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NEA Today for NEA-Retired Members - Fall 2017

From NEA Today

Cover Story

Who’s Looking Out for Rural Schools? 

For 9 million students—a number that exceeds the enrollments of public schools in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, and the next 75 largest school districts combined—there is little “choice” in the push for school voucher expansion.  

Connecting the Dots

A look at a Georgia school that offers services designed to help students overcome obstacles and reach success.  

Speak Up for Education and Kids 

Six things you can do at the local level to become an education activist and make a big difference. 

Thirty Under 30 

Meet the next generation of educators. They’re filled with heart, spirit, and determination. Most of all, they’re prepared to make a difference. 

A Healthy Head

As conclusions about the aging brain continue to stream in, here are some tips for keeping your thinking sharp.

No Time for Hate

Multicultural education advocate says she’s more dedicated than ever to ensuring students respect and appreciate all. 

Q & A: How to Write a Memoir

A Virginia educator talks about what it takes to capture a life in words, and how you can begin to capture yours.

President’s Message

New NEA-Retired President Sarah Borgman says her campaign theme encapsulates her plans for the organization going forward.

My Contribution

Uke Can Count on Me

Meet Nevada retiree Carol Wagers who teaches seniors how to make music with the four-stringed instrument that made Tiny Tim famous.


In Memoriam

At press time, we learned of the death of Kathleen “Kay” Roberts, 103. She was an original member of the group that organized NEA-Retired in 1983, and remained active with the organization even as a centenarian. Kay attended more than 60 NEA Representative Assembly gatherings, and in 2003 she received the NEA-Retired Distinguished Service Award—the organization’s highest honor. A former president of the Massachusetts Teachers Association, Kay was a tireless advocate for public education, communities, and the education profession. She was a dedicated political activist, and a caring mentor. Most of all, Kay was a friend to many, and she will be dearly missed.

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