MTEA Members Speak to Board
Thanks to the hundreds of members and supporters who came out to the MPS school board meeting on May 16. MTEA members spoke to the board about the need for partnership between the district and education professionals. Respect was a recurrent theme; board members were asked to show respect with a fair contract with provisions for career advancement, mentoring support, and true partnership between the district and educators.
MTEA Leader Election Results
The following candidates have been elected to MTEA leadership positions as a result of last month's elections:
President: Bob Peterson
Vice President: Kim Schroeder
Secretary: Ingrid Walker-Henry
Treasurer: Dorothy Hancock
Executive Board Representatives
Kindergarten-Primary: Rene Blazel
Intermediate (four-year term): Juliana Kelly
Intermediate (six-year term): Michele Hilbert
Middle School: Judy Gundry
Senior High: Jose Trejo
There will be a runoff election between Heidi Bukowski and Michelle Wright for the position of Special Education Representative.
Legislators Hear Our Message:
Fair Funding for Public Schools
Thank you to all the MTEA members, MPS parents, and public school supporters who came out to the recent public hearing on the state budget. Speakers raised concerns about the statewide expansion of vouchers and privately-run charter schools, special education vouchers, and the governor's proposal to starve public schools while providing $96 million in increases to vouchers and privately-run charters. Click here for a short video about the problems with vouchers.
Partners from the Wisconsin Coalition for Children (of which MTEA is a member) attended the hearing and spoke in favor of fair funding. Click here to see the Coalition's statement titled "What We Believe all Wisconsin's Children Deserve;" the statement is also available in Spanish.
2013 MTEA/MPS Brewer Game and Tailgate
All MPS employees and retirees, as well as their guests, are invited to the Seventeenth Annual MTEA Tailgate Party on Friday, June 7, 2013. The Milwaukee Brewers will play the Philadelphia Phillies at 7:10 p.m.
Cost is $31 for a Loge Bleacher game ticket with tailgate, $32 for a Terrace Box game ticket with tailgate and $11 for the tailgate only.
Please click here for a flyer. Contact Sue Dean (email@example.com) for more information.
School-Based Interview Timeline and
Process for Teacher Unit Members
MPS began posting certificated vacancies on Friday, March 1. There are four interview cycles for certificated positions this year:
Cycle 1: March 14 – 28
Cycle 2: April 9 – 19
Cycle 3: April 29 – May 10
Cycle 4: May 20 – 31
Click here for a detailed timeline. Click here for questions and answers about the interview process.
School-Based Interview Timeline and
Process for Educational Assistants
Paraprofessionals and general assistants who are interested in transferring or returning from a leave of absence will have an opportunity to apply and interview during two interview cycles for classified employees:
• April 15 – 19: Positions posted at www.milwaukee.k12.wi.us
• April 22 – 26: Interviews
• May 6 – 10: Positions posted
• May 13 – 20: Interviews
Educational assistants can apply by logging into Employee Self Service. The three most senior individuals for any given position are forwarded to the principal to be interviewed and possibly selected. If you are chosen for a position, you will be informed by email of the new assignment.
Retirement Counseling at the MTEA
If you are thinking about retiring this year, the MTEA will help you through the process. Click here for a flyer with step-by-step instructions and many helpful links and resources.
Nominate a Colleague for the Sid Hatch Outstanding School Leader Award
Each month the MTEA recognizes one Building Representative and one EA Chair for being an outstanding school leader. Nominate a colleague here.
Be a voice for fairness at your school
The MTEA is keeping track of a number of different issues that affect student learning conditions and our working conditions. Please click the links below to provide confidential information about the following issues at your school:
Click here to let us know about paras being asked to cover classes for a day or more
Click here to let us know about large class sizes at your school
Click here to let us know about students who have come to MPS from voucher or charter schools after third Friday
MTEA Press Center
Legislators, Communities Right to Question Plans for Voucher Expansion
The following statement can be attributed to Bob Peterson, President of the Milwaukee Teachers’ Education Association:
“Milwaukee Public Schools, along with many other districts statewide, suffered devastating budget cuts during Walker’s last budget, and his proposed 2013-15 budget offers no additional funding to our students.