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BECAUSE EVERY STUDENT’S FUTURE DEPENDS ON US ACTING NOW. COMMIT TO SAVING OUR PUBLIC SCHOOLS FROM THE STATE TAKEOVER PLAN! Pledge to keep local control of our Community Schools today! www.gae.org | 5 KNOW & Tell NEWS HELP STOP OSD SCHOOL TAKEOVERS! A takeover plan will: 1. Shift resources away from public schools. 2. Turn local schools in to charters run by out-of-state for-profit companies. 3. Appoint a new state bureaucracy that will take decision making away from teachers, parents and the locally elected school board. This amendment also allows the state to fire teachers without cause, and close some schools while forcing overcrowding in others. The politician’s plan will make things WORSE, not better. GAE MEMBER GOES TO THE WHITE HOUSE Jeanette Griffin-Kimber was recently one of only 12 education support professionals recognized by the White House as a 2016 Champion of Change. The ESP who serves as a substitute teacher coordinator at Meadowcreek High School, ensures that there is a qualified substitute for every teacher. In addition to her work, Jeanette also engages and supports at-risk youth across Georgia. She says, “Making sure students’ educational needs are met is my highest priority.” When asked by educational policy makers at the White House during a panel discussion on best practices in public education, Jeanette said, “I look at the whole child… if a child is not feeling well she or he can’t learn!” Meadowcreek High principal Tommy Welch said Griffin-Kimber, who became a substitute teacher at the school in 2005, has always been eager to help students. She gets prom dresses for students who cannot afford one. She helps students with public speaking. She conducts etiquette training for girls. “She wants to impact the youth in a positive way,” Welch said of Jeanette. “She does everything from the heart.” “Congratulations to Jeanette on this incredible honor,” said NEA President Lily Eskelsen Garcia. “NEA applauds Jeanette and her commitment to helping students succeed in school. ESPs are our public school’s unsung heroes. They are dedicated professionals who serve their students; willing and generous role models who makes a difference in kids’ lives inside and outside of school; and advocates for public education.”   “As our 2015 ESP of the Year, it does not surprise me that the White House has bestowed this honor on Jeanette,” said Dr. Sid Chapman, president of the Georgia Association of Educators.  “As a co-president of the Gwinnett County Association of Educators, she has been empowering, caring and visionary in her work for her school and the local association. The honor is well deserved!” STOP THE STATE TAKEOVER OF OUR LOCAL PUBLIC SCHOOLS! HAVE YOU SIGNED THE PLEDGE? All over Georgia, educators, parents, community leaders, and concerned citizens are signing the pledge to keep Georgia schools local. Why? It’s in direct opposition to the proposed Opportunity School District that’s nothing more than a state takeover plan of local schools. The pledge is to ensure that you choose to invest in community schools as an option to help struggling schools as opposed to putting the fate and resources of your local school into the hands of the Governor. Sign the pledge to keep Georgia schools local http://bit.ly/2aebSwQ Visit: http://bit.ly/2arsVrz to learn more about how to stop the takeover over of your local schools 1. WHAT’S YOUR JOB TITLE?_____________________________________________ 2. IS THIS YOUR FIRST YEAR WORKING HERE? Yes No 3. WHERE DID YOU GRADUATE/GET TRAINED/GET CERTIFIED? _________________________________________________________________________ 4. WHAT WOULD YOU FIND MOST USEFUL TO HELP YOU AND YOUR STUDENTS SUCCEED? Classroom Management Access to mentors and/or coaches Access to professional development and professional support Other: ___________________________________________________________ 5. WHICH OF THE FOLLOWING AREAS AND ISSUES ARE MOST IMPORTANT TO YOU?? Conditions in the Classroom Social Justice Parental and Community Engagement Education Policy (testing, funding, etc.) Salaries and Benefits Other: ___________________________________________________________ 6. WHICH OF THE FOLLOWING ACTIVITIES AND TOOLS ARE MOST VALUABLE TO YOU? Degrees Not Debt – reducing your student loan payments and pursuing loan forgiveness Political advocacy – opportunities to advocate for laws and policies that ensure the schools our students deserve Professional development – trainings, conferences, webinars designed to help you improve your practice Social and economic justice – opportunities to improve the conditions our students face inside and outside of the classroom 7. I WANT TO GET NEA MOBILE ALERTS (Msg & data rates may apply. 4 msgs/month. SMS terms at nea.org/terms) Yes No GAE_5x7_Pledge Card.indd 1 7/26/16 10:39 AM First:__________________________________________________________________ Last:_________________________________________________________________ Street Address:_______________________________________________________ City:_____________________________________ State: ______Zip: ____________ Personal Email: _______________________________________________________ Phone:_______________________________________________________________ Work/School Site:_____________________________________________________ ARE YOU AN EDUCATOR? Yes No ARE YOU A GAE MEMBER? Yes No YES! I WANT TO HELP BY: Sharing info on school takeovers and community schools on Facebook, Twitter, and/or other social platforms Making phone calls Hosting an informal house party/info session Speaking at community meetings Receiving SMS text messaging and other electronic and/or traditional updates HELP START COMMUNITY SCHOOLS! Children are counting on us to focus on what works. Our Community Schools Success Plan is about quality pre-K, smaller classes, and afterschool programs. We need better funding for art, music, and PE. • Our plan creates stability in schools and a healthier learning environment. • Parents, educators, and communities know what’s best for students, not politicians. VOTE NO ON THE OSD STATE TAKEOVER OF PUBLIC SCHOOLS! For more information, contact GAE: 678-837-1100 www.gae.org facebook.com/GeorgiaAssociationofEducators @GeorgiAEducator I pledge to vote NO on the so-called “Opportunity School District” amendment that will take money and decision-making power away from our local public schools. We need to help our struggling schools, not defund them. GAE_5x7_Pledge Card.indd 2 7/26/16 10:39 AM


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