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Spring 2014

Cover Story

Still Unequal?
Sixty years ago, Brown v. Board of Education put an end to legally segregated schools. But just how far have we come? Today, many districts continue to grapple with an alarming pattern of resegregation that continues to separate students by race and poverty. Our cover story looks at the national trend and profiles students and educators who are working to combat the growing inequality.

Editor’s Note

President’s Viewpoint 
Common Core implementation must be done right.

Feature Stories

Generation Next 
As our nation continues to confront a variety of social justice issues, a new generation of youth advocates represent hope for the future. We profile six emerging leaders who are changing their communities in meaningful, positive ways.

From the Teacher of the Year 
2013 National Teacher of the Year Jeff Charbonneau discusses his experiences traversing the country and world as an ambassador of America’s public education system sharing some of his empowering highlights from over the past several months.

Phylicia Rashad
Phylicia Rashad is best known for her role as Clair Huxtable on “The Cosby Show,” but the stage and television actress is also a strong proponent of public education. NEA Today recently caught up with Ms. Rashad, this year’s NEA Foundation Gala host, to discuss her thoughts on educators, the profession, and teaching the arts in school.

Parent Trigger 
Parent Trigger laws claim to be about empowering parents and turning around failing schools. Then why are the reform efforts often pushed by corporate enterprises and third party organizations masquerading as concerned parents? And who’s really benefiting?

Upgrading school kitchens for student health

First Person

What’s on Your Mind

What I’ve Learned

Extra Credit

Fresh Take

Rights Watch


NEA Invests In Educators’ Best Ideas

How Public Schools Have the Edge Over Private Schools  

Virginia Educators Call for Smaller Class Sizes

New GRAMMY Award Recognizes Outstanding Music Educators

Alec’s Agenda

Arming Educators – A Bad Idea That Hasn’t Gone Away


Dreaming of School Gardens?

Comic Groups

Science Olympiad

Beowulf Game

Math Bath

Challenging a Chatty Class

Transition Technique


What’s New at the NEA Academy?

Grants and Events

Need Classroom Materials Or a Grant?

NEA Foundation Online Courses

PBS Newshour Extra

Health Information Network: Sexual Health Education

Just For Kids

Engineer Girl

10 Free Things!

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