What does the EAPC dues of $170 cover? Salaries-president and office manager, stipends for committees, pay roll taxes, accounting services, insurance, rent, utilities, phone, office supplies, office equipment, conferences, annual meeting, NEA RA
MTA - The obvious benefit is the legal services for our members. More than 65 issues went before the Professional Rights and Responsibilities Board. In 2013 2014, we have retained attorneys to protect member rights, used the daily call desk to the legal department and have an MTA field representative assigned to Plymouth and Carver on speed dial.
2014-2015 - 5 contract negotiations, the Plymouth health agreement needs to be renegotiated, the second year of the evaluation tool must be reviewed and revised, District Determines Measures/staff and administrator surveys need to be negotiated....
Negotiations have begun in Plymouth - Mary Mckeon, Cindy Toomey, Cindy Barber are the chairs for educators, secretaries, paraprofessionals. No signed agreements at this time. Carver has begun their strategy sessions for Teachers and paraprofessionals.
- Non-Medicare eligible retirees' status was not changed. Those hired before 1986 may fall into this category - please call the Benefits office to see if you are in this group. These retirees may be eligible for Medicare through a spouse, or will have access to Blue Choice or Blue Care Elect in retirement.
Rethinking Equity and Teaching for English Language Learners
A Message Regarding License Renewal
A core academic teacher (CATs)1 of at least one English language learner (ELL) who has failed to obtain the SEI Endorsement when assigned to a Department-designated cohort year, will not be able to renew, advance, or extend his or her license until the educator obtains the SEI Endorsement.
As of July 1, 2016, if a CAT is assigned to a classroom with an ELL, the CAT will be required to earn the SEI Endorsement within a year.
•A CAT who is renewing a professional license may have already earned a significant number of professional development points (PDPs) prior to the enrollment in the Department's SEI course. As a one-time initiative, the Department will allow educators to carry PDPs earned via the ESE SEI course from one renewal cycle to the next. However, educators must maintain all of their PD records for both renewal cycles to ensure their eligibility to carry the SEI PDPs into the next renewal cycle.
•PDPs earned through the SEI Endorsement course may be applied to license renewal as content PDPs. Similar to the allowance for carrying excess SEI PDPs from one renewal cycle to the next, this is also a one-time exception.
The Fall Course located in Plymouth has been designated as a regional program. What that essentially means is that all classes will take place on Saturday.
Background Checks: We are the last state to require this.
The law requires all public and private preK-12 school employees in Massachusetts, as well as early childhood educators, to submit to fingerprint-based national and state criminal background checks. Specifically, all school-related personnel with the potential for direct and unmonitored contact with children will be subject to national and state fingerprint-based criminal background checks.
When do I have to submit to a fingerprint check?
Individuals who have begun service for their school employer on or after July 1, 2013, must submit their fingerprints for national and state criminal background checks to be performed once the system is established during the 2013- 2014 school year, according to the process created by the Commonwealth and according to the schedule established by DESE. CORI checks continue to be required at least once every three years for current or prospective school employees who might have direct and unmonitored contact with children.
School employees and others (who might have direct and unmonitored contact with children) who began service for their school employer prior to July 1, 2013, shall submit fingerprints for national and state criminal background checks before the start of the 2016-2017 school year, on a phased-in basis and according to a schedule established by DESE.
Where will the fingerprinting take place?
Fingerprinting will take place at sites to be identified around the state. The closest is Bourne, yet Plymouth fingerprinting can be done at Cordage Park.
How much does it cost?
The law provides that the fee shall be $55 for employees who are certified pursuant to Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 71, section 38G, and shall be $35 for employees who are not certified pursuant to section 38G. The law provides that the secretary of administration and finance, in consultation with the secretary of public safety and security and the commissioner of education, may increase the fee accordingly if the FBI increases the fee for its fingerprint background check service.
Many people have asked about the difference in the fee. This fee was set by the legislators and part of the law. Do I have to have my finger prints taken. No, but you will not be employable in a public school setting.