The 2019– 2020 school year was a great beginning for the Indianapolis Education Association. The ISTA/IEA membership organizing team enrolled thirty (30) new members during new teacher orientation. Here in the Indianapolis Public Schools, IEA has much to be proud of – a very diverse district, highly qualified teachers and programs to meet the needs of the increasing student population. IPS has caring, committed public school employees who do their best every day to advocate in the best interest of their students, their colleagues and their profession.
In retrospect, I hope that the short summer break was enjoyable and truly relaxing for each of you. As educators, we have opportunities to make new beginnings and fresh starts. Every school day is a chance to make the adjustments we feel are necessary to have a great day. The beginning of every week and month is another opportunity for IEA to look at our progress with fresh eyes.
As we move toward a well - deserved fall break, thank you for all that you do as an educator. Thank you for your tireless work in public education and being an IEA member. IEA continues with its laser focus on REDFORED as witnessed by multiple posts on social media. May you continue to have a very happy, safe and successful school year.
As the IEA bargaining team meets with IPS administrative team to negotiate the collective bargaining agreement for the 2019 – 2020 school year, please continue to show your support by wearing your REDFORED. Thanks.
Ronald S. Swann
Thank you to the Indianapolis Education Association (IEA) members who voted in last week’s IEA elections. The election results are below, and the officers-elect are denoted in bold.
1st Vice President*
Alene Smith (44.3%)
Jennifer Coovert (29.3%)
Sherelle Smith (26.4%)
*No candidate for 1st vice president secured a majority vote. A runoff election will be conducted next week from April 22 – 26. Please look for a ballot in your email on Monday and vote.
2nd Vice President
Nathan Blevins (57.1%)
Angie Hood (42.9%)
Deborah Broyer (100%)
NEA Representative Assembly delegates (top five listed in bold)
Ronald Swann (77.1%)
Nathan Blevins (74.3%)
Rosa Vazquez (68.6%)
Tina Ahlgren (56.4%)
Emily Salinas (51.4%)
Sherelle Smith (50.7%)
Jennifer Coovert (39.3%)
Elvia Solis (35.7%)
Lindzy Lemmons (27.9%)
Sherry Strough (18.6%)
Remember, the best way to guide the future of our local association is your involvement. Look for your ballot for the runoff election for 1st vice president on Monday, April 22 and please vote.
Thanks for being a proud member of the Indianapolis Education Association (IEA). Since June 29, 1929, the IEA has been dedicated to our student’s success, as well as our teacher’s professional skills, rights, compensation, benefits and working conditions. As an IEA member, you are also a member of the Indiana State Teachers Association (ISTA) and the National Education Association (NEA).
Teaching is a very demanding, challenging and rewarding profession as you already know. IEA’s Executive Board and all building Association Representatives are willing to assist you with any concerns, questions or issues. Make it a point to get to know your building rep and where his or her room is located. Please listen for IEA updates at your staff or ten-minute AR meetings.
Your membership with IEA provides representation under the new evaluation system or professional support you may need now or in the future. As a member, you can receive a variety of discounts and membership services that you can receive free by going online at ista-in.org or neamb.com. Many members save more than their annual membership costs by using these savings each year.
Thanks for being a member of IEA. We are all in this together.
Ronald S. Swann