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FEA ELECTION INFORMATIONThis school year, FEA members will elect four of their peers to serve as at-large officers on the FEA Board of Directors. Learn more about the nomination and election process by visiting the FEA Election Information Page.
OPM Data BreachDuring the spring of 2015, it was announced by OPM that a data breach had potentially compromised the personal information of over 4 million federal workers, including DOD civilians working in DoDEA. Information and guidance on credit monitoring and ID theft protection services available to those identified as being potentially impacted by this breach is detailed in this update from FEA.
Subsequently, OPM announced a second, larger data breach. This breach potentially impacts over 21 million individuals, including applicants for federal jobs (regardless whether they were hired) and current/retired/separated federal employees who submitted information for background checks. Nearly 2 million non-applicants, primarily spouses or co-habitants of applicants, are also potentially affected by his data breach.
On September 1, 2015, OPM announced it had signed a contract with a firm to provide identity theft protection services for the 21.5 million individuals whose personal information was stolen in the second data breach.This figure may include some current/former DoDEA employees, including some of those impacted by the initial data breach. You can read the OPM news release here.
Additionally, members are urged to read this FEA update on the OPM Data Breaches and EQIP restart.
For background information on the data breach, including who may be affected and what you can do, visit OPM's Cybersecurity Resource Center.
Read the August FEA Journal in PDF format
DODDS SALARY INCREASEfrom the April 21 FEA President's Report
FEA met with representatives of DoDEA and the DOD Wage Setting Authority last week to review and finalize the data used to compute DODDS salary schedules for the current school year. As a result, we are happy to announce that, for the first time since school year 2010-2011, DODDS will implement the new salary schedule as required by law and salaries will be increased.
The specific rate of increase for each lane and step on the salary schedules will vary, but here are the overall average rates of increase (compared to the SY 10-11 schedules everyone has been paid under during the salary freeze) for each position:
Classroom teachers -- 3.0%
Guidance counselors -- 3.2%
School psychologists -- 2.6%
Speech/Language Pathologists -- 3.6%
(please remember: these are overall average rates of increase. The percentage of increase for your specific step and lane of the schedule may be higher or lower.)
The full SY 2014-2015 DODDS salary schedules have now been posted on the FEA Web site.
For more info on the pay raise and an update on FEA's lawsuit over the illegal freezing of DODDS salaries, read the full April 21 FEA President's Report.
Teaching Channel: Videos that Inspire TeachingThe Teaching Channel website offers a growing library of short videos to inspire K-12 teaching. These video lessons - in English language arts, math, science, and history/social sciences - include lesson objectives, questions to consider, homework ideas, and more.
Free registration provides access to:
- Highlights of skilled teachers teaching a lesson, such as Kick Me: Making Vocabulary Interactive
- Tips and tricks for new teachers, such as Attention Getting Signals: One Spot and Planning Full Days & Practicing Fast Facts
- Featured "Amazing Classrooms," such as Building Community in a Multi-Language Classroom
See the Welcome to Teaching Channel video.
Updates for our MembersRead the FEA President's Report and sign up to have updates from FEA's Washington office sent directly to your e-mail (member login required).