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NEA Today for NEA-Retired Members - Spring 2016

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A Supreme Decision

Rebecca Friedrichs (above) was the lead plaintiff in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, a case that could have rolled back some of the positive gains for students that educators have made through student-centered bargaining, and stripped bargaining power from workers across the nation.

When the ‘Friendly Skies’ Become Unfriendly

If you’re planning a trip outside of the U.S., there are some things you should know now so that you’ll be prepared in case your journey takes an unexpected turn.

Esai Morales: ‘We Stand on Your Shoulders’

In an NEA Today Q and A, this year’s host of the NEA Foundation’s Salute to Excellence in Education Gala says educators’ contributions are “critical to the health and development of our society.”

The Last Selfless Gift

From his brother, Patrick (left), an associate editor for the New Jersey Education Association, Bill Rumaker (right) received a kidney and a second chance at life.

Colorado’s Dynamic Duo

They push for more school funding, work to protect retirement security, door knock and phone call for a candidate, and do all sorts of advocacy work in between. Meet Pueblo County retirees Carole Partin and Barbara Clementi!

Keep Public Education Strong!

Your donations to the Jack Kinnaman Memorial Fund benefit future educators, and your contributions to The Fund for Children and Public Education boost public education’s power at the ballot box.


President’s Message

When it’s time to get out the vote, NEA-Retired members step up to the plate and get the job done.


In 2008, Candyce Jones’ husband Jim died, leaving behind his beloved wife and an antique Porsche. Mile after mile, the car has helped the NEA-Retired member to start her life over and “try something different,” she says.

My Contribution

Thanks to retiree Janis Blanco, and others, more than 4,000 backpacks have been filled with food that students in need can take home over the weekend.

From NEA Today

Broken Hearts, Twisted Arms, Shattered Lives

One in three U.S. adolescents say they’ve experienced some kind of abuse—physical, sexual, emotional, or verbal—in their romantic relationships. We tell you what educators need to know about this growing trend.

‘How Dare You Poison Our Children?’

NEA members will fight to hold accountable those who are responsible for poisoning some 8,000 Flint children with lead-contaminated water.

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