GBEA Elections are coming soon! You can read the fact sheet for more information.
GBEA Careers in Education Scholarship applications are now open - due date is 4/12/13
The March edition of the GBEA Newsletter is now available to read
The 2012-13 Staff Calendar is now available. On it you will find the five budget reduction days, inservice days for staff, and all holiday breaks. Please remember that building hours have changed to align the levels together so you may have different work hours than last year.
Make your voice heard! Join in the Day of Action on February 28th!
On February 28, 2013, East County local associations (GBEA, REA, CEA and PFA) are holding a Day of Action. We are asking all members of these associations to take a moment of your time to call and/or email your legislators to let them know how huge class sizes and the possibility of more cuts with the Governor's suggested budget will affect you and your students. At this time of curriculum mandates with little or no resources, mandated testing, students with greater needs and less one-on-one time with students, it is imperative that we, the practitioners in the classroom, make our voices heard. We cannot wait any longer and hope that our legislature makes appropriate decisions without our say!
The Governor's proposed education budget is $6.15 billion, which is 37% of the state general fund. In 2003-2005, education was funded with about 43% of the state general fund. We are drastically losing ground, and with increased expectations and requirements, this is unacceptable. If we were still funded at 43%, we would have an education budget of about $7.2 billion. Imagine!
Take just 5 minutes of your time to act on behalf of your profession and your students!
Email Gresham Legislators:
Rep. Greg Mattews (D) Gresham
Sen. Laurie Monnes-Anderson (D) Gresham
Rep. Chris Gorsek (D) Troutdale
Please also write (or cc) Rep. Peter Buckley, Sen. Richard Devlin, Rep. Betty Komp, and Sen. Rod Monroe -- the first two are the co-chairs of Ways and Means (the powerful budget-writing committee) and the second two are the co-chairs of the Education Subcommittee of Ways and Means. In the next few weeks, the co-chairs will release their budget.
Ways and Means co-chairs:
Rep. Peter Buckley (D) Ashland
Rep. Betty Komp (D) Woodburn
Sen. Richard Devlin (D) Tualatin
Sen. Rod Monroe (D) Portland
You can also share your class size and your story on the Oregon Education Association website: http://www.oregoned.org/action-center/class-size
Together we can make a change for our students and public education in the state of Oregon!
Problems with iVisions. Every GBEA member needs to double check their leave accumulations in iVisions. Instructions will help you get into the system and find what iVisions says your leave accumulation is currently at, however you need to compare this to your past pay stubs from the district in order to determine if all of your leave has been added up correctly and is in the iVisions program. MULTIPLE MEMBERS HAVE ALREADY REPORTED PROBLEMS WITH THEIR LEAVE ACCUMULATIONS!! Some dating back to September of 2011. Please take a few minutes and review your leave, it could affect your retirement!
Download the New Teacher Evaluation Standards that have been put out by the State of Oregon.
Overall a teacher will be evaluated on professional practice, professional responsibilities, and student performance. Student performance must be a "significant" part of teacher evaluation
Download and read the PERS FAQ sheet from OEA about possible changes
How will the changes to PERS effect your retirement? Use the PERS calculator to find out.
OEA Class Size Initiative is now happening. What's your number?
GBEA Dues Increase Approved
Your GBEA Rep Council voted unnamiously to raise dues by $75, making them $200 per year starting next school year 2013-14. Why would we ask for this at this time? Some of the reasons include: Our budget will not be balanced if we don't increase dues or drastically cut spending on member services. We already cut 20K from member services and GBEA expenses to balance this year's budget. Bargaining a fair contract costs money and we go back into bargaining in the spring of 2014 With the recent trend in long and contentious bargains, we have bargained 7 out of 10 past years. GBEA dues have not increased since before the turn of the millennium--1997. GBEA membership has dropped from RIF and, with it, dues money to support the association that supports that membership.
Crisis Information from the NEA
Wear Red for Public Ed
Tuesday's are “Wear Red for Public Ed” days where everybody across America is asked to wear something red to show support for our nation’s public education system.
The idea originated in January of 2011 with teachers, parents and students in Florida who were upset with some of the current reforms in public education.
While wearing red on Tuesday won't solve any of the real problems facing public education, it will show that there are plenty of us out there who support public education, have an opinion about public education, and want our voices to be heard regarding public education. Hopefully this will be the first step in the long overdue process of letting those who are actually involved first-hand in America's public education system--administrators, educators, parents, and students--have a say in what happens to it.
GBEA's Teacher’s Apprentice Day
Teacher’s Apprentice Day has been moved to May. GBEA will provide the leaders with contact information for the teacher they will be working with in advance so they can discuss their day ahead of time. The teachers will meet the Community Leaders at the school’s office, introduce them to the Principal and escort them to the classroom to help for the day.
Please email Regina Norris if you would like to have a Community Leader in your classroom for a day! We would like to have at least one Community Leader in each school. Thank you!
From the California Federation of Teachers (cft.org) an animated video explains economic inequality, need for wealthy to pay fair share of taxes
Tax the rich: An animated fairy tale, is narrated by Ed Asner, with animation by award-winning artist Mike Konopacki, and written and directed by Fred Glass for the California Federation of Teachers. The 8 minute video shows how we arrived at this moment of poorly funded public services and widening economic inequality. Things go downhill in a happy and prosperous land after the rich decide they don't want to pay taxes anymore. They tell the people that there is no alternative, but the people aren't so sure. This land bears a startling resemblance to our land. After you watch this video, click here to share with friends, and send an email to your elected officials to let them know they need to restore higher federal tax rates on the wealthy so that we may once more enjoy properly funded public services.