Second ACEA Unit 4 Roundtable- January 11th- 4:30 @ the ACEA Office
ACEA will host its second Unit 4 Roundtable. The purpose of this meeting is to provide a forum for Unit 4 members to bring concerns and discuss solutions. You can click the link below to review the summary of our previous meeting.
Know Your Rights!!! The following are your Weingarten Rights:
If you are accused of child abuse, assault, or any other criminal charge:
1. Don't talk to anyone about the case. Tell the principal, parent, police officer, or social services worker that you will be happy to answer questions as soon as you have an attorney present. They must respect your right to have an attorney present during the questioning- even if it means postponing the meeting. 2. Call ACEA at 301-729-8280 immediately. Advise the person who answers that you are being accused of a crime and need an attorney. If for any reason you are unable to reach someone at the ACEA office, call headquarters in Annapolis at 1-800-448-6782 and ask to speak to an attorney. 3. If you are unable to reach the Uniserv Director at ACEA or an MSEA attorney, advise the principal, administrator, or officer that the questioning will have to be rescheduled when you have an attorney present and that you will advise them as soon as you have arranged for representation. They can contact your attorney by contacting MSEA. 4. Do not allow yourself to be manipulated into discussing the case without legal counsel. The vast majority of complaints are false, but your response can easily be twisted or misconstrued. Promises like "just answer a few questions and we can close the book and go home" or insinuations like "you wouldn't mind talking to us if you were "not guilty"" are designed to help the investigators and the accusers, not you. Expedience is never a good reason to sacrifice your legal rights.
If you are accused by your supervisor of misconduct, incompetence, insubordination, or impropriety:
1. Advise the supervisor that the charge is one for which you could be reprimanded or suffer other disciplinary action and that you have a right to have a representative attend any meetings held to discuss the charge. 2. Contact your building ACEA rep or call the ACEA office at 301-729-8280. The building rep can accompany you to the meeting or we can arrange other representation as the situation requires. 3. If you are unable to reach the ACEA office, advise your supervisor that you wish to postpone the meeting until you can have a representative present. If the supervisor insists that the meeting proceed, you must attend in order not to be insubordinate. But, don't discuss the charge. Your best bet is to repeat, "I'll be happy to respond to that when I have a representative present."
ACEA HOLDS FIRST EVER EDUCATOR COMMUNITY FORUM
Members of the community and educators came together to discuss all thing public education from testing to funding to block scheduling. The work of the Kirwan Commission on Excellence and Innovation in Education was a major topic of discussion. Our panel of community and educator experts provided feedback to attendees and healthy conversation started around why public education matters to us and how we can get our schools and educators what they need to provide the best possible education for our students.
ACEA Office Facelift Many thanks to the volunteers who worked hard to give our sign and office a facelift, the final product looks amazing!