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Voucher Not Reimbursed? Contact FEA President Brian Chance

If you are an Overseas educator with a dispute regarding items that were vouchered for or the cost of mailing items, including professional items, which were only partially reimbursed, please reach out to FEA President Brian Chance by email (at bchance@nea.org). Before emailing Brian regarding these issues, if you have not already done so, please… Read More

FEA President’s Report – January 24th, 2024

How To Vote Absentee While Living Abroad 2024 is upon us and that means an election coming up in November. The Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) works to ensure U.S. citizens living abroad can participate in the voting process and exercise their rights as citizens. Learn more: https://www.fvap.gov/citizen-voter/overview NTE Positions and the Excess Placement Process… Read More

Apply for the 2025 NEA Foundation Awards for Teaching Excellence

Each year, the NEA Foundation and NEA recognize outstanding educators through the NEA Foundation Awards for Teaching Excellence. The 2025 Awards will be given in February 2025 in Washington, D.C. If you would like to apply to be a 2025 awardee, submit an application to the Federal Education Association by March 15th, 2024. FEA, like… Read More

FEA and NEA Secure Launch of Quick GAO Study on Civilian Healthcare in Japan

Due in large part to NEA’s persistent advocacy on behalf of FEA on the issue, the just-passed 2024 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), now pending the president’s signing, will include a quick-turnaround study on the urgent healthcare crisis affecting DoD civilians in Japan. While the study is conducted, FEA and NEA need examples of healthcare… Read More

December 18th, 2023 President’s Report

Happy Holidays I wish all of our members, wherever they are in the world, a happy and restful holiday break. I hope you get time to spend with loved ones. Thank you for your membership and all you’ve done to educate military-connected children in 2023. FEA Files Grievance Over Prep and Lunch Time FEA recently… Read More

November 8th, 2023 President’s Report

Possible gov shutdown starting Nov. 18th DoDEA educators should once again prepare for a possible government shutdown. After a shutdown was narrowly avoided in late September with a funding extension to November 17th, the federal government might see a shutdown starting November 18th. In past shutdowns, DoDEA school-level employees were excepted and schools continued to… Read More

FEA Defends Union Rep Targeted for Supporting Educator

November 2, 2023 After a principal targeted a union rep for reminding an educator of their rights, FEA stepped in. When a school Faculty Representative Spokesperson (FRS), who we’ll call Mary, was called in to the principal’s office to purportedly discuss school issues, she prepared herself for a tense discussion. The principal had come in… Read More

Win In Stateside Debt Collection Case Bolsters Call for Smart LES

October 27th, 2023 An arbitrator ruling upholding the rights of several members in FEA’s-Stateside Region whose wages were garnished also calls for implementing something similar to the “Smart LES” FEA has long championed to help employees better understand their pay and alleged debts In a big win, an arbitrator ruled that several DoDEA employees in… Read More

As Over-Testing Continues, GAO Finds DoDEA’s Reform Plan Lacks Sufficient Educator Input

October 24th, 2023 As we covered in an article in the August FEA Journal, over-testing continues to take away valuable teaching time from educators. In one analysis, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) found DODEA students spent about 50% more time taking tests than students in nearby school districts (24 school days vs 16 school days).… Read More

October 11th, 2023 FEA President’s Report

Back in the Field I have just returned, along with FEA Executive Director/General Counsel Richard Tarr, from visiting schools and assisting with trainings in FEA’s Pacific region. This year’s training was especially critical given that Overseas educators are working with a new contract, which they approved in a vote last spring. Thank you to our… Read More