Working For a Safe and Supportive Learning Environment

As we enter the final weeks of 2015, I hope everyone will be able to take full advantage of our break to reflect and recharge. The first part of this school year has been difficult for many PAT members, particularly when it comes to safety and discipline. In my 20 years in PPS, I’ve never heard so many disturbing stories, or seen so many great educators feeling beaten down. 

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What's Next After NCLB?

Last week, Congress passed and President Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act, legislation that replaces No Child Left Behind, and reauthorizes the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. The new law is far from perfect, and it will be months, perhaps years, before changes are fully felt.

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Opt-Out: Keep the Pressure Up

This summer, thanks to the leadership of Lew Frederick and several other long-time education advocates, the state legislature took an important step to curb high-stakes testing in Oregon. The adoption of HB 2655 allows parents to opt their children out of state testing, particularly the Smarter Balanced Assessment, without having to give a reason. Previously, opting-out was only allowed for religious beliefs or a student’s disability.

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Vacancy for Treasurer

Kim Wilson, our current treasurer, has notified the Association that she had to resign her position. I hope you’ll join me in thanking Kim for all her hard work. 

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Help Build a Better Oregon!

What is your holiday wish for your students? Art classes? Music? Wrap around mental health services? The Better Oregon campaign is where it begins.

Teachers across the state are working hard to get Initiative Petition 28 on the 2016 ballot. And if we succeed at qualifying and then passing this ballot measure, it will put up to 33% more money into public education.

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Get Involved, Get Active

Whether its attending the OEA's organizing summit or the World Arts Foundation's MLK celebration, there are many ways for PAT members to get involved and get active in our union and our community. Here are some upcoming opportunities:

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  • OEA Assessment Symposium: January 30th, Salem OR
  • MLK Celebration, January 18th
  • Instruction & Professional Development Committee
  • Social Justice & Community Outreach Committee
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