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A Conversation with Lily
Meet NEA President Lily Eskelson Garcia as she comes through Georgia to visit GAE members and the community on her Back to School tour. Don't miss this opportunity to connect with the leader of the nation's largest organization for educators. Click for information
NEW ESEA LEGISLATION PASSES SENATE!! Your calls helped turned the tide!

Thanks to all of the GAE members who called Senators Isakson and Perdue! Please contact them to thank them for their votes.
Wow. Wow. Wow. 81-17. No, that’s not the score of a lopsided basketball game. That is the final vote tally on ECAA. What a historic day! Today, an overwhelming, bipartisan majority of the United States Senate approved the Every Child Achieves Act of 2015, a critical and historic first step toward ensuring that every child, regardless of zip code, has the support, tools, and time to learn. For the first time in over 13 years we are nearing reauthorization of ESEA. Read more... | Eskelson video
GA Court of Appeals rules against Fair Dismissal in charter case

“In reversing the State Board of Education, the Georgia Court of Appeals ruled today that charter school systems can waive due process protections of the Fair Dismissal Act. We are greatly disappointed with the Court’s decision. We strongly believe that the State Board of Education had it correct: the Fair Dismissal Act and its due process procedures are civil rights laws that cannot be capriciously waived by charter schools. We intend to appeal to the Georgia Supreme Court.” -- GAE President Dr. Sid Chapman Decision

Walker County member's freedom of speech lawsuit goes to hearing on injunction

Jim Barrett sued the Walker County Board of Education to assert his right to speak publically in opposition to the change in grading procedures in the District. The court date for the lawsuit that was filed asserting his First Amendment right to speak at Walker County Board of Education public meetings has been set for August 11, 2015. Walker County article|Original release

Chatham members take lead to provide input on coming school model decision
65-plus persons attended a meeting led by the Chatham Association of Educators and attended by community leaders to help provide input into the county's upcoming decision on whether their schools should stay status quo or become either an IE2 or charter system.
GAE: Floyd County teachers' survey shows concern with administration and direction
A recent survey of over 100 teachers conducted in the Floyd County school system by the Georgia Association of Educators that included both members and non?members, shows a widespread negativity on issues regarding being able to speak freely about concerns, fear of retaliation, lack of respect and trust in leadership and overall morale. GAE provides more detail on Floyd County survey findings | See Survey Results
GAE looks to impact pension case decision
In a case that could have far-reaching consequences, GAE recently filed a 'friend of the court' brief with the Georgia Supreme Court regarding the City of Atlanta pension fund case arguing to reverse the trial court's decision. The trial court had earlier ruled that the City can unilaterally change retirement benefits for current employees as opposed to implementing changes for new employees hired after a certain date. If allowed to stand, the trial court’s ruling could open the door to TRS & ERS to change the benefits for current beneficiaries.
View copy of GAE Brief | More GAE Legal
Chatham Educators Continue Successful Drive to Organize on Behalf of Neighborhood Schools

In an effort to build a stronger community-union led partnership, education organizers have been conducting worksite listening tour sessions and community home visits in an effort to build momentum for the campaign and to engage educators and community members around CAE’s position.
Senate Bill 152 Is Defeated - TRS Saved By Educators
Victory Report: GAE President Dr. Sid Chapman and GAE-Retired President Karen Solheim presented over 8,000 signatures opposing SB 152 and changes to the Teachers Retirement System (TRS) at its recent joint meeting of the House and Senate Retirement committees.
A Salute to Georgia's Teachers
On not just this National Teacher Day and National Teacher Appreciation Week, we should all celebrate the dedication, enthusiasm, and commitment of those who have chosen teaching as a profession. I am continually amazed at the accomplishments of our teachers who despite constant criticism and blame, lack of resources, constantly changing directives, and salary and benefits inconsistent with the professionals they are, continue to do more to ensure the American dream than any other profession. So on behalf of myself and the Georgia Association of Educators, I personally salute, and thank each and every one of you for what you do for your school, your community, your state and your country.
-- GAE President Dr. Sid Chapman
PSC accepts no-probable cause finding in Harper case. Member thanks GAE for its help.
"GAE is the one teachers association that is there when it counts, providing fierce advocacy for educators throughout the state of Georgia.¯"
2015 Professional Teaching and Learning Workshops
The various workshops available to members and local associations that help advance personal and professional development.
Laid off? Don't know where to start? Try our GAE Employment Resource Center
Losing your job because of a RIF and/or budget cuts can be extremely demoralizing. Our Employment Resource Center can help you get started on the road back to the profession you love.
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Political Capital
AJC - Georgia teachers carrying big load on health care, study finds
Georgia charter schools: Uneven results and delays in closing failing ones
Legislators and corporate lobbyists meet in secret at Georgia resort
Tom Crawford: Woods now a school chief in name only
AJC Opinion: Opportunity Knocks?
Impacting Our Profession
What Teachers' Lounge?
'Smell Something, Say Something!' Teachers' Unions Do Not Hurt Student Outcomes.
AJC Get Schooled: With teachers going to jail, we’ve raised stakes in testing.
Not even her parents burning her texbooks could keep this woman from becoming a teacher
Is it a student’s civil right to take a federally mandated standardized test?

On the Frontline
Study: 1st graders have three times too much homework..
Fruit, vegetable program coming to Jackson Elementary..
CCSS welcomes 129 new teachers..
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2016 GAE Leaders & Officers Summit
What's in this issue of KNOW!
Gov. Deal's Opportunity School District Push and Ed. Reform Commission, TKES, APS Scandal Exoneration
OPEN - 2016 ESP of the Year Application
GAE Job Vacancy: Director of Government Relations/External Coalitions/Research
2015 NEA RA RE -CAP
2015 GAE Elections Results and Speeches
GAE Webinar: Local Affiliate Tax Exempt Reporting
This webinar is to assist GAE leaders on completing the IRS 1024 and 8718 forms.
September Ideas for...
National Library Card Sign-Up Month, Hispanic Heritage Month
Calendar
9/7  Labor Day
9/8  NEA President Eskelson Garcia Visits Georgia
9/11  Patriot Day
9/14  Rosh Hashanah
9/23  Yom Kippur
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