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#November 2014 FEA Journal
November FEA Journal Now Online

Update on FEA's salary lawsuit, overview of the grievance process, and using Minecraft to help reinforce student learning.
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NPR Highlights DOD Schools, Military Dependents

National Public Radio has been running a series of stories about military dependents, the issues they deal with, and the world in which they live. As we all know, military children are among the bravest, most resilient, and most amazing children anywhere. One of the NPR stories focused specifically on Department of Defense schools and the important role our schools play in supporting and nurturing these wonderful students. You can read or listen to the audio of that story by going to this site.

Other stories in the NPR series cover early education for military kids, public schools that have large military child populations, and helping military children who have lost a parent. You can find the entire series at this page.

Good News

posted September 6, 2014
by Chuck McCarter, FEA President

I wanted to share some potentially very good news I learned this week in a meeting with DoDEA Director Thomas Brady:

Mr. Brady has told me that he intends to have a transfer program this school year. The budget, criteria, and process still need to be worked out, but the intent is that there will be a transfer program.

FEA knows how important a robust transfer program is to our DODDS members, particularly those in hardship areas . I know our members in the field and those who spoke with Mr. Brady at the FEA Annual Membership Meeting he attended this summer have repeatedly emphasized this point to him.

We will update you as we can while particulars of this expected transfer program are worked out during the school year.

Changes To DDESS Certified Pay Periods

Per the June 2014 MOU signed by FEA Stateside and DDESS, certified staff in DDESS will be paid over a total of 27 pay periods for school years 2014-15 and 2015-16. The change commenced on June 29, 2014 and will end in July 2016. Please read FEA's update on the issue for more information and to view the MOU.
You can view SY 2014-15 DDESS salary schedules here. (login required)

Information on DoDDS Pay Lane Case

As a result of FEA legal action, an arbitrator recently ruled that DoDDS has for years been granting inadequate credit to many employees in the MA+15 and MA+30 lanes of the DoDDS salary schedule. This means many current and former DoDDS employees (including retirees and those now working in DDESS) may qualify for backpay and interest. Learn more about the case, including whether you qualify and how to file your claim with FEA, by viewing our legal update.

Urgent update posted October 10, 2013. Be sure to read and follow its directions if you think you may be covered by this case.

Click here for the update

BAS Illegally Implemented by DODDS

On September 12, 2013, DODEA/DODDS unilaterally implemented the costly and time-consuming BAS reading assessment, ignoring its obligation to bargain the issue with FEA.

Visit FEA's BAS Information Page, where you can read the Legal Update we've put out on this issue, telling affected educators what they need to do and how FEA is responding to DODDS's illegal action.

A sample form for logging your BAS activity time is now available on this page.

OPM Info About Same-Sex Benefits

Watch the video presentation from the Office of Personnel Management explaining coverage of same-sex spouses under federal benefits programs.

Teaching Channel: Videos that Inspire Teaching

The 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:

See the Welcome to Teaching Channel video.

Updates for our Members

Read the FEA President's Report and sign up to have updates from FEA's Washington office sent directly to your e-mail (member login required).