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May 2 2011 FEA President's Report

To: FEA Members Worldwide

From: Michael Priser, FEA President

Re: FEA President's Report

Date: May 2, 2011


HOORAY FOR TEACHERS! -- This week, May 1-7, is Teacher Appreciation Week, and Tuesday (May 3) is National Teacher Day. Now, more than ever, we need to take time to recognize the hard work of teachers everywhere. What you do everyday changes lives and the world around you. Congratulations on this, your special week, and thank you to all of our school-level employees for the incredible work you do every single day!


DODDS SALARY INFO -- In case you missed this information when we put it out last week:
The DoDDS salary schedules for SY 2010-2011 have been released and can be viewed on the FEA Web site at http://www.feaonline.org/passport/salary/index.htm (member login required)


The average percentages of increase for each position are as follows:

Classroom teachers - .68%

Speech pathologists - .97%

 Guidance counselors - .74%

School psychologists - .62%

Please remember: the above are the average rates of increase for each position. The exact rate of increase for a given step and lane on each schedule may be slightly higher or lower.



The low rates of increase reflect a trend that has been ongoing for several years. DoDDS salaries, by law, are based upon the average rates of compensation for urban school districts throughout the U.S. with populations of at least 100,000 people. There are roughly 230 such districts in the current survey universe. The low rates of increase in recent years reflect the budget cuts and financial hardships in school districts around the U.S.



It is also important to note that because an FEA legal victory years ago ensured that DoDDS educators will be paid their SY 10-11 salary figure retroactive to August 2010, the federal salary freeze put in place back in January of this year will not prevent you from getting the pay increase that was due to you for school year 2010-2011. The salary freeze may impact DoDDS employees next school year.



Within a few pay periods, DoDDS members can look forward to receiving the retroactive pay adjustment that FEA won for them.



TRANSFER PROGRAM -- All transfer notifications have been sent out and there will be no second round to this year's transfer program. There are five excess educators who have not yet received placements and several more who have requested reconsideration. FEA members who where placed as excess and requested reconsideration can send us their names at feaadmin@nea.org so we can verify that DoDDS has included them on the reconsideration list. If you are aware of any new, full-time vacancies that have recently become available at your school due to resignations or retirements, please notify us at feaadmin@nea.org.

MOUs -- A pair of recently signed Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) between FEA and DoDEA have been added to our Web site. The MOUs cover the Integrated Library System pilot program and the DoDEA Alternative Dispute Resolution Regulation 1800.01. These and other MOUs can be found on our Web site at http://www.feaonline.org/passport/legal/mous.htm (member login required)



THANKS -- A very grateful "thank you" goes to our members and leaders in Europe for hosting NEA Health Information Network Director Jerry Newberry, Director of NEA Financial and Membership Services Bill Thompson, FEA Executive Director/General Counsel H.T. Nguyen, and myself. We all attended the Europe Area Council meeting last week and this past Saturday's FEA Europe Association Day, which was a great event! Individually or together, we also visited several schools last week. As always, our members were incredibly hospitable and demonstrated the excellence that has made our schools a model for other to follow.

 I also enjoyed meeting with the Kaiserslautern Education Association teachers at their general membership teachers and the Wiesbaden teachers during their lunch last Wednesday.

HEADING EAST -- Later this week, I'll be attending the FRS training in Korea as well as TEAK's spring meeting at Osan. Next week I'll be visiting Misawa, Okinawa (for the FRS training there) and Yokota, before going to the NEATA FRS training and spring meeting in Tokyo. In addition to attending the FRS trainings mentioned above, H.T. Nguyen will be visiting members at Yokosuka and Camp Zama on May 9 and 12, respectively, with FEA Pacific Area Director Debra Degalis. Thank you in advance to all those who are setting up our various meetings and both HT and I look forward to visiting with many members during our time in the Pacific.



Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!