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OPM Data BreachOver 20 million people are now believed to be impacted by the OPM data breach first revealed last spring, prompting the resignation of the OPM Director and the temporary shutdown of the e-QIP system for conducting background checks on current and prospective employees.
You can read the latest information from OPM about the breach by going to that agency's information page.
To learn more about the shutdown of the e-QIP system, read OPM's blog on the subject.
FEA members are urged to read the Association's June 19, 2015, update for information on services and options available to federal employees who may be affected by the data breach.
Read the May 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.
ESEA ReauthorizationIMPORTANT: The law (5 U.S. C 7211) give you the right to petition Congress on matters of concern to you (within the limits of the Hatch Act). With that in mind, do not click on, view or disseminate information from the link below, or engage in any activities promoted by the link below, while on government duty/time and/or property, or while using government equipment (computers, copiers, e-mail, etc.). Furthermore, do not send information on this topic to any government e-mail account, such as DoDEA Outlook mail.
Members of the House and Senate are focused on ESEA (Elementary and Secondary Education Act) reauthorization. It is the most serious effort to rewrite the law, better known as No Child Left Behind, since it passed in 2002. NEA views this reauthorization of ESEA as an opportunity to set a new vision of shared responsibility for a public education system that promotes opportunity, equity, and excellence for all students.
Learn more, including how you can tell Congress to make sure the new ESEA provides more opportunity for students to learn, by going to this site.
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.
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