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March 2017


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Report examines solutions for school climate, discipline issues
Educators throughout Minnesota want their students to come to school feeling safe and ready to learn. But what kinds of things are going on in the lives of many of our students that make it difficult to learn? And what kinds of practices in our schools are making things even harder for these kids? Read more

Report shows increase in state's teacher shortage
The “2017 Report of Teacher Supply and Demand in Minnesota’s Public Schools” was released by the Minnesota Department of Education and shows several trends that threaten the quality of education in Minnesota’s public schools. Read more

Denise Specht: We continue our defense of sustainable pensions
Everyone wants to be fairly and completely paid for the work they do, and everyone I know wants to retire with their health, dignity and a measure of financial security. Educators are no exception. Read more

What is one thing you would like to see bargained into your next contract to better support students?
In last month’s Minnesota Educator, we continued the “we want to hear from you” contest and received responses from all over the state via email. Here is a selection of the answers. Read more

DeVos brings uncertainty to world of public education
The confirmation process of DeVos left many educators confused, but mobilized many others. Educators across the country made it clear to their senators that they consider DeVos dangerously unqualified to lead our public schools. Read more

Members continue to stay engaged during session
As the 2017 legislative session continues, Education Minnesota members are participating in lobby days where they meet with their local legislators and testifying at hearings on education issues. Read more

Semifinalists named for Minnesota Teacher of the Year
The candidate field for this year’s Minnesota Teacher of the Year honor has been narrowed to 37. A selection panel of business, community and education leaders chose the semifinalists from an initial field of 132 candidates from across the state. Read more

Minnesota Teacher of the Year selection process
Education Minnesota organizes and underwrites the program, which means the union handles only the business of running the program, not the selection process. Minnesota is one of a small number of states in which the union runs the program. Most are run through the state’s department of education.  Read more

Members, locals need to be aware of phishing scams
Since the beginning of the year, a small number of locals have been targeted in “spear phishing” email attacks. Emails that appeared to be from the local president’s email account were sent to the local treasurer, asking the treasurer to wire money from the local’s bank account to a different account. Read more

Training breaks down staff development statute
Each year, school districts are required to set aside two percent of their basic revenue for staff development. But is it being used in a way that best benefits educators and students? Read more

First-ever Race Equity Edcamp draws a crowd
Nearly 70 educators and community members gathered for a day filled with learning and discussions centered on race and equity in education at Education Minnesota’s Minnesota Educator Academy (MEA) Race Equity Edcamp, which took place at Maxfield Elementary School in St. Paul Feb. 11. Read more

Resources for protecting, helping immigrant students
The American Federation of Teachers, National Education Association, National Association of School Psychologists, Colorín Colorado, Teaching Tolerance, United We Dream, The Advocates for Human Rights and National Child Traumatic Stress Network have online resources available for educators who have questions, need guidance or want to help protect their students. Read more

Get up, stand up, bargain for your (statutory) rights
It is common in bargaining for employers to assert that statutory rights or protections need not be in the collective bargaining agreement. Union negotiators should not accept that argument. Read more

Stay connected through retired membership
Education Minnesota members who have retired after Sept. 1, 2015, or are planning to retire in the future and have been a member for at least 10 years are eligible to continue as a retired member at no additional cost. Read more

Briefs about grants, professional development, awards and other resources. Read more

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