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Greetings! I hope your year has gotten off to a good start despite all the confusion. I have included information on a few topics that may be of interest to you.

Representative Assembly. MNEA’s first Representative Assembly for 2018-2019 is schedule for August 20, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. at MNEA. We intend to finish by 6:15 p.m. to honor your time. I have included a tentative agenda and the minutes from our previous meeting below for your reference. Future meeting dates are included at the bottom of the agenda. Please RSVP here.

Member Recruitment.  Recruitment of members is key to our success. Please access the current membership form here. Remember any member can sign up a new member. If you have a potential member who is a friend of another member in your building, ask the friend to help you. We need between 1 and 3 new members from every school. We are working on updating rosters for this year and are planning on running them for those who submit an RSVP for the Rep Assembly on August 20.  

Evaluation Portfolios. MNEA and TEA have received many complaints related to the erroneous scoring of Pre-K and kindergarten portfolios. We know that there are nearly 300 MNPS Pre-k and K teachers who have a submission error. Please check your submission in Educopia to be sure yours is not impacted. If someone you know has an issue, please ask him/her to attend our Portfolio Grievance Seminar.  Also, the state’s contract with Educopia is set to expire next week; so, if you submitted a portfolio for Pre-K, kindergarten, art, or music, download and screenshot everything you can NOW! MNEA is asking MNPS to resolve portfolio grievances locally, rather than forcing every impacted teacher to choose between accepting the portfolio score in Educopia and asking the Tennessee Department of Education to vacate the portfolio score. Stay tuned for updates!

MNPS Certificated Attendance Policy.  Before I arrived at the principals’ meeting in July, Sharon Pertiller shared a great deal of misinformation about the policy because she confused what she wanted the policy to be with what was adopted. We have prepared an FAQ related to the new attendance policy on our homepage.

Printed copies of the MOU. Some of you should have received your print copy of the MOU by now; most have not. Mary Campbell is having TEA print the copies for her to save money; but, because TEA does not have a full-time printer operator anymore, the process is slow. Please be patient. In the meantime, you can access the MOU here.

Representative Assembly Agenda

1.Call to order.
2.Recognition of Our Sponsor.
3.Adoption of the Agenda.
4.Approval of the Minutes for the April 12, 2018 Meeting.
7.Nominations and Elections.
8.Adoption of FY 2018-2019 Budget.
9.Social Justice Committee Report.
10.Future MNEA events:
8/17/2018Board of Directors Retreat6:00 PM
8/18/2018Board of Directors Retreat8:00 AM
8/19/2018Board of Directors Retreat8:00 AM
8/20/2018Representative Assembly5:00 PM
8/31/2018Member Benefit Seminar5:00 PM
9/12/2018MNEA Know Your MOU Workshop5:00 PM
9/17/2018Representative Assembly5:00 PM
9/17/2018Board of Directors6:15 PM
10/29/2018MNEA Member Meeting with Dr. Joseph5:00 PM
10/25/1902Board of Directors6:15 PM
11/5/2018MNEA Retirement Seminar5:00 PM
12/7/2018MNEA Holiday Party6:00 PM
12/10/2018Board of Directors5:15 PM
1/28/2019Representative Assembly5:00 PM
1/28/2019Board of Directors6:15 PM
2/19/2019MNEA Retirement Seminar5:00 PM
2/25/2019Representative Assembly5:00 PM
2/25/2019Board of Directors6:15 PM
3/12/2019Civication8:00 AM
3/25/2019MNEA General Meeting5:00 PM
3/25/2019Board of Directors6:15 PM
4/12/2019MNEA Teacher Appreciation Party6:00 PM
5/21/2019NEA Delegate Briefing5:00 PM
5/21/2019Board of Directors6:15 PM

Representative Assembly MINUTES
Thursday, April 12, 2018

Welcome/Recognition of sponsor: Dr. Huth called the meeting to order at 5:13 p.m. and recognized Cornerstone Financial Credit Union for providing dinner.
Adoption of the agenda: The agenda was adopted without objection.
Approval of Minutes: J. Renfro/S. Henry moved approval of the minutes for February 8, 2018.
MNPS Exceptional Ed: S. Dobbs and T. Hodack discussed special education with the assembly.
SNAP Benefits and free lunches in MNPS: Keith Brown from the Nashville Justice Center (NJC) discussed how teachers could partner with NJC to increase access for students to free meals at school.

Action on MNPS Budget and Teacher Salary Plan: Amanda Kail, Carol Burden, and Mary Campbell presented information on the organizing effort. Delegates completed invitations for the March 3 event to Metro Council members.
Adjournment: The chair adjourned meeting at 7:08 p.m. with unanimous consent.