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.
NEA's Schools and Coronavirus: What You Should Know website includes info and links to resources for K-12 educators.
At all levels, local, state, and national, we're in this together.
WCTA News & Updates
June 27, 2020: WCTA leaders do not yet know what plans will include for school reopening for the 2020-2021 academic year. Watch your personal emails throughout the summer for WCTA updates, and check your school emails periodically for updates from your school administrators. Have a great summer!
Covid-19 WCTA School Closure Related Blog: Please see our WCTA Covid-19 Frequently Asked Questions and Member Updates page for information, updates, and a chronology of FAQ postings.
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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Special News & Updates from NEA and MSEA: Updated May 31, 2020
“My heart and soul are heavy as we grieve yet another Black person killed senselessly by a white police officer. We grieve with the families of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Freddie Gray, and the countless others who died for being Black in America. Grieving and condemning these actions are not enough. We must recognize and take a stand against institutional racism and white privilege that exists throughout our state and country. This must include an end to the murder of Black men, women, and children at the hands of police officers who are sworn to protect us all or at the hands of white supremacists.
“I fear for our Black and Brown students and can’t imagine the fear their parents and families must feel each time they step outside. Nobody, no matter their race, deserves to live in fear. MSEA calls for policies to be put in place in Maryland and throughout the country to protect Black and Brown lives and erase the structural and institutional racism and inequities that have been built into the fabric of our country. We will work with our local associations and allies for however long it takes to ensure this happens," Bost wrote. “We must all support educators, families, and students who are impacted and traumatized by these recent, but not unique, racist murders and actions. Students and educators will need time, space, and support services to process this trauma, so we will call on and work with our school system leaders to provide for the needs of our educators and students in this time of such deadly racist acts."
“No more excuses. No more denial. No more it’s not my problem.”
NEA Statement and Resources
Click here to read the NEA’s statement about the killing of George Floyd.
Click here for a range of resources from NEA and allied organizations on how to deal with acts of racism and hate; white supremacy; talking about race in the classroom; helping children cope with a traumatic event; and teaching tolerance and acceptance.
Click here for NEA EdJustice resources on Black Lives Matter at School, Talking about Race, Implicit Bias, and more.
You can also find resources and links to local organizations and action steps from Education Minnesota at this link.