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JCTA was first established in 1968. Over thirty-five years later we are the recognized bargaining agent for over 6,000 certified personnel employed by Jefferson County Public Schools. We represent teachers, librarians, speech clinicians, physical therapists and occupational therapists in every one of the public schools in Jefferson County. 

Our mission is to serve as the active voice of our members; promote quality and equity in public schools; expand and protect the rights and interests of our members; and advocate human, civil and economic rights for all.
 


» JCPS Retiring Sooner Webinar
 
 

 Jefferson County Public Schools Retiring Sooner Webinar


Join us for a webinar on Mar 22, 2017 at 4:00 PM EDT. Register now! https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1837791185727194882

Formerly known as Preretirement, "Retiring Sooner" is designed for members eligible to retire within the next five years. Webinar topics include: understanding your defined benefit retirement plan, the retirement process, postretirement employment, health insurance and the importance of staying informed about retirement.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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» JCBE Policy Changes for "Basis of Knowledge"
 
 

Basis of Knowledge:


We have had teachers request information about recent changes to the JCPS Board Policy regarding ECE students and Basis of Knowledge. Those changes are attached
here.

The changes are meant to ensure that students who are identified as ECE or are in the ECE referral process are given the protections and rights afforded to them under IDEA.




» Invitation to attend March 18th RISE Forum
 
 

Invitation to attend the RISE (Re-Imagining Special Education) Forum:


On Saturday, March 18th, from 9 am-12 pm, JackBeNimble will be sponsoring the RISE (Re-Imagining Special Education) Forum at the Muhammad Ali Center. The purpose of this event is to bridge the empathy gap that too often complicates a supportive special education system; we can all do a better job when we better understand one another's perspective and lived experience. Through round-table discussions, we invite participants – students, families, educators, policy makers, and more – to “stand in my shoes”.
 

We anticipate 50+ community members, including special ed students and their families. The format is somewhat similar to that of the Edcamp program where attendees will participate in roundtable discussions facilitated by JackBeNimble (JBN) trained staff. We'll open with personal stories from a student/family member, an educator, and an administrator or policy maker. Real people’s real stories open hearts and minds.


Discussion topics are selected from participants’ concerns and experiences. Skilled facilitators ensure that the discussions are respectful, positive, and focused on opportunities for collaborative problem-solving. All of the ideas are recorded, distilled into actionable opportunities and made publicly available on our website following the Forum.
 

We invite you to be a part of the conversation to help us to reimagine special education because every student is able to succeed.

To register for this forum, click: http://www.jackbenimble.org/reimagining-special-education




» Dare to Care seeks volunteers for Cooking Matters classes
 
 

 

The Dare to Care Food bank is seeking out volunteers to participate in providing its new "Cooking Matters" curriculum. Both retirees and active teachers are encouraged to participate. 

To find the Cooking Matters volunteer flier, click HERE.

To read a fact sheet about the Cooking Matters program, click HERE.

 

 

 




» How to Pick a better Ed Sec than Betsy DeVos
 
 

How to Pick a Better Ed. Secretary Than Betsy DeVos
Four principles for choosing the next U.S. Secretary of Education

By Kevin Kumashiro. EdWeek
February 2, 2017

Eight years ago, in this very newspaper, I warned against the appointment of Arne Duncan as President Barack Obama’s first education secretary. He sailed through a Democratic-controlled Senate confirmation despite a track record in Chicago’s public schools of advancing a corporate-driven agenda to marketize public schools, alongside test-and-punish policies that fractured the most struggling of communities—a harbinger of things to come. The nomination of billionaire Betsy DeVos, President Donald Trump’s pick to be the next U.S. secretary of education, was sent to the Senate, despite a groundswell of concern—including from over 1 million petition signatories—about her lack of qualifications and her problematic track record. In a recent public statement, I joined with 229 current and former deans of schools of education from across the country to prevail on the new administration and Congress to do better. We offered four guiding principles for doing so:

First, uphold the role of public schools as a central institution in the strengthening of our democracy. Too often, education is treated like a commodity for the haves, or a competition where some win and many others lose, as if the marketplace is an appropriate metaphor for what should be a public responsibility. Donald Trump campaigned on a pledge to fuel the marketization and privatization of schools with a $20 billion school choice proposal, which would in actuality consume nearly 30 percent of the federal education budget. DeVos, through her family foundations (funded, in part, by the Amway fortune) and her involvement as a board member of advocacy organizations, has leveraged her wealth to expand school choice and voucher initiatives and deregulate charter schools. These priorities resonate with the Republican Party. DeVos is a top national party donor; a former chair of the Michigan Republican Party; and among the wealthiest “one percent” of individuals in the country. DeVos was the board chair of the national Philanthropy Roundtable, which has long opposed investing in schools as a public good, instead turning to school choice as one of the most effective policy and rhetorical levers for privatizing.
We need a vision for public education that will not deepen the divide between the haves and the have-nots. Every child should be able to receive the very best that our country has to offer, regardless of his or her circumstances of birth.

"We should be wary when policies are developed with goals other than the learning and wellness of our children."

Second, protect the human and civil rights of all children, especially those from historically marginalized communities. Such is difficult to imagine when Trump signed an executive order in the first weeks of his presidency banning U.S. entry for travelers from seven Muslim-majority countries for 90 days, all refugees for 120 days, and Syrian refugees indefinitely. During the Senate education committee meeting, Sen. Christopher Murphy, D-Conn., shared that DeVos would not commit to the Department of Education’s collection of civil rights data in his private meeting with her, which is a contradiction of what she had earlier assured Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., the ranking member of the education committee. For more than half a century, during both Republican and Democratic administrations, the federal government took the lead in protecting and supporting underserved groups in schools by addressing race discrimination in the Civil Rights Act, poverty in the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, gender discrimination in Title IX, language discrimination in the Bilingual Education Act, and the needs of students with disabilities in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, to name a few. Such laws are not perfect and have not always been applied equally, but they reflect core democratic ideals that the federal government must continue to advance.

Third, develop and implement policies, laws, and reform initiatives by building on a democratic vision for public education and sound educational research. We need leaders to be informed and judicious, but during her Jan. 17 confirmation hearing, DeVos displayed a stunning lack of knowledge about key federal laws, including the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. She came up cold when the questioning turned to policy debates and learning assessments. She also failed to discuss in detail her perspectives on such issues as institutional accountability and protections against fraudulent use of federal funds, or her own track record in Detroit public schools—an expensive experiment that even some supporters of choice say has failed. Our children deserve a much higher standard for decision-making.

Fourth, support and partner with colleges and schools of education to advance these goals. We should be wary when policies are developed with goals other than the learning and wellness of our children. According to the Center for Media and Democracy, DeVos funded and chaired the foundation American Federation for Children, which exerts significant but undisclosed influence (also known as “dark money”) on elections, and sponsors and partners with the American Legislative Exchange Council. ALEC is perhaps best known for developing “stand your ground” gun laws and voter-ID laws. ALEC has also long shaped education laws, from providing vouchers and school choice-related tax credits, to undermining the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, to weakening teacher protections, to denying climate change in curriculum.

The federal government and education leaders have many other potential partners with whom to work collectively to build a successful educational system: students and parents, community organizations and businesses, and educators and education scholars. Schools cannot improve unless all are working together.

Current and former education deans are working to improve schools with these principles as our guides, as we imagine that many others across the country are doing. We hope that our federal leaders share this vision and join our movement.

Kevin Kumashiro stepped down as the dean of the University of San Francisco School of Education last month after serving in the position since July 2013. He is the founder of Education Deans for Justice and Equity and is the author of Bad Teacher! How Blaming Teachers Distorts the Bigger Picture (Teachers College Press, 2008).

 




» The Fight Isn't Over Regarding the Sec of Ed Nomination
 
 



Dear Activist,

The Senate education committee just voted to advance Betsy DeVos' nomination for secretary of education. Next she'll face the real test: a vote of the entire senate. It's taken almost a month for her nomination to get this far, and the fight isn't nearly over yet.

You've sent more than 1 million emails, and called senators more than 50,000 times, and believe me - they are taking notice. In explaining why she'll vote no, Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) said that 95 percent of the people that contacted her office opposed DeVos. Ninety-five percent! At the vote this morning, Senator Murkowski (R-AK) said she is still undecided, and that she is listening to the serious concerns of the thousands of her constituents who have called. And they're not the only ones. We've heard from senate staff that they're getting more emails and calls from our members and allies about stopping DeVos than they've ever had about a nominee.

Trust me - you are making a difference. We have to keep the pressure on. Keep calling. Keep emailing. Keep telling your senators that Betsy DeVos cannot be put in charge of our nation's schools.

Call 1-855-882-6229 to speak to your senators.
Click here to email them.

Our senators need to know that we will never back down when our students and public education are on the line. Let's keep up the fight.

Lily Eskelsen García

President
National Education Association




» Louisville Downtown Civil Rights Trail Curriculum Guides Now Available
 
 

 Looking for fresh BLACK HISTORY RESOURCES?

The Louisville Downtown Civil Rights Trail curriculum guide and brochures are available in all Jefferson County Public Schools. 
There is a dvd or you can download it from the university’s website.

 

The information is also available on the university’s website below.

louisville.edu/artsandsciences/idep/engagement/civil-rights-markers-project


 

 

 




» KEA's TALK Conference Dates Announced!
 
 

 

Registration opens in March!  Seeking Presenters NOW! 

 

 




» JCP Transfer Process Now Open
 
 

The JCPS Transfer Application Process for the 2017-2018 School Year is open from January 1st-March 22nd.

JCTA will be providing "Understanding the Transfer Process" workshops at the JCTA office from 4:30-6:30 pm on the following dates: Feb 16, 22; March 6, 14, 16. Go to the Calendar of Events on the right side of the JCTA Website home page and click a date to register.

To get to the link for the transfer application, click here.

 

 




» Free Screenings of "Education, Inc." now showing
 
 

You are invited to a free screening of the documentary film "Education, Inc"!

Charter school legislation is on the agenda for this year.  Come to our film screening to learn about charter school experiences in other states. 

Click here to see dates and locations!

 

 




» KEA/NEA DELEGATE Nominations
 
 

Nominations for Delegates to KEA Assembly Now Sought:

The KEA Delegate Assembly (DA) will be held Wednesday, April 5 through Friday, April 7, 2017 at the Marriott Down­town in Louisville. The deadline for filing nominations is Wednesday, January 18 at 5 p.m. Candidates may include a resume (50 word limit), which is also due by 5 p.m. on January 18.  The nomination form may be found below. Resumes will be sent to buildings and will be viewable in the members-only section of our website on January 30. Electronic voting will begin at 5:00 a.m. on Wednesday, February 1 and end on Wednesday, February 8 at 5:00 p.m. JCTA elects over 100 delegates to represent us at the KEA DA, so we encourage all interested members to complete a nomination form.   Delegates do receive stipends for attendance.  If you have any ques­tions or need more information, please contact UniServ Director Elana Crane (elana.crane@jcta.org) at the JCTA office. 

KEA NOMINATION FORMS:

2017 KEA Nomination Form-PDF

2017 KEA Nomination Form-Word

Nominations for Delegates to NEA Assembly Now Sought:  

The annual NEA Representative Assembly (RA) will be held June 30 through July5, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. We encourage all members to consider running for NEA Delegate; it is a wonderful opportunity to meet teachers from around the country and to help set policy for our national association. The deadline for filing nominations is Wednesday, January 18 at 5 p.m. Candidates may include a resume (50 word limit), which is also due by 5 p.m. on January 18.  The nomination form may be found below. Resumes will be sent to buildings and will be viewable in the members-only section of our website on February 1. Electronic voting will begin at 5:00 a.m. on Wednesday, February 1 and end on Wednesday, February 8 at 5:00 p.m .  JCTA elects 40 delegates to attend the RA; delegates receive a stipend to cover travel expenses.  If you have any ques­tions or need more information, please contact UniServ Director Elana Crane (elana.crane@jcta.org) at the JCTA office.

NEA NOMINATION FORMS:

2017 NEA Nomination Form-PDF

2017 NEA Nomination Form-Word

 

 




» KEA Visibility Committee Sponsors Student Essay and Art Contest
 
 

 KEA Visibility Committee Sponsors Student Essay and Art Contest:

KEA is sponsoring a Student Empowerment Essay and Visual Art Contest for preschool through 12th Grade. Students in the Commonwealth of Kentucky are invited to create an original essay and/or piece of artwork that embodies the statement "I love my public school because..." All students in a public school in Kentucky are eligible to enter. All JCTA entries must be submitted using the entry form and sent to JCTA UniServ Director Dawn Moretz. Deadline for submission is Friday, January 13, 2017.


Contest rules, entry form and submission guidelines can be found here. JCTA will provide a $75 check or gift card to the winners from our office.
State wide winners will be chosen by the KEA Visibility Committee and displayed in the Capitol Annex building in January.




» Spotlight Committee Seeking Award Nominations
 
 

 

The Spotlight Committee is now accepting nominations for the 2017 Spotlight Awards:

 

If you would like to nominate someone or yourself, you can find the nomination forms in the members-only portion of our website. Log-in and look for "Spotlight Awards" listed on the right. You can also click on the links below to receive access to the applications forms. The deadline for nominations is Tuesday, January 31, 2017.

The awards are:

  • Apple from the Teacher--For those outside of education or non-certified JCPS employees who have sought to advance the educational process. Click HERE for Apple Award Guidelines.  Click HERE for Apple Award Nomination form.

 

  • June B. Lee Advocacy Award--For JCTA members who have shown outstanding advocacy for JCTA.
    Click
    HERE for Advocacy Award Guidelines. Click HERE for Advocacy Award Nominations.

 

  • Ethel O’Brien Award--A $1000 award for outstanding dedication to public education and the community. This award is sponsored by former JCPS Board member, Steve Imhoff. Click HERE for Community Award Guidelines. Click HERE for Community Award Nomination Forms.

 

  • KEA/JCTA Presidents’ Scholarships--Apply for up to $1000 in scholarship money to complete certification in one of the following areas:
    • Rank II (Masters) - $1000
    • Rank I (Beyond Master's) - $1000
    • National Board Certification - up to $1000                                                     

All applicants must be a member of KEA. KEA/JCTA Presidents' Scholarships Applications are due by February 15. Scholarship award amounts vary by KEA District.

Completed electronic applications will be given to each KEA District Scholarship Committee for consideration.

Winners will be notified by the KEA District and will be recognized at the annual KEA Delegate Assembly in April.

If you have any questions about any of the awards listed above, contact UniServ Director Dawn Moretz (dawn.moretz@jcta.org).

 




» KEA Seeks Nominations for Teaching in Excellence Awards
 
 

 
KEA Seeks Nominations for Teaching in Excellence Awards:

Any teacher member of KEA can apply for the KEA Teaching in Excellence Award. This recognition of outstanding teachers comes with a $1,000 award and an automatic nomination to the NEA Teaching in Excellence Award. Please click HERE to access the online application.

Applications are due by the close of business January 15, 2017.




» The NEA Foundation's Global Learning Fellowship Now Accepting Applications
 
 

 The NEA Foundaton's Global Learning Fellowship Now Accepting Applications:

For the first time, from now until February 28, 2017, all active NEA classroom teachers may apply for this exciting, restructured learning opportunity. The NEA Foundation Global Learning Fellowship offers educators 12 months of professional development to support them as they build global competence skills and create their own lesson plans to share with educators around the world. Fellows will also experience nine days of international field study. Find more details about the program on neafoundation.org.  

 




» "Education, Inc." Documentary Screening on January 5th
 
 

 Special Event Screening of "Education, Inc.: A Documentary About How Money and Politics are Changing our Schools"

Join Save Our Schools KY, a Frankfort-facing grassroots public education advocacy group, for a special screening of Education, Inc, a documentary about how money and politics are changing our schools.

Here is some of what is being said about the documentary:

"The brilliant award-winning film-makers, navigate their way through a diabolical scheme to "reinvent" education."
-Huffington Post

"A Stunning Documentary about the Dark Money Behind Reform."
-Diane Ravitch, Best-Selling Education Author/Blogger


The special screening will take place on Thursday, January 5, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. at the Aero Club at Bowman Field (3333 Roger E Schupp St, Louisville, KY 40205). Mark your calendars and make your plans to attend!




» NEA Letter regarding Discrimination and Harrassment
 
 

 From NEA's General Council:

"During and following the presidential campaign, our schools and universities have witnessed a surge in harassment based on race, religion, gender, disability, and national origin. The Southern Poverty Law Center has received reports of more than 400 cases of harassment or intimidation in the United States since Election Day and continues to collect such reports...As the nation’s leading organization of educators we have a responsibility to ensure that our schools are safe for students. We know that affiliates and members are already taking significant steps to address and stop this wave of intolerance. We write to share additional tools to aid you."

To read the full letter, which includes a multitude of resources, click here.




» NEA White Paper:
 
 

Numerous laws provide that students have the right to be free from discrimination or harassment based on their actual or perceived race, national origin, gender (including gender identity and sexual orientation), religion, or disability.

Read the National Education Association's white paper regarding Universal Safety Safety by clicking HERE.




» KY Super Stars Leadership Academy
 
 

The new KY Super Stars Leadership Academy is soliciting participation by Pre-School and Kindergarten teachers.

Details are available at
http://www.ovec.org/7/home .

The Governor's Office of Early Childhood asked OVEC for assistance with this program last year based on their track record of success operating Head Start and Early Head Start programs and our partnerships with private preschools. Each will have a personal mentor for six months.

Sara York, former principal of TAPP, has been hired to be the regional leader for the Jefferson County/OVEC/Northern KY region. She will join six other folks with diverse experience in Early Childhood and Elementary Education in coaching and mentoring the participants. The program comes at no cost to participants or employers: mileage, meals, lodging, and subs are covered.




» KEA Visibility Committee sponsoring Student Art & Essay Contest
 
 

Students in the Commonwealth of Kentucky, Preschool through 12th Grade, are invited to create an original artwork that embodies the statement "I love my public school because..."

All students in a public school in Kentucky are eligible to enter. For more info visit the KEA website here.

 

 




» 2016 Election BSK Endorsements
 
 

 

2016 BSK Report (PDF Version)

 




» Fund For Teachers Grant Money Available
 
 

 Grants of up to $5,000 to individuals or up to $10,000 to teacher teams for self-designed professional learning experiences in the summer of 2017, including international travel, summer institutes, and local projects are available through JCPS' Fund for Teachers.

Click the link here for details!




» Announcing the 2016-2017 MLK, Jr Diversity Arts Contest
 
 

The JCTA Human and Civil Rights Committee is proud to announce the themes and related details for the 2016-2017 MLK, Jr Diversity Arts Contest:

Elementary (K-3, 4-5, ECE):                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               “Intelligence + Character—that is the goal of true education.”


Middle School (6-8, ECE)/High School (9-12, ECE):                                                                                                                                                                                                   “There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe nor politic nor popular, but he must take it because his conscience tells him it is right.”

Categories: (Elementary: K-3, 4-5; Middle School: 6-8; High School: 9-12: ECE)

  • Writing
  • Visual Art
  • Drama

The winner in each category will be invited to attend the JCTA Martin Luther King, Jr. Awards Dinner in January 2017 and will be recognized with a certificate and cash prize. All entries must be postmarked by Thursday, November 10th or hand-delivered to the JCTA office by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, November 11th in order to be considered. All entries must include a completed cover sheet. Click HERE for the flier and contest rules. Questions? Contact JCTA UniServ Director Dawn Moretz at 454-3400 or dawn.moretz@jcta.org.

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» LWV Announces Charter School Forum-Nov 21st
 
 




» Get politically involved with this Election App!
 
 

People watch 40% more sports when they play fantasy football. Wouldn't it be amazing to have that kind of effect on voter turnout? It would be really cool to have a game to predict elections like an NCAA bracket pool. That game exists in the form of an App!


"PredElection" hit the App Store last week (Android coming soon). Please give it a download and play around. It's free, has cash prizes, and you can challenge friends to group pools. PLUS, it includes latest polls, news, a one-stop shop for all your voting needs, and a ton of resources thanks to partners at MTV, Ballotpedia, and Rock the Vote.


In addition to being fun, this app has the power to get people (especially young people) engaged in the electoral process, but only if we have users. So here are your missions if you choose to accept them:

  • Download PredElection and please give a 5-star review.
  • Follow PredElection on Facebook and Twitter, share our stuff.
  • Forward this info to neat people who might like the game.
  • Help it to help you. If you do any campaigning or civic engagement work, get folks playing — PredElecting can be the best way to engage the disaffected in crucial issues
  • Challenge people to groups and PLAY. It's fun! You might even win some cash...

With your support, we can change the game!

predelection.com

https://appsto.re/us/fobPeb.i

#MarchMadness4Politics 

 




» 2017 Open Enrollment for Kentucky Employees' Health Plan (KEHP)
 
 

Highlights of 2017 Open Enrollment
The Kentucky Employees’ Health Plan (KEHP) 2017 plan year annual Open Enrollment is an ACTIVE Open Enrollment and everyone must make an election. KEHP is a self-funded plan that offers health insurance to state employees, school boards, retirees under age 65, and other quasi-governmental agencies. KEHP offers flexible spending accounts to those whose employer participates in our FSA/HRA program.



Open Enrollment Highlights
(October 10 - October 24, 2016)

Premiums:

Ÿ No premium increase for the LivingWell plans if you completed your 2016 LivingWell Promise, and you choose another LivingWell plan for 2017
Ÿ 1% premium increase in the Standard CDHP and Standard PPO plans

Benefits:
In an effort to keep premiums lower while continuing to offer you comprehensive benefits, KEHP made the following changes for 2017:
Ÿ LivingWell PPO plan deductible increased to $750/single and $1,500/family for in- network coverage;
Ÿ The out-of-pocket maximum increased in all four plan options: LivingWell CDHP and LivingWell PPO $2,750/single and $5,500/family; Standard PPO and Standard CDHP
$3,750/single and $7,500 family;
Ÿ The Healthcare Flexible Spending Account (FSA) has a minimum carry over amount of $50;
Ÿ Preventive prescriptions on the CVS/Caremark preventive therapy drug benefit list will not be subject to the deductible if you have the LivingWell CDHP or the Standard CDHP;
Ÿ LiveHealth Online Psychology is now available at no cost for you and your dependents age 10 and over; and
Ÿ Beginning in 2018, the Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRAs) have a maximum carry over amount of $7,500.
Ÿ

How to Enroll:
Ÿ Online using KHRIS ESS at openenrollment.ky.gov
Ÿ Use the paper application in the Benefits Selection Guide;
— If you currently have the cross-reference payment option, you may enroll using the pre-populated cross-reference paper application you will receive in the mail; or
— If you are electing the cross-reference payment option for the first time or you do not have the pre-populated paper application.

 




» LEAP Election Candidate Resumes
 
 


LEAP Resumes


Beam, Kenneth—Lassiter Middle School— Hello Ladies and Gentlemen, I am Kenneth Beam and I currently teach 7th grade Math at Lassiter Middle School. I have been teaching for 20 years, with the last 12 with JCPS. I am a believer of being a stake holder with the TPGES process. Many times I have served…...


Chester-Burton, Beverly – Frost Academy - I am a JCTA/KEA Board Member seeking the opportunity to represent you on the Local Evaluation Appeals Panel. I’m committed to improving evaluations through fair and collaborative efforts. I will listen to you and voice your concerns. Together, we’ll find solutions to enhance the process. I would appreciate your vote.


Donoghue, George – JCTMS - I want to help ensure that all teachers get a fair hearing regarding their summative evaluation appeals. Please elect me to as one of your representatives.


O’Neal, Leigh – St. Matthews Elementary - This is my 26th year as an ECE teacher in JCPS. I am a JCTA representative. I have mentored many pre-service teachers and KTIP teachers. I collaborate daily with others to improve teaching and learning. My experiences thus far will make me a good candidate for the LEAP committee.




» First Semester Must-Haves!
 
 

Click below to get great Teacher Tips, the Question of the Week, a Featured Strategy, Featured Lesson Plan, Featured Toolkit, Featured Webinar, and Featured EdCommunities Group

NEA Works4ME: Ideas and tips for Student Success

 

 

 

 




» JCTA Announces Fall Workshop Schedule
 
 

JCTA offers a wide range of workshops for personal and professional development.  Go to PD Central to sign up for workshops offering Professional Development hours. To attend our other workshops, go to Calendar of Events on the JCTA Website, click the workshop, and register. 

Click HERE for a complete list of workshops provided from September-November 2016.

 




» What's Up with the Proposed Contract?
 
 

We’ve been getting calls/emails regarding questions that are arising from individuals receiving their copies of the proposed contract. Here are some common questions and continuing themes that we wanted to share:

1) Why do we need a new contract? When the 2013-18 contract was negotiated, Article 27 Salary and Benefits was NOT agreed to for the full term of the agreement, meaning that the salary/benefits portion of the contract would have to be renegotiated throughout the term of the full contract. The salary portion of the contract was due for renegotiations (ie, we didn’t have salary agreements other than steps in place for the 2016-17 and 2017-18 schools years) so that was the purpose of the recent negotiations.


2) There is a mention of a lawsuit being dropped – what was the lawsuit about and why was it dropped? JCTA filed a lawsuit when the District refused to recognize and honor steps at the beginning of their fiscal year. JCTA agreed to drop the lawsuit once the District agreed to recognize the right to steps as new language in the contract.


3) Why only a .75 % increase in the first year? As was discussed at the recent Representative Council (PR) meeting, that was neither the original proposal by JCTA nor the District. The District was much lower with no step increases at all and JCTA was much higher with steps. JCTA worked to negotiate the District up to a two-year 2.25% package with step increases.

For the majority of our members, most of which have never served on a bargaining team, we understand the frustration and the concern of not getting exactly what you want. The reality of bargaining is that neither side gets 100% of what want, but your JCTA negotiation team works to negotiate the best package possible for our members and the students we teach.

Bargaining is a give and take with both parties walking away from the table with at least some of what they’ve asked for. JCTA leadership discussed these questions and many others at the recent JCTA PR meeting held earlier in the week. Be sure to check with your Professional Rep for information that they might have as well!

In the meantime, please continue to ask us your questions. There will always be rumors when people are involved in any endeavor, so we always appreciate the opportunity to set the record straight.

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