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FEA WORKS TO EXEMPT DODEA FROM FREEZEposted February 16, 2017
Recently, representatives of FEA and NEA took our concerns about the federal civilian hiring freeze to lawmakers on Capitol Hill. We shared our concerns about the negative impacts the freeze is having on DoDEA schools, particularly in light of the many school-level vacancies that currently exist in our schools. We emphasized to lawmakers that vacancies in our schools mean lost educational opportunities for students. We urged lawmakers to seek an exemption from the freeze for DoDEA schools so that educators and substitutes can be brought in quickly to teach and assist students. Our message was received favorably by those we met with and FEA is cautiously optimistic that an exemption to the freeze may be granted to our schools. As with everything else in Washington though, we will have to wait and see. Hopefully the wait will be a short one and will end favorably for our students and educators. We'll keep members posted on this issue as things develop.
TRANSFER NOTICES SENT OUTWith the exception of a few excessed educators still awaiting placement, all transfer notices have now been sent out by mangement. Get details at FEA's Transfer Information Page.
SY 17-18 CALENDARThe school year 2017-2018 calendar for DODDS Europe and Pacific has been finalized. View it here
Legal Update Covers Same-Sex Benefits Phase Out, New Beginnings, Background Checks, Holman RuleFEA's Legal Departments has sent out a legal update covering the phase out of benefits for civilian employees' same-sex domestic partners and dependents, DoDEA's "New Beginnings" initiative, efforts to include social media in employees' background checks, and the recently-enacted Holman Rule allowing members of Congress to target individual federal employees. Read the Legal Update here.
DoDEA Seeking to Combine DDESS and DODDSDoDEA management has informed FEA of a legislative proposal that would seek to combine DDESS and DODDS into a single school system.
Get more information here.
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FEA Area Director ElectionsDuring school year 2016-2017, FEA members will elect the following officers to represent them on the FEA Board of Directors:
- FEA Director for DDESS
- Pacific Area Director
- Europe Area Director
For more details about the FEA Area Director elections this year, go to the FEA Election page.
Hatch Act InformationVisit this page to learn more about the Hatch Act and find examples of activities allowed and prohibited under the law.
Hatch Act Do's and Don'ts
FEA Members With Military Spouses: Let Us Know if Your LQA Has Been ReducedIf you are an FEA bargaining unit member who is entitled to his/her own LQA, is married to a military member, and has had your LQA reduced because your spouse receives a housing allowance, please let FEA know by contacting us at email@example.com. Such a reduction is a violation of FEA's negotiated agreement with DODDS (Article 49, Section 2).
FEA HCR Newsletter and other HCR InfoView the latest issue of The Advocate, the monthly newsletter of FEA's Human and Civil Rights Program, and find other resources by clicking here.
FEA Social MediaFEA members (and anyone else) can now follow FEA on Facebook and Twitter. We remind members these are public forums and should not be used to solicit or share legal advice. Members should always begin the process of seeking legal advice and services by contacting their local association representative and not share or reveal any personal information, particularly information pertaining to legal situations, on any public forum or social media site.
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And, yes, we do know it has taken a LONG time to make this happen.
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Under guidance from the FEA Board of Directors, FEA Europe General Counsel/UniServ Bill Freeman has developed a letter writing campaign, aimed at bringing the numerous pay and collection issues DoDEA employees face to the attention of Congress and Pentagon leaders. Please use the link below to access information from Bill Freeman and share your stories/concerns with the decision makers suggested by Bill. Please avoid doing so, however, while on government property, while using government owned computer equipment, or while on government time.
Click here to learn more about writing decision makers in an effort to raise awareness of pay problems
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
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