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Cafe Delirium

Sweet Betty's

Elmers

Flying Pie Pizzeria

Elegantly Funky

Gold Art Jewelry

Elite Chiropractic and Wellness Center

April's Designer Jewelry

Williams and Sons Jewelers

Iris Salon

Dr. McKeel, DMD

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All About Kids

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iCandy

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The Victorian House Antiques

Lil' Britches

Srisiamchai Thai

Legal Addiction Espresso

Glass Butterfly

Boccelli's

Nicholas Restaurant

Sunny Hans

Hawaiian Beanz

Mt. Hood Chiropractic Clinic

Gresham Les Schwab Tire Center

Burns Feed Store

Jazzy Bagels

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FINALLY!  Now is your chance to speak up!

You should have received information about the TELL Oregon Survey and an anonymous code from your building Principal this week.  The survey will ask you questions about use of time, professional development, instructional practices and support, facilities and resources, managing student conduct, school leadership, teacher leadership, new teacher support, and community engagement and support. 

This is important information for the Oregon Department of Education and a step in the right direction for educators to give information about their working conditions!

(If you haven't heard, you can't stop in the middle and come back to it later, you will have to block out about 30 minutes to complete the survey.)

More information about the survey can be found on  www.telloregon.org or http://www.oregoned.org.

If you have any questions, please ask your Building Representative or email your GBEA Executive Board.

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The Portland Public School District and Medford Education Association have ended negotiations/strike and now have tenative agreements.

Thank you to everyone who showed support for Portland and Medford teachers!!!!!!

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Oregon Education By The Numbers

3rd largest class sizes in the nation
7% less than National average for per-pupil spending
#47 in the nation for spending on higher education

OEA Class Size Initiative is now happening. What's your number?

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The GBEA Careers in Education Scholarship is now open for applications due by April 11th, 2014

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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!

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The state has begun adopting Common Core curriculum and materials, they even have some resources for teachers if you follow the link to their website

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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

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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.

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Crisis Information from the NEA

School Crisis Guide, Teacher Tools, and Parent Tools____________________________________________________________________________

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.