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Stateside Update

JUNE 2017 STATESIDE REGION NEWSLETTER

JANE LOGGINS - FEA Director for DDESS
BENJAMIN HUNTER - FEA-SR General Counsel
ANGELIA STUBBS - FEA-SR General Counsel


Teacher of the Year -- Congratulations to Kara Fernandez, third grade teacher, at Camp Lejeune, NC. Kara has been chosen as the DoDEA Teacher of the Year. Kara is an outstanding educator who represents excellence in education.

Reduction in Force -- At this time the agency had reduced the number of employees impacted by RIF from ninety-six to nine. The Agency will still seek placement for the nine impacted employees. Thank you and congratulations to the many employees that accepted VSIP/VERA. The use and acceptance of VSIP/VERA saved many employees from loss of a job.

DoDEA Curriculum Implementation -- DoDEA has delayed the implementation of the new 6-12 Social Studies curriculum. The Union had concerns that teachers were not provided any information during school year 16/17 which was supposed to be an awareness year. Next year Social Studies teachers will have time to build awareness of the new Social Studies curriculum and prepare for implementation.

NEA ESP Leaders -- Donelle Pistorino, local ESP President Elect at Camp Lejeune, has been selected to participate in the NEA ESP Leaders of Tomorrow Program. Donelle will participate in training provided by NEA with other ESP leaders from around the United States. Congratulations Donelle!!

Schools Closing/Opening -- FEA SR and the Agency signed an MOU on school moves/closure/openings last month. This MOU will standardize this process across DDESS. The MOU can be found on the FEA website, feaonline.org.

MLA Certified - The current Certified MLA remains in full effect. The Association will keep you informed as this process moves forward.

End of School Year -- Many of our DDESS schools have ended for the year and the rest of us only have a few more week to go! As you are well aware, we have had a challenging year. We will continue to stand together and support each other as we educate military connected students. We will see more changes and difficulties in the upcoming school year. We are stronger together than we are separately.

Congratulations to all of you who are retiring! To everyone, have a relaxing and enjoyable summer vacation!

Thank you,
Jane