September 2015 Volume 1 Issue 1
Overall, we are starting this year with some good news for the GPEA on the financial front and continued struggles locally and nationally for teachers on the legislative front. The rewriting of the ESEA and evaluations for teachers continue to be a hard fought battle across the country especially when it comes to VAM and evaluating teachers and school districts by student test scores. I am watching a law suit out of New York where a teacher is challenging her evaluations that are based on test scores. It will be interesting to see how that resolves - especially when student test scores are now 50% of our evaluation here in Michigan. Additionally, union busting continues to be a main focus this past summer for many legislators. Certainly none more so than current U.S. Presidential candidate, Chris Christie, who indicated that he thought teachers unions "needed to be punched in the face." Obviously, smart people standing together is much harder to deal with than smart people standing alone - so if you are looking for a way to bust up teachers pay, pension and health care benefits you may as well go for their unions. More locally, when it comes to the topic of union busting and cutting teacher's pay, benefits and and pension - you can send your thanks directly to the Mackinac Center!
This year, the Mikesell house has a new Blue Devil and our last Brownell Bronco. They have come home each day this week happy with their teachers and their schools. I thank you on behalf of my children and all of our 8000+ students for your dedication and hard work. You really do perform miracles every day.
Laura Mikesell, M.Ed.
Grosse Pointe Education Association
A Note From BOE President - Judy Gafa
November PD Planning
Thank you to GPEA members Dona Johnson-Beach (Brownell) Taylor Barczyk (Brownell), Andrea Lappin-Roth (Pierce), Amanda Pata (North) and Taryn Laughlin (North) for meeting in August regarding our November PD day.
Counselors Show Their Expertise
Carla Palffy (Parcells), Angie Niforos (Brownell) and Jenny Sherman (North) presented their National Model for School Counseling to the Board of Education at the August 17th meeting.
Evaluation Meeting in June
Mike Rennell and James Adams (both South) find something funny about evaluations.
November PD Planning
Counselors Show Their Expertise
GPEA Pay Scale for SY 2015/16.
Check Your Pay Stubs!
MEA Dues Reduced for SY 2015/16.
GPEA/MEA/NEA dues will continue to be paid through the MEA’s eDues website: http://netforum.mymea.org/eweb/
Dues are set using a combination of your previous year’s salary (or current if you are new) and your employment status (full time 1.0 or part-time 0.8, 0.5, etc). The MEA dues are 1.5% of your 2014-2015 salary up to a maximum of $645. The remaining dues are set based on your employment status. 2014-2015 dues were capped at $1185.30. This year’s dues have been reduced to a maximum of $1,155.69 and will continue be billed over 10 months: September 25, 2015 through June 25, 2016
As a reminder, it is each member’s responsibility – as a condition of his/her employment - to pay their dues in full each month. If your credit/debit card or bank account changes, please update the info on file as needed. If you need to set up a replacement credit card for future payments or have questions about your balance, you can call Sande Nightingale directly at Local 1/MEA at 1-586-228-0100. Members should receive monthly emailed billing statements from the MEA. Please make sure the MEA has your correct home EMAIL address for notification purposes.
If you have questions about eDues, please contact Sheryl Hogan at GPEAOffice@gmail.com or 313-469-8193 or Greg Johnson (North), GPEA Treasurer.
NEA Representatives Assembly
The National Education Association Representative Assembly–the RA–is the highest decision-making body within the over 3 million-member NEA. With over 8,000 delegates, the RA is also the world’s largest democratic deliberative body. Over the course of eight business sessions spanning four days, RA delegates debate the vital issues that impact American public education and set Association policy and activities for the year ahead.
If you would like to become more involved with this important work - please contact Laura Mikesell at GPEA2014@gmail.com.
Was This Your Last "First Week?"
ORS Pre-Retirement Workshop at the MISD sign up below. These workshops fill very quickly. If you need a location other than the MISD - check the ORS website under Seminars and Tutorials:
Place: Macomb ISD Date: November 2, 2015 Time: 05:30 PM - 07:30 PM Pre-Retirement Information Meeting for those within 5 years of retirement
FAQ From The GPEA
YES! We are in the process of setting a date with Dean Niforos for early fall. Stay tuned.
Is this a bargaining year?
2017 is when our current contract expires. Your bargaining team will begin to gather information next semester and begin to meet regarding planning, prioritizing and strategy.
Will the GPEA have a website soon?
Yes! With thanks to John Donnellon (Parcells) and Sheryl Hogan (GPEA Office Manager) we should have the website ready to go by October 31.
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