MTEA Annual Brewers Tailgate

Join your MTEA colleagues on Friday, May 30, the Milwaukee Brewers take on the Chicago Cubs. Tickets are now available and must be purchased by April 30. Tickets are $30 for Terrace Reserved and $36 for Terrace Box packages.  Please use this link for more information and order form.

Principal Survey Results Now Available at the MTEA Building

This year's principal survey results are available for our members to review.  To review the results come to the MTEA between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday - Friday, except during Spring Break, April 14-21 the hours are 8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. and April 18 when the office will be closed. No copies or photos of the results may be taken, but you are free to review them at the office.

MTEA Seeks Applicants for Bilingual Canvassers

The Milwaukee Center for Teaching, Learning and Public Education is hiring up to eight part-time canvassers.  Canvassers should be bilingual in Spanish and English and have a strong interest in education in order to accomplish social justice and help build Milwaukee Public Schools. Canvassers will go door to door in targeted Milwaukee neighborhoods for twenty hours per week from May through the 3rd Friday in September. The goal of the canvassers is to successfully engage parents about the advantages of sending their children to MPS schools. Click here for a job description and application. Extended Deadline - Applications are due to the MTEA office by Wednesday, April 16.

Claiming a Tax Deduction for Union Dues

If you itemize deductions on your federal income tax return, you can include a portion of your union dues along with other "miscellaneous deductions."

Under federal tax code, union dues spent on  lobbying and political action are not deductible expenses for income tax purposes. The amount of your total union dues that can be deducted are as follows:

Full Time Teachers - $870.77
(or 84% of total dues paid in 2013)

Part Time Teachers - $467.52
(or 84% of total dues paid in 2013)

Full Time Educational Assistants - $234.64
(or 77% of total dues paid in 2013)

Part Time Educational Assistants - $124.61
(or 77% of total dues paid in 2013)

Bookkeepers - $480.00
(or total dues paid minus $9.00)

Substitutes - $240.00
(or total dues paid minus $4.60)

Stop Privatization; Stop Schools That Can

Schools that Can-Milwaukee has encouraged the growth and expansion of private charter and voucher schools in Milwaukee such as Rocketship and St. Marcus. Voucher and private charter schools have a negative financial impact on MPS of approximately $66 million each year.

MTEA leaders are circulating a petition asking the Milwaukee Board of School Directors to establish a policy prohibiting MPS schools from affiliating with Schools That Can-Milwaukee – until and unless the organization stops promoting private voucher and charter schools.

Click here to view and print the petition; please ask members of your school community to sign. Return signed petitions to the MTEA office, 5130 W. Vliet St.

Concerned About More Early Childhood Tests?

This year, the state of Wisconsin is requiring K4, K5 and first grade students to take the PALS Phonological Awareness and Literacy Screener. Last year when the K5 students took the PALS test, MPS did not require them to also take the MAP literacy test. This year, however, the MPS administration has decided to require K5 and 1st grade students to take the MAP literacy test in addition to the PALS test.

Several teachers and parents have expressed concern about the computerized MAP literacy tests in K5 and 1st grade. For a parent perspective on K5 MAP testing, click here. We are looking for K4-1st grade teachers, as well as parents of students in K4-1st grade, who share these concerns. Please click here to take our short survey about testing in early child

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.

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.

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April 17 Update - 3:52 p.m.

MTEA Building Closed on Friday, April 18

The MTEA will be closed on April 18.  Spring Break (April 14-21) hours will be 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.  Regular office hours will resume on April 22.

Diane Ravitch's April 30 appearance postponed

Diane Ravitch's April 30 speaking engagement in Milwaukee has been postponed due to a knee injury that requires surgery. Please plan to join us for an inspiring evening in late September where Ravitch will speak about testing, privatization, and fighting back. We'll share the new date soon!

 

May 17 - Justice for All: Creating the Schools and Communities Our Children Deserve

Please help organize a team of parents, community members and educators from your school to attend this event from 10am-2pm on Saturday, May 17. At this event, parents, community leaders, residents, and educators will release our vision for “The Schools and Communities Milwaukee Children Deserve.” We will plan concrete steps that we can take, together, to achieve our goal of healthy communities and strong, integrated schools. Click for a flyer in English or Spanish. Click here for a signup sheet.

Help Build Union Power

MTEA is reaching out to all members to help strengthen our union so that we can successfully defend the craft of teaching and fight against privatization. Please click here if you are willing to get actively involved in one (or more) of four areas:


Building Power & Taking Action
: Assess and build organizing capacity at the school level, activate and increase our base of MTEA members, and plan a series of actions to build power and reclaim our schools.


Political and Legislative Organizing: 
Help elect state and local officials who will fight privatization and increase resources to public schools. Support legislative campaigns (including phone banks) that strengthen public education and oppose privatization.


Strengthening Community Alliances
: Work at the school level with parents and community partners, and/or work with community organizations and coalitions.


Student-Educator Alliances
: Support and reach out to students who are organizing on issues such as school safety and improved educational opportunities. (For example, being an advisor to a student club.)

Stronger Together: Join MTEA!

Click here for a membership form along with a sample form. Call 259-1990 to sign up for one-time or quarterly payments.

 

Click here to download the MTEA Retiree Lifetime Membership form.

 

Click here for more information on why your MTEA membership matters. Click here for a short video about membership.

Reimagining the MTEA

Please consider ways you may want to actively participate in our union in the upcoming school year and sign up now.

Re-imagine MTEA - Teaching and Learning

One key component of reinventing our union is addressing teaching and learning issues - proactively, addressing the real needs of educators.  Our classroom-focused initiatives include a new electronic newsletter, Re-Imagine.

2014-15 Calendars Now Available - New!

Click below for the 2014-15 MPS calendars:

2013-14 Calendars

Click below for the 2013-14 MPS calendars:

2013-14 Pay Schedules

Click below for the 2013-14 pay schedules:

Proud MPS Educators

We have profiles of Proud MPS Educators.  And there are literally thousands more.  Nominations are always welcome and the process is easy.

 

Highlighting the great work of educators is one of the ongoing components of the MPS Children's Campaign our union launched this spring.  Subscribe here for campaign updates.

Requesting a Substitute Teacher

To report an absence and request a substitute teacher, please go to aesopeducation.com or call 1-800-942-3767.

 

For technical support, pin or ID number, or problems with Aesop, teachers should email 565@milwaukee.k12.wi.us or call the MPS/Aesop message center at 773-9937.

How Substitute Teachers Access Aesop 

Read information on the district's new automated system for obtaining assignments.

Need an Attorney for Non-MPS Legal Matters?

We highly recommend the firm Hawks Quindel, S.C., which our union has worked  on labor issues with since the 1960's. They offer a discount to MTEA members. Follow this link to learn more about their attorneys and the range of services they provide, including in the area of family law.

Upcoming Events

04/25-27 - WEAC RA (Green Bay)

WEAC RA Delegates meet in Green Bay to discuss state-wide business.

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04/28 - Make-It, Take-It

Professional development that produces a product you can use the next day in your classroom is the best.

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04/29 - MTEA-R Workshop

MTEA-R is hosting a workshop on Tuesday, April 29 for retiree members who want to help lead political action and motivate a larger group of members to become increasingly active.

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05/01 - HYPE Happy Hours

Unwind and enjoy a cold one and free appetizers with your newly hired MPS colleagues. Directly after New Teacher Center monthly sessions. Members and nonmembers are welcomed.

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05/05 - Praxis II Prep

This course is designed for teachers gearing up for the June administration of the Praxis II.

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05/12 - End of School Year Survival

This seminar, designed for new teachers, will provide educators with strategies to help their students stay focused and suggestions for teachers to keep their sanity in the final weeks of school Monday, May 12, 2014. This is a free event for MTEA members only.

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05/13 - Preparing for your Summative Evaluation

If you have been evaluated this school year the MTEA wants to help prepare you for your summative evaluation your evaluator is required to hold prior to the end of the school year. Learn which artifacts and evidence can help support your growth in the Danielson Framework.

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