Next Members Meeting

There will be a General Membership Meeting on April 12th at 4:45 pm. Location has yet to be determined. We will send out an update as soon as we decide. At that time we’ll also send out the agenda. We will be sending out the gist of the meeting afterwards for those unable to attend.

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From IEA President Griffin

SPRINGFIELD – Today President Donald Trump continued his calls for teachers to carry guns, going so far as to suggest armed teachers be given bonuses. The following is a statement from the Illinois Education Association (IEA) President Kathi Griffin:

“We need to stop repeating history and tackle the school shooting epidemic head on, but arming our teachers is not the answer. Our teachers and support staff members did not sign up to carry guns! They are not law enforcement. They became teachers and support staff because they wanted to help students learn and succeed.

Our teachers should be focusing on the students in their classrooms and providing them with the quality education they deserve. No child should have to go to school worried about whether or not they’ll be able to go home after school. Studies show when a student is scared or has anxiety, that child’s performance and ability to learn is diminished. We want safe schools. We want our kids to be safe in all the right ways.

IEA has been fighting for safe schools for years. It’s built in to our legislative platform. After Sandy Hook, we adopted language that would create a plan for districts to follow to do a number of things, including: identify potential shooters; get them help, the mental health help they need; assess and address threats; prepare themselves and parents in case of a tragedy; and, directs them how to work with law enforcement.

We have a lesson plan on our website called Know Me Know My Name that schools can use, free of charge, to help identify the students who fly under the radar, the disenfranchised, that end up committing these senseless acts of violence. It’s never the kids who are star students. It’s the kids on the fringe.

We have been working to spread the word and implement trauma-informed practicesthroughout the state for more than three years now to try to prevent this from ever happening in Illinois. Our members don’t need to be carrying guns. We need to identify these kids who need help and connect them with the services they need to get them the help they need.”

Letter From Lily

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Members,

Wow. They did it.

Educators, school support staff, and service personnel stood together and achieved an impressive victory for West Virginia’s students and communities. They united across all 55 counties and achieved real changes that will help attract and retain the best teachers for the state. This includes a 5 percent pay raise that will go not only to educators and school service personnel but also to state troopers and ALL public employees.

NEA Vice President Becky Pringle and I were in Charleston several times during the nine-day strike. We were inspired by the passion, dedication, and concern of the educators, parents, and students who showed up at the State Capitol. They met with legislators. They locked arms. They chanted. They sang. They stood strong. And they won.

They are an inspiration to educators across the country, and this victory is a reminder of what we can achieve when we raise our collective voice.

I am so proud of West Virginia educators and the West Virginia Education Association. They stood united and made their voices heard to demand recognition of their professionalism and dignity because they know attracting and retaining the most caring and competent educators for West Virginia students is essential to their state’s success.

Watch this video of Dale Lee, WVEA president, talking moments after lawmakers reached a deal. You can feel the energy and excitement in the Capitol building and hear why this victory means so much to West Virginia students:
 

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These wins are impressive but we aren’t done yet. West Virginia still needs to make additional changes to ensure they can recruit the best educators in the future, including stabilizing health insurance costs. In Oklahoma, where teacher pay is the second lowest in the country, a proposal to give teachers a modest raise for the first time in 10 years failed in the legislature last week. And, a handful of greedy CEOs and special interests are trying to limit educators’ freedom to join strong unions with a court case, Janus v AFSCME, which the U.S. Supreme Court will decide this spring.

For now though, we will celebrate and remind ourselves why we fight so hard to make great public schools for our students. As West Virginia Governor Jim Justice said, “At the end of the day, I think right won out. Not that the unions won or the Legislature won or I won. It’s the idea and the premise that we ought to invest in education and let education be an economic driver for us.”

In solidarity,

Lily Eskelsen García
President
National Education Association

NEA Education Insider II

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March 11, 2018

Urge Congress to increase education funding

budgetCongress needs to complete work on the budget for the remainder of FY2018 by March 23, the deadline set by the two-year budget agreement reached earlier this month. The current focus is divvying up the funding pie – determining how much to spend on individual programs. We need to keep advocating for more education dollars,take actionincluding significant increases in Title I, Title II, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), and other programs that target the students most in need. Click on the take action button and urge Congress to invest in education. 

Tell Congress to take common-sense steps to prevent gun violence

protect our schoolsApril 20, 2018 – the 19th anniversary of the Columbine massacre – will be a national day of action against gun violence. Inspired by the courageous students of Parkland, take actionFlorida, educators and families all across America are renewing their call for common-sense steps to keep our schools and communities safe. For information on events in your area, go to http://protectourschools.com. And click on the take action button to urge members of Congress to take common-sense steps to prevent gun violence – now!

 

 

 

March 12-16 is Public Schools Week

public schools weekNEA, partner organizations, and members of Congress will observe Public Schools Week, March 12-16, by celebrating the students and educators all across America who make public education work. Highlights will include one-minute floor speeches about the great things happening in public schools in different congressional districts, a press conference with the six congressional co-chairs of the event, a tweet storm in appreciation of public schools, and a panel discussion of funding streams and how they impact students. For more information and a toolkit that includes images, a sample press release, and sample tweets, visit http://lovepubliceducation.org/public-schools-week-toolkit/.

Cheers and Jeers

thumbsupRepresentatives Marc Pocan (D-WI), Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR), Ryan Costello (R-PA), and Sam Graves (R-MO), and Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Jon Tester (D-MT) for sponsoring Public Schools Week
 

thumbsdownHouse Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (CA) and Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) supporting public employees’ right to unionize and bargain collectively

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March 4, 2018

Supreme Court hears arguments in key case for working families

janus rallyThousands of working people rallied on the steps of the Supreme Court and around the country on Feb 26 as the justices heard oral arguments in Janus v. AFSCME Council 31, a case with far-reaching implications for working families and the entire labor movement. “The corporate special interests behind this case are dead set on eliminating the rights and freedoms of working people to organize, to negotiate collectively and to have any voice in working to better their lives,” said NEA President Lily Eskelsen García. “This is a blatant slap in the face of educators, nurses, firefighters, police officers and all public servants who make our communities strong and safe.” The Supreme Court is expected to issue a ruling by late June or early July.

Tell Congress to take common-sense steps to prevent gun violence

protect our schoolsInspired by the courageous students of Parkland, Florida, educators and families all across America are renewing their call for common-sense steps to keep our schools and communities safe. Meanwhile, President Trump take actionproposed arming teachers who are “firearms adept & have annual training.” NEA President Lily Eskelsen Garcíaresponded, “Parents and educators overwhelmingly reject the idea of arming school staff. Educators need to be focused on teaching our students. We need solutions that will keep guns out of the hands of those who want to use them to massacre innocent children and educators.” In response to this growing problem, April 20 will be a national day of action against gun violence. For details, go to http://protectourschools.com. And click on the take action button to urge members of Congress to take common-sense steps to prevent gun violence – now!
 

 

Keep fighting as DACA remains in effect – for now

dacaThe Supreme Court rejected the Trump administration’s request to bypass lower courts and expedite an appeal hearing to end Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals (DACA) on March 5. Two federal judges – in San take actionFrancisco and Brooklyn – have ruled that DACA must continue while the courts hear challenges to the president’s decision to end it. The appeals process could take many months, during which Dreamers will remain in limbo, which is why we continue to push for a permanent legislative solution. NEA supports the bipartisan Dream Act of 2017 (S. 1615/H.R. 3440) as well as immediate action to address the current crisis – for example, a Dreamer fix combined with reasonable border security measures. Click on the take action button and tell Congress to pass the Dream Act now!

Urge Congress to increase education funding

budgetThe two-year budget agreement reached earlier this month established overall funding levels. Now, Congress is focused on divvying up the funding pie – how much to spend on take actionindividual programs. We need to keep advocating for more education dollars, including significant increases in Title I, Title II, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), and other programs that target the students most in need. Click on the take action button and tell Congress to invest in education. 

Cheers and Jeers

thumbsupReps. Bobby Scott (D-VA), Gregorio Sablan (D-MP), Marcia Fudge (D-OH), and Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) for speaking about the need to address gun violence in schools at a House Education and the Workforce Committee hearing
 

thumbsupHouse Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (CA) and Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) supporting public employees’ right to unionize and bargain collectively

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