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4 | KNOW • Volume 10 Issue 4 President’s Letter Sid Chapman, GAE President My Colleagues, Some years ago, I gave the welcome speech to the GAE RA, in which, I presented the theme of my personal mantra from a quote of Dr. Robert H. Schuller: “If it’s going to be—it’s up to me!” I added the idea that if public education in Georgia is to be saved, it is up to GAE! If GAE is to be successful, “It’s up to you and me!” I believe that this should be every GAE member’s and public educator’s mantra. As your president, I plan to do all that I can to move GAE and public education forward. We are in a critical period in the history of public education. It is imperative that we energize, organize, and mobilize our members to be advocates for public education. GAE is only as strong as the members are willing to stand up and be heard. Our members enjoy excellent and effective legal services, government relations, and member benefits and we have a dedicated staff that is available to serve, organize, and advocate on our behalf. When the opportunity presents itself, I urge you to get to know the GAE staff from our new Executive Director, Chris Baumann, and the headquarters management team and staff, to your more localized UniServ Directors. I also recommend that you communicate with your District Directors, attend your district meetings, and express your needs and concerns. Get involved with your local affiliates, for that is where our greatest strength lies. We are all in this together, and together we will become a more effective, growing, and influential organization! We are in the midst of the election cycle for U.S. Senator, Governor, State School Superintendent, and other state officials. Please take time to learn all you can about our endorsed candidates. Visit our website at GAE.org and read our informative e-newsletters when they arrive in your mailboxes. And find a way to get out the vote in your community because this is one of the most crucial elections in recent history. On behalf of the GAE leadership team; including your new officers: Vice President, Charlotte Booker and Secretary/ Treasurer, Lisa Morgan, I urge you to step up your game and get involved. If we are going to change the tide in Georgia, it’s up to you and me—it’s up to GAE! Sincerely, Sid Before being elected GAE President, Sid served as GAE Vice President (2010-2012, 2012-2014), Board Director and member of the GAE Internal Concerns and Elections and Credentials Committees. He also served in his local association, the Clayton County Education Association (CCEA), as president (2002-2014). 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 old-fashioned 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. www.gae.org | 1 The Constitutional Amendment Vote 7 Teach + Travel the world. We’ll show you how. 9 Stop bullying on your bus now! 12 Review: The Code of Ethics for Educators 20 Get ready to vote! 27 Do you have the right to say anything on your blog? 29 Meet the GAE Leading Locals 31 Want to save $$$? There’s an app for that! EDUCATION’S FRONTLINE the people • the politics • the profession WHAT’S @ STAKE IN OUR STATE www.gae.org | 1 EDUCATION’S FRONTLINE the people • the politics • the profession 3 GAE’s 44th Annual Spring Convention 8 Are you ready for Read Across America 2014? 10 Valdosta member wins BIG wrongful termination settlement 12 Legal Q & A tackles gender stereotyping 16 GAE Elections and Candidates 18 0 Days GAE’s Initiative Our effort to provide Georgia’s children the TIME they need to be their best! Spring 2014 Volume 12 • Issue 1 Notice to GAE Members: Georgia Association of Educators annual membership dues include the following refundable contributions: Georgia Association of Educators Foundation - $2 for Active Certified members and $1 for Active Education Support members. GAE Foundation contributions fund educational scholarships and grants to members and potential educators and are tax deductible as charitable contributions. Georgia Association of Educators-Fund for Public Education (GAE-FPE) - $6 for Active Certified members and $3 for Active Education Support members. GAE-FPE contributions are used for political purposes and are not tax deductible. GAE Foundation and GAE-FPE contributions are voluntary and members have the right to a refund of these contributions. Send your request for refund of GAE Foundation and/or GAE-FPE contributions in writing to GAE Membership Processing at: GAE Membership Processing; Suite 500; 100 Crescent Center Parkway; Tucker; Georgia 30084-7050. NEA, GAE, and local association membership dues are not deductible as charitable contributions. Dues payment (or a portion) may be deductible as a miscellaneous itemized deduction. Six percent (6%) of GAE membership dues is attributable to lobbying expenses and is not tax deductible.


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