Nearly 100 educators and administrators from Nebraska will join 9,000 from across the nation at the 152nd National Education Association meeting in Denver June 26th – July 6.
Nancy Fulton is the president of the Nebraska Education Association and says there are a number of key issues that will be on the agenda. She thinks that standardized testing will top the list of issues that need to be addressed. Fulton says there are about 15 to 20 of those tests now required in Nebraska but that is on the low side compared to other states. At a recent convention Fulton was told by another educator in a different state that 35 school days were dedicated to tests instead of teaching.
Another big topic will be school safety. Fulton says students, teachers and staff must be protected from violence and we need a sensible solution for safe schools.
Fulton is also excited about the Raise Your Hand Campaign. This is a program that brings teachers, parent’s community leaders and others together to come up with ideas and policies that make school and students a success.