puts NSEA History Front, CenterThere will be no keynote speaker, no message from the national level at the 2017 edition of NSEA’s Delegate Assembly.This year, the Association takes center stage.Well more than 300 delegates, Association leaders and selected dignitaries will attend a dinner gala and celebration in observance of NSEA’s founding 150 years ago. The gala will feature remarks by NSEA President Nancy Fulton and a...

You Can’t Lower the Bar and Achieve Excellence

by Maddie Fennell, NSEA Executive DirectorLast year Ted Kolderie, founding partner of Education Evolving, sent me a packet of materials summarizing a discussion that took place more than a quarter of a century ago about the need to transform the education profession.Page after page of 30-year-old comments read like my current Twitter feed and Facebook posts.“Teachers and school administrators feel they are being blown to and fro by every wind of...

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