Reed-Custer Cooks Up Dollars for Scholars

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It’s that time of year:  tune up your culinary skills, sharpen your taste buds and get ready for the 6th Annual RC Cooks Scholarship Fundraiser event at High Point Golf Course in Essex, Illinois.  Hosted by the Reed-Custer Education Association (RCEA), this culinary extravaganza will take place Saturday, February 27, 2016 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM.

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State School Chief Warns Districts of Dismal Test Scores

The superintendent of Illinois schools is warning local districts to expect lousy test scores on a new statewide exam based on the Common Core standards. The State Board of Education plans to release preliminary scores from the new Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers on Wednesday. Superintendent Tony Smith warned in a letter to school administrators Friday that the results will show an overall poorer performance compared to the two tests the PARCC replaces.

read more from the State Journal-Register…

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Scott Walker’s Anti-Union Push May Not Prove So Easy As President

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, whose battles with labor unions in his own state made him a hero to Republicans, is now proposing huge restrictions on unions nationally as he seeks to revitalize his presidential campaign.

read more at NPR…

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TABOR Lives On: How the War on Public Education Becomes Irreversible

For almost 25 years, Colorado has held the distinction of being the only state in the country to enact the so-called Taxpayer Bill of Rights, better known simply as TABOR. And for many, if not most, Coloradans, that’s the way it should stay. What TABOR has inflicted upon this Rocky Mountain state hasn’t been pretty.

read more at the NEA website…

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Read and Share: Call Now to Protect Union Rights

In the next week, votes by Illinois legislators could have a huge impact on the largest state employee union, AFSCME, and therefore on all Illinois labor organizations, including IEA.

Senate Bill 1229, House Amendment #2, supported by AFSCME and passed by the General Assembly in May, was vetoed by the governor. An override vote is expected in the Illinois Senate TODAY. If the override is successful in the Senate, the Illinois House will vote next week.

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Notice: Proposed Bylaw Amendments

Four amendments to the IEA bylaws have been proposed for consideration at the 2015 IEA RA. For more information and the exact language being proposed, please login to IEA Members Only. You may also contact a local RA delegate or your Region Chair or UniServ Director.

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IEA Connect

IEA Connect is a new and easy way to get all your IEA questions answered in one spot. You can do it by phone, by email or by live chatting with someone via the IEA website.

Have you ever had a question about your IEA membership?

  • Have you wondered how you can access discounts and deals?
  • Or, how your dues dollars are spent?
  • Are you trying to find out more information about the new evaluation system or professional development resources?

IEA Connect is here to help. You can reach an IEA Connect specialist from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday. If we don’t know the answer, we’ll find one for you.

For more information, visit the website.

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