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Not So Splendid

Legislature Offers Menu of Vouchers, Charters, Rule of 90, Among ‘Not-So-Magnificent Seven’After a testy January start to the 2017 session of the Legislature, state senators began to focus on introduction of new legislation. That focus appears to put teachers and public education on a bumpy course for the next four months.Proposed bills clearly target funding for K-12 and higher education; teacher certification; collective bargaining; organizing...

Stacked & Backed

Circumstances, Solidarity Led Falls City EA to Negotiate Nebraska’s First Teaching ContractLocal Strengthened Earlier by ‘Stacking’ Contracts  in Support of Targeted ColleagueAn injury to one is an injury to all.That’s a common theme among union activists, and it was no more evident than in the mid-1960s when members of the Falls City Education Association banded together to “stack” their unsigned contracts and back a colleague who had been...

Boston Bound!

Attend NEA Representative Assembly in Historic ‘Cradle of Liberty’Next stop, Beantown!Perhaps more appropriately, it should be said that NSEA delegates to the NEA Representative Assembly in 2017 will be participating in the world’s largest democratic deliberative body in this nation’s Cradle of Liberty — Boston, MA.Every July, up to 9,000 American educators gather to talk about issues and challenges facing public schools.The 2017 Representative...

Outside Group Threatens Teacher Retirement Plan

Would Replace Defined Benefit Plan with Weaker Defined Contribution Plan By Roger Rea, PresidentNSEA-RetiredThe elections may be over, but the fight to keep our defined benefit retirement plan is just beginning.  An obscure group known as the Retirement Security Initiative, RSI, has hired one of the premier lobbying firms in Lincoln to try to abolish defined benefit retirement plans for public employees.  While new to Nebraska,...

Save the Date for Spring!

NSEA-Retired Spring ConferenceThe NSEA Retired Spring Conference is set for Lincoln on Thursday, April 20, at Wilderness Ridge Country Club. The keynote, I Conquered Mt. Everest, will be presented by Robert Kay.Tentative breakout sessions include:The Great American (and Nebraska) Total Solar Eclipse of August 21, 2017 – get your solar-viewing glasses now!Aging Partners Lecture: The Transformative Power of Music.Antiques – Trash or Treasure?...

5 Techniques to Curb Classroom Chatter

Teacher-Proven Tactics Can Reign in the RuckusBy NEA Member BenefitsTeachers share their proven tactics to rein in the ruckus and get students focused.Karen Robertson spent 23 years as an elementary classroom teacher in Murrieta, CA. She says many teachers underestimate the power of positive reinforcement, which can quickly curb talking in the classroom.“I was the ticket lady,” says Robertson, who also spent 14 years as administrator. “I’d take...

A Once-in-a-Lifetime Event

NSEA’s 150th Worthy of Your TimeWhy should you attend NSEA’s Delegate Assembly?For starters, delegates and dignitaries will be the lone invitees to NSEA’s 150th anniversary celebration on Friday night.Consider that the following day, delegates will select a trio of leaders who will have important roles in guiding the Association for the next three years. The roles of president, vice president and one of two NSEA members on the NEA Board of...

Hang on! Forecast is for Bumpy Legislative Session

Fasten your seat belt, it may be a bumpy ride this legislative session. Your retirement benefits, collective bargaining rights, support for improving your teaching skills and more will likely be up for debate by state senators.A $900 million potential budget shortfall puts at risk funding for State Aid to K-12 schools, aid to the University of Nebraska, state and community colleges, and it paints a clear target on other educational programs such...

What’s Up in the Unicam?

It's Easy to Stay in Tune with Proceedings!The Nebraska Legislature plays a key role in everything you do. From funding to curriculum, from the bus barn to the lunch room, action by state senators can touch what public school employees can do and what and how students learn.Thus it is imperative that Nebraska teachers know what happens inside the legislative chambers. It is just as important that NSEA members let state senators know of their...

Kregel Museum Offers Free Professional Development

The Kregel Windmill Factory Museum, in conjunction with the American Groundwater Trust and Groundwater Foundation, will host a workshop on Nebraska groundwater, natural resources, and conservation. The workshop will qualify for professional development credit.The free workshop will be May 31 and June 1 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Kimmel Education and Research Center, 5985 G Road, Nebraska City.Museum Executive Director David Flatt said...

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