Lawmakers Voice Concerns Over 24 Hours, PTR Increase
LAWMAKERS VOICE CONCERNS OVER UNPAID HOURS REQUIRED OF STATESIDE MEMBERS, INCREASE IN PTR
posted September 16, 2019
A bi-partisan group of lawmakers last week expressed concerns to the DoDEA Director and his boss at the Pentagon over the Agency's requiring employees to work an additional 24 hours per quarter with no added pay and its decision to unnecessarily cut teaching positions, resulting in higher PTRs and reduced class offerings in some schools.
The letter, which can be found here, called upon DoDEA to "reconsider the implementation of these policies and develop a plan to advance DoDEA's priorities without sacrificing both the quality of our DoD schools and the fragile stability of our military families."
The letter was signed by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Representatives Anthony Brown, Joe Courtney, Jason Crow, Brian Fitzpatrick and John Garamendi. All except Fitzpatrick are members of the Armed Services Committee in their respective chambers, and therefore have direct oversight of DoDEA and the Pentagon.
We are extremely grateful to these decision makers for voicing their concerns about DoDEA's harmful actions. We hope such continued oversight will encourage DoDEA management to make much-needed changes in how it treats its students and employees.