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Investment Rather than Divestment

NASB Executive Director John Spatz said Nebraskans hear the constant drumbeat asking elected officials to “run government like a business.“My organization represents more than 1,700 elected officials in this state who know that to run government like a business, you can’t just slash budgets to the bone with no vision for the future,” said Spatz.“Any business that operated that way would fail. Instead, we would invest in the wisest possible...

Special Education Support - LB876

NSEA President Jenni Benson spoke at a news event announcing the suite of bills. She voiced support for the package, particularly legislation that would increase state funding of special education costs. Benson taught special education for 30 years.“Teachers believe in making sure public schools work for every child.“This effort is designed to do just that – and we believe that legislators who are serious about lifting up our children and...

Not All Contracts are Created Equal

Contract Language Questions? Call NSEAA recent request from a local negotiator shed light on the fact that not all negotiated agreements are created equal.The negotiator was reviewing contract language bargained by other associations. After looking at contracts from other local associations, the negotiator sent a question through NSEA’s website to the organizational  specialist assigned to that local. The question read this way:“As I look...

Retirement Plan Outlook: Sunny

Yearly Review of Plan Shows Growth, Full Funding Sooner than ExpectedThe outlook for the state-managed public school-employee retirement plan can pretty much be summed up in one word: sunny.For the second year in a row, the annual review of the plan indicates it is healthy and is headed in the right direction. In fact, the plan is expected to reach 100 percent funding eight years earlier than projections from a year ago.Further, the projections...

EHA in ’18-’19: No Change in Coverage

Board had Announced Zero Percent Rate IncreaseAs negotiators get deep into contract talks for the 2018-19 school year, one false report regarding the Educators Health Alliance health care plan for that school year must be put completely to rest: there is absolutely no change in coverage from the 2017-18 to the 2018-19 plan.NSEA members who saw last month’s announcement already know that there will be no change in rates from 2017-18 to 2018-19,...

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...

Horace Mann Offers Student Loan Seminars to NSEA Members

Educators have a student loan debt problem that is affecting finances, happiness, and in some cases, their careers.Student loan debt hardship is also causing new college grads to delay life milestones like getting married, buying a house or saving for retirement, says Bankrate.com.Seventy-one percent of teachers agree that student loan debt is a motivation for young teachers deciding between staying in the profession or switching to a career...

Student Loan Delinquent?

By Kaitlin PitskerQ: My son has fallen behind on his student loan payments. How can he get back on track?Have him contact the loan servicer immediately. Even one missed payment is considered a delinquency, and federal loans that have been delinquent for at least 90 days are reported to the three major credit agencies. If your son acts soon enough, he can select a new repayment plan that better fits his budget, or he may qualify to delay loan...

NSEA’s Mobile App is Free, Easy!

If you’re connected to social media, you can easily keep up with your professional association!NSEA maintains several public Facebook pages, and also manages an Instagram account, Twitter account and a Snapchat account – each useful in spreading news about the good work of Nebraska public schools and teachers. Also available, to members only, is a text alert service that lets educators know when immediate action might be needed in order to...

2017-2018 Bargaining Information

Here are the 2017-2018 state aid, budget lid & levy information for each school district in Nebraska. Data from previous years is also available for comparison.2017-18 Budget Levy Lid Informationthis document is an 11 x 17 sheet, listing all school districts. (updated 09/28/2017)School Districts: A17 pagesSchool Districts: B17 pagesSchool Districts: C21 pagesSchool Districts: D - E19 pagesSchool Districts: F - G17 pagesSchool Districts: H -...

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