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SHUTDOWN APPEARS TO BE ENDINGposted January 22, 2018
It looks as if the government shutdown may be coming to a close.
This afternoon, the Senate is expected to approve a measure to fund the government through February 8. All indications are that the President will sign off on it as well.
Assuming that situation does not change, the government would be open for business as usual on Tuesday, thus ending the three-day shutdown.
Paychecks due this coming Friday would not have been affected by the current shutdown since funds for that pay cycle had already been appropriated. It is expected that the funding extension being voted on today would pay any federal workers for time they were furloughed during this shutdown.
Good news for now, it seems. Hopefully February 8 does not bring another shutdown.
SY 18-19 DODDS TRANSFER PROGRAMDetails of the School Year 2018-2019 Transfer Program for Europe and the Pacific can be found at FEA's Transfer Information Page.
Read the December FEA Journal in PDF format
GOOD NEWS IN LAUREL BAY CASE
Thanks to the efforts of FEA's Stateside Region, Management has agreed to pay back pay, with interest, and restore leave to educators after weather make-up days were improperly scheduled during spring break. Read FEA Stateside's Legal Update on the issue here.
CUTS TO SUBS WILL COST STUDENTS LEARNING TIMEDoDEA students will lose upwards of a week of classroom learning time each school year under management's plan to eliminate subs during BAS testing.
Read FEA's press release and fact sheet on the BAS issue to learn more.
Hatch Act InformationVisit this page to learn more about the Hatch Act and find examples of activities allowed and prohibited under the law.
Hatch Act Do's and Don'ts
FEA HCR Newsletter and other HCR InfoView the latest issue of The Advocate, the monthly newsletter of FEA's Human and Civil Rights Program, and find other resources by clicking here.
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Under guidance from the FEA Board of Directors, FEA Europe General Counsel/UniServ Bill Freeman has developed a letter writing campaign, aimed at bringing the numerous pay and collection issues DoDEA employees face to the attention of Congress and Pentagon leaders. Please use the link below to access information from Bill Freeman and share your stories/concerns with the decision makers suggested by Bill. Please avoid doing so, however, while on government property, while using government owned computer equipment, or while on government time.
Click here to learn more about writing decision makers in an effort to raise awareness of pay problems
Teaching Channel: Videos that Inspire TeachingThe Teaching Channel website offers a growing library of short videos to inspire K-12 teaching. These video lessons - in English language arts, math, science, and history/social sciences - include lesson objectives, questions to consider, homework ideas, and more.
Free registration provides access to:
- Highlights of skilled teachers teaching a lesson, such as Kick Me: Making Vocabulary Interactive
- Tips and tricks for new teachers, such as Attention Getting Signals: One Spot and Planning Full Days & Practicing Fast Facts
- Featured "Amazing Classrooms," such as Building Community in a Multi-Language Classroom
See the Welcome to Teaching Channel video.
Updates for our MembersRead the FEA President's Report and link to other updates for FEA members here.