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DoDEA SCHOOLS EXPECTED TO STAY OPEN DURING LIKELY SHUTDOWNposted January 19, 2018
FEA has been assured by multiple sources, and we fully expect, that DoDEA schools will remain open even if a government shutdown occurs.
OPM has instructed Federal agencies to send general notices to all federal employees informing them that furloughs for non-essential staff will take place if the shutdown occurs. However, only employees who receive a direct, personal notice of furlough from their agency of employment will actually be furloughed during a shutdown.
This means that, unless you receive a personal message specifically telling you that you have been furloughed, you should continue to report to work as usual.
FEA and NEA have spent a lot of time the past few months, as the shutdown threat has grown repeatedly, educating decision makers at the Pentagon and on Capitol Hill about the need to keep our schools open and serving DoDEA students. That message has been heard.
Thanks, as always, for the incredibly important work you do. Let's hope this shutdown can still be avoided, or at least that it is short lived.
SY 18-19 DODDS TRANSFER PROGRAMDetails of the School Year 2018-2019 Transfer Program for Europe and the Pacific can be found at FEA's Transfer Information Page.
Read the December FEA Journal in PDF format
GOOD NEWS IN LAUREL BAY CASE
Thanks to the efforts of FEA's Stateside Region, Management has agreed to pay back pay, with interest, and restore leave to educators after weather make-up days were improperly scheduled during spring break. Read FEA Stateside's Legal Update on the issue here.
CUTS TO SUBS WILL COST STUDENTS LEARNING TIMEDoDEA students will lose upwards of a week of classroom learning time each school year under management's plan to eliminate subs during BAS testing.
Read FEA's press release and fact sheet on the BAS issue to learn more.
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 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.
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CALL ATTENTION TO PAY PROBLEMSIMPORTANT -- Do not download or forward this information while on government time or while using government equipment. Also, do not forward this information to any government email account, such as DoDEA Outlook mail.
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
See the Welcome to Teaching Channel video.
Updates for our MembersRead the FEA President's Report and link to other updates for FEA members here.