Tell city leaders: Don't sell public buildings to voucher schools!

Click here for more information about the proposal to sell Lee Elementary to St. Marcus voucher school. Please contact your alderperson and school board representative today. Click here for MTEA president Bob Peterson's blog on the proposed sale.

Professional Development This Summer at MTEA

Click here for a full listing of all summer 2014 professional development at MTEA, including registration links. Courses include:

  • Drop-in PDP support
  • Becoming a superb substitute
  • Culturally relevant teaching
  • Managing stress and enjoying the profession
  • Support for Student Learning Objectives
  • Standards Based Grading guidebook session
  • Meet and greets for new educators

... and more! MTEA members can access all of these courses FREE through the Milwaukee Center for Teaching, Learning and Public Education.

School-Based Interview Update

Click here for more details about the interview process, including how MPS will notify chosen candidates and what to do if you do not have a placement at the end of all interview cycles.

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 5:30 p.m., Monday - Friday (please arrive by 5:00 p.m. to allow enough time to view). No copies or photos of the results may be taken, but you are free to review them at the office.

Diane Ravitch's Talk RESCHEDULED for Oct. 1

Nationally renowned public education advocate Diane Ravitch will speak in Milwaukee on Wednesday, October 1, 2014 at 6:30pm.

Ravitch will explain who’s behind the well-coordinated effort to defund public education and privatize our schools, and prepare us to fight back against privatization and testing.

MTEA will provide free tickets to groups of 10 or more members and supporters who plan to attend together.

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.


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.

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. 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

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 or call 1-800-942-3767.


For technical support, pin or ID number, or problems with Aesop, teachers should email 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.


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Upcoming Events

09/01 - LaborFest

Please plan to join us! Meet at Zeidler Park at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, September 1, at 11:00 a.m., we will march to Summerfest grounds for LaborFest 2014.


09/03-09/04 - Disability Insurance Enrollment

Get information and/or enroll in short-term disability insurance for MTEA members provided by WEA Member Benefits and underwritten by Aflac.


09/16 - Standards Based Grading - Guidebook Session

Come and learn how to plan for, implement, and communicate to parents and students about standards based grading.


09/18 - Educator Effectiveness Plan (EEP) and Student Learning Objectives (SLO)

Educator Effectiveness requires teachers to complete a professional practice goal (just like last year), and also your Student Learning Objective (SLO), a teacher self-reflection tool.


09/22 - Three-Credit Book Study

Earn three credits this fall with your colleagues through a graduate book study course. Credits are offered through Augustana College and are accepted by DPI for license renewal.


09/23 - Educator Effectiveness Plan (EEP) and Student Learning Objectives (SLO)

Educator Effectiveness requires teachers to complete a professional practice goal (just like last year), and also your Student Learning Objective (SLO), a teacher self-reflection tool.


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