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Reminder: Letter of Intent Date is March 15

Know Your Rights Concerning IntentLetters of intent are no laughing matter, and PK-12 educators should be aware of their rights. But educators can relax a little bit if their school district has distributed those letters this early in the school year.School districts can distribute letters of intent, which ask teachers to declare whether they plan to continue employment with the district for the next school year. However, educators are not...

Help a Student Teacher Become a Member

Will you have a student teacher in your classroom this next semester?If your answer is ‘yes,’ then there’s an easy way to help that student teacher thrive and survive: if your charge is not already a member, encourage him or her to join the Student Education Association of Nebraska.A SEAN membership provides peace of mind with the backing of NEA’s $1 million liability policy, as well as the confidence that goes with belonging to one’s...

Call for Nominations!

Does One of Your Co-Workers Deserve a ‘Pat on the Back’?Now is a good time to begin discussing who you or your association might nominate for one of the honors to be given at NSEA’s Delegate Assembly in April.Any NSEA member may nominate a member teacher, ESP or deserving group. Mailed nominations must be postmarked by Friday, Feb. 16, 2018, and should be sent to NSEA Awards, 605 S. 14th St., Lincoln, NE 68508-2742. Nominations may also be...

Higher Ed Members Tackle Rights, Contracts

New Staffing Plan Bolsters ServiceBy Andrew Lenzen, PresidentNSEA Higher Education AcademyWith three months gone in the 2017-18 Association year, a lot has been happening with NSEA’s higher education members.  It has been busy!First, NSEA management established a new staffing structure designed to unify access to higher education services and better serve higher education members.“We’ve heard the voices of higher education leaders and...

Study: ‘Authentic’ Teachers Better at Engaging Students

Teachers who have an authentic teaching style are more positively received by students, according to research published in the National Communication Association’s journal, Communication Education.To achieve a more authentic style, teachers should use time before and after class to converse with students, allow opportunity to share experiences, and view teaching as an opportunity for dialogue.However, to be truly authentic, teachers should enact...

Kolterman Defends Retirement Plan

Early in January, a true threat to the stability of the state’s teacher retirement plan emerged.Sen. Mark Kolterman, chair of the Legislature’s Retirement Committee, spoke to reason and the threat was quickly doused.Kearney Sen. John Lowe pushed for changes to a 20-year-old rule that, during a 60-day session, bans introduction of changes which affect the benefits or funding of a public retirement plan. The rule also bars creation of a new...

Third Grade Reading Bill Amended

LB651, the bill introduced in 2017 that would have retained any student who was not reading at grade level by third grade, has been amended by sponsor Sen. Lou Ann Linehan, Elkhorn.Along with Lincoln Sen. Patty Pansing Brooks, Linehan toured classrooms across the state in the past year to get better acquainted with reading programs and teaching needs.Learn more about the status of LB651 in the column by NSEA Executive Director Maddie Fennell in...

Two Proposals Threaten Funding For K-12 Schools, Colleges, University

Voucher, Tax Credit Scams are Fiscally IrresponsibleTwo proposals to divert public dollars to private, parochial and corporate schools appear poised to generate debate, and potentially enough support to move forward during this legislative session.LB295 and LB804 were proposed by Sen. Jim Smith, Omaha, and Sen. Lydia Brasch, Tekamah, respectively. Both would rob public tax dollars from the state treasury and funnel those dollars to private or...

Competing Plans Try to Balance the Stool

Briese Offers Best Property Tax Relief Plan There is a race to the Legislative finish line for a solution to the property tax imbalance in Nebraska.Nebraska’s historical dependency on the three-legged stool of taxes – property, income and sales – is dangerously out of whack. The property tax leg of that imaginary stool is far too tall. At least three competing proposals to even out those legs are vying for attention in the Nebraska Legislature....

Plan Would Eliminate State Board of Education

NSEA is also monitoring a slew of bills that affect teachers and students. Those bills include:Eliminate the State Board of Education: NSEA opposes LR285CA, a proposed constitutional amendment to eliminate the Nebraska State Board of Education and let the governor appoint a Commissioner of Education. It was proposed by Sen. John Murante. Now, elected state board members are held accountable by voters for the decisions they make. An appointed...

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