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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.
 


» 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 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.




» 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.




» 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!




» 2016-2017 JCTA Student Scholarship Info Now Available
 
 

 2016-2017 JCTA Student Scholarship Info Now Available


JCTA is offering Exemplary Student Scholarships to two Jefferson County Public School seniors. The Jefferson County Teachers Association will honor these two JCPS seniors during its annual Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Dinner with a $1,000 scholarship for each recipient. The dinner will take place during January 2017. (Details regarding the location and time will be provided to the winners in November.) The scholarship winners are requested to attend the memorial dinner and will be provided two complimentary tickets for guests.

Students should send their completed scholarship application package to the JCTA office (located at 1941 Bishop Lane, Suite 300) by Friday, November 11th.  If you have any questions contact UniServ Dawn Moretz at dawn.moretz@jcta.org or 454-3400.

The following checklist will assist in completing the application. If any components are incomplete or missing, the application will be void.

  • Completed scholarship application cover sheet
  • Copy of high school transcript
  • Copy of ACT or SAT scores
  • 3 letters of recommendation-each in a sealed envelope with signature of recommending person across the seal
  • Responses to all four essay questions, following these guidelines:

        *Typed, Double-spaced, using size 12 Arial font
        *Not to exceed 75 words per question
        *Each question answered on a separate sheet


Questions:
1. Why do you want to be a teacher?
2. Describe experiences which have helped to prepare you for your career goal(s).
3. How did you arrive at your decision (referenced in Part I of this application) relative to college choice and major?
4. What other information about yourself would you like the committee to know?


All of the above information needs to be submitted by: November 11, 2016.

Class schedule with the official seal submitted by August 30, 2017 in order for funds to be released.

For an electronic copy of this 2016-2017 Exemplary Student Scholarship Announcement listed above, click here.

 

 




» 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.

Jefferson County Teachers Association
1941 Bishop Lane, Suite 300
Louisville, KY 40218
P: (502) 454-3400
F: (502) 452-2794
 




» LWV Announces Charter School Forum-Nov 21st
 
 




» Get politically involved with this Election App!
 
 

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"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...

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» 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

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» 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.




» More Details About KTRS Returns
 
 

 

 

 

We have received many questions from our membership regarding a newspaper article featuring TRS investment returns. The article, unfortunately, focused narrowly on the most recent fiscal year only, which caused concern among TRS members since it was not accompanied with the broader context that puts a one-year return in perspective. Below is a bullet-point summary that provides the broader context:

 

 

• The markets always have good and bad years, and 2016 was a tough year in the market for both institutional investors and individuals.
• Negative cash flow resulted in TRS selling assets it otherwise would not have sold, which significantly hindered TRS's ability to buy in favorable markets. The new, additional funding provided to TRS in the current budget that began July 1 only became available after the close of this fiscal year on June 30. But the funding will help going forward.
• TRS consistently delivers long-term results.
• The TRS 30-year return on investments is 8.0%.
• TRS ranked in the top 25% over the 3-, 5-, and 10-year periods compared to other pensions plans across the nation despite one year of underperformance.
• TRS’s conservative, methodical, transparent investment process resulted in TRS avoiding the subprime mortgage and derivative investments that were the focal point of the 2008 Great Recession. Instead, TRS performed in the top 10% in the nation.
• TRS has never invested in hedge funds.
• TRS investment fees are among the lowest in the nation at 1/25 of one percent of assets.
• TRS has a wealth of investment expertise: Aon Hewitt, one of the world’s largest investment consultants; Two nationally recognized investment experts who advised stock exchanges and one of whom advised the Rockefellers, serve on TRS Investment Committee; TRS Investment Department staff include investment professionals with decades of investment experience.

 

 

 

 




» Now Accepting LEAP Nominations
 
 

Now accepting Local Evaluation Appeals Panel nominations 


As part of the TPGES system, all districts are required to establish a Local Evaluation Appeal Panel (LEAP) to hear summative evaluation appeals. JCTA/JCPS’s panel will include 12 certified personnel (non-administrative), who must be elected to serve on the panel. This year, four teachers will be elected to serve three-year terms. Elected LEAP members will receive training. The appeals hearings will be held in the late spring and early summer.

If you are interested in serving on the LEAP panel, click here for a nomination form. The deadline to submit your nomination form is Wednesday, September 7 at 5:00 p.m. The election will be open to all certified employees in our bargaining unit, regardless of JCTA membership, and will be conducted electronically through the JCTA website September 21-28. For more information, contact UniServ Director Elana Crane (elana.crane@jcta.org).

 




» NEA Urgent Request RE: Louisiana Flood Relief
 
 

 

Being part of the NEA family means coming together in good times and in bad. Right now, it is the worst of times for students, families and our members in Louisiana.


The southern part of the state is undergoing historic flooding. At least six people have died and thousands have been forced from their homes. More than 20,000 residents have been rescued over the past few days and more than 10,000 are in shelters, mostly in the Baton Rouge area.


Unfortunately, most of the affected families did not have flood insurance because their homes were not considered to be in high-risk areas that would have required the insurance.
Several of the state’s parishes have been declared disaster areas, and more are likely to be soon.


Debbie Meaux, president of the Louisiana Association of Educators (LAE), has been communicating regularly with members and is asking them to let the association know of their communities’ needs so they can offer as much support as possible.
We are encouraging state affiliates, members and others to use this secure web site to make donations to LAE members and schools who are in need. All donations will be directed through LAE and routed to those most in need.


We appreciate anything you can do and please consider sharing the link to the donation page on your social media platforms. Every bit helps as we support those communities in need.




» JCTA Young Leaders
 
 

 

As a young educator, you are an integral part of the Jefferson County Teachers’ Association (JCTA).
We believe that young educators become young leaders and you are the future of our organization.
                        
We are looking for members interested in improving the field of education and the lives of your students.                                  Join us to take an active and vital leadership role within JCTA.

We are accepting applications to serve on the YOUNG LEADERS Committee during the 2016-17 school year:

What YOUNG LEADERS do:
• Take a lead role in organizing other young educators around your interests.
• Develop Professional Developments to support teachers within JCPS.
• Work together to build community within JCPS.
• Recruit and engage members and potential members.
• Promote fun social events for teachers to network every month.
• Work collaboratively with current leadership to support the association.
• Receive support from JCTA that allows you and your students to soar in and out of the classroom.

 

This is your opportunity to take charge!
Please submit your application by contacting:
elana.crane@jcta.org or 502-454-3400
Or fill it out online at:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe5AOpzWkc7DnkdntHCAfCETR_fFZAuUx31Bzv2-9EkIRRe2g/viewform?c=0&w=1

 

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