Monday, February 22, 2010

Voting Has Begun

Members of NEA-Alaska can easily click on the voting button on the front page of our website, log in, and vote in regional and statewide elections. If a member needs their member identification number, all they need to do is call one of our regional offices in Juneau, Anchorage or Fairbanks and ask for the number. It just takes a few seconds. The new electronic voting system usage began last year and is continuing in this election cycle. It is easy to log in and vote. Members can even print out a receipt showing that they voted. A large number of local associations are using the new system also. NEA-Alaska Board members and Local Presidents will receive weekly updates on the percentage of members who have voted in each region during the entire thirty day voting cycle.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Juneau Open House

On Tuesday, February 16th, NEA-Alaska showcased our new office building in Juneau by inviting many of our friends, neighbors, legislators, members and the community to stop in and see our new digs. Everyone had a great time visiting, eating and touring our brand new building. It is exciting to think that we have the best spot in Juneau and that our board will have ample space to meet. The members of the Juneau Education Association stopped in to see where they'll be able to hold meetings and training offerings. The staff did a great job of giving tours and serving as gracious hosts for the event.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Anti Free Speech, Not Anti Corruption

The nerve of those outside our state who wish to determine what we can and cannot do is astonishing! Delegates to this year's annual meeting of NEA-Alaska voted to take a firm stand on the initiative that will appear on the primary ballot in August. The item is titled "Anti- Corruption" but is really an attempt to limit the ability of Alaskans to speak their minds. It will block individuals as well as organizations from political activity. This language has been peddled around the country and funded by a millionaire in New York. If this person has so much money to put into this type of effort, perhaps he would be willing to spend some of that wealth in helping our students! I stand ready to make suggestions as to how we can improve public education in our state and country.