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www.gae.org | 5 Association Alerts Take Action for your profession, your association, & yourself. NEA Complimentary Life Insurance All eligible members can take advantage of the valuable, automatic, term life insurance coverage provided by NEA Complimentary Life Insurance. • NEA Introductory Term Life Insurance Plan Eligible NEA members are provided $15,000 of term life insurance at no cost for 12 months, after which you can continue your coverage at low member-only rates. • NEA Group Term Life Insurance Plan NEA Group Term Life Insurance Plan, issued by The Prudential Insurance Company of America, is an economical way to safeguard yourself and your family. • NEA Accidental Death & Dismemberment Insurance Plan With AD&D coverage, whether you’re home or away, your family is covered in case of an accident. AD&D coverage may be appropriate for members of all ages. • NEA Accidental Death & Dismemberment Insurance Plus All the great benefits of our AD&D insurance, plus spouse and child tuition reimbursement, day care reimbursement and more! All starting at only $23 per year! • NEA Accidental Death & Dismemberment Advantage Insurance Plan With NEA Accidental Death and Dismemberment Advantage Insurance coverage, you get higher coverage amounts with the same great benefits. • NEA Guaranteed Issue Life Insurance Plan Help safeguard your future— guaranteed acceptance for NEA members age 45 and older. You can count on the NEA Guaranteed Issue Life Plan issued by Prudential. • NEA Level Premium Term Life Insurance Plan The NEA Level Premium Term Life Insurance Plan issued by The Prudential Insurance Company of America provides 3 terms and coverage levels up to $1,000,000. For more infomation visit: www.neamb.com/insurance.htm American Education Week 2014 November 17-21 WHAT IS AMERICAN EDUCATION WEEK? American Education Week—November 17-21, 2014—presents all Americans with a wonderful opportunity to celebrate public education and honor individuals who are making a difference in ensuring that every child receives a quality education. The weeklong celebration features a special observance each day of the week. They include: Monday, November 17: Kickoff Day Nationwide Kickoff. Across the country, schools will celebrate excellence in education by hosting kickoff events and activities. Tuesday, November 18: Parents Day Schools will invite parents into the classroom for a firsthand look at what the school day is like for their children. Wednesday, November 19: Education Support Professionals Day Education Support Professionals keep schools running and students safe, healthy and ready to learn. We know how hard ESPs work to serve students in public schools and how committed ESPs are to both their jobs and their communities. Thursday, November 20: Educator for a Day Community leaders will be invited to experience the day as educators and experience the challenges of teaching and the needs of students. Learn more about this program through the Educator for a Day Promotional Kit. Friday, November 21: Substitute Educators Day Substitute educators play a vital role in the maintenance and continuity of daily education. Learn more about these professionals and take a look at resources and tips for substitute educators. 2014 Artwork and Materials, Visuals to Help Promote Your Events—Coming Soon! at: http://www.nea.org/aew Tell us your planned activities at: getinvolved@gae.org Microsoft dumps ALEC, pressure is on Google to do the same Take Action: Sign the petition and tell ALEC to stop cashing in on kids! If you haven’t heard, Microsoft has dumped the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC)—a conservative right-wing group that uses lavish gifts to persuade state politicians to push its model legislation designed to benefit ALEC’s corporate sponsors and benefactors. While this truly is a win on the side of democracy, the question now is, “Who will be next to part ways with ALEC?” Many, including Arizona educator Marisol Garcia, are hoping that the next company to turn its back on ALEC will be Google. Garcia, who is an 8th grade social studies teacher, is rallying the online community to put pressure on Google to sever its ties to ALEC. More than 100,000 people have signed Garcia’s online petition— agreeing with Garcia that it’s time for Google to dump ALEC. ALEC is responsible for some of the most detrimental legislation to middle class families—including proposals that siphon away critical tax dollars from public education to send a selected few to private and religious schools and huge tax breaks for individuals and corporations who can more than afford to pay their fair share. These tax cuts deplete public coffers used to provide key community services. ALEC’s membership roster has deep pockets and includes billionaires Charles and David Koch, known to many as the infamous Koch Brothers. The Koch Brothers are not afraid to spend money to promote those political candidates who are willing to back ALEC-inspired legislation and do the will of the 1-percent. The good news is many people are catching on to the ALEC agenda and the impact that it’s having on the middle class. Protests against ALEC and its policies have taken place in a variety of locations nationwide, including Kansas, Wisconsin, Missouri, and Washington, D.C. But now, here’s your chance to get involved! Sign our petition and tell ALEC to stop cashing in on our kids! Go to: http://educationvotes.nea. org/2013/08/06/tell-alec-to-stop-cashing-in-on- kids/ From the Georgia Department of Education – Save the Date October 8-10 Second Annual Georgia Afterschool and Youth Development Conference. Oct. 20-21 The Georgia STEM Forum, Athens. (early registration ends Sept. 19). Dec. 3 Deadline for submissions to the State Botanical Garden’s student art competition. For more infomation visit: www.gadoe.org


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