In today’s day and age, your teachers are much more than educators. They serve as mentors, counselors, cheerleaders, protectors and more, and they spend an average of $500 of their own money each year to purchase classroom supplies that benefit their students.

Starting July 21, customers can visit their local Walgreens stores to learn how to nominate a deserving educator in their community for a WE Teachers Award. A minimum of 500 recipients will each receive $500 Walgreens gift cards to purchase classroom supplies – an amount designed to cover an average year’s worth of teacher out-of-pocket expenses. Teachers can also apply directly. To learn more about the WE Teachers Awards, visit Walgreens.com/metowe.

The WE Teachers Awards are part of a broader program called WE Teachers in partnership with the ME to WE Foundation. Together with Walgreens back to school supplier partners, Walgreens has committed to donating $5 million to the ME to WE Foundation to fund the development of the WE Teachers program. More information about WE Teachers, including a resource to help teachers navigate student issues such as bullying, youth violence, mental health and wellbeing is available at walgreens/metowe.

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It's Time for a Great IDEA!

Originally signed into law in 1975, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is the main federal statute governing special education for children. Today, IDEA protects the rights of over six million students with disabilities (approximately 13.5 percent of students) to receive a Free Appropriate Public Education in the least restrictive environment. NSBA urges the federal government to modernize and fully fund the Individuals with Disabilities Act. We've recently launched a new initiative to highlight this critical need and help ensure our country’s students with disabilities receive the access and supports they need to succeed.

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NSBA Names Chip Slaven Chief Advocacy Officer

NSBA today announced that Stuart “Chip” Slaven has joined the association as Chief Advocacy Officer. Slaven will lead the Federal Advocacy & Public Policy group, which represents state school board associations and their members before the U.S. Congress and the Administration. Slaven is a government relations veteran who brings passion and extensive experience to drive our vision for public education forward.