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FEA ESP LEADERS LEARN TO CREATE PEER MENTORING PROGRAMS

During the summer of 2022, five of FEA’s Education Support Professional (ESP) leaders participated in NEA online trainings on how to create ESP peer mentoring programs in their schools. The leaders shared with FEA staff how the trainings inspired them to build and support programs that empower ESPs in DoDEA schools. The NEA trainings, entitled… Read More

SEPTEMBER 20th 2022 FEA PRESIDENT’S REPORT

LEADERSHIP TRAININGS I am currently visiting schools in Europe to help train new FRSs. I will also be going to trainings in Japan, South Korea and Okinawa later this month and early October and will attend the Stateside Council meeting in November. We are extremely grateful to our members for stepping up to fill these… Read More

PROTECTING EDUCATOR PREP AND PLANNING TIME

Thanks to FEA advocacy, DoDEA educators will be provided dedicated time to complete Mandatory Annual Training outside of planning time and other essential work time for educators. By Wednesday, September 14th, DoDEA Director Tom Brady had issued memos to the Directors of Student Excellence in the Pacific, Europe and Stateside areas, telling them to designate… Read More

Student Debt Cancellation, PSLF & More: What Educators Need to Know

In 2020, NEA members helped elect a president who promised student-debt cancellation and fixes to the broken Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program. Every student should be able to realize their dreams without incurring a lifetime of debt, said President Biden—and NEA members agree! Today, we are navigating the results of that election, which include… Read More

UPHOLDING THE UNION RIGHT TO INFORMATION

In a recent FEA win upholding the union right to information, DoDEA was found to have committed an Unfair Labor Practice (ULP) when it failed to provide information lawfully requested by FEA, resulting in the Agency being required to post a notice in schools about this violation. According to legal statute, FEA and its members… Read More

2022-2023 Welcome Back Video from FEA’s Executive Director

FEA Executive Director/General Counsel Richard Tarr welcomes members to the new school year with a discussion of recent successes and ongoing challenges as we move into the 2022-2023 school year. Read More

FEA PRESIDENT’S REPORT AUGUST 23RD, 2022

Welcome Back the New School Year! I hope all FEA members had a restful and healthy summer and feel energized for the 2022-2023 school year. I thank you for your FEA membership, standing with your fellow education employees, and for allowing FEA to stand for you. Please know that FEA is your union. It is… Read More

THE PUBLIC SERVICE LOAN FORGIVENESS WAIVER: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

The changes to PSLF will exist only until October 31, 2022. Make sure you are getting the student debt relief you deserve. The Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSFL) program was created in 2007 to forgive the federal student debt of public employees, including teachers, faculty, and education support professionals, who provide 10 years of service and… Read More

RETRO PAY ISSUES FOR SOME OVERSEAS EDUCATORS

Several members have identified issues in the retro-pay due Overseas educators whose pay has been increased under the new Overseas salary schedules. DoDEA has acknowledge some problems with the retro pay, but at this point they believe they are limited in scope. Not all educators have reported a problem.  If your retro pay appears to… Read More

THE ASSOCIATION SCORES WIN IN FIGHT FOR STATESIDE ESPS

The Association recently received a legal victory in the fight to protect the rights of current and future Stateside Education Support Professionals. In an important procedural win, the Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA) has decided an Association’s legal case fighting for the rights of Stateside ESPs can and must be heard. In 2017, the Agency… Read More