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4 | KNOW • Volume 103 Issue 14 PRESIDENT’S LETTER Sid Chapman, GAE President Dear colleagues: We have all witnessed 2015 get off to a uniquely challenging start for public education. One could be discouraged, but for this fact: together we stand, and together we are encouraged. As educators, both in and out of the classroom, we have the ability to call on a plethora of creative skills to suit the challenges ahead. I am often reminded of how I came to be an educator and the transitional period in my becoming certified to teach. From substitute teaching, to being a para-pro, to even driving a bus for special needs students – I have literally worked almost the entire gamut of the education field. And while at times making ends meet seemed increasingly difficult on a paraprofessional’s salary, my desire to serve students stemmed from a deeper place of commitment. Much like my calling to be a minister, so too, was I called to be an educator. What does a calling to education look like? Even if you’re not a morning person, as an educator, you greet 6:30 a.m. (or earlier) with a smile. You resign yourself to wearing at least 10 more hats throughout the day than you were hired to wear. And you are content to still being an educator long after the last bell has rung. Yet despite our dedication, determination, and resolve, some are content to view us as “just bus drivers” or “just custodians” or “just teachers.” And in doing so, the very essence of our profession is trivialized and deemed unworthy of even the very basic of needs such as healthcare. Nevertheless, I am a firm believer in fairness and fair compensation. While we didn’t become educators to be billionaires, it has been said that “the labourer is worthy of his reward.” Educators put forth much more than just lesson plans and services for Georgia’s students. We stand as shining examples of servant leaders; serving our respective communities while quietly leading young minds towards enlightenment. Take a moment to think about the many people who made your own education possible – and how many of them served as role models for both you and your peers. In supporting educators in every facet of the profession, we honor our own for the outstanding service they so selflessly render each and every day for each and every student. From serving our students breakfast and lunch to helping pass education-friendly legislation, we as educators don’t just teach – we lead. Let us continue to be servant leaders for the 1.7 million students who are counting on us and be inspired by our fellow educators in creating the best public school system in the nation. Sincerely, Dr. Sid Chapman President Georgia Association of Educators 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. GAEFPE 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. 13 1


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