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Winter 2015

Cover Story

A Winning Partnership

New Jersey Education Association Secretary-Treasurer Sean M. Spiller, and New Jersey Retiree’s Education Association President Pat Provnick and Vice President Judy Perkins are proof that good things can come through focused activism and collaboration between active and retired educators.

President’s Viewpoint

As pro-public education advocates brace for the actions of anti-public education candidates who were elected during the last election, retired educators prepare to fight harmful legislation, contribute to NEA’s PAC, the Fund for Children and Public Education, and make a difference like never before.

Favorite Gift

Via Facebook, we asked former educators to tell us about student gifts that continue to leave a lasting impression.


Retired educator Lori Rolston taught her dad how to knit. Now, he supplies hundreds of hats and scarves to disadvantaged Maryland residents. In western Wisconsin, former guidance counselor Mike Dishnow uses Skype and in-person visits to build educational bridges between Wisconsin and Taiwan.

My Contribution

A retired teacher’s battle with domestic violence leads her to fight for others.

From NEA Today

The Student Debt Monster

Of the $1.2 trillion owed in student debt in the U.S., a whopping $18.2 billion is owed by Americans aged 65 or older. That’s a steep increase from the $2.8 billion they owed in 2005. Over the same period, the number of older debtors has more than doubled—from 3 million to 6.9 million. NEA’s Degrees Not Debt campaign was created to help solve the problem.

Level Up

The future of public education is being written on Capitol Hill, in statehouses, and at school board and city council meetings across the nation. Here’s how educators can can step up their activism.

Get Ready to Read!

Each year, more than 45 million students, parents, and educators participate in NEA’s largest reading party. You can join in!

The Road Less Traveled

Unaccompanied minors from Central America travel thousands of miles to the U.S. seeking a better life—one they often find in public schools.

It's All in the Family

Home visits can build meaningful parent-teacher partnerships, which can boost school attendance, lower discipline problems. and dropout rates, and raise student achievement.

The Comeback Kid

Shop class. At one time, the name was synonymous with the wood, metal, and auto repair trades. Today, Career and Technical Education programs prepare students like Sandra Rhee, a 2009 graduate of California’s Esperanza High School, to meet the demands of a highly technical world.


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