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Middle School Teachers,

Please note that Christine Biermann, Co-President Middle School, is available to visit with your school about your concerns on March 2nd any time after 9AM. Contact her via or call her at 503-729-5383 to set up a time during your prep or duty-free lunch. If March 2nd doesn't work, please contact her to meet at another time and/or place. Thanks.


Governor Kitzhaber has outlined a $5.56 billion budget for K12 schools for the 2011-2013 biennium--we are currently operating at about $5.8 billion. This means more cuts to public education for the next two years.

The next step in the budget process will be for the Co-Chairs of the Joint Ways and Means Committee to release their budget in the spring.

Public Educators need to let legislators and the Governor know that investing in public education is the path out of our economic crisis by attending:

The Rally to Protect Oregon’s Future on Monday, February 21st from 12:00pm to 1:00pm on the steps of the Capitol in Salem, Oregon

If you value public education and the future of Oregon students, the few hours you take out of your busy life to attend this rally will make a difference!


Govenor announces executive order on Public Education. Read about it here.


This week is National School Counselor Appreciation Week. Take time to thank your building counselor/s and let them know how much we value their work, especially in these times of itinerant and part-time counselors!


East County Caring Communities has provided us with a list of early childhood community resources. This list may be particularly helpful for elementary level teachers and counselors. Document 1 and Document 2


The GBEA Bargaining team has put out a survey for you to complete. Please watch for it on your email. It will only take 20-30 minutes to complete. The cutoff date is Wednesday, February 16th at 4:00 pm. Thanks for supporting the bargaining team!!