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4 | KNOW • Volume 10 Issue 4 President’s Letter Sid Chapman, GAE President Dear Colleagues, As 2014 rapidly comes to a close and I am more and more enveloped in the holiday spirit, I find myself being sincerely grateful, ever hopeful, and increasingly inspired. While the events of this past year may prove to cause 2015 to be particularly challenging for public education, I am grateful for all of my fellow GAE members and for all you do every day on the frontlines of education. I am also hopeful because of the support each of you exhibits in helping Georgia’s young minds flourish; together, there is no challenge we cannot overcome. Moreover, as we are faced with seemingly unprecedented change, I am inspired by our collective creativity that will certainly help us navigate the changing landscape of public education with grace. Inspiration comes from many places but often time shows up in the time of necessity and pulls from the unlikeliest of experiences. Nevertheless, art, and its many contributories, serves as a major source of inspiration. Maybe a painting or a song or even a dance movement can give way to a brainchild for teaching students their parts of speech or order of operations. Now I can honestly say that I haven’t painted or even colored in a coloring book in while, yet I owe my creative thinking skills to the experiences art in education provided. It’s this kind of inspiration that served as the muse for this issue of KNOW. Yes, you will read about the challenges we are set to face in this upcoming legislative session, and yes – you will even read up on what school flexibility will mean for your school. But more importantly, you’ll have a chance to be inspired by the “good stuff ” and all the hard work GAE and its members are putting forth on behalf of bettering public education. We know that 1.6 million students depend on their local schools in Georgia for inspiration of a better life and livelihood. If that doesn’t inspire you, let me encourage you to look around your local schools and listen to some of your own students. I leave you with song lyrics from “What a Wonderful World,” composed by Bob Thiele and George David Weiss, and first recorded by Louis Armstrong in 1967. “I see babies crying. I’ll watch them grow – they’ll learn so much more than I’ll ever know. Then I think to myself, what a wonderful world!” I am inspired to ensure that ever young mind learns more than I know – and that Georgia students will help sustain this wonderful world in which we live. Happy holidays to you and yours! 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. 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. 12


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