THESE GAE TERMS?
Association Representative AR
A building or worksite representative for a local, who serves as the face
and first contact for members and potential members. GAE’s goal is to
have an AR in every school.
A GAE member at the local level representing their area at the state
or national convention.
Educators Employment Liability EEL
A professional liability insurance program which NEA provides as a
benefit of membership. The program is totally dues-funded; members
pay no separate fee. It is designed to protect association members.
Education Support Professional ESP
A school employee whose position provides direct or indirect services
to students and/or their parents. ESPs include positions such as
paraprofressionals, bus drivers, and food service workers.
Education Reform Commission ERC
Established by Governor Nathan Deal to provide recommendations
to improve our educational system, review merit-based pay, concerns
about recommendations on funding, and teacher retention and
recruitment efforts. GAE opposed parts of this recommendation.
Georgia Professional Standard Commission GaPSC
Created by the Georgia General Assembly on July 1, 1991, to assume
full responsibility for the preparation, certification, and professional
conduct of certified personnel employed in Georgia public schools.
A local association setup within the guidelines of GAE, NEA, and
governed by local bylaws that allow members to engage and work with
one another for student success, advocate for public education, and
provide educational support.
Local Area President LAP
A person elected by members of a local association to lead their local
association as President. A LAP is responsible for local meetings and
ensures their local association has a strategic plan of action.
National Education Association NEA
The nation’s largest professional employee organization committed to
advancing the cause of public education. NEA’s 3 million members
work at every level of education—from pre-school to university
graduate programs. Georgia is a state-affiliate of NEA.
8 | KNOW • Volume 15 Issue 3
As a GAE member, you’ve probably heard plenty
of education terms; some you may know very well
and some you may not. Ever wonder the meaning
of those commonly used GAE acronyms?
Well here’s your answer!
Also referred to as ”contracting out.” A broad campaign that seeks to
transfer many parts of our school services, including the delivery of
education services, into the hands of private, for-profit and not-for-profit
corporations. GAE opposes privatization.
Public Schools Employees Retirement System PSERS
Established January 1970 under Georgia Laws 1969 (O.C.G.A. Title
47, Chapter 4) to provide certain public school employees with a
supplemental retirement plan.
Representative Assembly RA
The annual meetings when delegates determine business matters
for GAE and NEA over the next year, set the budget, and elect state
Flexibility provided in the form of waivers of certain state laws, rules,
and guidelines in exchange for greater accountability for increased
Teacher Keys Effectiveness System TKES
Georgia’s evaluation system designed for building teacher effectiveness
and ensuring consistency and comparability.
Teachers’ Retirement System TRS
Manages the retirement fund for public school educators, University
System of Georgia employees, and others in educational work
environments. It provides the resources both retirees and currently
working educators need to best plan for the future.
Unified Service Director UD, Uniserv Director
An expert team of professional
advocates, who are members
of the GAE staff, and
live and work in members’
hometowns. They know the
local schools and visit