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How Scammers Steal Your iTunes Gift Cards

Don’t Get Conned into Giving Out Codes Over the PhoneWhile Apple fans line up to get their hands on the new iPhone 7, scammers are lining up to steal your iTunes gift cards.The popular gift cards are sold everywhere, from convenience stores and supermarkets to warehouse clubs and websites. I buy my iTunes gift cards at a discount at Costco. A four-pack of $25 gift cards sells for about $84, 16% below face value. I immediately take them home,...

NSEA Defends CIR, Calendar Structure

Reform Gave Structure; Hearing Reveals Gov.  May Seek More ChangeMembers of the Legislature’s Business and Labor Committee have learned that recent changes to state statutes have put meaningful structure into the contract bargaining process and the Commission on Industrial Relations.Even so, senators also heard that legislation to change statutes governing the CIR might be forthcoming during the legislative session that begins in January....

Prepare Now for a Memorable DA!

One-of-a-Kind Delegate Assembly to Launch NSEA’s Second 150 YearsThe April 2017 annual meeting of the Nebraska State Education Association will be unlike any of the previous 155 such gatherings.First, the weekend will kick off on Friday evening with an invitation-to-delegates-and-dignitaries-only gala that will celebrate NSEA’s sesquicentennial.Second, delegates will follow on Saturday with a full day of business, including election of three new...

Call for Nominations!

The 2017 Delegate Assembly will be held at the Lincoln Marriott Cornhusker Hotel April 21-22, 2017.All Awards forms can be found at: www.nsea.org/delegateassemblyNSEA members are eligible for:NSEA Rookie of the Year: To honor a first-year teacher who sparkled in the 2015-16 school year.Award for Teaching ExcellenceTo honor a teacher who has excelled in the classroom over a period of time.Education Support Professional of the Year:To honor an ESP...

State Tweaks Loan Options; Endorsements Now OK

Legislature Puts Select Endorsements in Forgiveness CriteriaTweaks made to the State of Nebraska's loan forgiveness program for educators will allow some teachers seeking additional endorsements to participate in the program.The Enhancing Excellence in Teaching Act provides loans to educators in certain programs to improve their skills and knowledge through graduate education programs. Upon meeting certain teaching requirements, those loans may...

Do You Know a Courageous Teacher?

Consider a Nomination for the McAuliffe AwardCourage is an important quality not often recognized in teachers. The Christa McAuliffe Prize for Courage and Excellence in Education – awarded through the University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Education and Human Sciences – recognizes this special form of courage.“Rewarding courage selects out a slightly different kind of teacher,” said Dr. Gregg Wright, creator of the prize.The teachers who have...

Retirement Seminars Available from NSEA-Retired

From Adams to York, from Yutan to Wilcox, the Retirement Planning Seminars provided by NSEA-Retired have reached nearly 10,000 educators over the last 13 years.The program has been delivered to members in 80 local associations in that time, some more than once. In 2015-16, fourteen seminars were delivered across the state, reaching nearly 600 members.The leaders of NSEA’s six governance districts have agreed to assist with the expense of the...

Crete Local Draws 'Line in Sand'

Local Challenges Others to Raise Cash for Children’s FundThe 100 or so members of the Crete Education Association have thrown down the gauntlet. They’ve drawn a line in the sand.The challenge to every NSEA local Association is this: Raise cash for the NSEA Children’s Fund. With the fund in need of assistance, and with a campaign on behalf of the fund underway and aiming for a $150,000 goal, the timing is serendipitous.CEA President Jill Shaw...

Educators Rising Seeks Growth

Nebraska Leaders Hope to Add Members, ChaptersIf you have students interested in pursuing a teaching career, you might consider forming a chapter of Educators Rising (formerly Future Educators) in your school building or school district.The Nebraska chapter of Educators Rising has selected “Dive into Education” as the theme for 2016-17, and state chapter officers are ready and willing to visit chapters across the state, or to help jumpstart...

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...

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