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									                                                               JOURNAL
                                                        August, 2012                    www.feaonline.org                    Vol. 56 No. 1




                        DoDEA Educators Bogged Down
                        By Volume of New Initiatives
                        The amount of new programs, trainings and mandates        is they are doing serious harm to the educational envi-
                        being imposed upon classroom educators by admin-          ronment in our schools,” says FEA President Michael
                        istrators at DoDEA Headquarters is leaving teachers       Priser. “We are hearing more and more from school-
                        with less-and-less instructional time as they struggle to level educators – the people who are the real education
                        meet the requirements dumped upon them by manage-         experts – that they simply cannot keep up with the
                        ment.                                                     ever-changing requirements and time demands being
                              Over the past several years, administrative person- unnecessarily put upon them.”




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                        nel at DoDEA Headquarters in Arlington have come               The rise in new initiatives began following the
                        up with scores of new initia-                                                       significant increase in head-
                        tives they claim will improve                                                       quarters staff under former
                        the quality of education in our                                                     DoDEA Director Dr. Shirley
                        schools.                                                                            Miles and has continued to
Go to pages 6 and 7           In reality, these endless
                        new initiatives – many of which
                                                                                                            the present day.
                                                                                                                 “I think it really has to do
to see examples of      have little or no educational                                                       with these people at head-
                        merit – are only making it           The number of ne w initiati ves quarters feeling the need to
the initiatives being   harder for classroom teachers
                                                             DoDEA He adquarters is current- constantlyin order towith new
                                                                                                                         come up

handed down by DoDEA
                        and other personnel to find                                                         programs                 justify
                        adequate time to accomplish          ly tr ying to impose upon class- their jobs,” Priser says.
headquarters                                                 room educators – that’s ne arly
                        their primary responsibility:                                                            “Whatever the reason,
                        educating students.                                                                 it’s time for management to
                              “Whatever the beliefs and one ne w initiati ve for ever y stop and listen to those in the
                        intentions of headquarters           day of the 2012-13 school ye ar! classrooms before lasting harm
                        personnel may be, the reality                                                       is done.”
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  Notes from the President
   Michael Priser Why A Business Model for
                  DoDEA Is Not Working
                                              The trend in the United States and DoDEA          adamant that metrics must be in place to        School (FLES) program to the 50 percent of
                                              is to compare running a school system to          measure growth. While they continued to         DoDEA schools that are currently receiving
                                              running a business. Unfortunately, the two        push top-down accountability, any metric        none. However, they are asked to do it at
                                              have very different goals and missions: Pri-      that attempted to measure accountability of     NO COST! Their solution: Have a FLES
                                              vate business’ goal is to generate a positive     DoDEA Headquarters was removed.                 teacher instruct a full classroom of early
                                              financial return, while public schools are             When pushed to hold Headquarters           childhood students in one location, and at
                                              there to provide the best education pos-          accountable for resolving the pay prob-         the same time have another full classroom
                                              sible given resource constraints. In educa-       lems/debt collection mess that has plagued      of early childhood students hundreds of
                                              tion, one cannot just vary the quality of a       DoDEA for over 10 years, the metric was         miles away watching on a TV monitor.
                                              “product” to control costs. Tools used by         dismissed. Take a look at the metrics that      Again, education on the cheap does not
                                              businesses are not options for educators.         remain. Are any of them designed to re-         equate to quality education.
                Get breaking news                   Unfortunately, DoDEA has tried to           form the DoDEA personnel system, supply              Textbook selection committees are now
                                              use “business-like” tools to shape educa-         meaningful professional development, or         based on selections made only by Head-
                and twice-monthly
                                              tion, based upon input and decisions by           pay employees properly?                         quarters personnel. Associations may no
                     updates from             those who are not educators or have been               DoDEA continues to use this non-           longer send teacher representatives to these
                    FEA President             out of the classroom for decades. DoDEA           educator/business model to develop new          committees. Again, the further you are
                    Michael Priser            Headquarters claims it wishes to “hear from       initiatives that show a complete lack of un-    from the classroom (and regardless whether
                                              those in the classroom,” but continues to         derstanding of children and how they learn.     you have a background in education) the
                   sent directly to
                                              develop surveys designed to provide only               When the Pentagon objected to the          more you shape what teachers must deliver.
                       your e-mail.           the feedback that they want to hear. Ques-        fact that DDESS school children receive         It was Headquarters personnel who decided
                                              tions to probe for concerns or problem            more art/music/PE than their DoDDS              that pulling early childhood teachers away
                    Sign up at                areas are rarely asked directly. Criticism of     counterparts, Headquarters ignored the fact     from the classroom twice a year for 6 full
                                              Headquarters is dismissed.                        that DDESS schools are staffed at lower         days of testing was equivalent to providing
www.feaonline.org/listserv.htm
                                                    On the recent “One-on-One Comput-           ratios for electives. Headquarters’ solu-       “education” to children.
                                              er” initiative being piloted in select schools,   tion was to pretend to fix the problem by            FEA will continue to be your strong
 (use the Membership ID number on the         Headquarters did not wish to ask any survey       mandating more time for “art/music/PE”          voice for what needs to go into the schools.
   last page of this newsletter to sign in)
                                              questions that alluded to problem areas. A        without providing any additional staffing       We will continue to seek your input
                                              Headquarters researcher stated after the          resources. So, children will not be receiving   through your elected leaders, surveys and
                                              survey results were completed that most of        standards-based education from certified        electronic means. We want the proper tools
                                              the results were “positive.” She went on to       teachers. Coloring a map in social studies      and instructional time necessary to do our
                                              add that negative comments were made by           (as suggested by Headquarters) is not art!      jobs. Headquarters needs to return to a
                                              those who would be retired in 3-5 years, so       Education on the cheap does not equate to       system that listens to school-level employ-
                                              their responses could be “set aside.”             quality education.                              ees about what is needed and provides the
                                                    When DoDEA decided to redo their                 Now Headquarters wants to expand           resources and vision to do what is right. Ac-
                                              Community Strategic Plan, they were               the Foreign Language in the Elementary          countability should begin at Headquarters.
                                                                                                                                                     August, 2012      Page 3



                                                                                                     Association Business
                                                                                                                                  H.T. Nguyen
                                                                                                                         FEA Executive Director


For FEA Members: It’s All About Service
I was thinking recently about a visit I              I know that FEA members honor that          management and supplying professional
made to Okinawa a few years ago and             service and that is what drives each of you      development opportunities through
how it provided a perfect image of our          to do your best for students everyday.           resources such as the NEA Academy (www.
members’ dedication to their students and            In your own way, our members are            neaacademy.org).
communities.                                    serving the military community. You do so             We serve our members by minimizing
      As is inevitable on such a long trip, I   by caring for the well-being of the students     attempts to impose even more paperwork
awoke very early in the morning with jet        you see everyday. This type of service, while    and other tasks that take away from the        Get all the
lag. I decided to get some exercise and go      not as dangerous or taxing as that provided      time you have to focus on your students        latest news on
for a long walk around the base.                by military personnel, is nonetheless            and their learning.                            issues affecting FEA
      My walk took me past one of the           important. Just ask any parent about their            We serve our members by keeping you
                                                                                                                                                members by
elementary schools on base where, despite       child’s education and you will hear some         informed about happenings throughout
the fact that it was not yet 6 a.m., I saw      passionate opinions.                             DoDEA and the education world.                 regularly visiting
numerous cars in the parking lot and lights          Our members welcome such passion                 And we serve our members by               FEA’s Web site at
on in the school.                               about education and go above-and-beyond          protecting you against unjustified,            www.feaonline.org
      Many of those cars, I learned, belonged   to see that the expectations of military         unwarranted and unnecessary actions by
to our hard-working members, who                parents are met.                                 management that distract you from the job
were there doing what they do everyday:              FEA knows those expectations are high       at hand.
Preparing to deliver an outstanding             and that our members hold themselves                  The overriding purpose of FEA is to
education to the military dependents they       accountable in ways that no test or              provide these and other services to our
serve.                                          assessment could ever measure. That is why       members so you can do what you do best:
      I began thinking about that word,         FEA exists to serve you, as educators, and to    Provide a world-class education to military
“service,” and how much it means to the         help you do your best everyday.                  dependents.
communities in which our members work.               We do so by fighting to preserve                 Service is always on the minds of FEA
      Of course, the service of the military    instructional time for the benefit of students   and its members. Whether it is FEA’s service
personnel whose children we educate can         against an endless barrage of new initiatives    to you, your service to military families,
never be praised highly enough. It is their     from management.                                 or the service and sacrifice those families
sacrifice and commitment that make what              We serve our members by pushing             provide to us all.
we do possible. Not just as educators but as    for improvement to the professional                   Service is always on my mind too,
citizens of our great country.                  development offerings made by                    especially during those 6 a.m. walks.
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How Your Dues Dollars Are Utilized
In School Year 2011-2012*, FEA State Dues were $398.                                                                                NEA, the National Education Association, is the parent organization of FEA.
From that amount, funds used to support the FEA                                                                                     There are also NEA affiliates in all 50 U.S. states. The NEA is America’s leading
Headquarters operating budget were $240.44                                                                                          proponent of quality public schools and a quality education for all children.



       Breakdown of the $398 FEA Dues for 2011-2012*                                                                                                     Breakdown of the $178 NEA Dues for 2011-2012*
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   $5.89
                                                                                                                                                                               $20.01                              Governance
                                $5.05                                                                                                 $5.14                                    Legal Support                       Implement an inclusive, engaged
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       $37.73
                                                                                                                                      Leadership Development                                                                                           Administrative Support
                                Communications/                                                                                       & Constituency Support
                                                                                                                                                                               Implement advocacy programs         governance process that fosters
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Provide for the business
                                Publications                                                                                          Provide for Regional Leadership
                                                                                                                                                                               for members including the           member participation and
                                                                                                                                                                               Unified Legal Services Program,     democratic decision making          operations to ensure
                                FEA Journals and other
                                                                                                                                      Conferences, Minority and                                                                                        organizational effectiveness
                                publications, BOD minutes,                                                                                                                     Fidelity Bond, Association          through such governing bodies
                                                                                                                                      Women’s Leadership Training,                                                                                     through technology
                                FEA Web site.                                                                                                                                  Professional Liability insurance,   as the Representative Assembly,
                                                                                                                                      constituent group leadership                                                                                     infrastructure,financial
                                                                       $44.58                                                                                                  and a one million dollar per        NEA Board, NEA Executive
                                                                                                                                      development, support for                                                                                         services, facilities services,
                                                                                                                                                                               member Educators Employment         Committee, and NEA committees
                                                                       Governance                                                     councils including NCUEA, ESP,                                                                                   and human resources to
 $7.86                                                                                                                                                                         Liability insurance program.        and task forces.
                                                                       Expenses for At-Large officers,                                Higher Education, NEA-Retired,                                                                                   serve the needs of affiliates
 Professional                                                          FEA BOD meetings, funding                                      and the NEA Student Program.                                                                                     and members.
 Services                                                              for state delegates to the FEA
 Negotiations, arbitrations,                                           Annual Membership Meeting/
 insurance and outside                                                 NEA convention, training for
 legal assistance when                                                 FEA leaders, and benefits and                                                                                                                                                       $1.42
 necessary.                                                            expenses for the FEA President.                                                                                                                                                      Contingency
                                                                                                                                      $20.34                                                                                                                Provide funding
                                                                                                                                      Legislative & Ballot                                                                                                  for emergencies at
                                                                                                                                      Initiative Action                                                                                                     the national, state,
                                                                                                                                      Build bipartisan support                                                                                              or local levels.
                                                                                                                                      for public education

 The balance of $157.56
                                                                                                                                      that includes lobbying,                                                                                   $9.57
                                                                                                                                      government relations,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Improve Teaching & Learning
 remains in the regions                                            $169.94                                                            state ballot initiative and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Advocate for qualified teachers
 to support the individual                                         Personnel                                                          legislative crisis fund,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                and support professionals in every
 regions (Stateside, Europe,                                       Salary, benefits,                                                  cyber lobbyists, members’
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                classroom and work site; create
 Pacific). In addition, a                                          and expenses for                                                   education and mobilization
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                learning conditions that close
 portion of local association                                                                                                         on political issues.
 dues is returned to the
                                                                   the staff in the FEA                                                                                                         $56.32                                          achievement gaps, particularly for
                                                                   Washington office.                                                                                                           Support Strong States & Locals to               low income and minority students;
 region. Local association
 dues do not come to the                                                                                                              $21.58                                                    Protect Member Interests                        increase graduation rates through
                                 $13.01                                                                                                                                                         Support the UniServ program, affiliate          teacher preparation, certification and
 Headquarters office.                                                                                                                 Partnerships & Public Relations
                                                                                                                                                                                                projects and assistance grants, and             development, and working conditions
                                 Administration                                                                                       Strengthen existing partnerships and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                that improve compensation, health
                                                                                                                                      establish new relationships with diverse                  bargaining training. Research will
                                 Office equipment, maintenance,
                                                                                                                                                                                                emphasize increased salaries and                care, retirement security; ethnic
                                 and supplies. It also                                                                                supportive organizations and businesses
                                                                                                                                                                                                benefits through tax equity, economic           minority community outreach; and
                                 includes audit services, legal                                                                       with an emphasis on outreach to ethnic
                                                                                                                                                                                                development, and adequate school                research and documentation on
                                 publications, and membership                                                                         minority communities and family-community
                                                                                                                                                                                                funding; and compensation and organizing        testing and accountability. Support
                                 promotional items.                                                                                   organizations. Establish NEA’s public image
                                                                                                                                                                                                database technology. Recruit and retain         English Language Learner policies,
                                                                                                                                      as an advocate for great public schools
                                                                                                                                                                                                members in all categories and produce           best practices and programs.
                                                                                                                                      through TV, radio, print and cyber news.
                                                                                                                                                                                                communications for members and leaders.
                                                             *2011-2012 figures are used because they were the most current numbers available at the time this publication went to press.
                                                                                                                                 August, 2012          Page 5



FEA Members to Elect Five
At-Large Officers to Board
During the 2012-2013 school year, FEA members
will select five of their peers to serve on the FEA
Board of Directors.
    Now is the time to consider running for office
yourself or nominating one of your fellow mem-
bers for a position.
    The following at-large offices on the FEA
Board of Directors are up for election this school
year:
       • President
       • Vice President
       • Secretary/Treasurer
       • NEA Director for FEA
       • Human & Civil Rights Coordinator

                                                          FEA President Michael Priser with former FEA Europe Area Director Ingrid Ahlberg and her
    Any FEA Active Member (including ESP mem-             daughter Katie following the commencement ceremony at Edgren High School in Misawa, Ja-
bers) can nominate herself/himself or any other           pan. Priser was the speaker at the commencement ceremony, where Katie Ahlberg was vale-
Active Member for office.                                 dictorian of her class.
    Nomination materials will be sent to the FEA
building representative in each school later this
year. Nomination forms will also be printed in the
November 2012 FEA Journal and posted on the           Notice for Members Wanting to Cancel Dues Deduction
                                                      Any FEA member who wishes to cancel payroll                  There is a limited time at the beginning of
FEA Web site at www.feaonline.org
                                                      deductions for their SY 2012-13 Association dues        the school year when such payroll deductions
    After nominations are completed, each FEA         must submit a Cancellation of Payroll Deduction         can be halted. If you miss the deadline, your FEA
member will be sent a ballot during spring 2013       for Labor Organization Dues, Form SF 1188, to the       dues will continue to be deducted from your pay
to vote on the above five at-large offices.           appropriate location.                                   throughout the remainder of SY 12-13. Check
                                                           In Europe and Stateside, the forms should be       with your FEA building representative to learn the
    Winners will take office in August, 2013, and
                                                      submitted to the Customer Service Representative        deadline for submitting the SF 1188 if you wish to
serve a three-year term.                              (CSR) at your District Office. In the Pacific, submit   halt dues deductions for the current school year.
    Take an active role in shaping YOUR profes-       the form to your FEA membership chair. The SF                To ensure you are complying with all local
sional association: consider nominating yourself      1188 form is available from your school secretary       requirements, please check with your FEA building
                                                      or the CSR.                                             representative about this procedure.
or someone else for office!
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Initiatives Are Blocking The Way t
The examples cited on this page represent just a small
fraction of the nearly 160 new initiatives DoDEA Head-
quarters is currently seeking to implement in DoDEA
schools.                                                                                       ReThink Autism: Headquarters decided a ye
                                                                                               developmental skills. The program can ce
      Regardless the merits and intentions of each                                             and speech and language areas. Many of t
                                                                                               teachers be allowed to access this tool wit
individual initiative (and many of them are of                                                 can mandate its use even if it increases the

questionable value), the sheer volume of                                             DoDEA’s New Community Strategic Plan: Headquarters
new programs, trainings and mandates                                                 the old plan from 4 goals to 5. The Director has aske
                                                                                     initiatives in place to meet that metric. So, what look
is taking more and more instruction-                                                 so far puts the “accountability” on the schools and n

al time away from educators.                                                 Drug Education Program: DoDEA has unilaterally decided no
                                                                             program which has not only provided important information o
      The result is a school system                                          excellent bridge with the military community by involving the m
                                                                             wants to develop their own program (in addition to the hea
in which classroom-level person-                                             classroom teachers would have to implement. Our teacher
                                                                             curricula standards, but this would be one more layer from H
nel are increasingly performing
                                                                   Art/Music/PE: DoDEA has asked schools to develop plans to increase ar
busy work imposed upon them                                        staffing. Because DDESS schools offer more time for electives (due to
by distant administrators, rather                                  DoDDS), Headquarters wants to take away 15 minutes of classroom ins
                                                                   certified art/music/PE teachers. Headquarters wrote, “We wish to minim
than focusing that time and effort                                 integrity of the instructional programs.” One of Headquarters suggestio
                                                                   teach standards-based curricula, not try to provide false data on a spre
on students and their needs.
                                                         Prior Written Notice: Headquarters has decided that the special education process u
      At right are five examples of                      though there are already forms developed for every step, Headquarters has now
the new initiatives coming out of                        forms are unnecessary. Excent already has forms to inform parents of meetings to
                                                         But, now, Headquarters wants parents to receive, in addition to the prior written
DoDEA Headquarters.                                      “prior written notice.” Why can’t those words be added to existing forms? Inste
                                                         have written a new form and will spend money training personnel on how to inser
                                                                                                                                                      August, 2012              Page 7




to Instruction                                                                                                                Given the endless series of initiatives put forth
                                                                                                                              by DoDEA Headquarters, you would think our
                                                                                                                              schools are doing poorly and need a massive
                                                                                                                              makeover. Instead, DoDEA schools are doing
                                                                                                                              an outstanding job, as demonstrated by the
                                                                                                                              following facts and figures:



                                                                                                              Among 2011 DoDEA seniors who reported post-graduation plans...
                                                                                                              	 •	67%	planned	to	attend	a	four-year	college	or	university
ear ago to purchase a special education program design to help students with                                  	 •	12%	planned	to	attend	a	junior/community	college
ertainly be used as a tool for teachers in special education, early childhood                                 	 •	9%	planned	military	service
 the components are similar to those already in Excent. When FEA asked that
 thout doing redundant or “double work,” Headquarters refused saying that it    31% of all DoDEA seniors in 2011 were offered at least one scholarship
e workload for special education teachers.
                                                                                                         Scholarship money offered to 2011 seniors: over $38.7 million
 has now decided that the CSP needs to be rewritten and has expanded
ed that each goal have several metrics and that each metric have several        In SY 2010-2011, about 96% of DoDEA seniors graduated
k like 5 goals on paper could turn out to be over 50 initiatives. The work
                                                                                	   •	that	compares	to	72%	of	all	seniors	nationally
not on those at Headquarters creating the top-down programs.
                                                                                	   •	DoDEA’s	percentage	is	higher	than	any	other	state	or	reporting	district
 ot to continue the DARE (Drug Awareness Resistance Education)
                                                                                                           Respondents to the 2010-11 DoDEA Customer Satisfaction Survey overwhelm-
 on substance abuse programs and peer resistance, but provided an
                                                                                                           ingly gave our schools high marks. Below are the percentages of respondents who
military police in our schools in a positive way. Instead, Headquarters
                                                                                                           gave their schools a grade of “A” or “B”.
alth education standards) and use it as an “add-on” program that
rs already know how to teach drug education as part of the health                                                                                 DoDEA         DoDEA Parents
Headquarters onto the classrooms.                                                                                                                 Students      Parents Nationwide
                                                                                                             What grade would you give
 rt/music/PE in elementary schools without increasing                                                                                                57%          42%           18%
                                                                                                             public schools in the U.S.?
o the fact that they staff electives at a lower ratio than
                                                                                                             What grade would you give
struction without having standards-based teaching by                                                                                                 73%          77%            n/a
                                                                                                             to the DoD schools overall?
mize resource requirements without compromising the
ons: “Extend the school day.” Educators need time to                                                         What grade would you give
                                                                                                                                                     74%          79%           77%
eadsheet that does more harm than good.                                                                      to your/your child’s school?


  under Excent needs more paperwork. Even
                                                                                Results from the most recent rounds of NAEP (National Assessment
w developed new forms to fill out. The new
  o discuss or change educational programs.
                                                                                of Educational Progress) scores in math, reading and science show
n notice of the meetings, a notice that says                                    DoDEA 4th and 8th grade students above national averages in all
ead of doing the obvious, those in Arlington                                    areas and ranked at or near the top nationally in most subject areas.
 rt another piece of paperwork.                                                 Additionally, DoDEA’s minority achievement gaps on the NAEP exams
                                                                                were smaller than any other state’s.
Page 8    FEA Journal                                                                      As Congress continues searching for ways to cut the
                                                                                           federal budget, one idea that comes up again and again is
                                                                                           transferring control of DDESS schools and responsibility
                                                                                           for their students over to local communities.

     Budget                                                                                If enacted, this plan would hurt students on both sides of the
                                                                                           fence: DDESS students would lose an outstanding school
        Cuts                                                                               system and students in local public schools would face more
                                                                                           crowded, underfunded schools.
    Threaten
                                                                                           Join FEA in the fight to stop this effort before it gets
         DDESS                                                                             off the ground!

  Communities

                                                    How is the current threat against      much	more	serious.	We	need	           in	a	community.	Taking	on	DDESS	
                                                    DDESS different from past threats?     Congress	to	hear	from	thousands	      students	would	stretch	local	pub-

  What Can I Do?                                    Under	the	“sequestration”	process	
                                                                                           of	voices	–	on-base	and	in	the	
                                                                                           communities	surrounding	bases	
                                                                                                                                 lic	school	resources	even	further,	
                                                                                                                                 at	a	time	when	many	state	and	
                                                    agreed	to	by	Congress	and	the	         –	letting	them	know	any	thoughts	     local	budgets	are	already	at	the	
  FEA will be mobilizing students, parents and      President,	the	Defense	Depart-         of	closing	DDESS	schools	are	not	     breaking	point.
  educators	–	both	in	DDESS	and	in	the	local	       ment	is	facing	$500	billion	in	cuts	   acceptable.
  communities	–	to	tell	Congress	not	to	try	        over	the	next	10	years.	This	is	                                             What are some of the changes we
  dumping	responsibility	for	DDESS	students	        in	addition	to	nearly	the	same	        My local public schools think tak-    would see if local schools were re-
                                                    amount	in	cuts	already	enacted.	       ing on DDESS students would help      quired to take on DDESS students?
  onto	the	already	burdened	local	public	schools.
                                                    The	pressure	to	cut	federal	           them because of federal impact
                                                    spending	by	any	means	neces-           aid they would receive. Is this       For starters, most students would
  Go to www.feaonline.org/sos and sign up to
                                                    sary	makes	the	threat	of	closing	      true?                                 have	longer	commutes	to	school	
  join	the	fight.	                                  DDESS	schools	much	more	likely	                                              since	many	on-base	schools	
                                                    than in the past.                      NO!	Impact	Aid	has	never	been	        would	be	closed.	When	they	got	
  Make sure you are off duty, outside                                                      fully	funded	and,	under	the	          to	school,	students	would	find	
  government property and not using                 FEA/NEA has stopped these threats      sequestration	process,	is	facing	     more	crowded	classrooms,	less	
                                                    against DDESS in the past. Why         further	reductions.	Even	if	the	      educational	resources	due	to	bud-
  a government computer when you
                                                    should I worry about this one?         program	ever	was	fully	funded,	       get	tightening,	and	fewer	available	
  visit that page!                                                                         Impact	Aid	is	designed	to	cover	      spots	on	sports	teams,	clubs	and	
                                                    The	budget	cutting	mania	as	           only	part	of	the	per-pupil	expense	   activities.	Most	DDESS	employees	
                                                    described	above	make	this	threat	      for	educating	military	dependents	    would	be	left	unemployed.
                                                                                                                       Amy Herk (right) purchased this quilt made by Retired Delegate
                                                                                                                       Trudy Pollard (left) as a fund raiser for the NEA Fund.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          August, 2012                    Page 9

                                                                                                                                                                                           FEA Delegates to the 2012 NEA Representative Assembly gather for a
                                                                                                                                                                                           group photo




                                                    Terese Sarno and Grace Merkle

                                DoDEA Director Marilee
                                Fitzgerald speaks at the
                                FEA Annual Membership
                                Meeting




                                                                                           NEATA delegate Alethea Daniels


                                  NEA Vice President Lily Eskelsen

                                                                                                                            Scenes From the
                                  addresses the FEA delegates




                                                                                NEA Representative Assembly
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Sue Tinsley, David Presley, Grace Merkle
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         and Wilhelmena Sapp


                                                                                                                                                                                        Debra Degalis, Jeri Mitchell-Berry and
                                                                                                                                                                                        Yvonne Brown



                                                                            NEA President Dennis Van Roekel
                                                                            briefs FEA members on important
                                                                            issues in education




                                                                                                                   Shannon O’Dell, Trevor Stanton and Mike Adair




Alethea Daniels and Angela Miller on the RA floor




                                                                                                                                                              Amy Herk, Chad Jimison, Michael Perez and Cat Mince
                                                                                                                maximum amount allowed by law           Savings PlanSM: Discounts on vision       classroom materials, instructional
  Page 10               FEA Journal                                                                             and easy access to your funds, put      and prescriptions for a $10 annual        decorations, and lots more.
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                                                                                                                by Bank of America, features           • Collette Vacations: Travel the world    • Weekly Reader: Special savings on
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                                                                                                                amount allowed by law.                  tours, family cruises, and weekend        classroom supplies.
                                                                                                               • A Tax-Deferred Retirement Savings      getaways.                                • Rapid Resources: Additional
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Questions About NEA Member
Benefits? Call or Go Online!
The NEA Member Benefits program provides many programs and services to FEA
members. Please contact Member Benefits with questions about any of their ser-
vices using the following toll-free numbers in applicable areas:

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    1-800-637-4636
Overseas
First dial the AT&T Direct Access Code
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Then dial Member Benefits at
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And don’t forget the Member Benefits Web
site. You can access information on all of
NEA-MB’s programs, get current rates on
CDs and investment funds, and sign up for
other services.


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to the JOURNAL are welcome and should be sent to the address below.

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           Michael Priser, President
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               FEA Europe Area Council Meeting
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               FEA Europe Association Day
               Lakenheath, England                                      FEA Kaiserslautern District Representative Terese Sarno (flanked by
                                                                        FEA Executive Director H.T. Nguyen and FEA President Michael Pris-
                                                                        er) was presented with the FEA Award for Membership Organizing
                                                                        during the Association’s Annual Membership Meeting this summer in
                                                                        Washington, DC.
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