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VEA Offers New
Retirement Option

Looking for a place in central Virginia where you or a family member can retire worry-free, in comfort and style? The VEA has a new option that can help. Through an exclusive agreement with Springdale at Lucy Corr Village, a new continuing care retirement community in Chesterfield County, Association members and their parents, grandparents and other extended family members can earn special discounts and service upgrades worth more than $10,000. Among those benefits are fee waivers, additional health care privileges, computer services, free options and even refunds on Association dues.

As a Springdale resident, you or your family members are also entitled to a broad range of services, including bi-weekly housekeeping, three dining spots, Village transportation, interior and exterior maintenance, wellness and fitness programs, lawn and landscaping maintenance, and priority access to assisted living, skilled nursing and adult day care at Lucy Corr Village.

For more information, contact Patt Brewster at or visit .

NEA Guide Addresses
Special Ed Issues

Statistically, minority children are overrepresented in special education programs and underrepresented in gifted and talented programs. This is called disproportionality, and is an important issue for educators to address in our ongoing attempts to close achievement gaps. We all have a stake in seeing that all students receive an excellent and appropriate education.

Truth in Labeling is a new guide, the result of a collaborative effort of the NEA and the National Association of School Psychologists, offering basic information about disproportionality-what it is, what causes it, and what the implications are for students, schools and the community. The guide includes recommendations on addressing disproportionality at the classroom, school and community levels and contains helpful research references and resources.

You can purchase a copy of Truth in Labeling through the NEA Professional Library ( ) or download a copy for free at .

NEA Coordinating
Health Care Survey

As health care costs continue to rise and take bigger and bigger bites out of educators' paychecks, NEA is gathering information from members to find out what they most want from their benefits and how to improve coverage. NEA's partner, the National Coalition for Health Care, and the nonprofit health policy organization Code Blue Now, have developed a survey for members to express their opinions and concerns. The results of the survey, which takes about 10 minutes and is anonymous, will be used to inform discussions with elected officials, policymakers and the media. To take the survey, visit . Please take it between now and March 31, 2008.


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