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REPAYMENT OF DEFERRED 2020 SOCIAL SECURITY TAXESposted January 4, 2021
Social Security taxes that were deferred from federal employees' pay over the last third of 2020 will now be collected in installments between pay periods ending January 16 and December 4, 2021.
Read the update from FEA here for more info
Read the December FEA Journal in PDF format
INTERESTED IN SERVING AS FEA HCR COORDINATOR?The current FEA State Human and Civil Rights (HCR) Coordinator has indicated she will be stepping down from her position. Under the FEA Constitution, the FEA Board of Directors is tasked with appointing a replacement to complete the current term for the HCR Coordinator, which will end on August 1, 2022.
Indicate your interest in being appointed and learn more about this position by going here.
STATUS OF OVERSEAS CONTRACT RENEGOTIATIONSposted November 24, 2020
FEA and DoDEA recently completed 30 days of renegotiations on a successor Overseas contract but the two sides remain at impasse on a number of issues, including DoDEA's efforts to lengthen the duty day. The FEA members who comprise our bargaining team again did a fantastic job articulating the priorities and concerns of their fellow educators.
DoDEA has petitioned the Federal Service Impasses Panel (FSIP) to again assert jurisdiction and issue a ruling on proposals for the Overseas contract on which the parties have not reached agreement.
FEA remains committed to working out a fair and positive negotiated agreement for our Overseas members; one that will protect and enhance the quality of our schools rather than diminish that quality.
We will continue to update our members as new developments in the Overseas contract bargaining process take place.
FEA Overseas Contract Info Page
CANDIDATE LIST FOR POSSIBLE ESP COORDINATOR POSITION
FEA members will vote this year on a proposed amendment to the FEA Constitution that, if approved, would create the position of Education Support Professional (ESP) Coordinator as an At-Large office on the FEA Board of Directors. The member below is the sole candidate for the position.
Teresa Brown -- Heroes Elementary School (Camp Lejeune, NC)
Ballots on the proposed Constitutional amendment and ESP Coordinator position will be mailed to all FEA Active members on December 18, 2020. The votes for the ESP Coordinator position will only be counted if members approve the proposed amendment.
For more information, go to FEA's Election Information page.
NO QUICK FIX TO OVERSEAS PAY PROBLEMSposted September 25, 2020
Despite determining that the high number of pay problems in the Overseas unit is apparently being caused by a coding problem, DoDEA indicates a quick solution to the problems is not likely. FEA has filed multiple grievances over the ongoing pay errors and is urging Overseas members to carefully track their pay. Read FEA's update on the issue to learn about resources to help you track your pay and what to do if you spot a problem.
RICHARD TARR NAMED FEA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR/GENERAL COUNSELposted August 5, 2020
After serving in an interim position since January, 2020, longtime FEA attorney Richard Tarr was unanimously appointed by the Board of Directors this week to the position of FEA Executive Director/General Counsel.
NEA DIGITAL LEARNING RESOURCESNEA has put out an info paper with critical tips and considerations for educators tasked with developing and implementing digital learning environments in reaction to COVID-19.
These are great resources. There are also links to educational resources. Those resources may or may not all be approved by DoDEA. If you have questions please check with your ET (Educational Technologist) and the approved digital resources.
Remember that the Information Specialist at your local school has a wealth of digital resources available in the DoDEA purchased databases. The Information Specialist can recommend items to support your digital delivery of lessons.
STATESIDE MEMBERS: BE SURE TO LOG UNPAID TIMEFEA-Stateside members are reminded to use the Association-provided tracking sheet to log the unpaid hours they were required to work this school year and submit the tracking sheets to FEA-SR, for use in the Association's upcoming arbitration. Read the full update and access the tracking form here.
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.
FEA Social MediaFEA members (and anyone else) can follow FEA on Facebook and Twitter. We remind members these are public forums and should not be used to solicit or share legal advice. Members should always begin the process of seeking legal advice and services by contacting their local association representative and not share or reveal any personal information, particularly information pertaining to legal situations, on any public forum or social media site.
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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.