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Evaluation Appeal Panel Election

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. Because this is the first year, the 12 positions will be elected to either a one, two, or three year term. As each term expires, subsequent elections will be for four positions, each with three year terms. Elected LEAP members will receive training. The appeals hearings will be held in the late spring and early summer; since this is the first year, we are not sure of the time commitment involved. If you are interested in serving on the LEAP panel, please submit a brief nomination form, which can be found here as a PDF or as a word document .

The deadline to submit your nomination form is Wednesday, October 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 October 21-28. For more information, contact UniServ Director Elana Crane (elana.crane@jcta.org).


2015-2016 JCTA Committee Interest Form

JCTA's Committees Are Seeking New Members

JCTA is seeking interested members to serve on a number of JCTA committees. If you are interested please download the below committee interest form and return the completed form to Deputy Director James Hughley via fax (452-2794), email (james.hughley@jcta.org) or by dropping them off at the JCTA office.  Thank you!

2015-2016 JCTA Committee Interest Form

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.

» Matt Bevin's Blueprint Bankrupts the Bluegrass State

Matt Bevin’s refusal to tell the truth about where he stands on critical issues is well documented. But equally concerning, the policy proposals that Bevin has articulated would effectively bankrupt Kentucky – not only hurting our hardworking families, but also decimating the Commonwealth’s finances.

Consider the price tag for Bevin’s proposals on three key policy areas: pensions, education, and healthcare.

The Price Tag for Bevin’s Pension Plan: $8 Billion Over 15 Years, Hundreds of Millions To End The Kentucky Teacher Retirement System.

Bevin’s plan for Kentucky’s pension system involves moving new hires into a 401k-style program. This is problematic for two reasons. First, Bevin’s Plan would force retirees to gamble with their retirement on the stock market.

Second, moving retirees onto a 401k plan would have serious fiscal implications for Kentucky’s budget. An independent report found that a plan similar to Bevin’s would cost the retirement system $8 billion over the next 15 years – as the state is forced to increase contributions to cover a rising number of retirees without as many incoming workers making contributions. Leaders of the Kentucky Retirement System have previously testified against a Bevin-style plan for exactly this reason.

Additionally, Bevin’s latest proposal to move Kentucky teachers over to Social Security would have a catastrophic impact on teachers, the KTRS system and on Kentucky’s budget.

Kentucky teachers receive a higher retirement benefit through the Kentucky Teachers’ Retirement System than they would under Social Security. The average benefit that teachers receive is $3,042 on KTRS. The average benefit that Kentuckians on Social Security receive is $1,173. That means that teachers on Social Security under Matt Bevin would ultimately receive lower retirement benefits.

Putting teachers on Social Security would also add huge costs to Kentucky’s budget. According to KTRS, the cost of moving Kentucky’s teachers to Social Security would be at least $600 million per year – more than the actuarially required contribution for FY 2016-2017. That cost would be in addition to the $520 million that Kentucky will have to pay in FY 2016-2017 to meet the full actuarially required contribution for those remaining in KTRS.

And while Bevin has described himself as a pension expert, his pension experience has come under scrutiny. The State Journal reported that Bevin’s pension record was “less than stellar,” detailing how his pension firm charged “above-average” taxpayer-funded fees while losing money for retirees.

The Price Tag for Bevin’s Education Plan: $35 Million.

Despite the fact that college readiness for students has increased from 31 percent to 62 percent since the adoption of the Kentucky Core Academic Standards, Bevin has pledged to “lead the charge” in repealing school standards.

What Bevin isn’t telling Kentucky is that repealing the Standards is estimated to cost Kentucky 35 million dollars, according to the Kentucky Department of Education. When Bevin was pressed about this cost, the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce reported that Bevin “said that amount would not be the problem.”

Repealing school standards in other states has been expensive as well. In Tennessee, repealing standards as Bevin would is projected to cost $4.14 million over a three-year period. Similarly, in New York repeal of standards was estimated to cost the state $280 million.

The Price Tag for Dismantling Kynect: $23 Million and Higher Fees.

Bevin has pledged to “dismantle” Kynect through an executive order as governor. Setting aside the dire implications for healthcare, the fiscal repercussions of Bevin’s policy would be disastrous for Kentucky’s bottom line – while also spiking fees on Kentuckians.

Kynect officials estimated that Bevin’s plan to end the state exchange and transfer Kentucky’s healthcare system to the federal exchange would cost Kentucky at least $23 million in IT work alone, while taking at least 9 months to complete the transition.

Additionally, Bevin’s healthcare plan could dramatically spike insurance premiums for consumers. Kynect is currently funded through a 1 percent assessment on plans sold through the exchange. Under the federal system, that assessment would rise to the surcharge on insurance plans sold on the federal exchange of 3.5 percent.


There’s no denying that Bevin is still refusing to come clean with Kentuckians about many of his proposals. He infamously answered a question about his budget priorities by saying “If I told you that I’d have to kill you.”

But the policies that Bevin has articulated regarding pensions, education, and healthcare would be fiscally catastrophic, driving Kentucky toward financial ruin for the sake of his political ambitions. Compounding Bevin’s problem is his plan for revenue – he has consistently failed to articulate how he will fund his policies and the government. In fact, WDRB’s John David Dyche wrote “governors in other states who have tried similar ‘supply side’ reforms have found themselves confronting big budget shortfalls.”

Bevin’s ideas are not only reckless for hardworking families – they demonstrate a fundamental failure to understand the significance of his policy proposals that will impact every individual within our Commonwealth.

Kentuckians already know that Bevin is an ‘East Coast Con Man’ who doesn’t tell the truth – but the price tag of his proposals is another reason we cannot trust him to serve as our governor.

Dana Mayton is the Senior Policy Advisor for the Conway-Overly campaign. Most recently, she was the Senior Associate Vice President for Government Relations and Special Assistant to the President at the University of Louisville. She previously served as the Deputy Attorney General in the Kentucky Attorney General's office and as Secretary of the Revenue Cabinet under Governor Paul Patton.

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» The Devaluing of Head Start

Know WHO you are voting FOR and WHAT you are voting AGAINST:

At a recent event in Jessamine County, Republican Lt. Governor candidate Jenean Hampton continued her campaign's pattern of disparaging early learning programs, stating that Head Start is being used for "indoctrination."

HAMPTON: "See I remember when Head Start began and it was just for low income, very low income kids because they were not getting at home the training they should have gotten. That's what that was for. But I suspect, I truly suspect that now it's just being used to get the kids at an even earlier age and just start the indoctrination sooner. That's my feelings."

Click here to view Jenean Hampton's remarks.

» JCTA Holds Press Conference to Address JCPS Student Misconduct

On Thursday, September 24th, JCTA President Brent McKim held a press conference during which he addressed the lack of district level support in regards to JCPS student behavior problems.  McKim cited results from the most recent TELL Survey which had been completed during the spring of 2015 by JCPS teachers across the district. JCTA is strongly encouraging the JCPS Board of Education and Superintendent Donna Hargens to work with the Teamsters and community members to both acknowledge the overwhelming problem of student misconduct and then commit to finding solutions for the betterment of learning and teaching conditions within the schools of Jefferson County. 

Read President McKim's full remarks below:


"The number of teachers contacting JCTA with significant concerns regarding student behavior problems in their schools has increased in recent years and the reported severity of the problems has also increased. To better understand the current reality for the teachers in Jefferson County, JCTA recently conducted a teacher survey regarding student behavior issues. Almost 1,100 teachers took part in the survey. The results are so alarming and so consistent with the problems being experienced by our bus drivers and other educational employees that we felt the best course of action would be to share the results with the superintendent, the school board, and the community, so that we can all work together to take action that will lead to real improvement.

To illustrate the point, I would like to highlight a number of the teacher survey findings:

• 95% of teachers say they usually or always build relationships with students who are having problems with misbehavior as a strategy for improving the situation (Q30)
• Shockingly, only 3% of teachers believe that JCPS usually or always supports schools that are having problems with student behavior; 75% of teachers believe that JCPS rarely or never supports schools that are having problems with student behavior (Q25)
• 79% of teachers say that being required to “teach to the test” causes increased misbehavior in students (Q17)
• Only 15% of teachers say their school collaboratively involved teachers in the development or selection of their school’s discipline plan (Q5)
• Consequently, more than half of the teachers surveyed say their school’s discipline plan rarely or never works in areas outside the classroom (hallways, cafeteria, etc.) (Q7)
• 72% of teachers say their administrators do not implement the Code of Conduct effectively and consistently (Q27)
• And maybe the most shocking response of all is that the majority of teachers surveyed say they believe their administrators are actively discouraged by their superiors from implementing the Code of Conduct effectively (Q28)

In June of this year, the Association urged the school board to work with the superintendent to develop clear, specific, realistic, and constructive goals for improving the alarming and unacceptable state of student behavior in JCPS. To our knowledge, this has not been done.

To be clear, the Association is not suggesting that these problems are all due to the superintendent. Certainly, student behavior has been a longstanding challenge in JCPS, long before our current superintendent arrived. However, both JCTA’s information and statewide TELL Survey clearly indicate that student behavior is getting worse, rather than better.

These are serious issues that deserve to be a focal area for the board and the superintendent and clear goals should be set for improvement. Our students deserve to learn in a safe and orderly school environment conducive to learning and our teachers, bus drivers, and other school employees deserve to feel supported. JCTA and the Teamsters look forward to working collaboratively with the school board, the superintendent, and community partners to positively impact student behavior and school safety. We ask that all these stakeholders acknowledge this problem and commit themselves to work together to make a difference for the benefit of our students and our staff."

» NBCT Reimbursement Opportunity Through NT3 Grant

To help achieve the goal outlined in KRS 161.131of having one National Board Certified Teacher in every Kentucky school by 2020 and to overcome the barrier that teachers in schools without colleagues who are board-certified are half as likely to pursue National Board certification, the Kentucky Network to Transform Teaching will reimburse candidates from schools without National Board Certified Teachers $275 after the submission of one component for out of pocket expenses, as long as funding allows and in the order applications are received.

If you have any questions about this reimbursement, please e-mail Suzanne.Farmer@ky.gov.


» Sowing a Nonviolent City - September 26th Gun Violence Conference

 In just a few days...
Gun Violence Conference in Louisville.

We hope you have heard about the September 26th Gun Violence Conference in Louisville. It will be an impressive convening of groups and individuals in the Louisville community around the issue of gun violence. The conference will be held from 8:30 to 4:30 at Christ Church Cathedral, 421 S. Second St. For over a year, The Sowers of Justice Network has brought together in conversation a number of community leaders, representing a variety of interests relating to how we can positively and proactively stop gun violence in the community. This conference of different voices is a first step toward the broader discussions which we will continue to face as a community.

See an overview of the conference content and speakers

Register soon! We need to plan the space and the number of lunches by Wednesday, September 23rd.
Tickets for all day Saturday, including lunch are $20. Scholarships are available for anyone needing them. Contact us here: sojky.events@gmail.com



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The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) is seeking educators and non-educators interested in serving on teacher tribunals. Individuals who are currently in the pool for assignment to a teacher tribunal or who have already served on a tribunal will need to reapply and undergo the training to continue to serve. For more information, click: KDE SEEKING INDIVIDUALS TO SERVE ON TEACHER TRIBUNALS

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» JCPS Seeking LGBTQ+ Subcommittee Members

Jefferson County Public School district is continuing to promote equal opportunities. As a result, a LGBTQ Advisory Committee was formed to provide perspective to JCPS related to LGBTQ matters impacting students, parents, faculty, staff, and other constituents. Advisory Committee chairs invite interested individuals to join the following sub-committees: Policy, Student Supports, Stakeholder Supports, Training, and Outreach.

A brief description of each sub-committee is provided below. Members are sought who are passionate, purposeful, and can work well on a team to move forward in positive direction. If interested in joining one of the sub-committees or for further information, please contact either Dr. Monica Lakhwani at monica.lakhwani@jefferson.kyschools.us or Ms. Brittany Andrews at brittany.andrews@jefferson.kyschools.us.

Policy Sub-Committee - this group is about understanding policy and procedure in JCPS as it relates to LGBTQ issues, from Board policy to school procedures. We will be locating resources, suggesting policy language, and identifying where support may still be needed. This may include suggestions on policies to put in place locally based on others already in place elsewhere in schools and districts that work to support LGBTQ students, staff, and families. It may involve understanding how policy applies to real world situations, and what might need to be adjusted to better fit current needs. Finally, we can also look at finding questions that may need answers, such as how adoption rules affect parental status or benefits or gender identification on documents we use daily.

Outreach Sub-Committee – this group will focus on broadening and processing communications among LGBTQ Advisory Committee work and JCPS staff members, students, families, and the community. This group will assist to increase communicative access to various internal and external members in educating or informing staff, students, families, and the community on LGBTQ issues. This may involve establishing beneficial connections between people and/or organizations or envisioning ways to disseminate information and raise awareness on LGBTQ related issues within the district.

Stakeholder Sub-Committee – this group of the JCPS LBGTQ Advisory Committee exists to develop proposals for ways in which JCPS can more effectively: 1) Foster support and acceptance of LGBTQ administrators, faculty members, and support staff throughout the JCPS community; and 2) Meet the needs of families of LGBTQ students and families headed by LGBTQ parents/guardians.

Training and Curriculum Development Sub-Committee - this group's focus will be on identifying training and professional development needs within the district regarding LGBTQ issues. We will collaborate with others to develop and provide appropriate training opportunities to help support our LGBTQ students, staff, and families. These may include topics such as positive school culture, building resilience, and embracing diversity of all kinds. Additionally, this group would investigate ways to make curricula (literature, science, social studies, history, psychology, health/sex education, etc.) more inclusive of LGBTQ individuals.

Student Supports Sub-Committee – The focus of the Student Support Subcommittee centers on supporting the needs of JCPS students who identify as LGBTQ as well as those students who support LGBTQ students, friends, and family members. This subcommittee will work with schools and other agencies to collect data on issues faced by students who identify as LGBTQ, so as to drive the decision making and actions of this subcommittee. Foreseeable actions of this subcommittee may include, but are not limited to, supporting JCPS GSAs/Alliances, developing student leadership and voice within JCPS, developing partnerships with community members that support JCPS students, etc. Students will actively participate in this subcommittee, from providing perspectives and ideas to planning and implementation.






» eLearning Conference

An eLearning Conference will be sponsored by the Indiana Department of Education that is centered around the 4Cs of 21st Century Learning: Communication, Collaboration, Critical Thinking and Creativity...

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» Proposed Social Studies Standards for the Next Generation Now Available for Further Review

Proposed Social Studies Standards for the Next Generation Now Available for Further Review
As a result of efforts among multiple and diverse groups of educators, the proposed Social Studies Standards for the Next Generation are now available for access and further review. These future-oriented standards, built from a vision crafted in 2013 and revised following input and feedback received from more than 2,000 people involved in focus groups and an open online survey conducted during the fall of 2014, respond to the demands of global competencies and 21st century learning. KDE wants to follow-up and have educators and others examine the latest version of the standards that include the changes and react to it...

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» 2015 Girls STEM Day

2015 Girls STEM Day
The University of Kentucky’s College of Agriculture, Food and Environment and Office for Environmental Programs Outreach Services, is hosting the 2015 Girls Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Day on Wednesday, July 29...

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