Addressing School Climate Issues In the Statehouse

Educators across Oregon are seeing a rise in serious student behavioral issues and disciplinary challenges. The Oregon Education Association supports a variety of bills that would help us address these school climate issues. Find out more in this one page factsheet.

Leveling the Policy-Making Playing Field

Currently, educators don’t have enough input when decisions are made at the state level. There is only one non-voting educator on the State Board of Education, while the rest of the Board is dominated by non-educator political appointees, the majority of whom lack firsthand experience educating students in our public schools. The Oregon Education is supporting legislation that would level the playing field and give educators more voice – find out more!

Know Your Rights If You Are Stopped By the Police

This one page fact sheet from the American Civil Liberties Union details your rights if are stopped by the police, immigration agents, or the FBI. It is also available in Spanish.

Divesting From Private Prisons

Below is testimony from PAT President Suzanne Cohen in the Oregon Legislature:

Thank you Chair Prozanski, and members of the committee for allowing me this opportunity to speak in support of divesting from private prisons.

I’m Suzanne Cohen a proud public school teacher, with the privilege of serving as President of the Portland Association of Teachers, representing over 4,000 educators.

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Industry for a Day

Registration is now open for “Industry for a Day,” scheduled for April 19th from 1:00-5:30 PM. This is a unique chance to bring K-12 educators and leaders face-to-face with careers in the trades and manufacturing in an effort to shift perceptions, dismantle stigma and build awareness of these high-quality, high-growth career opportunities. Last year’s event was a big success, and this year organizers are hoping to recruit 125 teachers from across the county. See the attached flyer for more information.

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April 27th - National Retirement Security Advocacy Day

Our April 27th National Education Association members from across the country will be pushing Congress to protect our retirement security. We’re asking members to participate in local lobbying efforts or call and email your congressional representatives.

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Mobilizing for May Day

May 1st is a great opportunity for educators to stand with their colleagues and the community to fight for the schools ALL our students deserve. Educators across Oregon will be mobilizing to make sure our schools are places where all students feel safe to learn, especially those targeted because of immigration status, ethnicity, or gender identity. We have to defend the public schools that are supported by our community, defend the community that supports our public schools, and protect our students from people who see them as sources of profit. Our public schools are not for sale!

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The Substitute - March 27, 2017

Sub Bargaining Update
As all of you know, the 2012 – 2016 Substitute Teachers’ Agreement expired on June 30, 2016. We reported to all Substitutes that we entered into an MOU with the District that extended the terms of the CBA until December 30, 2016. Unfortunately, we were unable to get a successor agreement in place before the expiration on December 30.  During the period after a contract has expired and before a new contract is finalized, state law requires districts to generally maintain the status quo on contract provisions.

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Devastating State Budget Cuts Will Hit Students and Support Services

By now, the devastating effects of Oregon’s school budget are no longer an abstract discussion. Educators across the state are face-to-face with the crushing reality of what this budget means in our buildings.

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School Board Candidates For Strong Public Schools

The PAT PAC is proud to announce our recommendations for the May 2017 Portland School Board election. These candidates share a proven track-record of leadership and commitment to strengthening Portland Public Schools so that our students can receive the education they deserve.

  • Rita Moore for Zone 4
  • Scott Bailey for Zone 5
  • Trisha Parks for Zone 6
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Support Candidates Who Support Public Education! Give to PAT PAC and OEA PIE

Now more than ever, we need to amplify the voice of educators in decision-making and politics.

This spring, we are asking all members to contribute to the PAT PAC and OEA PIE. In the fight to preserve and strengthen public education, we are up against big-money interests who want to cut our budgets and privatize our schools. Together, we can fight back!

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Congratulations to PAT Election Winners

Ballots were counted on February 20th for several PAT positions. Congratulations to the following members elected to represent our union:

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Promoting Racial Equity Through PAT

The Racial Equity Committee of the Portland Association of Teachers is looking for individuals to take part in a listening campaign this May.  The purpose of the “listening” is to hear directly from PAT members of color about their experiences in PPS, and how the PAT can better support them. We are recruiting listeners!

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PAT Bylaws Review

This year we reviewed PAT bylaws and are bringing several recommendations to the RA on Wednesday, March 22nd. The proposed bylaws revisions come with a “do pass” recommendation from the Executive Board. Your building reps will be voting on the recommendations at the April RA. The proposed changes can be found here

2017 Members Scholarships

The 2017 PAT Members’ Scholarship Application is now available.  If you are a member of the Portland Association of Teachers and you have a high school senior who is planning on attending college in the fall of 2017, they would be eligible to apply.  Six of these scholarships will be awarded in 2017.

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Deadline for Requests for Full-Year Unpaid Leave is April 15th

Requests for a full-year personal, exchange or career development leave of absence, whether part-time or full-time for the next school year, must be submitted to the PPS Human Resources prior to April 15th .  Requests submitted after that date will not be approved, except in extenuating circumstances.  See Article 14, D, on page 40.

Calling All Troublemakers!

On Saturday April 8th join union members, shop stewards, organizers, and community activists from across the Pacific Northwest for a day of skill-building workshops and strategy discussions to create a stronger workers’ movement in our region. The school will be held from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 290 Training Center, 20210 SW Teton Ave in Tualatin, OR.

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6th Annual Oregon School Employee Wellness Conference: March 26-28th

Any PAT member who wants to engage school employees in creating healthier school environments that support the physical, social, emotional health and well-being of staff and students should consider attending the Oregon School Employee Wellness Conference being held at the The Riverhouse & Convention Center in Bend, Oregon.

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Bargaining Brief - March 21, 2017

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PAT Salaries Drop in Metro 14

The District has presented data in bargaining that may show that PPS staffing ratios may be lower than many metro area districts. That is directly related to PAT’s Schools Portland Students Deserve campaign that focused on reducing workload and creating more reasonable learning conditions for students. There is much work yet to be done in this area. However, our focus on reducing workload and improving students’ learning conditions has apparently come at a cost to you. PAT members’ starting and top salaries have both fallen in comparison to other Metro 14 locals. PAT starting salaries are dead last in this group! Below are PERS-adjusted salaries for 2016-17 based on the 190-day PPS calendar for beginning and top salaries*: 

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The Leadership We Need for PPS

In the next few months, PPS will have a new superintendent and could have as many as three new school board members. Given these big changes in our District, it’s an important time for us to reflect on our values and work to ensure our future leaders are prepared to deliver the schools Portland students deserve. We also have to make sure they are ready to lead the fight for great public schools for all Oregonians. 

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Building Utilization and the Upcoming Bond

The School Board voted to refer a $790 million bond to voters in May. The bond would continue PPS’ Long Range Facilities Plan, and includes money to rebuild Madison, Benson, and Lincoln High Schools, and Kellogg Middle School, as well as $150 million to address health and safety issues across the District.

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