FEA President's ReportTO: FEA Members Worldwide
FROM: Brian Chance, FEA President
RE: FEA President's Report
DATE: March 25, 2021
DODDS SALARY MEETING
FEA and DoDEA representatives will meet April 14 with staff from DoD's Special Pay Branch to review the data collected for the current school year's DODDS salary schedules. Once finalized, the new schedules will be used to compute the retroactive pay adjustments earned for DODDS employees through FEA legal action. While the figures are not yet official, preliminary examination of the data indicates the economic impacts of COVID over the past year have had a negative effect on pay rates for the urban school districts whose salaries are used to compute DODDS salaries. Increases are likely to be smaller than those enjoyed in recent years, when the economy was stronger. FEA will report to members as soon as the SY 20-21 schedules are finalized.
CUSTOMER SATISFACTION SURVEY
At this time, FEA is not encouraging employees to participate in the DoDEA Educators Customer Satisfaction Survey. We have raised questions with headquarters about the anonymity of the survey and are currently awaiting answers at this time.
RECORDS MANAGEMENT TRAINING
DoDEA Headquarters recently sent out a notice to employees regarding a training on DoDEA Records Management Fundamentals. DoDEA did not provide notice to FEA or to FEA-Stateside Region prior to sending information on that training out to bargaining unit members. That training is for the 2021-2022 school year and, as stated in the notice from HQ, is not due to be completed until September 30, 2021. Training on this topic has already been completed for the current school year. The Association will be discussing the implementation of the SY 21-22 training with DoDEA in the weeks ahead.
NEA FOUNDATION AWARD APPLICATION
Each year, the NEA Foundation and NEA recognize outstanding educators through the NEA Foundation Awards for Teaching Excellence. FEA, like all NEA state affiliates, may submit a single applicant each year for consideration. Any current FEA Active member may submit their information to FEA for consideration to be our nominee. If you are an Active FEA member and would like to enter your information into consideration as FEA's nominee for the 2022 Foundation Awards, you must complete and submit your application to FEA by April 21, 2021.
To download application information, click here.
COVID LEAVE FOR FEDS
A reminder: Federal employees suffering from COVID-19 or caring for an individual affected by the virus may be eligible for up to an additional 600 hours of paid family medical leave, under a provision in the recently passed American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. At this time, we are still awaiting guidance from DoDEA on how employees may apply for the leave. Read FEA's update here.
Applications for the National Gallery of Art's Online Summer Institute for Educators are being accepted until April 5. The training runs July 12-16 and seeks to empower educators in all levels and subjects to bring art into their practice in ways that make a difference to students and revitalize the joy of teaching. Find training details and application info here.
April is National Poetry Month. You can request a printed poster from the Academy of American Poets or download a copy of the poster at this site. Poem in Your Pocket Day takes place April 29 and encourages individuals to share favorite poems with friends and loved ones. Find information and ways to celebrate at this site.