Monday, May 20, 2019 - (4:30 - 7:00 PM) at the PAT Office, (Portland Association of Teachers, 345 NE 8th Ave., Portland, OR 97232)
Student Loan Debt Dragging You Down?
It is one of the most serious financial challenges facing educators today. NEA Member Benefits and PAT want to help. Join us to learn how to:
- Take advantage of the Federal Loan Forgiveness Programs (Teacher Loan, Perkins Loan, & the Public Service Loan Programs)
- Use the new NEA Student Loan Forgiveness Navigator Tool (SAVI) to determine if you are eligible for a federal forgiveness program and how much you could potential reduce your loan debt.
- Focus on some basic financial essentials and basic financial planning
This event is free to all PAT members. A light dinner will be served.
PAT's Instruction and Professional Development Committee wants to gather data directly from teachers about the impact of standardized testing on instructional time. Please Fill out this survey. It should take 5-10 minutes.
In the Fall, we heard a lot about how long MAP tests were taking and wanted to check back in to see if the situation had improved, as teachers and students gained expertise with navigating the MAP test. In addition to MAP, we know that instructional time is impacted by other standardized tests administered during the school day, including SBA, OAKS Science, PSAT, and ACT.
We recognize that there are justifiably strong feelings around this issue. We would like to hear from everyone, no matter where you are on the spectrum of feeling and opinion about standardized testing.
There are two ways you can help us gather this information, so that we can have an accurate picture that spans the district:
- Fill out this survey.
- Attend our IPD Committee meeting, Wednesday April 24th, 4:30-6:30 PM at PAT. At the meeting we will look at data and create anonymous “student testing profiles” to illustrate the actual time spent testing by real, individual students.
Please RSVP here so we can plan for materials and food.
The Portland Association of Teachers Political Action Committee (PAT PAC) is proud to announce its endorsements for the May 2019 school board election.
The PAT PAC endorsement panel consisted of 8 educators along with OEA staff. The panel considered the following criteria while making their endorsements: support for collective bargaining; commitment to educator voice; knowledge of education issues such as standardized testing and disrupted learning; commitment to racial equity; advocacy for strong, fully-funded public schools; and electability.
We look forward to working with these candidates to improve our school district.
Michelle DePass, in Zone 2, has deep roots in PPS and the Portland community, and brings expertise and skills that will be huge assets to the board. She is experienced in engaging communities and addressing systemic inequity through her work as the Community Engagement Coordinator for the Portland Housing Bureau. Having managed large construction projects, she will have a crucial role as the board works to keep bond projects on time and on budget. She is committed to creating safe and healthy environments for students, which include social-emotional supports and time for outdoor play.
Amy Kohnstamm, in Zone 3, will provide needed consistency to the board in a time of continued turn-over among district leaders. In her work on the District’s bargaining team, she demonstrates a commitment to honoring our contract, and will be the only remaining member of the District's original Interest-Based Bargaining team. Amy believes that corporations should not have undue influence on our state legislature, and has committed to working us to fight for funding from the state.
Eilidh Lowery, in Zone 7, is a longtime volunteer and supporter of public schools. She has served on the Citizen’s Budget Review Committee, and seeks to disrupt systems of inequality that are evident across the District. She is a strong supporter of unions, understands the value of teacher voice, and has been actively standing with us to demand that the legislature fully fund our schools.
Andrew Scott, in Zone 1, has the experience and expertise to be a successful PPS Board Member. As the Budget Director for the City of Portland & Deputy Chief Operating Officer of Metro, he has a proven record of making the government work better for its people. He is a strong advocate for teachers and students, and is committed to working with us to increase funding for our schools. He is also a PPS parent.
Learn more about the PAT PAC here.
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