4 President’s Letter 7 KNOW How To: Access your Benefits Information
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CONTENTS SPRING 2015
Volume 13 Issue 2
Volume 13 Issue 2
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5 KNOW & TELL
From appointments on the PSC to updates on the
Education Reform Commission, learn more about
the good, bad, and ugly info you should be sharing
in your community.
8 GAE’S 2015 SPRING RA
Weren’t able to make it to the Spring RA this
year? Check out some of images of GAE in action.
Whether they were getting down to business in
session or just getting down on the dance floor,
see your leaders in action.
10 WHAT YOU DIDN’T
KNOW ABOUT TKES
TKES – the four letter acronym that can seem like
a four letter word for teachers being measured by
the set of standards. But how much do you really
know about the nuts and bolts of TKES? Fine tune
your understanding of TKES and learn how Georgia
teachers are graded.
14 THE ZERO SUM GAME
BEING PLAYED WITH
Governor Nathan Deal thinks a state school
takeover is what’s best for struggling schools
in Georgia. Read how Lisa Morgan gave expert
witness at a Georgia House Education Committee
meeting as to why the Governor’s plan won’t work.
17 2015 GAE LEGISLATIVE
From teacher retirement to healthcare for noncertified
employees, find out what the Georgia
General Assembly did this legislative session
regarding legislation impacting public education.
24 EXONERATED FOR
TEACHING WITH PASSION:
DESSA CURB’S JOURNEY INTO
THE APS CHEATING TRIAL
She knew she was innocent of any wrong doing
but was put on trial anyway. See how GAE helped
retired educator Dessa Curb prove her innocence
in the APS cheating scandal.
28 KEEPING UP TO DATE
Just because they aren’t in the class room
anymore doesn’t mean that retired members
aren’t busy. See what GAE-Retired has been
up to and how you can join.