President's Message: Gearing Up for 2017

Happy (Belated) New Year!

It’s been such an honor to serve as your PAT President for the past 7 months. We’ve accomplished so much in such a short time, and there’s even more ahead of us in 2017.

 

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Snow Days and Instructional Time Requirements

Our office has received many calls and emails wondering what the impact of snow days will be on the school calendar. We appreciate the suggestions and we understand the concerns many of you have expressed. However, it's still not clear what PPS is planning and, therefore, what our response will be.  

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PAT 2.0

Over the past few months, you’ve probably noticed a new look and feel for PAT. For starters, our office was completely remodeled, after OEA finally took care of the numerous maintenance, repair, and safety issues with our building. In addition to a host of new technology, the remodel included things like new dishwashers that will help us make “greener” choices. If you haven’t come by the building this year, drop by and check it out.

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Notice of Resignation or Retirement

If you know you will be resigning or retiring from PPS, it pays to let your supervisor know as soon as possible. Article 15.B.1 of the PAT/PPS contract states that if an educator gives written notice of resignation or retirement no later than February 15, the professional educator will receive $1250.  If the professional educator gives written notice no later than March 15th, the professional educator will receive $700.  Notice must be in writing, to the principal or supervising administrator and the payment will be made in the professional educator’s final paycheck.  Note, this provision does not apply if the resignation is made in lieu of termination, non-renewal or non-extension of contract. 

Heads Up - Staffing for 2017-18 School Year to Start Soon

Due to changes in the contract, the staffing process will begin approximately six weeks earlier than it has in the past. The District is now required to post the vacancies for the internal transfer process no later than March 1 of each school year.  You will be informed as dates are set for the specific phases of the process.

OEA Promising Practices Grant Winners

Each Year OEA awards Promising Practices Grants to members to support student learning or professional development.  

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Materials for the November 30 RA

 November RA Agenda

Back to the Bargaining Table

One of our main goals this year is to settle a contract that brings us closer to the schools our students deserve. It’s time for us to take another step towards that goal.

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Measure 97 Brought Out PAT's Best

Portland educators did an incredible job organizing for Measure 97. In addition to demanding adequate funding for education, healthcare, and senior services at the ballot box, many PAT members stepped out of their comfort zone, talking with voters across the state.

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Substitutes Start Bargaining

On November 9th, the PAT Substitute Teachers' Bargaining Team, comprised of Mark Oshin, Jeff Kipilman, and Stephanie Ritzert, met with the PPS team to start negotiations over a new contract for PAT Substitutes. After a productive session discussing goals and process, the two teams met again on November 22nd to exchange proposals.

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Become A PAT Leader: Run for Office

Nominations will open at the November 30th PAT Representative Assembly (PAT RA) for election to several PAT positions.  These include PAT Executive Board Directors (4 positions), PAT Delegates to the Oregon Education Association Representative Assembly, and PAT Delegates to the National Education Association Representative Assembly.

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The Performance Evaluation Process for Probationary Teachers

Probationary educators shall be evaluated during each year of their three-year probationary period based on the PPS Performance Evaluation Rubric. The evaluation process requires a goal-setting conference in the fall and allows for informal observations by the evaluator. At least two (2) formal classroom observations are also required each year. Read the FAQ for a detailed description of the process.

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

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.