Thursday, February 26, 2015

NCLB and PARCC Updates from the IEA

Take a look at the last NCLB and PARCC news from the IEA.  Be sure to subscribe to IEA email updates to keep current on the latest issues.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Important Update From IEA


As you know, Governor Rauner is taking action to weaken unions that represent state employees by eliminating fair share for 6,500 state workers.

There are two important things to understand:

  • The action the governor took Monday does not impact IEA members. It affects only employees of the State of Illinois, not school districts.

However ...

  • We anticipate the governor will eventually target IEA, IFT and all public employee unions. As we are advocates for quality education, for high quality teaching and learning conditions in our schools and for middle-class families, we are opposed to anything that will lower education quality and the standard of living for Illinoisans in every part of our state.

(Find fair share talking points on the IEA website.)

We need you to get ready.

When the inevitable attack on IEA and the other unions comes, as it did for our colleagues in Wisconsin and elsewhere, it is critical that we are able to contact you immediately so we can fight back.

Please make sure your "IEA member profile" is current.
  • Please give IEA your home email address. Your school email could be blocked, so we need to have your home email on file. 
  • In case of an emergency, we need your cell phone number so you can be alerted immediately via text when the attack comes.
Either click this link to be taken to the IEA member profile on the IEA website, or call IEA Connect (toll free1-844-IEA-1800) to speak with an IEA staff person. IEA Connect calls are taken 7 a.m. - 7 p.m., Monday through Friday.

The IEA app will alert you the minute information is posted on the IEA web site or social media sites. (Download it free on the App Store, orGoogle play.)
Get ready. Get connected.

We're in for the fight of our lives.
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Click here for more details.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Extended Contract Posted

Please find the new BOE/MTA Agreement 2014-2020 here.

Thank you to our negotiations team!

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Artifact Help Domains I and IV: Living Library


All faculty

Bring in one of your best teaching ideas and I will teach you how to post it online in theLiving Library. You will leave with hard copy evidence for your evaluation plan and be trained to put additional ideas into the Living Library for the future. AND you'll have the option of submitting your artifact into a search engine to be access by other teachers.

Two workshops available: 
Thursday 1/30 or Thursday 2/6 
at the Maine West Tech Center
from 3:45- 5:00pm.

Click Here to reserve your spot. First come, first serve!
Thanks and hope to see you there.

(Questions? Contact me )
Dan Fouts

Thursday, May 9, 2013

SB 2404

Make sure you contact your State Senator and tell him or her that you support SB 2404.

Here are some links to help clarify the issue:

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Pension Presentation

Please find the IEA Pension Fight presentation hereThe last couple of slides have been updated to talk about the legislation that is being discussed in the Senate and House.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Rep Council Postponed

This was going to be distributed at Rep Council today.  Mike will be out of town until Monday.  Please contact Stefan or Greg with questions.

Fellow MTA Members,

Thank you for your patience and your input over the issue of proposed changes to the school schedule frequently referred to as a block schedule. The MTA Executive Board met last Wednesday morning with the Administrative Team (Dr. Wallace, Mr. Dietz, Dr. Thiele, and Dr. Dill-Varga) to discuss this issue for the first time.
We have been assured personally by Dr. Wallace that it is not a foregone conclusion that the school schedule will be changed for 2014-2015. Instead, the committee will study various configurations of schedules and discuss their impact.
The topic of removing all 1.5-period classes from the schedule was also discussed at this meeting. We have been assured that until a new schedule is put into place, the administration will not advocate for the elimination of 1.5-period classes.   However, the elimination of these classes is an important component of the administration’s goals for schedule planning.

We would like to form an independent MTA committee to prepare our own report about our schedule and its strengths as well as shortcomings.  If you are interested in being a member of such a committee, contact a member of the MTA Executive Board (Mike Poehler, Greg Serrano, Stefan Panzilius, Chris Deger, or Phil Sumida).  We would like to begin working towards preparation of such a report within the next month.

None of these changes has been negotiated by the MTA. These are administrative initiatives, and although they seek the opinion and labor of our members, they were neither suggested nor approved by your union representatives.

A few members of the current BOE have been contacted, and this issue is not currently on their radar.  With Board Elections coming up, this will be a topic discussed by the MTA with candidates running for the open seats, along with other topics and issues of concern to the MTA and our membership.  Jean Miller, past MTA President and Greg Serrano, current MTA Vice-President, are organizing interviews of the candidates within the coming weeks.

Mike Poehler