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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
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
Comment on APS Sentencing
"It is a sad day for all concerned. We regret the Court has made a significant contribution to the criminalization of the education profession. Sentencing the APS educators to serve jail time is unjust and disproportionate." -- GAE President Dr. Sid Chapman --- See full comments
Scenes from our 2015 LDAs
See future GAE leaders in training! Macon | Rome | Columbus | Metro | Savannah | Valdosta
14-year-old from Woodward Academy captures Georgia's spelling championship
After 23 rounds and 137 words, with rounds 9 through 23 being just between the final two, Monisha Mahadevan, a 14-year-old from Woodward Acadeny in Fulton County, emerged as the winner of the 54th Annual Georgia Association of Educators (GAE) State Spelling Bee. See winning moment!
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.¯"
GAE files First Amendment suit against Walker County BOE
GAE member Jim Barrett, a social studies teacher at Saddle Ridge Middle School, sought to speak at a recent Walker County School Board meeting and was told by Superintendent Damon Raines that he could not. Read more...
GAE representing member who stood up for herself and colleagues over non-payment for work done.
Former bus monitor MaeDell Clark is suing the Floyd County Charter School System for violations of the Georgia Whistleblowers Act. Complete release. News coverage: Coosa Valley News | Rome-News Tribune
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
Tom Crawford: Woods now a school chief in name only
AJC Opinion: Opportunity Knocks?
Tom Crawford: Whatever happened to local control?
Atlanta schools could lose millions in proposed funding formula
New federal guidelines highlight civil rights of English language learners
Impacting Our Profession
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?
Charter School Accountability Agenda
Analysis Identifies States, Districts With the Most Problematic Discipline Rates
2015 LEGISLATIVE SUMMARY
On the Frontline
Award ceremony honors staff at Bibb Schools..
Teacher retirement benefits bill fails..
Teachers voice opposition to retirement bill during forum at Osborne High..
Retired teachers celebrate at annual banquet..
Educators name Williams legislator of year..
Proposed Cobb schools budget includes 4% raises, hiring 100 new teachers without raising taxes, furl..
Walker County teacher suing school board over freedom of speech..
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2015 GAE Elections Results and Speeches
How to Survive the Summer Paycheck Gap
How to land your perfect summer job!
Grand Prize Winner - Update Your Profile Web Contest
Meet LaVarrette Pearson from Coweta County
Wells Fargo Financial Webinars
What's in this issue of KNOW!
Road Readers, Meet Supt. Woods, Day in the Life of an ESP, Equity in Education, GAE Elections
GA celebrates the joy of reading
GAE Webinar: Local Affiliate Tax Exempt Reporting
This webinar is to assist GAE leaders on completing the IRS 1024 and 8718 forms.
May Ideas for...
National Children's Book Week, National Teacher Appreciation Week, National Teacher Day, School Nurse Day, Memorial Day, Retirement Activities, End of School year (see June)
Calendar
5/23  Shavout Begins
5/24  Shavout Begins
5/25  Memorial Day
5/25  Shavout Begins
6/1  NEA Executive Committee
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