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MANAGEMENT ATTACKING SCHOOL QUALITY AND EMPLOYEES' RIGHTSDoDEA management is working to have legislation passed in Congress that would merge Overseas and Stateside schools into a single system. If approved, the new law would gut employees' rights and pose a serious threat to the ability of DoDEA to continue attracting quality educators and employees. Read more in the April 18 FEA President's Report.
DoDEA Director's Response to Open Letter About Contract Threat Prompts New Reply from FEA-SROn March 23, FEA's Stateside Region sent an Open Letter to DoDEA Director Tom Brady following a threat by DoDEA negotiators to illegally implement a bogus contract on certified employees in DoDEA Americas schools. On March 30, Director Brady responded to FEA-SR's Open Letter. In reply, the FEA Director for DDESS has sent Mr. Brady a new message, which you can read here. FEA-SR will continue to keep its members updated about this situation.
Read Director Brady's response to the FEA-SR Open Letter
Read FEA-Stateside Region's update to members about this threat
Read the Open Letter FEA-SR sent to the DoDEA Director about this issue
CHECK OUT THIS READ ACROSS AMERICA VID FROM HEROES ESThe faculty and staff at Heroes Elementary School on Camp Lejeune made a video of themselves reading Dr. Seuss' "Oh, The Places You'll Go!" to their students. Great work everyone!
Read the February FEA Journal in PDF format
FEA ANNUAL MEETING/NEA-RAThe FEA Annual Meeting will take place June 29 and 30 at the InterContinental Hotel in St. Paul, Minnesota. The NEA Representative Assembly (NEA-RA) will take place immediately after (July 1-5) at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Learn more about these meetings by going to our RA Delegate information page.
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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CALL ATTENTION TO PAY PROBLEMSIMPORTANT -- Do not download or forward this information while on government time or while using government equipment. Also, do not forward this information to any government email account, such as DoDEA Outlook mail.
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.