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President's Message

The Word for 2014? Change!


Happy New Year! Wouldn’t it be nice to leave all of public education’s worries—right-wing attacks, sequestration, education funding cuts, and bullying—in 2013?

While that’s not possible, I’m hoping for a good year for the nation’s public schools. But change requires more than hope. We must lobby, write letters, testify before elected officials, raise our voices, and even consider whether to run for school board or a seat on the city or town council. To win on issues we’ve battled year after year, and to ensure that every student receives a great public school education, we must work harder than ever before.

This year, I’m looking forward to the NEA-Retired Organizing Conference, to be held March 25 – 27, 2014, in Houston, Texas, at the Westin Galleria Hotel. The event will be a great opportunity to hone our organizing skills and advance the cause of public education.

Lastly, This Active Life is changing, too. Starting in April, you’ll see more of the retiree news you enjoy, along with more articles from NEA Today. The changes are in response to member feedback to a survey and focus groups hosted last summer by the NEA Center for Communications. We’re excited about our new look. We believe you’ll be excited, too.

And remember, when it comes to change, stories are excellent vehicles. This Active Life writers are always looking for stories. Please send topic and article suggestions to our editor, Lisa Leigh or to me.

Best wishes for a great year.

Tom Curran

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