Monday, March 25, 2013
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
The Scarborough School Board has disappointed the Association by persisting in its efforts to save significant dollars in relation to the custodial and food service employees.
The Board's interest in outsourcing the custodial staff has led to their effort to have the in-house employees perform work at wages comparable to the outsource companies that are less than a living wage! And, then they go beyond the sub-par wages and attack benefits as well.
The parties are proceeding to mediation. MEA and SEA are committed to doing everything we can to preserve this unit of dedicated employees.
Friday, February 15, 2013
Staff throughout the school system have been asking how they can help support the custodians and food service employees as we continue to negotiate their contract.
SEA Members will be receiving communications from the MEA office with more information.
SEA is committed to supporting every one of our members and negotiating fair contracts with good wages and benefits. The negotiations team is meeting again with the School Board soon. SEA will keep you all posted.
Thank you, Crystal Goodrich, SEA President
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Friday, August 24, 2012
Wed. August 29th at the High School is the annual Opening Day Celebration hosted by Dr. Entwistle and the Administrators. From 7:45 - 8:30 breakfast will be served and SEA will be there to check in members and give them their annual packet of information. SEA will be arriving around 7:30 to get you all set up so early birds can get checked in before breakfast!
Building representatives and members of the Executive Board will be there to check you in and have you confirm your contact information on the roster. The Membership Chair, JoEllen Clive, will be there to sign up any new members and answer any questions you might have.
Please keep up to date on what SEA is doing at this blog. Emails with communications are also sent to members.
If you have any questions you can ask your building/department representative (their names will be posted in the teachers' rooms in your building) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you and see you all soon!
Crystal Goodrich, SEA President
Thursday, January 12, 2012
In the last 20 years Maine's average teacher salary fell from 31st in the nation to 44th. Pensions and benefits under the Maine Public Employee Retirement System (MePERS - previously known as Maine State Retirement) were cut and frozen. Health Insurance plans provided by MEA's Benefits Trust are threatened by a legislative attack that could increase rates and lower coverage.
MEA is asking members to sign pledge cards in support of retirement benefits, insurance rates and to stop cutting, capping what we have worked so hard for.
The cards will be delivered to the MEA office and then will be delivered by MEA to the State Legislation.
Please make sure they are received by Crystal Goodrich by next Friday: Jan. 20th.
If you do not have a card from your building representative please use the following link, fill out a pledge card and return it to Crystal at Wentworth Intermediate via interoffice mail or to your building rep. They will deliver the cards to me.
Please participate in this simple action to help protect the benefits we work so hard for. It will only take a few minutes of your time and your voice will be heard.
Thursday, June 2, 2011
Sunday, May 15, 2011
The grant may be used to defray any expenses occurred.
The applicant must:
- be a full time educator practicing in Maine
- be enrolled in a graduate program in the area of political science, government, public policy, or a closely related subject
- be a member of the local teachers' association, a member of MEA, and a member of NEA
Please follow this link to Maine Education Association - Retired and click on the "Sheehan Honors" link for more information.
Please remember the application will not be available until after August 1st, 2011.
Saturday, May 14, 2011
In addition there is pressure from the national, state and local government levels for teachers' evaluations to be changed to determine not only continuing employment but to determine "merit pay" - success of students determined by test scores = the rate of pay for a teacher. If your students score higher you get paid more, the opposite would also be true.
At the MEA Representative Assembly meeting this Saturday and Sunday (special thanks to Bob White and Amy Taylor for giving up a weekend to attend with me!) we learned more about the policy NEA has been developing for "Teacher Evaluation and Accountability".
The primary purpose of this document is to have NEA take more of a leadership role to create fair and measurable criteria for evaluation of teacher performance. Their goal is to promote the improvement of teacher accountability to ensure a high quality public education for all students.
I will be scanning the document that was shared at the meeting and emailing it out to you, but some of the highlights are:
- Indicators of Teacher Practice
- Indicatiors of teacher contribution and growth to a school's and / or district success
- Indicatiors of teacher contribution to student learning and growth
Other goals: Meaningful evaluations that are fair, conducted by trained and objective evaluators, and evaluations that are reguarly reviewed. High quality teacher accountablity systems - with the teacher being supported to meet expectations and improve their performance if needed.
A significant portion of the policy statement addressed probationary teacher status and the need for support for teachers in the probationary status so they "thrive and not merely survive".
Also noted was the responsibility of career teachers to "reflect and enhance their own practice and to support and enhance the practice of their colleagues, particularly probationary teachers" (NEA: Proposed Policy Statement on Teacher Evaluation and Accountability, May, 2011).
After I scan the document and send it out via email let me know if you would like a paper copy and I can get you one as well.
- Crystal Goodrich, SEA President