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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PAT PAC Endorsements

This week, the Portland Association of Teachers PAC Board will be completing the process of interviewing and vetting candidates for the Portland School Board, and making endorsements in each Zone. For the PAT PAC, this is our most important race, as School Board decisions directly affect our working conditions, our students’ experiences, and the functionality of the District. There will be four seats up for election this May.

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Music and Arts Grants from California Casualty

The California Casualty Music & Arts Grant was established to provide support for K-12 public schools negatively impacted by reduced budgets. California Casualty understands the importance of music and arts education for children. As a member of the Portland Association of Teachers and our statewide union, the Oregon Education Association, you can apply for a $250 grant award for a music or art need at your school.

 The California Casualty Music and Arts Grant program will consider grant requests for public K-12 schools whose music and arts programs are in jeopardy or in great need of funding. Requests will also be considered for individual classrooms wishing to integrate music and/or arts projects within school curriculum.

The deadline is June 30 for grant requests to be considered for the fall of the next school year. All grants will be notified of their status by September 30.

For more information about the California Casualty Music and Arts Grant or to apply online, go to: CalCasMusicArtsGrant.com or email musicartsgrant@calcas.com.

ACTION: Fund our Schools Banner Drop

Help us show Oregon that educators are demanding fully funded schools, and we will not give up until we get the school funding our students need and deserve.

Wednesday, March 13th, 4-6 pm, at highway overpasses across Portland.

Click HERE to sign up for a site.

The March for our Students in Salem on February 18th was a wild success, we had about 5,000 people turn out to raise our voices in Salem. We got a lot of attention but we are still turning up the pressure. The public needs to know that we are seeing unprecedented challenges in our schools and we are doing unprecedented things to put pressure on our elected leaders and decision makers to fund our future and fund our schools. 

Here is what's next-- we have organized a banner drop as a coordinated action across all of Oregon on Wednesday, March 13th after school. We will be displaying messages on major overpasses above rush-hour traffic across the state of Oregon. The overpasses we have selected in Portland have lots of commuter traffic to see our messages, and sidewalks to help keep folks safe. 

We need your help, we need your voice, we need your engagement. There will be a captain there when you arrive to help. Please share with colleagues and friends and have them sign up to join you as well! Bring your sign from the march, bring noisemakers, and be sure to WEAR RED for ED. 

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President's Message: Time to Turn Up the Heat

PAT members have every right to be angry.

We’re all hitting a justifiable breaking point, as PPS continues to pile on new initiatives and demands on our time, all without proper support, thoughtful planning, or adequate input.

Every day it feels as if we have another fight on our hands, whether it’s curriculum changes, additional testing, or the lack of respect for our contract.

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Contract Ratification Process

Last week, the PAT and PPS Bargaining Teams reached a Tentative Agreement on a one-year extension of our contract. The option to extend was written into the 2016–2019 contract, which we settled last year.

To go into effect, this Tentative Agreement must be ratified by the PAT Membership. Members can get their questions answered and find out more information throughout our ratification process:

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Staffing Process for the 2019-2020 School Year

The Spring staffing process is underway.  Educators are being notified of unassignment from their buildings or programs.  An unassignment is NOT a layoff.  Instead, the educator will be reassigned to another site by applying for 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.

PPS will host informational meetings for unassigned PAT educators after work on March 20 and March 21 at BESC.   

Review these FAQs For specific information about the process: FAQ#1 – Unassignments & Transfers and FAQ#2 – Applying & Interviewing for Positions.

Racial Equity Task Force - Spring Social Mixer: Thursday March 7th

On March 7th, PAT's Racial Equity Task Force is hosting another safe space for educators who identify as a person of color.  We will have our Spring Social Mixer. Come eat dinner, network, and learn about other events we will be working on.  Please RSVP and invite other Educators of Color.

When:             March 7th, 4:30 – 7:00 PM
Who:               All PAT Members who identify as a person of color
Where:            PAT Office, 345 NE 8th Ave.
What:              Eat dinner, network, and learn about other events