Thursday, October 23, 2014

New Program Brings More Healthy Meals to High Poverty Schools

May 31, 2014 by twalker  
Filed under Child Nutrition, Featured News, Top Stories


By John Rosales It is an unusual pairing of words: food secure. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, this means to “have access to enough food for an active, healthy life.” Unfortunately, one-fifth of U.S. households with children are classified as “food insecure.” This means millions of children are not getting the food they [...]

NEA’s Health Information Network Tackles Prescription Drug Abuse

August 9, 2012 by clong  
Filed under Featured News, Health, Top Stories


By Emma Chadband Before she turned 13, Jessica McDonald had already started abusing alcohol, marijuana, and Adderall — a prescription drug used to treat Attention Deficit Disorder. McDonald later became an addict, and racked up five DUI convictions while she was using Xanax, a prescription drug used to treat anxiety disorders, according to one Health [...]

Removing Health Barriers to Student Learning


By Tim Walker One of the few education issues where you can find almost universal consensus is the connection between student health and the capacity to learn. The conditions for health and well-being in many of the nations’ schools, however, are an impediment to learning.  Too many students spend their days in dilapidated buildings with [...]

“A National Crisis”: NEA Spotlights Urgent Need for School Modernization

November 16, 2011 by clong  
Filed under Education Funding, Featured News, Top Stories


By Cindy Long When it rains, water pours out of the ceiling into Christopher Meyer’s classroom. He places buckets around the room, pushes student desks out of the way, and puts a tarp over his own desk. Then he has to scramble to find a dry, safe room where he can continue his lessons. “At [...]

Surviving Teacher Burnout

June 7, 2011 by jrosales  
Filed under Featured News, Top Stories


By John Rosales On August 15, five days before the start of the 2010-2011 school year, Michelle Totra’s summer came to a crashing end. She was told by the superintendent of the Needles Unified School District in California that she had been involuntarily transferred from her elementary school to Needles High school. In an instant, [...]

Government Shutdown: How Would Educators Feel the Impact?

April 8, 2011 by twalker  
Filed under Featured News, Top Stories, Uncategorized


By Tim Walker and Cindy Long (Update: A deal was reached between President Obama and Congressional leaders late Friday night on a budget plan for the rest of the fiscal year that will avert a government shutdown.) Tricia Sardella, a classroom teacher, is just one of the tens of millions of Americans who would be [...]

The White House Praises NEA’s Anti-Bullying Campaign


By Mary Ellen Flannery Northern Virginia teacher Jaim Foster stood in the Oval Office today and delivered a personal message to President Barack Obama about bullying: It needs to stop, so that every child can be safe and successful. Foster was joined in his trip to the White House by NEA President Dennis Van Roekel [...]

Education Support Professionals, Teachers Talk Indoor Air Quality


By Lance Fuller Amy Courson-Brock likens herself to a canary. Although she may not sing in mines to help miners detect deadly gases, she advocates for cleaner air quality in public schools. About four years ago, the windows in her classroom at Heritage Elementary in Homer, Ill., were shortened with some sections replaced with regular [...]

NEA Delegates Celebrate Nation’s History, Future of Education

July 5, 2010 by cmccabe  
Filed under Featured News, NEA, Top Stories, Uncategorized


By Amy Buffenbarger  NEW ORLEANS – On the second day of the 89th Representative Assembly – Independence Day – patriotic delegates form the National Education Association turned the convention hall red, white, and blue, honored the legacy of President Lyndon B. Johnson, and pledged to further his vision of quality public schools for all children.  The July 4th tribute [...]

Custodian Earns Top Honors for Clean Approach


By John Rosales March 17, 2010 — As top recipient of the C.L.E.A.N. Award, presented at the recent 2010 NEA ESP Conference in Las Vegas, Pat Lortie was awarded $5,000, a trip to the conference, one year NEA and National Council for Education Support Professionals (NCESP) membership, and boxes of cleaning products for his school. [...]