August 26 Update - 10:25 a.m.
MTEA Summer Hours
MTEA summer hours (8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.) run from June 20 - August 29, 2014.
2014-15 Compensation Update
Teachers who receive paychecks from MPS this week will notice a new base pay rate on your check. This rate does NOT include your additional compensation for master’s/PhD, additional high-needs certification, and/or National Board certification. You WILL receive this additional compensation (if you qualify for it), but this compensation is not part of your base pay. However, when added together, your base pay plus your additional compensation should still be higher than last year's salary.
MPS says it will communicate with employees soon on this matter, but here is what we know now:
All teachers with a master’s/PhD, additional high-needs certification, and/or National Board certification will receive the additional pay starting on September 12 and divided evenly over 20 paychecks. This applies to teachers on the year-round, IB, and traditional calendars.
Summer school pay is to be based on your June 1, 2014 rate and should not be affected by changes to your base pay. If your summer school pay is different this week, contact MTEA at 259-1990.
Substitutes vote to recertify MTEA
MPS substitute teachers voted overwhelmingly to continue being represented by the MTEA in collective bargaining with MPS. 98% of all substitute teachers who voted in the recertification election voted YES, with 62% of all eligible voters casting a yes vote. The election was a re-run of last fall’s recertification election. The first election was declared invalid because the list of eligible voters MPS originally provided omitted over 100 substitute teachers who should have been able to vote. Read more here.
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.
: 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. 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.
Click below for the 2014-15 MPS calendars:
2014-15 Payroll Schedules - Now Available NEW!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.