Election for PAT Executive Board Director Position

The PAT Nominations and Elections Committee announces that an election will be held for one Executive Board Director position.  This is necessitated by a mid-term vacancy.  The term of the interim position is August 19, 2019, through June 30, 2020.

A nomination form (including the Candidate Statement) is due by 4:30 PM, June 12, 2019 at the PAT office, to be included in a flyer for distribution at the August 19, 2019, PAT RA.

Per PAT bylaws, the election will be by vote of the elected representatives at the August 19, 2020, PAT Representative Assembly.  Any PAT member may run for election to this position.  Nominations close at 10:00 AM on August 19, 2019. 

The nomination form and the Election Handbook are available at the PAT office or under "Forms" on the PAT website.

Building and Classroom Moves - Article 19 of Our Contract

The PAT Advocacy Committee reminds you that Article 19 provides compensation for packing and unpacking if your move is due to a District reconfiguration or change. Within your building, you are entitled to payment if your administrator directs you to move classrooms/offices after the school year has begun or for the second year in a row.

If your move is the result of typical Spring unassignments because of a reduction in positions in your building or program, or is the result of your voluntary decision to apply for a transfer, payment is not required.  See the FAQ on Building and Classroom Moves and Article 19 of our contract for specific information.  

Student Debt Workshop – Monday, May 20th

Is student 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. 

Date: Monday, May 20, 2019 
Time: 4:30 - 7:00 PM
Location: PAT Office,  345 NE 8th Ave., Portland, OR 97232)

Find out more - download the event flyer.

RSVP here.

Social Justice Social: Building Sanctuary, Thursday May 23rd

The rise of anti-immigrant policies, hate speech, and violence in our communities affects all of us in the classroom. This impacts our students whether they are immigrants themselves, belong to mixed status families, or are disturbed by these threats. Educators know how important it is to make classrooms more inclusive and welcoming. This event is the second part of a continued work session on building toolkits for classrooms and talking with other educators about our experiences.

By talking about immigration in positive, productive ways educators can disrupt the xenophobic messages around us!  We hope to see you there!

Thursday, May 23rd  at PAT
4:30-6:00 PM

RSVP here. 

Educators of Color - End of Year BBQ – Thursday, May 30th

Are you an educator of color? Don’t miss the end-of-the-year mixer and BBQ, Thursday, May 30th. The event starts at 4:30 PM at the PAT Office, 345 NE 8th Ave.

RSVP here.

LGBTQ Summit – Friday, June 21st

Join Diamond Law Training and LGBTQ union leaders, staff, and members for our 5th annual ACUTE training. Participants will learn the current legal landscape for LGBTQ and trans issues, deepen bargaining and organizing skills, develop and create affinity caucuses with new friends and allies from across the Pacific Northwest, and more! Special guests include our keynote speaker, the Honorable Fay Stetz-Waters, and Intisar Abioto of The Black Portlanders taking event photos. Allies welcome.

The event is Friday, June 21st, 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM at SEIU 49, 3536 SE 26th Ave. View the full agenda

PAT is sponsoring fifteen spots for members. If you are interested in the code for free registration, please email: Suzanne Cohen patpresident@oregoned.org. Lunch provided.

Don't Miss the Summer OEA Conference!

From our buildings to our school boards to the state capitol, OEA members have made it clear this year that we are ready to stand up and fight for our students, our communities and our colleagues.

Join fellow OEA members from across the state at the OEA Summer Conference from July 30th to August 1st at the Riverhouse on the Deschutes in Bend, Oregon to build on this momentum, and to make plans for the 2019-2020 school year.

This year the Summer Conference will include sessions on: professional practice, organizing, advocacy, bargaining, equity, leadership development, and communication skills.  Building reps, PAT committee members, and PAT members who are simply looking to get more involved in the union should consider attending.  You can review the conference brochure to view all of the conference offerings. 

Registration ends June 26th.

Student Loan Debt Forgiveness & Basic Financial Planning Workshop - 5/20/19

Monday, May 20, 2019  - (4:30 - 7:00 PM) at the PAT Office, (Portland Association of Teachers, 345 NE 8th Ave., Portland, OR 97232)

Flyer here  

RSVP here

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.

Volunteer Photo and Video Campaign Sign-Up for Monday, April 22

We're gearing up for the May 8th Day of Action with a social media campaign, but we can't do it without you! We want to hear and amplify the voices of our frontline educators, dedicated parents, and deserving students on why you are fighting for more school funding.

We encourage you to sign-up to participate in our video and headshot campaign taking place on Monday, April 22, 2018, from 3 - 8 pm at the Portland Association of Teachers building (345 NE 8th, Portland, Oregon 97232). Please wear red, bring your signs and be ready to share your story and let your voice be heard.

President's Message: Keep Up the Pressure

After decades of disinvestment, teachers across Oregon are conducting a one-day walkout on May 8th to advocate for increased school funding.

Thanks to you, and your passion for our students, Portland Public Schools has announced their decision to pre-emptively close all 81 school buildings on Wednesday, May 8th.

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It's Time for PAT Rep Elections

It is time to elect your site’s PAT Building Representatives for next school year! Each site is entitled to 1 Representative for every nine members.

Our building elections are how we ensure that Reps at each site are trusted, respected leaders. If you’re interested in running to be a Rep, let your current Head Rep know. Each site should create a ballot and hold an election at a 10-minute meeting before the May 15th RA.

For more information and some resources, go to http://www.pdxteachers.org/pat_elections.

Portland School Board Elections - Vote by May 21st

The Portland Association of Teachers’ Political Action Committee (PAT PAC) is proud to announce its endorsements for the May 2019 primary election.

The Board considered the following criteria when making its endorsements:

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Standardized Testing: We Want to Hear From You

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:

  1. Fill out this survey.
  2. 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.  

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Climate Justice Social - April 25th

Are you ready to engage your peers and students in bold climate justice education? Is your school community excited to join a global movement fighting for equitable solutions to the greatest challenge of our time?  Join educators and youth to learn how to advocate for environmental justice in your classroom, at your school, and in your community. 

Thursday, April 25th at PAT
4:00 PM Social; 4:30 – 6:00 PM Program

Food and beverages provided

RSVP here.

PAT Executive Board Report

PAT’s Executive Board met on Thursday, April 11th. The Board voted on the following business items:

  • To recommend the proposed 2019-2020 PAT Budget to the Representative Assembly;
  • To support the Jobs with Justice Summer Solidarity Celebration;
  • To endorse the Little Big Union, the workers organizing to unionize Little Big Burger; and
  • To support the Chess for Success Luncheon by funding release time for PAT members who are chess coaches to attend.

We Won't Stand for More Cuts!

Yes, it just got worse.

Did you think education funding was at a breaking point before this legislative session? Were you ready to do everything possible to fight for full funding of our schools?

Unfortunately, the crisis just got worse, and we need to do more. Much more.

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Staffing Process Update for the 2019-2020 School Year

On March 19th, PAT representatives met with the District to review unassignments.  Prior to that meeting, PAT analyzed each of the 125 unassignments to ensure they were done in compliance with the contract. 

An unassignment is NOT a layoff.  Instead, the educator will be reassigned to another site for the 2019-2020 school year by applying to available vacant positions. Vacancies will be posted in the Internal transfer process from April 1 – 5, with interviews occurring April 8 – 12.  Contract educators, 3rd year probationary educators, and unassigned 1st and 2nd year probationary educators are eligible to apply for vacancies in the Internal transfer process.  No external applicant may be considered for a subject area until all unassigned current educators are assigned.

Unassigned educators may learn more about the process and ask questions at these PPS informational meetings:  Wednesday, March 20th at 5:00 PM (BESC, Wy’East on L1) and Thursday, March 21st at 4:30 PM (BESC, Wy’East on L1).

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions about the process are here:  FAQ#1 – Unassignments & Transfers and FAQ#2 – Applying & Interviewing for Positions.

Workload Overage Pay

Article 8 in the 2016-2019 PAT Agreement has language that defines workload “thresholds” for class-size, teaching load, caseload, and the number of unique course preparations. This language requires overload pay for educators whose workload exceeds those thresholds. Overage pay for the second semester is based on workload levels on Tuesday, February 19th.

If you are due workload overage pay for second semester, you should expect to receive overage pay in a separate check on March 29th. You should not need to take any action to get your overage pay, as the District determines overage payments based on information in Synergy and with corroboration from building administrators. However, if you do not receive the overage pay you deserve on your March paycheck, you need to fill out this form created by PPS Human Resources.

In case evidence is needed, continue to save screenshots of your class lists and/or course lists on Synergy from February 19th.

Rally for Schools and Students, March 21st, PCC-Cascade

The Joint Committee on Ways and Means is holding a public hearing on their proposed budget in the Moriarty Arts Humanities Building (MAHB) at PCC-Cascade, (705 N. Killingsworth St.). The Ways and Means budget slashes Oregon school funding by an additional $100 million dollars, and under-funds the QEM by over $2 billion in the coming biennium. In crafting this proposal they have ignored their own recommendations and the voices of educators from around the state.

Let's make sure they get the message loud and clear, that enough is enough and they need to fully fund education in Oregon. Join together in front of the student union building with educators, students, and community members as we rally together and share our stories.

The rally starts at 4:15 PM on Thursday, March 21st. Plan to stay for the hearing after the rally!

More information here: https://www.facebook.com/events/307866836577829/

April 10th: Take it to the MAX!

Please join us on Wednesday, April 10th for another action to fight for fully funded schools: Take it to the MAX! We are meeting in Pioneer Courthouse Square from 4:45 PM - 5:30 PM. Educators from all over the metro area will be riding the max there to gain visibility, and use that time to write to legislators. Wear Red.

Sign up here.

Join the Bargaining Committee

In preparation for our next round of bargaining with the District, PAT is recruiting members to serve on our Bargaining Committee. The Bargaining Committee will be a larger group than the Bargaining Team, and will likely require less time than serving on the Bargaining Team. Members of the Bargaining Committee can expect to meet regularly, beginning this spring, while PAT is developing bargaining proposals, and throughout the bargaining process.

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