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Fall 2014

Cover Story

NEA’s new officers—Lily Eskelsen García, president; Rebecca S. Pringle, vice president; and Princess Moss, secretary-treasurer—are the first NEA leadership team comprised of women of color. But more than that, the trio shares skill, drive, and a fierce commitment to public school educators and their students.

President’s Viewpoint

As November’s midterm elections draw closer, education voters must remember the outcome of the midterms of 2010, and consider the repercussions that continue to be felt today.


Some 30 years ago, retired Kansas educator Leota Coats led a successful fight for due process. This year, thanks to the wrongheaded actions of the state’s legislators and Gov. Sam Brownback, the right has been taken away.

My Contribution

Retired instructional assistant Rosemary Mangino hopes her induction into MENSA—the world’s oldest and largest high IQ society—will help to change thinking about the capabilities of education support professionals.

More than a Facelift

Since 2005, NEA’s oldest and youngest members have come together for Outreach to Teach—an annual community service celebration. Find out what happened this summer in Denver.

What’s on your mind?

We called on the collective experience of NEA-Retired members and asked them to give some advice to new teachers.

Smoke, Mirrors, and Pension Reform

Governors and state legislators across the nation are cutting pension benefits for retired teachers and other public employees. Find out how you can join the fight to protect educators’ retirement security.

Tuesdays with Babies

Read about NEA-Retired member John Campbell, who has spent hundreds of Tuesdays cuddling tiny infants.

Out-of-Balance Curriculum

Now a decade old, No Child Left Behind has forced educators to "teach to the test," and stripped curriculums of subjects like music and art that allow students to develop and grow. In districts where poverty is high, the results have been even more disastrous.


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