Top Reasons to Be a PAT Member

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There’s power in numbers, and one of the most important ways to safeguard conditions that support teaching and learning is to become a PAT member. Together we can ensure PPS has reasonable class sizes, professional pay, and working conditions that attract and retain quality educators. We can also strengthen classroom learning conditions and improve wrap-around supports for our students. Find our more about why it pays to become a PAT member!


Welcome To Portland Public Schools

August 17, 2018

Welcome to Portland Public Schools!

My name is Suzanne Cohen, and I have the honor of serving as your President of PAT, the Portland Association of Teachers. I attended Portland State University and have taught at Woodlawn, King, Whitaker and Peninsula Schools. I’ve taught 5th grade, Special Education and middle school Math and Science. Though I miss the classroom terribly, I really enjoy the opportunities our Association offers and take pride in making sure our union is relevant to our membership.

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Contract Highlights to Start the School Year

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One of the benefits of being a PAT member is that you have a voice in shaping the working and learning conditions in PPS. Our contract spells out a number of important guarantees and protections for educators, and we'll start bargaining our new agreement with the District in January. This means its a great time to get involved in PAT and make your voice heard! In the meantime, you can review some of the most important provisions of our current contract here.