WCTA+MSEA+NEA: The Big Picture
Check out this video produced by the Maryland State Educators Association - it's designed for new educators, but even veterans can learn more about how the big picture works for all of us.
Budget Advocacy: Helped Wanted
Do you know that the Washington County Commissioners hold the future of our schools in their hands through the annual budget process? And, do you know that the State of Maryland has designated Washington County as "low effort" in terms of school funding because of the lack of local support commensurate with what other counties provide their schools? This is why we need your voice to advocate for full funding. Find out what's in Dr. Michael's proposed budget that directly affects your school, then make plans to advocate for the funding needed by attending these meetings and contacting the commissioners via phone, email, or text.
Looking for Lead Teachers
Over the past few years we have been meeting with job-specific positions to discuss challenges, solutions, and how we can best advocate together for you, your position, and your students. On February 18th and on February 26th from 4:15-5:30, we invite ALL Lead Teachers to join us for these important discussions.
Take the 2020 Safety Survey
We need your input! Please help us compile data regarding safety and student discipline by completing this survey. We're looking for support and solutions to help improve our learning environments, Won't you give your voice to this effort? Every person's input counts. Thanks!
Join our community circles. Find out why this approach to resolving conflict and building stronger relationships works.
Safety & Discipline
Focus Group Gathering:
On February 27, from 4:30-5:30, we will meet together to talk about discipline, the myths, the law, and what can be done to get a handle on student behaviors. Space is limited! RSVP with Jamie Barrett at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Injured at Work?
If you are injured while at work or while accompanying students as part of your job, be sure that you follow WCPS protocals to report injuries immediately. Several different forms may be needed, Check with your school secretary and/or principal to be sure you have completed all that may be required.
WCTA News & Updates
The WCTA Advocate, Winter Issue, is now out in schools; however, due to an error in the printing process, some copies do not include the last line or two (i.e. - like the recipe box!) in the "text box." If you want to read "the rest of the stories," here is a PDF of the issue: Adv.WCTA.Winter.2020.Updated.
Maryland Blueprint Moving in Annapolis
The bill to establish a new funding formula for Maryland's public schools and to implement recommendations from the Kirwan Commission now introduced as proposed legislation during this Legislative Session in Annapolis. Our reps will be holding meetings at our schools to make sure you have the information you need about this important bill.
WCTA 2020-2021 Elections & MSEA Elections Details
At the January Rep Council, Neil Becker announced the new election cycle for WCTA and MSEA elections for 2020-2021. For WCTA Board of Directors and MSEA/NEA delegated nominating forms and information, see the WCTA Elections webpage.
In terms of the upcoming MSEA elections, WCTA Representative Council voted to endorse the following candidates in the upcoming MSEA elections. Digital balloting begins on January 27.
- Treasurer: Joe Coughlin
- NEA Director: Linda McLaughlin
- MSEA Board of Directors: Heather Goodheart, Donna Christy, and Neil Becker
Maryland's Blueprint Legislation
Injured at Work?
If you are injured as a result of your interaction with students, staff, or the physical environment while at work, you need to check in with your principal/school secretary to complete this injury reporting form Even if it's a trip over a student's bookbag that twists your ankle, complete the form and get it checked out. If you have repurcussions down the road, you will need the documentation, and it's always better to prevent future complications by getting the care you need early on.
MD Report Card Released
Salary Scale for 2019-2020
Thanks to local funds and a state Kirwan grant, teachers received a solid increase for the 2019-2020 year.
Salary Step Crosswalk is available here to explain the increase and changes to the salary scale.
Medical benefits premium increases were held to just 2% thanks to member advocacy and changes in usage. And we were able to get some additions/improvements to the coverage for both medical and dental.
If you have questions or concerns, call WCTA! We're here to support our teachers and students!
This Fund-Raiser is for everyone - WCTA members, non-members, co-workers, family and friends. Download the pdf here. At the bottom of the paper is a coupon to be filled out and returned along with your club dues of $15.00 (Checks should be made payable to WCTA Scholarship Fund). Drawings are held monthly during the WCTA Rep Council meeting. One lucky winner will be awarded a gift certificate to that month's corresponding restaurant. If you win one month, you are still eligible for each of the subsequent monthly drawings. Multiple entries are welcome. You may join at any time, late entries will not be eligible for months already drawn. Each entry remains active for the 12 drawings listed on the paper.
ALL PROCEEDS GO TO THE WCTA SCHOLARSHIP FUND
Do you have questions about your healthcare bill? Contact one of the following:
- WCPS Benefits Office - 301-766-2810
- Tricia Riley, WCPS Benefits Specialist: email
- Contact Cigna - 800-244-6224 - If you have Medicare as your primary insurance please contact them first.
Be sure to log into your My Cigna page or app. Check out items available under the My Health tab. There are Discount Programs and Resources available that may save you additional money.
BE A 5 MINUTE ACTIVIST
MSEA continues to keep standing strong to protect our public schools from cuts and privatization in the days ahead. Get the last action alerts and breaking news on state education issues by signing up for their text alerts.
Text MSEA to 84693 and you'll be kept in the loop.
*Blackout hours - won't be alerted at night.
*Won't be bombarded, only most important news.
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