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February 1, 2011 FEA President's Report

To: FEA Members and Local Leaders Worldwide
From: Michael Priser, FEA President
Re: FEA President's Report
Date: February 1, 2011


TRANSFER PROGRAM -- FEA expects to have an agreement on the Transfer Program this week. There were a number of suggestions on both sides that are being discussed, and there appears to be consensus. FEA understands that members are anxious to begin the process and that a number of timelines are involved. As soon as the agreement is signed, we will send out a special alert.

STAFFING DOCUMENTS -- The staffing documents have been sent to all schools. The principals will be sharing those with the building representatives. The FRS will work with the school's principal to determine if there are any excesses to report, along with all vacancies for the Transfer Program. Both excesses and vacancies should be given to the FEA Area and District leaders by the FRS. Let us know if you have any questions.

VERA/$1000 APPLE SEPARATION INCENTIVE -- FEA has asked that the deadline for VERA and the separation incentive ($1000 and commemorative apple) be extended. FEA would like for schools to first identify whom might be excessed and that there be time for those educators to respond. So, if you believe you might be interested in either of these programs, please let your principal know this week.

PENTAGON LANGUAGE AND CULTURE SUMMIT -- A Pentagon Summit meeting hosted by Dr. Clifford Stanley, the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, was held last week in Alexandria, Virginia. H.T. Nguyen, FEA Executive Director, and I were able to attend on behalf of the NEA. We were able to work with key leaders from the Pentagon and DoDEA in addressing the important role of providing foreign language instruction to DoDEA students from pre-kindergarten through high school. We are looking forward to a comprehensive program to address the need for the Pentagon and having our schools play a vital role in this area.

COMMON ACCESS CARD (CAC) MOU -- FEA and DoDDS have signed a Memorandum of Understanding concerning the Common Access Card (CAC) log-on to DoDEA's Outlook Web Access (OWA) sites. Among other points, the MOU establishes that DoDEA will purchase CAC readers and the necessary software for each educator and staff member, replace malfunctioning or lost CAC readers and software, and fund a limited number of laptops to be available for teachers on official travel orders to another worksite. The full text of the MOU can be found at http://www.feaonline.org/passport/legal/mous.htm (member login required).

READ ACROSS AMERICA -- Read Across America, NEA's annual celebration of reading and the genius of Dr. Seuss, is only a month away. Visit www.nea.org/readacross for ideas on how your school can participate in the March 2 event.

BLACK HISTORY MONTH -- February is Black History Month. There are many online resources you can find to help plan activities to mark this important event celebrating the impact of African-Americans on our history and our society. A great place to start is NEA's Black History Month Lessons & Resources page, at http://www.nea.org/tools/black-history-month.htm

PLAN AHEAD -- The 2011-2012 DoDDS School Year will start on a Tuesday instead of the customary Wednesday. Plan ahead as you make your summer plans. The four days in August (23-26) will be non-student days (three work days and one professional development day). The shift in the calendar happens when the winter break is extended by one day because the Federal holiday for New Year's falls on a Monday.

GEORGIA/ALABAMA VISIT -- I am looking forward to visiting Fort Rucker, Maxwell Air Base and Fort Benning next week. I appreciate the work of local leaders organizing these school visits to highlight the great work that our members do. Lola Downs, Sandy Akin, and Evelyn Braman have also set up after school membership meetings to discuss important events happening at DoDEA HQ's. The meetings will be Monday February 7 (Fort Rucker), Tuesday February 8 (Maxwell) and Wednesday February 9 (Fort Benning).