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April/May 2019


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Bargaining Unity Day
St. Paul. Lake Crystal. Maple Lake. Orono. Educators across the state raised their voices in union on March 13, Education Minnesota Bargaining Unity Day. Educators created and handed out public proclamations and intent to bargain filings, starting the work to bargain their 2019-21 contracts. Read more

Duluth focuses on early career union activism
Adam Metzer, a fifth grade teacher at Laura MacArthur Elementary in Duluth, sees his union as a strong community, and wants to help maintain that strength. That’s why Metzer said he joined the Duluth Federation of Teacher’s early career educator group. Read more

Denise Specht: Don't call it burnout. Educators are suffering 'moral injury'
I have stopped saying that Minnesota educators are burning out. I’m not claiming that the educators aren’t leaving their careers behind at alarming rates. The Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board published a report earlier this year that said there are 70,000 people with valid teaching licenses who have chosen not to teach. Read more

ESPs take lead in organizing fellowship program
A record number of education support professional members are taking part in Education Minnesota’s 2019 Organizing Leadership Fellows Program. “I know that the ESP voice isn’t usually heard,” said Sieara Washington, a Title I math ESP in Osseo, who is taking part in the program. “I decided to try and find ways, with the help of other union members, to change that.” Read more

AFT TEACH conference to be held July 10-13
The AFT TEACH Conference, a biennial event devoted to professional development, will be held July 10-13 in Washington, D.C. All local presidents should receive an information packet from the American Federation of Teachers that includes a tentative schedule, hotel and conference registration forms. Read more

Court of Appeals dismisses anti-tenure lawsuit -- again
The Minnesota Court of Appeals delivered a significant victory for educator due process rights in January when it dismissed a legal challenge to Minnesota’s tenure and continuing contract laws. A three-judge panel of the court unanimously affirmed a lower court decision dismissing the case, rejecting claims that these laws violated the Minnesota Constitution. Read more

New EPIC paper explores how to build an equitable school system
The Constitution of the State of Minnesota established the creation of a fair and uniform public school system as a fundamental responsibility of the state government. The latest white paper from Education Minnesota’s Educator Policy Innovation Center explores 10 education policy areas to show how the state has not met its constitutional obligation. Read more

Education Minnesota Member Honor Roll
Check out the educators -- perhaps even your colleagues -- who are making local, state and even national headlines with awards and more. Read more

Save the date: 2019 Summer Seminar
Education Minnesota is excited to announce we have expanded our course offerings for this year’s Summer Seminar. That means more professional development. More ideas to build a powerful local union. And more member-led courses. The 2019 Summer Seminar will take place Aug. 5-7 at the College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph, Minnesota. Read more

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

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