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Amid pandemic, parents say neighborhood public schools are crucial to help their children recover, thrive
A supermajority of U.S. parents give their public schools and teachers top marks for their Herculean efforts to respond to the challenges of COVID-19, fresh polling shows, with perceptions of teachers unions soaring to record highs.
Black parents and parents in urban areas in particular feel that teachers and their unions have played an overwhelmingly positive role, and they blame the virus—rather than the professionals charged with their kids’ care—for difficulties during the pandemic.
Overall, 72 percent of parents say their school provides excellent or good-quality education, and 78 percent endorse the quality and performance of their teachers, up 7 points from 2013, according to a new national survey by Hart Research Associates and Lake Research Partners.
Teachers unions are seen by parents as a more positive force in education today than prior to the pandemic, mirroring public polling conducted over the past year and tracking record high support(link is external) for the labor movement as a whole.
AFT President Randi Weingarten said the survey confirms what she has seen in her months of school visits throughout the country. “Parents value educators’ heroic actions to help their kids through COVID and view them as partners to keep schools open safely and deliver the social, emotional and academic support kids need.”
“This polling shows the virus is our enemy, not each other. Parents are saying teachers are heroes for their efforts during this pandemic and they deeply value how their public schools have gone above and beyond to help their kids recover and thrive,” she said.
“Some on the far right have tried to exploit this crisis to usher in a shameful new chapter of teacher bashing, but they’re failing dismally. Parents are public school proud, and they are standing with the community, teachers and their unions—not only in defense of public education but also to address inadequate school funding, students’ progress during COVID, lower class size, and the conditions necessary for academic recovery, including enough counselors and nurses and adequate teacher pay.”
Parents are very satisfied with the way their schools have handled the COVID-19 pandemic. Fully 78 percent of parents express satisfaction with their children’s schools’ overall handling of the pandemic, including 82 percent of urban parents, 77 percent of Black parents and 74 percent of Hispanic parents. More specifically, 83 percent are satisfied with the schools’ efforts to keep students and staff safe.
They blamed the virus, not educators, when schools needed to temporarily switch to remote instruction or make other schedule changes. They do not believe that schools reopened too slowly, and they reject the claim that schools waited too long to resume in-person instruction.
Just 22 percent of parents believe that schools waited too long, while three-fourths feel that the school either struck a good balance between safety and learning (48 percent) or moved too quickly to reopen buildings (26 percent). Just 20 percent of urban parents and 11 percent of Black parents feel that schools waited too long before reopening.
In response to the omicron outbreak, some schools needed to periodically close buildings or temporarily return to online learning in December. Significantly, very few parents (14 percent, including 15 percent of urban parents and 9 percent of Black parents) blame teachers or teachers unions for these disruptions. Instead, most feel that these disruptions were beyond anyone’s control (47 percent) or were the fault of districts and administrators (26 percent).
Parents say their children’s teachers communicate with parents and keep them informed (80 percent), an important reason for these positive views of teachers. Similarly, 79 percent are satisfied with the job their school does communicating with parents about academics. Four in five say they are satisfied with their children’s public schools when it comes to helping their children achieve their full potential, while only 21 percent report feeling dissatisfied.
And, by a remarkable 31-point margin, parents feel that teachers unions have a positive (48 percent), rather than negative (17 percent), effect on the quality of education provided by public schools, a 23-point jump since 2013. Urban parents (62 percent to 9 percent) and Black parents (57 percent to 4 percent) feel that teachers unions are playing a positive role.
Hart Research Associates and Lake Research Partners conducted a national survey of 1,308 public school parents who were registered to vote, including subsamples of 206 Black parents and 240 Hispanic parents.
The survey was completed online between Dec. 15 and Dec. 22, 2021. The margin of error is +/-3.1 percent.
The full memo can be viewed here.
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The AFT represents 1.7 million pre-K through 12th-grade teachers; paraprofessionals and other school-related personnel; higher education faculty and professional staff; federal, state and local government employees; nurses and healthcare workers; and early childhood educators.
READY, SET, RETIRE
A virtual session hosted by the Teachers Retirement System (TRS) on Jan. 19, 2022 at 4:30 p.m. will provide especially pertinent information for those TRS members who are within five (5) years of retirement.
This virtual session will cover the specific requirements and steps in the retirement application process. Depending on the number of questions received, the workshop should run between 60 and 90 minutes long.
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MFPE members are educators, public employees, nurses, law enforcement officers, and so much more. Our power is in our unity and solidarity, regardless of location or profession.
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Register for the MFPE Montana Teachers' Conference today, October 6, 2021
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GREAT FALLS, OCTOBER 21-22, 2021
Helping our members succeed in their careers is a top priority for MFPE. That’s why, each year, we sponsor the Educator Conference -- the best professional development of its kind anywhere.
MFPE is teaming up with 18 Montana curriculum groups to bring you the best in teacher-led professional learning hybrid conference in 2021. More than 350 workshops, keynotes, & institutes are being offered in 2021's hybrid conference. No matter what, there is something for everyone. And you can earn renewal units!
C.M. Russell High School
Thursday, October 21, 2021 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Friday, October 22, 2021 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
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Find time to sample the amenities Great Falls has to offer
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Great Falls offers a variety of places to shop, museums to visit, restaurants to sample diverse cuisine, and entertainment venues.
Come to participate in the conference and enjoy your time with us!
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We are opening our teacher closet one more time this upcoming week to allow more of you to come pick up materials you might need or want for your classrooms.
We will be open for you to come to the GFEA office, 511 13th Ave S., on Monday, August 30, from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m.
If you have already shopped, but you could use or need a few more classroom items, please stop by!
If you have never shopped with us before, we will be happy to see and visit with you. We wish you a successful school year!
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Marlee Sunchild has won, with a ballot count of 3,711 votes, the one open trustee position with the Great Falls Public Schools district by a wide margin in the 2021 school election.
Sunchild, who retired from teaching in 2020, ran in a pool of eight candidates vying for the position being vacated by Trustee Teresa Schreiner, who did not seek reelection after serving her term.
Sunchild will serve as a trustee for a three year term.
From Bob Griffith, GFEA president
Through this trying time in the education of our students, our kids, we want our teachers to know how much we not only appreciate all they do, but that we recognize the extent of how they go above and beyond.
Even though we know that to do our best teaching, we must stay connected, this time of zoom meetings and social distancing has created challenges for maintaining these connections. And yet, we must stay focused and find ways to connect to our inner lives, our colleagues, our students as well as the skills and knowledge we teach.
When we live and work in isolation, we miss out on what we need most: empathy, shared wisdom and communal expertise. And so, to all of you who teach, we know how you are working every day to make a difference in kids' lives. The "connections" you strive to make for the benefit of kids do not go unnoticed. Stay safe. You are appreciated.
School Board Trustee Position
The only item on the ballot this year is one three-year term trustee position on the school board.
GFEA has interviewed the eight candidates. Of these, GFEA has chosen to endorse Marlee Sunchild for the open school board position.
For more information on Sunchild's campaign, please see her Facebook page:
The deadline for candidates to have filed for election was March 25, 2021.
The mail ballot election will be run by the Cascade County Elections Department. Ballots will be sent on April 19, 2021, and in order to be counted, must be received by May 4, 2021.
Ballots can be mailed back or dropped off at the Cascade County Elections Office until May 4.
Ballots may be dropped at the Elections Office at the Courthouse Annex. The address: 325 2nd Avenue North, on Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. before Election Day.
Voters may also vote in person at Expo Park on May 4.
On Election Day, ballots can be dropped at the Exhibition Hall at the Montana Expo Park. The address: 400 3rd St. NW and/or at the Courthouse Annex from 7 a.m.-8 p.m.
2021 Great Falls Public Schools Election Information
EXECUTIVE BOARD ELECTION RESULTS
2nd Vice President
* Sharon Kelley
* Amy Hollenback
* Jolyn Johnson
* Arienne Konesky
* Asterik indicates unopposed position elected
June 2023 – June 2025.
Thurs., Dec. 9, 2021
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