5 MARK SIMONS, GAE’S NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR 27 GAE ELECTIONS
4 PRESIDENT’S LETTER
5 MEET OUR NEW EXECUTIVE
DIRECTOR, MARK SIMONS
6 KNOW AND TELL
Information on our 49th Annual Spring Convention
in Macon; How to keep up with what’s happening
under the Gold Dome; Coming deadlines for the
GAE State Spelling Bee; Tips. Tricks and Guidance
for New Educators; President Booker responds
to Gov. Kemp’s State of the State Address
and Meets with State Schools Superintendent
Richard Woods; and How a Bill Becomes a Law.
12 TAX POINTS FOR EDUCATORS
Read this helpful information to help you file your
tax return and take advantage of educator-specific
15 GAE LEGAL NEWS
Latest Wins for Members, the Association and the
16 MEMBER SPOTLIGHT — ERIC
CONTENTS SPRING 2019
Volume 17 Issue 1
Eric Crouch, a fifth grade teacher at Double
Churches Elementary School in Columbus, has
made the top 50 short list for the prestigious
Varkey Foundation Global Teacher Prize for 2019.
The $1 million award is the largest prize of its kind
and is considered the Nobel Prize of teaching.
17 JEERS AND CHEERS — THE BEST
AND WORST OF 2018 IN PUBLIC
2018 was by most measures a pretty great
year for public education. It seemed that
finally — finally — the conversation about the
future of public education was headed in the
22 READ ACROSS AMERICA
Everything you need to know about the Big
Day — March 1, 2019!
24 GAE RETIRED
Save the dates and more regarding our GAE-Retired’s
28 HOW TO CAST YOUR VOTE
Information on how to vote in GAE’s upcoming
29 GAE ELECTIONS
Candidates for GAE Officers, District Directors, GAE
Fund for Public Education and NEA Delegates.
Volume 17 Issue 1
Justin T. Johnson
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