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President’s Letter Calvine Rollins, GAE President Elections Matter My Colleagues, This is another opportunity for GAE members to do what you do best – make a positive difference in the lives of students. You may be a teacher opening up the minds of your students or an education support professional transporting students to and from school safely, serving nutritious meals or keeping the learning environment clean and secure. In all of these scenarios you are promoting the best interest of students and your community. Georgia’s future prosperity will be determined by the effectiveness of our public education system, and you are on the front lines of this challenging endeavor. Your decision to be a member of the Georgia Association of Educators is one of the most important decisions that you have ever made in your professional career. It’s one that reflects your commitment to professionalism and public education. It not only provides the opportunity to enhance your career but it provides a chance to magnify your voice and join your 3.1 million colleagues of like- minded professionals across the nation who are determined to provide every student an opportunity to receive a great public education. The goal of ensuring every student the opportunity of receiving a great public school education is not an easy one given today’s political climate. Anti-government ideologues delight in cutting education funding and privateers try to transform public schools into corporate profit centers and this is why who is elected to represent you and your community matters. 4 | KNOW • Volume 12 Issue 1 It is no longer enough to cast your vote in the voting booth and leave. For those of you who choose to make a difference, this is the first step in a long process. If you really want to make a difference, you must build relationships with your elected officials. Your vote puts them in office. Your voice will help them make informed decisions about what is best for public school students in the state of Georgia. Your voice will also strengthen our profession and positively influence the future of our students. We must continue to press legislators to fully fund 180 days of instruction for all systems in the state. Many of you kept your jobs after the 2013 Legislative Session when the political majority made deep cuts in education funding, but thousands of your former colleagues in states across the country did not. Many survivors suffered from stagnant pay and larger teaching loads. In public education, our challenges and opportunities are never-ending. This is why every legislator from your district at the Georgia Gold Dome should hear from you before the end of this session. I have decided to make a difference. Please join me. Contact your legislators and ask them to stop the cuts to public education. Calvine Rollins, President Before being elected GAE President, Calvine served on GAE’s Board of Directors as GAE Vice President (2004-2008); the GAE Credential and Elections Committee (1997-2003); and on the NEA Elections Committee. She also served in her local association, the Decatur County Association of Educators (DCAE), as president (2000-2010). The choice is yours. We offer your KNOW magazine in both a print format and a digital format. The digital magazine comes straight to your email box. It gives you access to more information, cool news, and lots of bonus features-from “live” ads to video. It puts all that and more just a few clicks away. Or if you prefer, you can sign up to receive the printed copy of KNOW magazine. To have the magazine sent to you, login at GAE.org, click on your PROFILE, and choose your preferred delivery method for the magazine. EDUCATION’S FRONTLINE the people • the politics • the professionKNOW5 Do you know a classroom fall 2011 Volume 10 • Issue 1 www.gae.org | 1 superhero? 10 KNOW who just scored a GAE Foundation Scholarship 11 Snag the details on Staples Annual Teacher Appreciation Day EDUCATION’S FRONTLINE the people • the politics • the profession inspiration aspiration 14 Celebrate a CLEAN victory 16 Find out what legislation passed this session & what it means 26 Do you know which retired organization is best for you? 5 Get a jump on American Education Week 7 Enter the Great American Teach Off 10 Can Just Anybody Teach? 16 Poster: American Education Week 18 Code of Ethics for Educators 26 Election Notices A Peach of a Plan? Change is coming to the state health benefit plan. In January, your health premiums are set to jump again. are you ready? www.gae.org | 1 The stories of GAE members who are changing their schools and our world 5 Get ConnectED: The secret to getting the most out of your GAE membership 6 Win a school lounge makeover 10 How to review your personnel file 2 ESPs head to the Capitol 25 2012 Workshops 26 Election Notices & Online Voting WiNTEr 2012 Volume 10 • issue 2


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