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Celebrate! Read on March 2!

Read Across America Will be Observed Nationwide March 2It has been 19 years now, and the NEA-founded Read Across America program is stronger than ever!Another edition of the event, which celebrates Dr. Seuss creator Theodor Geisel’s birthday, will be celebrated on Wednesday, March 2.Will you celebrate? Are your plans under way? Could you use some help and some ideas?Fortunately, the National Education Association has ideas and materials you can...

The Unintended Consequences of Reforming (Your) Pension

Increased Income Inequality is the Result of Pension Cuts Editor’s Note: The retirement plan for Nebraska public school employees is a defined benefit plan. By NSEA-Retired President Roger ReaWhen you push down on one side of a teeter-totter, the other side goes up. This behavior is predictable and makes common sense.Most things in nature behave in ways that are predictable. The study of nature is often a quest to find ways to...

EHA Plan is Sound, Worth Preserving

Two School Districts Seek Reinstatement by EHAThere is no doubt about it: your school district’s enrollment in the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska health care plan through the Educators Health Alliance is worth preserving.It is good for the 240-plus Nebraska school districts that participate in the plan; good for those covered under the EHA plan; and it is good for Nebraska taxpayers.Founded by NSEA leaders in the late 1960s, the...

NPERS Pre-Retirement Seminars Set

For Those Nearing Retirement, Attendance is a Good PlanIf you are nearing retirement age, it makes good sense to start considering your retirement benefit options.To learn about those options, it would be wise to attend one of the more than two dozen pre-retirement planning seminars for educators hosted by the state each year (see below).Staff from the Nebraska Public Employees Retirement Systems office have hosted such seminars each year for...

Contract or Benefits Question? Contact NSEA

NSEA Organizational Specialists Give You an EdgeThe best advice you can remember when you join NSEA: Know how to contact your professional association.That’s because your NSEA organizational specialist — there are 18 statewide — has the skill and knowledge to get answers to your questions, whether they be about job threats, retirement benefits, contract issues, classroom discipline or more. Each Nebraska school district has an assigned...

Westside’s Stucky Represents NSEA at NEA Gala

 Nebraska Excellence Winner to be HonoredWestside Education Association member and physics teacher Judith Stucky is among three dozen public school educators who will be honored at the NEA Foundation’s Salute to Excellence in Education Gala in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 13.The awards are given each year to honor and promote excellence in education and to elevate the profession. Unique to these awards, each educator will be invited to...

Who is Your Retirement Plan Beneficiary?

From the newsletter of the Nebraska Public Employees Retirement System.Do you know who you currently have listed for your retirement plan beneficiaries? What are the chances someone needs to be added or removed from the current form on file? Keeping your beneficiary designation at NPERS up-to-date will ensure benefits are paid promptly and properly upon your death.Maintaining accurate beneficiary information for current and retired School plan...

Letters of Intent: The Date is March 15

Employment Intentions Deadline Has Not ChangedLetters of intent distributed by school districts at this time of year are a serious matter and PK-12 educators need to be aware of their rights, says NSEA Director of Advocacy Trish Guinan.On or after March 15 each year, Nebraska school districts are allowed to require certificated employees – teachers, counselors, speech pathologists, psychologists and others – to sign binding letters of intent and...

Kids, Roads and Budgets

By Nancy Fulton, President, Nebraska State Education AssociationThree weeks into this session of the Nebraska Legislature, and one thing is clear: unless educators across the state – all of us at all levels of the education family – raise our voices collectively, K-12 public schools, public colleges and universities are going to take a beating.To his credit, York Superintendent Dr. Mike Lucas has jumped to the front of the fray with a commentary...

EHA Wellness: It Works for You

 Ashland-Greenwood’s Starns Finds Program Useful, Easy to UseOn a regular basis, Diane Starns joins some of her Ashland-Greenwood Public School colleagues at a local health club for a workout.Her exercise routine might include a brisk walk outside, or mileage on the treadmill. On other days she engages in strength training proscribed by the health club experts.That has been Starns’ routine since she joined the health club six years ago. In...

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