Monday, March 4, 2013

Council of Local Presidents

Judy Park from the Utah State Office of Education spoke about Computer Adaptive Testing.  The test will adapt from the lowest level of content within a grade and/or subject to the highest level of content.  There are some informational meetings scheduled to share information about the new testing system.  I encourage you to attend on of the meeings in our area:
  • Tuesday, March 19 at Elk Ridge Middle from 4 - 6 p.m.
  • Wednesday, March 20 at Granite District Office (2500 S. State) from 4 - 6 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 21 at Salt Lake District Office (440 E. 100 S.) from 4 - 6 p.m.
There are questions about flipping to EFT and seeing the large amount.  The system takes the entire year's dues and divides by the number of EFT months remaining without considering the amount already paid by payroll deduction.  Members should be told that the amount is incorrect and is adjusted by Michelle, our administrative assistant, to be the correct amount per month for the remaining months after the member has flipped.

NEA has an anti-bullying program called "Bully Free, It Starts with Me."  UEA has a goal to reduce and eventually eradicate bullying and arrassment, in all their forms, among students and adults. 

Sara Jones and I presented information about the Evaluation Organizing Project.  Our first step is to inform all members about the Public Education Employment Reform Act of 2012 (SB64).  We will be showing a video to all licensed educators over the next two months.  You can view the presentation on the website now.

Sue Dickey and Ryan Anderson, NEA Directors, shared their report.  "Raise Your Hand" campaign is about leading the profession of public education.  They work to build relationships with members of Congress to influence policy at the national level. 

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