- President's Message: Fighting on All Fronts
- PAT PAC Endorsements - How to Get Involved in the May School Board Elections
- Applying to Transfer for the 2017-18 School Year
- Get the Facts About PERS
- Addressing School Climate Issues In the Statehouse
- Leveling the Policy-Making Playing Field
- Know Your Rights If You Are Stopped By the Police
- Divesting From Private Prisons
- Industry for a Day
- April 27th - National Retirement Security Advocacy Day
- Mobilizing for May Day
This weekend we wrapped up four full days of bargaining with the District, and we’re meeting again on April 17th. Be sure to read the latest Bargaining Brief to get all the details. There are lots of balls in the air, since neither the state legislature nor the District has finalized their respective budgets, but we are still trying to reach a fair settlement.Continue reading
The PAT PAC is proud to announce our recommendations for the May 2017 election. Candidates share a proven track record of leadership and commitment to strengthening our public schools so that our students can receive the education they deserve.
For Portland School Board:
- Zone 4: Rita Moore
- Zone 5: Scott Bailey
- Zone 6: Trisha Parks*
For MESD Board:
- Pos. 1, Zone 5: Susie Jones
- Pos. 2, At Large: Helen Ying
- Pos. 3, Zone 2: Mary Botkin
The transfer application process for current PPS employees will begin with the posting of vacancies on April 18th – April 24th. Contract, Probationary 3, and unassigned Probationary 1 and 2 educators may apply in the Internal Phase. Interviews will be held from April 25th – May 1st. Find out more from this FAQ on applying and interviewing for positions.Continue reading
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.
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!
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.Continue reading
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.Continue reading