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NEA Member Benefits is going all out to celebrate NEA members throughout May! We’re appreciating members all month long in a number of ways.First, we offer 31 Days of Giving, starting on May 1. You’ll have a chance to win awesome daily prizes – or the grand prize of $1,000 – every day in May! Starting at noon on May 1, go to the NEA Member Benefits website every afternoon to find out that day’s giveaway. You can enter once a day, every day,...

Click & Save Program Offers Disney, Kohls Deals

NEAMB Discount Plan Pushes Deals MonthlySpring has sprung!NEA Click & Save, the online discount buying service for NEA members, highlights select retailers and merchants each and every month.An attractive feature of the Click and Save program is the WOW Points plan.  WOW Points are like cash, and 100 points are worth $1 in merchandise. The best feature: there are no blackout dates for the use of the WOW Points, and they never expire....

Newbery, Caldecott Winners on Tap at Plum Creek Festival

Literary Festival Now in 22nd YearThe 22nd annual Plum Creek Adult Literacy Festival will be held Saturday, Sept. 30, on Concordia University’s campus in Seward. Teachers, administrators, media specialists and book lovers are invited.Featured authors and illustrators scheduled are: Kwame Alexander, Lauren Castillo, Henry Cole, Rebecca Kai Dotlich, Sharon Draper, Tad Hills, Jennifer Holm, Matthew Holm, Patricia MacLachlan, Brandon Mull, Kadir...

2017-18 Enhancing Excellence in Teaching (EETP) Application

The 2017-18 Enhancing Excellence in Teaching (EETP) application will be made available on the EETP website (http://www.education.ne.gov/EducatorPrep/TopPages/EETP.html)  on Saturday April 1, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. CDT through May 5, 2017. The 2017-18 EETP funds are for classes that begin July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018.  There is approximately $810,000 for EETP program distribution this year.The EETP Application web page (http://www....

Collective Bargaining Dead in Iowa

Legislature Acts Fast in Attack on ISEAIt happened quickly, taking just a few days.Both Houses of the Iowa Legislature OK’d language in mid-February that bans teachers from bargaining for anything other than base salary.In a divide and conquer approach, the new law affects all public sector employees except law enforcement and firefighters.Provisions of the law were made public on Feb. 7. The bill sped through committee hearings before reaching...

OEA Fends Off Privatization

District Sought to Outsource Teaching JobsThe Omaha Education Association stood for children, taxpayers and members through the late months of 2016 as it turned back an effort by the Omaha Public Schools to privatize jobs connected to the district’s transitional program for middle school students.At risk were OPS tax dollars, the quality of education of OPS middle school students, and several dozen OPS teaching jobs.School district officials had...

Discipline: A ‘Significant Concern’

Results of Survey on Discipline Shared with Education CommitteeWhen Jay Sears told the Legislature's Education Committee that LB595 addressed "an area of significant concern" for Nebraska teachers, it might have been an understatement.His story of an NSEA member's encounter with a violent student gave senators a brief but vivid sense of the urgency behind the phenomenal response to an NSEA poll.Sears said the teacher's story was just one of many...

Vouchers Divert Funding, Shortchange Kids in Poverty

LB608 is Scheme to Take Tax Dollars From Public SchoolsWhen addressing vouchers, NSEA delivered two messages as the Legislature’s Education Committee considered LB608.Both messages were clear: vouchers harm public schools.Retired Omaha Education Association member Cheryl Goodwillie said the voucher plan in LB608 would drain funds from an already shallow public school revenue stream.NSEA Organizational Specialist Jay Sears told senators that...

Professional Practices: Coming to a Meeting Near You

PPC on the Road, in Prevention ModeThe Professional Practices Commission is on the road!Clerk of the Commission Kelly Muthersbaugh is ready to travel to local association or area meetings to tell the story of the PPC, with two goals in mind.First, Muthersbaugh hopes to get the word out about the 12-member commission. Second, she hopes that a little bit of knowledge will be worth a whole bunch of prevention.Muthersbaugh is new to the job as clerk...

State’s 150th Celebration Puts Emphasis on Children

Sesquicentennial Celebration Includes Classroom OpportunitiesWhen the Nebraska 150 Celebration’s (NE150) executive director talks about programming for the state’s Sesquicentennial, she quickly calls attention to the emphasis that has been placed on education.Children, said Regan Anson, are a priority.“They are the future of our state, and we want them to take away incredible memories that will last a lifetime,” she said.One goal of NE150...

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