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New Statewide Survey: Nebraskans Speak Out in Support of Public School Choice Law; Oppose Tax Dollars for Private Charter Schools, Vouchers

Overwhelming Majority want Tax Dollars for Education Administered by Elected School Boards, Not by Private Individuals/CorporationsClick here for a printable press release.Lincoln, Jan. 22, 2016 – In new statewide survey, Nebraskans said they do not need, nor do they want, their tax dollars used to support either charter schools or school vouchers. An overwhelming majority also said they want their tax dollars for education to be budgeted...

A Two-for-One Solution

Common Sense for Main Street Fairness, Property Tax Relief Online Sales Could Help Schools, Offer Property Tax ReliefIf the cries for lower property taxes in Nebraska were a tidal wave, the Sower atop the State Capitol dome might be swept away.The pleas for relief have been building for years, particularly since state aid to schools has not kept pace with costs.Concern about the growing reliance on property taxes was emphasized to state senators...

Initial State Report Ranks Most Schools Good, Better

NSEA Pledges to Assist Three School Sites Needing ‘Improvement’ New state accountability results released by the Nebraska Department of Education last month classifies more than 92 percent of Nebraska public school buildings as excellent, great or good.The rankings came under the state’s new accountability system known as AQuESTT, Accountability for a Quality Education System Today and Tomorrow. Each of Nebraska’s 1,133 public school sites were...

Frequent. Flexible. Free.

For Top-Notch Professional Development, Consider Twitter.As the technology teacher at Castelar Elementary School in Omaha, Edward Ventura Jr. loves to learn about the best new approaches to teaching his students.So Ventura has come to rely on Twitter.“I’m the only technology teacher in my building, so trying to work with someone in my area of focus just doesn’t happen easily,” he said. “At night, using Twitter, I can work with folks from all...

Children’s Fund: It’s Meant to Be Used

Members Can Access Fund to Help Children Since the first few donated dollars trickled into the NSEA’s Children Fund coffers in 1994, dollars have been exiting the fund to assist children in need.That is the founding principle of the Children’s Fund: to help children. Now, as winter tightens on Nebraska, Association members see students each day in need of warm winter gear. They see children who are in need of glasses, short-term medical...

Good News: Legislature Funds NBC Reimbursement

Sears Says ‘Money Well Spent’ to Benefit Kids By Covering Majority of Certification CostsThere is great news for teachers seeking National Board Certification!During the 2015 session of the Nebraska Legislature, senators appropriated funding to reimburse the registration costs – up to $1,975 – for those educators who seek National Board Certification.The NBC designation is managed by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards and is...

The Pros: Doctors, Lawyers and...Teachers?

By Craig R. Christiansen, Executive DirectorNebraska State Education AssociationThe common meaning of “professional” is partly captured by such words as expert, ethical, responsible.  The problem is not the common meaning of professionalism, but its meanings in statutes, policies, and practices.  Debates focus on two major approaches to professionalism: 1) a managerialist view that emphasizes efficient school management by private...

Beat the Bad Guys to Your Tax Refund in 2016

Why it’s more important than ever this year to get a head start on your tax return.By Kevin McCormallyHere's another resolution for the new year: File your tax return as soon as possible.We’re not simply anti-procrastination. We want you to get your money, and one of the surest ways to make sure you get your refund before an identity thief does is to file as soon as you can.Once again this year, about 110 million taxpayers will request refunds...

Eskelsen Garcia to Headline NSEA 150th Kickoff

Reserve the date now, and make plans to be in Lincoln on April 15: the 2016 edition of NSEA’s Delegate Assembly is going to be special!NSEA will kick off the Association’s 150th anniversary celebration at Delegate Assembly 2016 and NEA President Lily Eskelsen Garcia will be on to hand keynote the event.Garcia’s is a true fame-to-fortune story. She began her career in education as a school lunch lady and today leads the professional association...

2015-2016 Bargaining Information

Here are the 2015-2016 state aid, budget lid & levy information for each school district in Nebraska. Data from previous years is also available for comparison.2015-2016 Bargaining Pages- All pages245 pagesSchool Districts: A17 pagesSchool Districts: B17 pagesSchool Districts: C21 pagesSchool Districts: D - E19 pagesSchool Districts: F - G17 pagesSchool Districts: H - J19 pagesSchool Districts: K - L19 pagesSchool Districts: M17 pagesSchool...

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