Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Q-Comp Voting, Leadership Opportunities, Legislative Outcomes

Q-Comp Vote Options:  The vote on Q-Comp will be held in buildings on May 30 or May 31. Each site will decide which day works best.  If you are not able to vote at your site, the AHEM office (3200 Main Street, Coon Rapids, 3rd floor of the Wells Fargo Bank building) will be open for voting from 7:30 am to 4:30 pm Friday May 25, Tuesday May 29, Wednesday May 30, and Thursday May 31.  Those on leave and at some remote sites will have a mail-in ballot sent to them by Monday, May 21.  If those options do not work for you, please let us know at ahem@anoka.k12.mn.us and we’ll work on a solution.

AHEM Leadership Opportunities:  At AHEM, spring is when we set our leadership positions for the coming year.  Here are the open positions: 
  • Governmental Relations Chair:  With Val Holthus’ election to Secretary, we have an opening on our cadre leader team.  The GR Chair oversees our political and election work at AHEM.  The position is appointed by the president and includes a stipend.
  • Executive Board:  This body meets monthly in between Representative Assembly meetings and acts in place of that group in making decisions for the organization.  It is made up of representatives from each cluster.  The group is elected if there is a contest and does not have a stipend.
  • Educational Issues Chair:  This is a new position.  The Ed Issues chair will oversee AHEM’s work on professional issues, like professional development, pedagogy, and evaluation.  This coming year, they would work on our ideas for the new teacher evaluation law for example.  The position is appointed by the president and includes a stipend.
If you are interested in any of these positions, please email us at ahem@anoka.k12.mn.us

Legislative Outcome Mostly Positive for Education: The final outcome was mostly positive for educators, students, K-12 schools, public colleges and universities, and union members. With your help, we were able to kill a proposed "Right to Work" constitutional amendment, turn back attacks on teacher seniority and collective bargaining, preserve educators’ access to competitive health insurance bids, ward off major changes to public pensions and block unproven education "reforms" imported from other states. In addition, the Legislature approved bonding for much-needed renovations and improvements at two-year colleges where Education Minnesota members teach, and lawmakers passed important changes that could give K-12 schools more revenue from school trust lands. Members made the difference – the contacts from educators throughout the session were effective.  For more specifics, check out http://tinyurl.com/buwkso5 for a list of outcomes by bill number. Want even more? Check out MinnPost’s nifty, intuitive bill explorer: http://tinyurl.com/7vvp4h3 .