Promising Practice Grants

Do you have a plan that could enhance your classroom skills or boost student achievement? An idea for a site-based professional development activity that could build partnerships? OEA’s Center for Great Public Schools awards Promising Practice Grants to individual PAT members.  

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Are You Interested in Attending the State Board of Education Meeting?

At the 2016 Oregon Education Association Representative Assembly, members passed New Business Item #8 calling for “OEA to provide release time for up to four members to attend State Board of Education meetings. The members released shall have expertise that reflects the agenda topics.

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PAT Members Not Required to Take Leave for Missing After-School Staff Meetings

PAT bargaining unit members are not required to submit a short leave form or to use their accumulated leave if they are absent from a Monday or Tuesday after-school staff meeting

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Dealing with Workload Problems

Our contract requires that any educator who has a concern about her/his workload or who believes her/his workload is inequitable must first discuss the concern with her/his immediate supervisor. If the concern is not resolved by the supervisor, the professional educator can report this concern to the joint PAT/PPS Workload Committee for review using the following form. The Workload Committee is actively reviewing cases now, using dedicated funds from the School Board to resolve as many problems as possible.

Student Loan Forgiveness Workshop Materials

Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program 

Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program

Income Driven Repayment Program

PAT Representative Assemblies

Representative Assemblies are generally held on the last Wednesday of the month, from 4:30 to 6:30 PM.  It is important that at least one representative from each work site attends. We provide a light dinner.

All PAT members are welcome, and all building reps can bring forward business and vote. If you have new business to bring to the RA, please contact the PAT president by the Friday before the RA to get it on the agenda. 

Representative Assembly Dates 2016-17

Monday, August 22nd (RA/Membership Meeting) – (8:00 AM – 3:00 PM at Salty’s Restaurant)

Wednesday, September 7th (New Rep Training) – (4:30 PM)

Wednesday, September 28th (RA)

Saturday, October 8th (all Reps & Organizers training at Coast)

Wednesday, October 26th (RA)

Wednesday, November 30th (RA)

No December meeting

Wednesday, January 25th (RA)

Wednesday, February 22nd (RA)

Wednesday, March 22nd (RA)

Wednesday, April 26th (RA)

Wednesday, May 31st (End of Year Celebration / Retirement/Scholarship Awards)

Welcome PAT members!

This area is a resource for you, to help you get involved with our union and find answers to your questions. 

  • Check out our calendar to find out about upcoming events, committee meetings, Representative Assemblies, and more. 
  • You can find materials and information from past Representative Assemblies, including slides to use at PAT meetings at your building, in the Rep Materials tab.
  • To read your complete contract, salary schedule, current MOU's and MOA's, and more, look under Know Your Contract.
  • Look under Forms to find membership, sick leave bank, workload, and contract exception forms.

We Are Strong and We Keep On Fighting

Not all of last night’s election results in our State and National races are the results that many of us wanted for the students we serve. Unfortunately, we lost on both our Measure 97 campaign and in the Presidential election. On the positive side Governor Kate Brown, who won her election, has said she expects proponents and opponents come to the table to “tackle the revenue challenges facing Oregon.” 

Our union has always been strong because of our collective action, and our solidarity has only been strengthened by our work on the measure 97 campaign. We took our message to the doors all across the city, and Portland Voters did support Measure 97 and public education. Despite the election results, we know that educators are trusted voices and we have the respect of our community. We are committed to Fighting for the Schools our Students Deserve, and it’s clear that fight will continue.

We will fight in Salem this 2017 session to ward off cuts. We will advocate through our contract the best allocation of PPS dollars to meet our students' needs. We will work with the National Education Association to fight for strong public schools for all our students.

I can’t thank you enough for your service. In my first president’s message in August, I quoted Nelson Mandela: “Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world.” Thank you for being involved in that change.

I think it’s important to remember is that the result for our campaign wasn’t a referendum on public education or Oregon’s educators. The opposition painted Measure 97 as a hidden sales tax, or a blank check to Salem, precisely because they didn’t want to talk about the state of our public schools or the fact that Oregon is dead last in corporate taxes. Thank you to everyone who joined us in this fight against corporate interests and greed. We did an amazing job! Because of our work on Measure 97, Oregon’s broken corporate tax system is now politically unavoidable. 

Last night, we didn’t win the battle. But we are stronger together and we are stronger than ever. We live to fight another day.

Materials from the October 26 RA

Thanks to those who made it to the October RA! Here are the materials to bring back to you building:

Our next RA is Wednesday, November 30. Please review the Proposed Bylaws Amendment, which we will vote on at the November RA.

 

What Does Fighting For the Schools Our Students Deserve Actually Look Like?

It was November 22, 2013, almost three years ago, when thousands of us came together on the Burnside Bridge. We were in the midst of our biggest campaign ever, “Fighting for the Schools Portland Students Deserve.” We knew that by standing together in the midst of horrible contract negotiations we had the opportunity to fight for our students and our city.  And fight we did. We didn’t allow the District to gut our contract and roll back advances we have made for our students around workload.

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Together for Measure 97

We have less than 2 weeks until Election Day, and we are fighting to fund the schools our students deserve by passing Measure 97.

 

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Make Sure and Vote by November 8th

PAT has put out its Voter’s Guide for the November election. Recommendations come from the PAT PAC, and were made on the basis of the candidate’s record or position on educational issues, responses during the interviews, viability of campaign, PAT’s strategic organizational goals, and electability. In this election cycle, the PAT PAC board interviewed and deliberated over a period of 10 months, for over 44 hours in total, to make recommendations for candidates.

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Get the Latest on Bargaining

Last week, we sent our second bargaining brief to every member’s personal email. If you haven’t already, be sure and check it out online. If you didn’t receive it, that means we don’t have your personal email! Make sure you’re getting the latest updates on our negotiations by sending your personal email to Kelli Williams, kelli.williams@oregoned.org

PAT Grieves Added Minutes in PK-8 Workday

PAT has filed a grievance on behalf of our members in PK-8 schools after the District unilaterally increased student/teacher contact time for middle school educators. This is a clear violation of the workload language in our contract, and the protocols we have in place for our current Interest-Based Bargaining (IBB) with the District.

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PAT Grieves Salaries Promised (But Not Given) to New Members

PAT has filed a class-action grievance stating that PPS HR representatives promised multiple new members higher salaries than actually received.  In most of these cases the HR specialists ignored salary placement guidelines around receiving a higher degree and/or advanced education hours beyond a bachelor’s degree prior to receiving licensure.  In some cases, HR representatives also ignored information about years of experience.  After members had accepted the position, they were later given a contract with an actual salary that was in many cases several thousand dollars lower. 

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Substitute Given Building Restriction for Heart Condition

A building principal has requested that one of our substitute members receive a building restriction after the member had to leave during the school day because she was experiencing extreme chest pains.  After calling the office for help, the substitute waited over 20 minutes for support to arrive.  After scheduling an emergency appointment with the OHSU cardio clinic, the substitute brought her students to the office and left to go to the cardio clinic.  She later had to seek additional medical treatment for her heart condition.  Unfortunately, human resources processed the request for a building restriction without question.  PAT is demanding that the restriction be dropped, and that the district conduct an investigation into the actions of administration and HR.

Look for Your Materials and Supplies Stipend

The PAT/PPS contract provides that each professional educator shall receive a materials and supplies stipend of $100 each school year to use to purchase materials. This is in addition to materials and supplies budgeted by the school or district.  Educators are NOT required to submit any receipts or itemized requests for reimbursement to receive this stipend. Instead, the stipend is provided as an additional $100 on the October paycheck.

PAT Is Working to Make PPS Friendly for New Moms

In the last few months, there have been many calls from new mothers who are experiencing difficulties with District administration when it comes to allowing for time and a private location to express milk.  Click the following link to find out more information about legal requirements for expressing milk, and find out how PAT is pushing the District to rectify this situation.

Join Us at These Upcoming Conferences

Join PAT members from across the city at the Northwest Teachers for Social Justice Conference on October 29th, and the Black Parent Initiative Conference on November 12th. 

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Fixing What Doesn't Work

Measure 97 can’t solve every problem we are facing in PPS, but it will give us the tools we need to fix things that aren’t working in our District.

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PAT Voters' Guide

PAT’s recommendations for candidates in the November Election come from the PAT PAC. The PAT PAC is a voluntary, nonprofit association with the purpose of improving public education in Oregon and Portland Public Schools by supporting candidates who are interested in developing a better public education system. The PAT PAC Board of Directors are elected by the PAT PAC contributors, and must be PAT members, PAT PAC contributors, and members of the PAT Legislative Committee.

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Together for Measure 97

We have less than 4 weeks until election day, and we need to make sure that Measure 97 passes. School funding has been in decline since 1990, and Measure 97 will finally produce the reliable revenue we need to give our students the education they deserve. If Measure 97 fails, PPS is likely to face a budget shortfall as large as $42 million.

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