The Granite Education Association Presents “Retirement 101: What’s Your Plan?” OR “Generation Debt: Student Loan Forgiveness
Retirement 101: What’s Your Plan? Everyone is one a different retirement path. During this session, we’ll cover basic concepts of retirement planning: Utah Retirement System (URS), identifying financial goals, investment vehicles, risk analysis, Rule of 72, diversification, pre- and post- tax, and compound interest. Tuesday October 6, 2020 at 5:00-6:30 p.m. (MOUNTAIN) Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/retirement-101-whats-your-plan-tickets-115884263953
Generation Debt: Student Loan Forgiveness During this session we will focus on the three student loan forgiveness programs available from the US Department of Education, the requirement and process of forgiveness, and how to prevent being denied forgiveness. In addition, NEA Member Benefits has made the “NEA Student Debt Navigator” powered by Savi FREE to all GEA members for the first year. This tool will analyze members’ specific student loan debt and assist with the paperwork process. Tuesday November 10, 2020 at 5:00-6:30 p.m. (MOUNTAIN) Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/generation-debt-student-loan-forgiveness-tickets-115886655105
Process: After you register, you will receive the Zoom link and a couple of reminder e-mails, it is suggested that you log-in 5-10 minutes before to ensure there are no issues. After the presentation, the Power-Point and other documents will be e-mailed to attendees. It is suggested that you visit www.neamb.com/start prior to the training and register on the NEA Member Benefits website, this will allow members immediate access to various student loan resources. If you have any problems, call our Member Advocacy Center at 800.637.4636.
Increased COVID-19 infection rates are not a surprise to many of us who work with, or in, public schools. This was the concern Utah educators had going into the 2020-21 school year and, sadly, we are seeing our worst fears begin to materialize.
While districts surrounding Granite are facing decisions on whether to close schools, despite the Utah health department’s caution of closing with 15 or more positive Covid-19 cases in a school, many are asking, “What if this were a Granite District school?” From the very beginning, the Granite school board and superintendent have repeatedly said that they are making decisions for the 2020-21 school year based on the state health department’s recommendations. The planning and implementation of health and safety guidelines by district administration and staff have created the safest environment possible for students and employees.
GEA has been re-assured today that this emphasis on health department recommendations is still the standard-bearer for decision making for Granite District’s school board and administration.
Today, the Utah Education Association (UEA) sent a letter to Governor Gary Herbert calling for him to increase the state’s “oversight and compliance” of the health and safety guidelines recommended by the Utah State Department of Health. Public opinion should not change protocols already in place and depended upon by the general public, specifically quarantining schools for a minimum of 14 days when there are 15 or more positive COVID-19 cases in any one location. The state’s commission on public health and the Utah State Board of Education created the COVID-19 School Manual in order to establish guidelines to be followed in the event of mass exposure and in turn should be enforced for the health and safety of all public education employees and the students we serve.
GEA and GSD continue to discuss and collaborate on COVID-19 and other issues each day. We encourage GEA members to reach out to us with concerns so that we may problem-solve effectively.
** Submit your application by October 2nd! Want to Host Your Own Mini Reading Marathon?
PBS Utah is excited to offer support outside of Salt Lake County
We want to continue to promote the love of reading, even though this school year looks different due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This year, we are offering Mini-Grants to support distance learning and creative virtual events to celebrate reading achievements.
Libraries, schools, and non-profit organizations are encouraged to apply for support to host their own Mini Reading Marathon.
GEA leaders met with the Granite District superintendency to share concerns teachers are experiencing now that the school year has begun. These regular meetings are collaborative and seek to problem-solve working condition issues GEA hears from members.
In our meeting this week, we discussed the issue around short weeks, similar to what we will experience during SEP and Parent/Teacher Conferences the week of September 21st, and later in the year. GEA shared that with Friday compensation days, and Thursday’s as short days, the planning time available for teachers is cut short. GEA requested that the District calendar follow the same pattern as the majority of weeks in the calendar, i.e. Monday – Thursday, dual modalities, and Friday all students are distance learning. We asked to have the last day of any short week be similar in that students are not in the buildings but are learning online from home and teachers have the day to plan for the next week.
The District superintendent agreed that this planning time is important, and the following message went out to principals 9/10/2020:
Prior to the school year starting, the board approved a distance learning day each week. We placed that day at the end of each week, or on Fridays. On weeks that we do not have school on Friday there will still be a distance learning day, but it will be held on the last day of the week. This means that during the first quarter Thursday September 24th and Tuesday October 20th will be distance learning days. The district calendar is being updated to reflect these changes and the Communications Department will be sending this information out to parents. We would ask that you communicate this information out to your faculties, patrons, and students as well.
Our collective voice matters. Thank you for your continued support and loyalty to your professional association.
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