July 2nd through the 5th, 10,000 educators from across the country will be in Washington D-C for the annual National Education Association Representative Assembly and 100 of those delegates will be from Nebraska. Nancy Fulton is the President of the Nebraska State Education Association and says they will be looking at what it takes to make great schools and that includes proper resources, tools, technology and by recruiting and retaining the best and brightest teachers.
Fulton says lower than expected revenue receipts are taking a toll on school districts nationwide. State aid to education was cut by $71-million from current year funding. She says that is probably the state’s number one issue when it comes to education. More than $100-million has been cut in state funding over the past two years. Fulton says she asked colleagues in the state what challenges they faced due to lack of funding and says “Overwhelming say our locals are working very, very hard to keep quality schools. Yes, we are facing some larger class sizes. Maybe not having as large as a teaching staff but they are trying to keep schools at the high quality that we have in Nebraska”.
Fulton says educators also plan to address how to transform schools into world class institutions of learning, the creation of priority schools where educators partner with parents, communities, businesses and their associations to transform lower performing schools, budget and by making all schools bully-free.