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JCTA Helping Henryville High School
 

President Brent McKim delivers gift cards and supplies to teacher members from Henryville High School.

 




Spotlight Award Nominations & Guidelines
 

If you would like to recognize a JCTA member who goes above and beyond the call of duty everyday use the below nomination form(s).  The Spotlight Committee is seeking nominations for the June B. Lee Award, the Apple From the Teacher Award, the Ethel O'Brien Award, the KEA-JCTA Scholarships and the National Board Certification Scholarships. 

The deadline to apply is January 27, 2012.  If you have any questions, please e-mail liesa.daly@jcta.org. Spotlight Awards - Guidelines and Nomination Forms.

JCTA Awards Nomination Form:

Apple from the Teacher Guidelines

June B. Lee Advocacy Award Guidelines

KEA/JCTA Advancing Teacher Scholarship Application

Guidelines for the KEA/JCTA Advancing Teacher Scholarship Application

Ethel O'Brien Nomination Form

Guidelines for the Ethel O'Brien Award

National Board Certification (2nd - 3rd Year Recertification Candidate) Scholarship Application




JCTA's Exemplary Student Scholarships
 

JCTA is offering two Exemplary Student Scholarships to two Jefferson County Public School seniors.

The Jefferson County Teachers Association will honor 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 at the Muhammad Ali Center located at 144 North Sixth Street on January 26, 2012 between 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. The student and their guest (no more than two other individuals) are requested to attend the memorial dinner.

The two senior students must meet the following criteria:

1. Exemplify the ideals of Dr. King (i.e. honest, motivated, kind, and respectful to all)
2. Attend a JCPS school and be on track to graduate in May 2012
3. A minimum 2.5 G.P.A.
4. Plan to attend college
5. Plan to enter the teaching or other service profession
6. Submit a complete scholarship application to the JCTA office (located at 1941 Bishop Lane, Suite 300) by January 9, 2012
7. Attend the memorial dinner

Part II Essay Questions respond to each question below in short essay form. Do not exceed 75 words per question. Answers should be typed, double spaced, and each should be on a separate sheet.

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?

Part III Transcript and Test Scores attach a copy of your high school transcript and ACT or SAT scores, (1st semester transcripts).

Part IV 3 Letters of Recommendation attach 3 letters of recommendation, at least one of the letters must be from a high school teacher.

To get the Scholarship Application please click the below link. If you have any questions please contact UniServ Director James Hughley at 454-3400 or james.hughley@jcta.org.

Scholarship Application Form




JCTA's MLK Contests
 

JCTA’s Human & Civil Rights Committee invites our teachers and your students to participate in the JCTA Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Visual Arts, Writing and Performing Arts/Speech Contests. All entries must be received in the JCTA office by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, December 5, 2011. Please Visit the JCTA website to download the contest information. Contact UniServ Director, James Hughley at 454-3400 or james.hughley@jcta.org if you have any questions. The below PDF documents contain the contest guidelines.

MLK Performing Arts Contest - Middle and High Theme
MLK Visual Arts Contest - Middle and High Theme
MLK Writing Contest Middle and High Theme

MLK Performing Arts Contest - Primary Theme
MLK Visual Arts Contest - Primary Theme
MLK Writing Contest - Primary Theme




KENTUCKY SCHOOLS RECOGNIZED FOR WORKING CONDITIONS
 

Congratulates Lowe Elementary for being recognized at the 17th Annual Safe Schools, Successful Students Conference for the working conditions, school safety and student achievement they have achieved.

Lowe Elementary was selected based on data from the Teaching, Educating, Leading and Learning (TELL) Kentucky survey. The school received a certificate, plaque and 4’ x 6’ school banner.

Additional JCPS schools that were recognized include Audubon Traditional Elementary, Jeffersontown High, Kennedy Montessori Elementary, Schaffner Traditional Elementary, Westport TAPP and Wilt Elementary they were all listed as Honorable Mention Schools.

Congratulations to all of the JCPS schools and staff for being recognized by the 17th Annual Safe Schools, Successful Students Conference. Keep up the excellent work!




JCTA Staff Position
 

The Jefferson County Teachers Association is seeking a qualified candidate for the position of Program-Finance Director for its Louisville, Kentucky area office. Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree minimum, advanced degree desired. A job description is posted below. Qualified candidates should submit a letter of interest describing their experience in the areas listed in the job description, resume, two letters of reference and names and contact information of three other references to: DeeAnn Flaherty, Executive Director, Jefferson County Teachers Association, 1941 Bishop Lane, Suite 300, Louisville, Ky 40218. JCTA is an equal opportunity employer.

Program-Finance Job Description




Is Diversity Your Passion? Become a NEA/JCTA Diversity Trainer Today!
 

JCTA is seeking additional Diversity Trainers for three-year training terms. If you applied last time, we encourage you to apply again. Because we believe in having a diverse team, we look for applicants that vary in age, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, and area/grade taught. Just because you did not fit into our varying needs for a diverse team in 2009 doesn’t mean you won’t in 2011.

We currently have six NEA/JCTA Diversity trainers all from diverse backgrounds. “Being a trainer has completely changed me! I now look as situations both at home and at school in a whole new way, and it has opened me up to additional learning and experiences that I never would have had,” said one trainer.

If you are interested in becoming a trainer, you must fill out an application by Friday, November 4, 2011 at 5:00 p.m. Late applications will not be considered. You can download a copy of the application on our website or you can request one from UniServ Director James Hughley (jhughley@jcta.org). If you have questions, please contact James at 454-3400.

Application BookletApplication Letter

 




FULL-OPEN Enrollment for Sick Leave Bank posted by Jlawson
 

Sick Leave Bank – FULL-OPEN Enrollment 

Starting Monday, October 3 and Ending on Friday, October 28, 2011

This year’s FULL-OPEN Enrollment of the Sick Leave Bank is for ALL JCPS teachers (new teachers, previous teachers who joined years ago, members, non-members). This includes teachers who donated a sick day during the FULL-OPEN Enrollment in 2008. EVERYONE must join the Sick Leave Bank this year if they wish to be part of the Bank for the 2011-2012 school year. The last time there was a FULL-OPEN Enrollment was in 2008 {three (3) years ago}.  Download the 2011 FULL-OPEN Enrollment Form here!  To be a SLB member fill out the JCTA Sick Leave Bank Deposit Form and return all form(s) to your PR or to the JCTA office before 5:00pm, Friday, October 28, 2011. You may also fax the completed forms to the JCTA office to the Attention of Jennifer Lawson at (502) 452-2794.  

 




FREE Teacher Supplies for Teachers In Their First Five Years of Teaching
 

Who: All JCTA Members in their first five years of teaching.

Not a member? Join at the door and get access to all the free supplies you can carry out!

What: FREE Classroom Supplies - as much as you can carry!

We have everything from 2-pocket folders to pencils to manipulatives.

When: Saturday, September 3, 2011
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Where: UAW Hall: 3000 Fern Valley Rd

Thank you,
JCTA




11 Tips to Parents from Teachers
 

1. Let your child ride the bus the first day. You can follow the bus or meet your child at school.

2. Make sure school has correct phone numbers and address on file. Students should know these or have them written down and attached to them.

3. Students need to know their bus stop, bus number or other transportation mode.

4. Make sure teachers and office know of medication needs and allergies.

5. Bring a backpack everyday and check them at home daily for notes and homework.

6. Set a bedtime and stick to it, students need a good night's sleep.

7. Come every day and be on time.

8. Know the uniform policy and ask if school has a consignment program.

9. Talk about appropriate school behavior and following the adult directions.

10. Have good communication with the teacher by notes, or before or after school.

11. Have paper, crayons, pencils and glue sticks at home."




JCTA Announces A 25th Anniversary Event
 

Please join us for the official release of
Louisville’s Waterfront Park: A Riverfront Renaissance
Nearly 400 pages of beautiful photos and illustrations
And the fascinating history of Louisville’s riverfront
and Waterfront Park.

Enjoy a brief presentation by author and local historian
Rick Bell, followed by the opportunity to purchase and have
your book autographed by the author.

One time only reduced price of $40 ($5 off the cover price)
for each book you purchase at this event.

SUNDAY, MAY 22ND, 2:00 P.M.
West Hall of Fame, Louisville Slugger Field
(Parking available in the Slugger Field lot)




Trainers Needed for Classroom Management Training
 

As part of our NEA Urban Grant, JCTA has committed to offering classroom management training for teachers in their first five years of teaching. We are currently looking for veteran teachers with 6 or more years of teaching experience who have skills in facilitation, adult education and of course classroom management. The application is online at www.jcta.org.  If you have questions, please contact Deputy Executive Director Erin Houston (erin.houston@jcta.org or 454-3400). If you are interested please click this link to get the Classroom Management Application Booklet.




THE WINNERS OF THE JCTA TELL SURVEY DRAWING
 

1ST WEEK TELL SURVEY JCTA WINNERS

THE WINNERS OF THE JCTA $100 DRAWING FOR THE 1ST WEEK TELL SURVEY ARE:

KAREN RICE—TELL REP FROM BROOK KMI $100

LESLIE BUZICK—TEACHER FROM BLAKE ELEMENTARY $100

2nd WEEK TELL SURVEY JCTA WINNERS

THE WINERS OF THE JCTA $100 DRAWING FOR THE 2ND WEEK TELL SURVEY ARE:

SHELLI MEDLEY—TELL REP FROM MEYZEEK $100

ERIN MUSSLER—TEACHER FROM HITE ELEMENTARY $100




JCTA Spring Election Results
 

JCTA BOARD of DIRECTORS

Region I                                                       Region II
Seat A Elementary                                         Seat A Elementary
Cecilia Lokits                                               
Seat A Secondary                                           Seat A Secondary
Stephen Bush                                                 Beverly Chester-Burton 
At Large                                                        At Large
Marilyn Hazard                                               Beverly Calloway

Region III                                                      Region IV
Seat A Elementary                                          Seat A Elementary
Erik Eades                                                     Mary Kennedy
Seat A Secondary                                           Seat A Secondary
Erin Hargan                                                   
At Large
Jo Bell

KEA BOARD of DIRECTORS

KEA SEAT A                                KEA SEAT B
Jeanine Ross                              Gail DeVine

KEA Committees 

Compliance/Constitution                Diversity                    Visibility
Edith Yarbrough                            Candace Foster            Barbara Boyd

Program & Budget                         KTRS Nominating Committee
Gail DeVine                                  Clementine Morris
 

 




New Teacher Supply Warehouse
 

With JCTA's 2011 Urban Grant, we are looking to create a new teacher supply warehouse where teachers in their first five years of teaching could come and pick up much-needed supplies for their classrooms. We foresee this "warehouse" being open for one weekend in early September.

As we begin the process of gathering materials, we need to create a list of the items new teachers need the most, and who knows better than current new teachers and veterans? Please send a list of no more than 25 items that you think new teachers need the most to Deputy Executive Director Erin Houston at erin.houston@jcta.org by Friday, April 1.

We appreciate all of your help in this endeavor!




The 51 Fund — 50 States. One Voice. Standing Together
 

What’s happening now in Wisconsin is historic. As you have probably seen on the nightly news or on the front pages of your local newspaper, tens of thousands of citizens are gathering in Wisconsin and across the country to protest proposed legislation that would strip public sector employees—which includes public school educators—of their collective bargaining rights.

In response, the NEA Foundation, at the request of the NEA, has created a vehicle so all concerned citizens can contribute to support the preservation of these rights.

The 51 Fund — 50 States. One Voice. Standing Together—went live yesterday!

The link to the site can be found here: http://51fund.neafoundation.org/.

The Fund will accept donations electronically and via mail to support NEA’s efforts to advocate and educate about legislation in various states aimed at reducing or eliminating the collective bargaining rights of educators and other public employees. (This is not limited or intended to benefit just NEA members.)

Anyone, including the general public, can contribute to The Fund and contributions are tax-deductible. The Foundation will act as the fiscal agent for contributions received through The Fund that will support those efforts.




HB 476 Update
 

HB 476 (Jenkins) was heard in the House Education Committee on Tuesday; however, due to a number of bills that were carried over from the last meeting the House Education Agenda was delayed. When HB 476 was considered the Committee was more than 2 hours into their meeting and had lost its quorum and therefore they could not conduct business on the bill. Representative Joni Jenkins has spoken to House Education Committee Chair Carl Rollins who indicated that the bill will be heard and voted on next Tuesday. 

We appreciate KEA’s work on this bill, and we encourage you to thank Representative Jenkins for her advocacy on this bill. Also, please continue to contact your state representatives and urge them to vote yes on HB 476, a bill that would make a number of positive changes to last year’s HB 176 (the persistently “low achieving” schools bill). The toll-free line is: 1-800-372-7181.
 




RALLY THIS SATURDAY
 

The Democratic Party is organizing a rally for this Saturday, February 26, 2011 beginning at noon at the Capitol Building in Frankfort.

The purpose of the rally is to show support for public employees in Wisconsin, Ohio and other places who are currently the object of union busting, pension killing legislation. They specifically asked that we turn out as many KEA members as possible. Please spread the word among your friends and colleagues.

We encourage folks to carpool, since parking may be hard to come by on Capital Ave that day, and remember to wear a JCTA shirt.

Thank you. Let's do all we can to show our solidarity for suffering union brothers and sisters in other states.




News from Capitol Hill. . .
 

The below linked document contains the current issues/events that are impacting public education. Please take a moment to become informed of national attacks on public education, and sign up to receive weekly updates from the NEA at http://www.nea.org/lac.

News from Capitol Hill. . .
 




NEA Legislative Update
 

Stay informed and be prepared to act in the interest of public education, sign up for the NEA Legislative update, go to this website: http://www.nea.org/lac




Keep Louisville Symphonic Presents
 

A Celebration of Symphonic Music in America - Friday, February 18, 2011

In a power-hour concert Keep Louisville Symphonic and the Musicians from our Nation's Capital will showcase two Aaron Copland works, Fanfare for the Common Man and Hoedown, as well as Bernstein's Candide Overture and the first movement of the Barber Violin Concerto, performed with UofL professor Patrick Rafferty as soloist. With more than 100 musicians expected to be performing on stage, this will be a memorable concert.

Don't forget: the concert will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the Downtown Marriott, 280 W. Jefferson. Admission is $25, $10 for students and additional tax-exempt donations are encouraged.

Tickets may be purchased in advance by visiting www.keeplouisvillesymphonic.org or may be purchased at the door. All seats are general admission. A cash bar and entertainment will be presented both before and after the concert. Doors open at 5:00P.M.

Thank you for your past support and encouragement. We hope that you will continue to commit your enthusiasm and resources to this important goal for our community - a full-size symphony orchestra which provides live symphonic music for Louisville and the Commonwealth!




Need to Know...on PBS
 

On Friday, February 11th, NEED TO KNOW (Need to Know, is the PBS TV- and web- newsmagazine that gives you what you need to know) is doing a one-hour special devoted to success stories in teaching. The stories show how principals and teachers, working together, are achieving the kind of success that all schools hope for.




Best Practices of Family-School-Community Engagement
 

NEA is conducting a new Priority Schools Campaign entitled, “Best Practices for Family-School-Community Engagement”. The campaign’s goal is to create a research-based resource tool. NEA would like you to share, via the linked nomination form, leads to specific programs in local NEA affiliate communities that are working well to connect family, school, and community. Please click this link, “best practices nomination form”, if you have a program you want to share.




The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) Key Findings for 2009 NAEP Science
 

KENTUCKY NAEP SCIENCE SCORES OUTPACE NATIONAL AVERAGES

The results of the 2009 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) in science show that Kentucky's 4th and 8th graders scored higher than the national averages.

KEY FINDINGS FOR 2009 NAEP SCIENCE

Grade 4:
In 2009, the average science score for 4th-grade students in Kentucky was 161. This was higher than that of the nation's public schools (149).

In 2009, the percentage of students in Kentucky who performed at or above Proficient was 45 percent. This was greater than that for the nation's public schools (32 percent).

In 2009, the percentage of students in Kentucky who performed at or above Basic was 83 percent. This was greater than that for the nation's public schools (71 percent).

Grade 8:
In 2009, the average science score for 8th-grade students in Kentucky was 156. This was higher than that of the nation's public schools (149).

In 2009, the percentage of students in Kentucky who performed at or above Proficient was 34 percent. This was greater than that for the nation's public schools (29 percent).

In 2009, the percentage of students in Kentucky who performed at or above Basic was 71 percent. This was greater than that for the nation's public schools (62 percent).




TELL Kentucky Survey Power Point Presentation
 

Please click the following link to view the PowerPoint presentation for the TELL Kentucky Survey.  What is "TELL Kentucky"?




The Jefferson County School Media Association's Outstanding School Media Librarian Award
 

Nominations are now being accepted for the Jefferson County School Media Association’s Outstanding School Media Librarian Award. This individual MUST be a current member of JCSMA, KLA and KSMA. Anyone wishing to request additional information or a nomination form should contact Cindy McNary-Atchison at 485-8260 or cindy.mcnary-atch@jefferson.kyschools.us. The deadline for returning completed nomination forms is Friday, February 25, 2011.




Keep Louisville Symphonic
 

The musicians of the Louisville Orchestra are hosting The Forces of Destiny concert at Ballard High School on January 29, 2011 at 8:00 p.m. The concert is free, but donations will be accepted. You can visit their website at LOMusucuans.org.




Class Action Grievance
 

Anyone who was prevented from wearing a candidate's political button at school during this last election cycle, please contact UniServ Director Bill Allison at 454-3400 or bill.allison@jcta.org to join in a class action grievance being filed by JCTA.




The National WWII Museum announces 2011 Essay Contest Theme
 

The National WWII Museum announced the 2011 Essay Contest Theme for all high school and middle school students. This year the students are asked to write an essay exploring how and why the United States went to war 70 years ago addressing the question “Why should we remember Pearl Harbor?” 

High school students have the chance to win as much as $1,000. Middle school students can win $250. Winning essays will be posted on the Museum’s website.

The National WWII Museum is dedicated to exploring the history and lessons of WWII with America’s youth. These annual Student Essay Contests give high school and middle school students across the country an opportunity to express themselves creatively while focusing on the meaning and legacy of the WWII years.

For more information about the contest rules and deadlines, please visit The National WWII web site at: www.nationalww2museum.org/essaycontests. If you have questions, please feel free to contact Kenneth Hoffman at (504) 528-1944, ext. 225 or e –mail him at educator@nationalww2museum.org.
 




NEA Diversity Trainer Application Materials
 

Click the below links to get a PDF copy of the NEA Diversity Trainer Applicant Letter and Application Booklet.

Applicant Letter

Application Booklet




EDI to help with reform
 

KDE has been selected to join five other states working with the U.S. Education Delivery Institute (U.S. EDI) to enhance our processes for driving progress and delivering results. The institute is working with Delaware, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, New York and Tennessee to set targets, plan strategies, monitor data and solve problems related to the implementation of reforms. There is no cost to KDE to participate in the project.

Sir Michael Barber, founder of the U.S. EDI, and Kathy Cox, CEO of U.S. EDI, spent the day at KDE on December 2. They met with KDE staff engaged in planning to deliver results and also made a presentation to some of our key stakeholders, including Education and Workforce Development Secretary Joe Meyer, Education Professional Standards Board Executive Director Phillip Rogers and Council on Postsecondary Education President Bob King. 

You can learn more about this work by watching Barber’s presentation at the link below. A brief summary of “deliverology” and the PowerPoint that accompanied Barber’s talk are attached.

Video and audio: mms://video1.education.ky.gov/On-Demand2010/Sir_M_Barber_12-2-2010.wmv

Downloadable audio podcast: http://media.education.ky.gov/video1/On-Demand2010/Sir_M_Barber_12-2-2010.mp3




Support for arts & humanities programs
 

KDE remains committed to high-quality arts education for every student in Kentucky. Schools and districts are reminded that Kentucky recognizes the arts and humanities as core academic subjects and fully expects all schools and districts to actively engage all students in robust, authentic arts creativity, products and performances, and responses. 

Kentucky’s new accountability model will include an arts and humanities Program Review, which is designed to promote strong arts & humanities programs to ensure students receive a complete and well-rounded educational experience.

KDE strongly encourages schools and districts to think critically about the role of the arts and humanities in the learning experiences of children across the state. Please refer to the link below, which outlines KDE’s stance on staffing and other issues.

Click here




Professional Educator's Creed Petition
 

"The Educator's Creed has been developed over the last five years by concerned educators who feel that teachers need a positive vision to stand up for in their practice. It is meant to inspire and inform education professionals as well as dispel the mischaracterizations and attacks on public educators that are being pushed in the media."  If you would like to add your name to the petition click here.




NEA Complimentary Life Insurance
 




JCTA's Spotlight Committee is Seeking Applicants and Nominations
 

The JCTA Spotlight Committee is seeking applicants and nominations for the below scholarships and awards. The deadline dates are on the application. We encourage you to apply if you are interested and please share this information with your colleagues. To access a specific application click the links below.

Ethel O'Brien Award Nominating Form
GUIDELINES FOR KEA Advancing Scholarship
GUIDELINES FOR THE APPLE FOR THE TEACHER AWARD
GUIDELINES FOR THE JUNE B. Lee Advocacy Award
GUIDELINES FOR THE SCHOOLHOUSE AWARD
JCTA AWARDS NOMINATION FORM
JCTA Reps Award Info.
KEA Advancing Teacher Scholarship




NEA Affirmative Action Intern Program
 

JCTA announces NEA’s Affirmative Action UniServ Intern Program is seeking committed and motivated women and ethnic minority who are interested in employment as UniServ staff. You must be willing to relocate for future employment purposes. The program involves a 4 1/2 week training program and a three-month field experience. Candidates who successfully complete the program will be certified by the NEA as eligible for UniServ staff work. All individuals must be committed to the three-month field experience.

Please click here http://www.nea.org/home/40823.htm to get additional information on NEA’s website about the program.




JCTA Collects Items for Home of the Innocents
 




JCTA Awards Local Teacher $500 in Honor of Teacher Appreciation Month
 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact:
October 27, 2010 Hailee Lampert
502.510.2349 (c)
hlampert@perituspr.com


JCTA Surprises Central High School Teacher

Louisville, KY (October 27, 2010) – The Jefferson County Teachers Association today held a surprise ceremony to recognize a JCPS teacher for her outstanding dedication to her students.

The ceremony was held Tuesday at Central High School, 1130 W. Chestnut St. in Louisville, in honor of teacher Lisa Morris. She was nominated by fellow teacher Ann Walsh for her tremendous passion towards students, especially those in her “English as a Second Language” classroom. She creates an environment in which her students feel comfortable and understand the importance of enhancing their English language skills. This connection allows her to reach beyond the classroom, from helping her students apply to college to giving her students someone to rely on in their personal lives.

“JCTA believes it is vitally important to recognize teachers who impact students’ lives beyond the classroom,” said JCTA President, Brent McKim. “This month we are honoring several teachers throughout Jefferson County who do just that.”

JCTA officials, Central High School Principal Dr. Dan Withers and Walsh surprised Morris in her classroom and presented her with a check for $500 to be used for classroom expenses.

Morris is one of ten teachers being recognized by JCTA during Teacher Appreciation Month.




JCTA Holds Teacher Appreciation Month Ceremony
 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 21, 2010 

Media Contact: Hailee Lampert
502.510.2349 (c)
hlampert@perituspr.com

JCTA Holds Teacher Appreciation Month Ceremony
JCTA Thanks JCPS Teacher with Surprise $500 Gift

Louisville, KY (October 21, 2010) – The Jefferson County Teachers Association today held a ceremony to recognize a distinguished JCPS teacher for her accomplishments both in and out of the classroom

Fairdale Elementary School teacher Nyree Clayton offered free, weekly tutoring in her neighborhood for fifteen at-risk students over a period of several months. The sessions concentrated on improving the students’ reading and math skills, while also teaching the students about the importance of education and staying in school.

“JCTA stands behind its teachers who work tirelessly throughout the year to help educate our children,” said JCTA President Brent McKim. “Ms. Clayton has demonstrated a commitment to her students and a leadership role at her school, and she is very deserving of this honor and recognition.”

JCTA held the ceremony Thursday during a surprise visit to Clayton’s classroom. During the ceremony, JCTA presented Clayton with a check for $500 to be used for classroom expenses, including books and school supplies.

Clayton is one of ten teachers being recognized by JCTA during Teacher Appreciation Month. Earlier this month, JCTA honored seven Olmsted North Academy teachers who recently received an award from the Kentucky Middle School Association for being one of the “Teams That Make a Difference” for the Commonwealth. The team is now a contender for the National Middle School Association title.

JCTA wants to acknowledge the tireless work of several teachers who have demonstrated innovative methods of learning through their leadership skills.




JCTA Congratulates Kentucky's 2011 Middle School Teacher of the Year
 

Ashley Forrest has taught band for the past 10 years at Thomas Jefferson Middle School. She serves on the SBDM council and as chairwoman of the arts and humanities department. On Tuesday morning Ashley Forrest was named Kentucky’s 2011 middle school teacher of the year during a ceremony in Frankfort. Ashley received $3,000 and a customized, art-glass vase from Ashland Inc. 

A total of 24 educators throughout the state were selected as recipients of the 2011 Ashland Inc. Teacher Achievement Awards. The three other teachers from Jefferson County include Vanessa Wicinski from Thomas Jefferson Middle School, Letisha Young from Foster Elementary School and Jonathan Baize from Central High School. They each received a $500 cash awards.




The Education Professional Standard's Board Disciplinary Process
 

The attached PDF file is being provided for your information regarding the Education Professional Standard’s Board Disciplinary Process.

Click here




JCTA Thanks Award-Winning JCPS Teachers
 

Louisville, KY (October 14, 2010) – The Jefferson County Teachers Association today honored seven JCPS teachers who distinguished themselves by implementing a creative approach to classroom learning over the last three years. During Teacher Appreciation Month, JCTA wants to recognize the tireless work of several teachers who have demonstrated innovative methods of learning through their leadership skills.

To read more click this link




Better Schools Kentucky (BSK) Website
 

Better Schools Kentucky (BSK) is officially online now. You can visit the website at www.BetterSchoolsKY.org. The website contains information about JCTA’s endorsed candidates. Stay tuned for the BSK report which will be in the member’s only section soon.




Elementary Report Cards
 

Elementary Teachers: We have heard recently from a number of elementary teachers that they are being directed to fill out elementary report cards on the computer, print out the cards and then enter the data again on the permanent records.

You have the option of filling out the report cards by hand or on the computer. If your principal directs you to fill them out electronically and you do not want to, contact your UniServ Director immediately to file a grievance.

Also depending on the building in which you teach you may have had to enter grades onto the permanent records in years past. If you have never been asked to do this before and you do not want to do this, contact your UniServ Director today to file a grievance.
 




VICTORY!!! ED JOBS PASSES!
 

WE DID IT!!! WE WON!!! A MAJOR VICTORY FOR EDUCATORS, STUDENTS, PARENTS, AND OUR NATION!!!

Just moments ago, the House passed the education jobs/FMAP bill by a vote of 247-161 . We will forward the roll call vote as soon as it is available. This means the bill only has to go to the President for signature and it becomes law!!! The President will sign the bill this evening at 5:00pm, so that the implementation process can begin immediately!  (Reported by NEA)
 




Budget Update
 

The legislature adopted a state budget for the next two years. They come back this afternoon to try to adopt a road plan and tranportation budget. While education escaped the deep cuts that most state government functions took, the budget will not serve our students or schools well.
 




Contact Your State Representative Immediately
 

JCTA needs you to contact your State Representative immediately (502-564-8100) and ask him or her to speak out in the caucus against the proposed $100 million in cuts to health insurance. This is too much burden for our people to bear! Ask them to cut the money from somewhere else, and restore the funds that we so desperately need to maintain quality and affordable health insurance.




Healthcare Rally
 

On Monday, May 24 at 4:00 p.m. we ask that all JCTA members come to the Watterson West building (1941 Bishop Lane) to attend a rally on healthcare. We will briefly meet at the Watterson, and then we will head to Frankfort to join others from across the Commonwealth to protest the drastic cuts in state employee healthcare.

If you cannot be at the Watterson West at 4:00 p.m., please go on to Frankfort and join us on the capitol building steps.

If you would like a t-shirt and signs for the rally, please contact Deputy Executive Director Erin Houston (erin.houston@jcta.org). The t-shirts and signs are now available at JCTA.




Middle/High School Transfer Process Update
 

There have been some questions about the transfer process for middle/high school teachers. The elementary transfers are currently in play while the middle school/high school transfers are on hold. We don’t know how many people will be forced to leave each of the buildings designated as priority schools and will not have that information until the audit information is released. The transfer process will reopen for those who are certified middle school/high school on May 18th, 2010. It is only for those people seeking middle school/high school positions. Applications for transfer will open again on May 18, 2010 and will close on May 24, 2010 at 4:30 p.m. Again, this is only for middle school/high school teachers. Interviews will begin on May 25, 2010 and end on June 25, 2010. After June 25, 2010 middle/high school transfers will be based on seniority through July 31, 2010. If you have any questions, please contact your UniServ Director.




Good article on value-added assessment and teacher evaluation
 

No Value Added: The Mismeasurement of Teaching Quality by David Cohen

David Cohen, a high school English teacher, says that there are inherent flaws in tying student test scores to teacher evaluations.
 

www.edweek.org/tm/articles/2010/04/28/tln_cohen_teachquality.html




JCTA Retirement Dinner
 

The 2010 JCTA Retirement Dinner for all retiring JCTA members will be held at Masterson’s in the Nicholas
Room on Thursday, May 20, 2010. The doors open at 6:00 P.M., and the program will begin at 6:30 P.M. The dinner for this year will include: a served salad, beef shoulder tenderloin and chicken chardonnay with fresh green beans and herb roasted potatoes, a mini chocolate volcano with fresh berries and chocolate ganache or baked apple dumpling with a cinnamon glaze. Invitations for this event have already been sent out to retirees. If you are retiring and have NOT received your invitation yet, please contact Jennifer
Lawson (jlawson@jcta.org) at 454- 3400. If you would like to purchase tickets to attend this year’s Retirement Dinner, the cost is $30.00 per ticket.




JCTA/KEA Action Wednesdays
 

JCTA/KEA is asking every member and friend of public education to take time out for action every Wednesday until we have an adequate, compassionate state budget. We ask all members and friends to contact both their House member and Senator. JCTA/KEA is also asking every member and friend to show their solidarity by wearing the same color each Wednesday. Each Friday you’ll be notified by email about what the color for the following Wednesday. Action Wednesdays are also great times to contact legislators and to ask every other JCTA/KEA member and friend to also contact legislators.




Teacher Transfer Selection Committee
 

The Teacher Transfer Selection Committee for each school should be selected by April 25, 2010. Bargaining unit members (see below) shall elect by secret ballot three representatives to serve with the principal on the Committee. The election of the Committee shall be conducted by the JCTA Professional Representative and the Principal at a duly-called faculty meeting. The Teacher Transfer Selection Committee shall receive from Personnel Services the names of the three most senior teachers requesting a transfer and agreeing to interview at that school. The Committee shall interview those seeking a transfer and based on those interviews shall select, by majority vote, the teacher to be offered the transfer. The bargaining unit is made up of the certified personnel in the building with the exception of administrators, counselors and
classified employees. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact JCTA.




JCTA Seeks NEA Diversity Trainers
 

     Because NEA recognizes the value of diversity in classrooms, the workplace and society at large, NEA Human and Civil Rights offers a series of National Diversity Training Seminars to state and local affiliates on request. JCTA has requested that our members be trained in the NEA Diversity Training Seminars so that we can deliver this training to our members for the next five years. NEA has agreed to train 26 diverse trainers that vary in age, ethnicity, sexual orientation and gender.

    To see a copy of the Diversity Training Brochure, click here.

To read more about this program and to access the application, click "Read Article" at the bottom of this article.




Help Farnsley Middle win a new hybrid school bus!
 

The kids at Farnsley entered a video contest and they made top 10 in the nation! We are the only school in JCPS and in Kentucky! If we win we get a new hybrid school bus and $20,000 to make our school more green. We are currently WAY behind the other schools. The voting began yesterday and it ends April 2. The more people voting the better! We want to get the whole state involved if possible! Anything you can do will help!

The link is www.americasgreenestschool.com
Click on: Vote now
Click on "Vote" above Farnsley Middle School/Ms. Buerger's 7th grade class.  It will then take you to a code you have to type in. Type it in and hit submit!
 




Scholarships for School Transportation Employee's' Children
 


(FRANKFORT, Ky.) – Two Kentucky public high school seniors are eligible to receive the Southeastern States Pupil Transportation Conference (SESPTC) Buster Bynum Scholarship.
SESPTC provides $1,000 scholarships to high school seniors from SESPTC member states. Eligible students must have a parent or guardian employed in the public school pupil transportation field, be graduates of public high schools and plan to attend postsecondary educational institutions in the 2010-11 school year. The scholarship can be used for any part of the students’ tuition, books or fees.
Information about the scholarships is being shared with Kentucky’s public school district superintendents and others. Interested students should contact their guidance counselors for more details.
 




Call 1-800-372-7181 TODAY!!!
 

The proposed state budget includes health insurance changes that will shift from the current $10 co-pays to a new design where the first $500 for single coverage and the first $1500 for dependent coverage will come straight out of employees’ pockets. The changes will also significantly increase maximum out-of-pocket costs. We urge you to call your state senator and state representative today, tomorrow and the next day until they fix this problem!
1-800-372-7181
 

SBDM's authority to hire principals is under attack! The Senate Education Committee moments ago amended House Bill 239, a bill creating a literacy day for schools, to take away the authority of SBDM Councils to select from all qualified candidates for principal.  This bill now forces Councils to only choose from the three choices provided by the Superintendent.
Immediate action is needed! As soon as possible, we need all educators to do two things.
1. Call your state Senator and ask him/her to vote NO on HB 239 (1-800-372-7181).
2. Call your state Representative and ask him/her to vote against concurrence in the House (1-800-372-7181).
The Senate and House could act on this as early as this afternoon, so please CALL IMMEDIATELY and encourage others in your buildings to do the same.
 




Access adds Borders and Macy's
 

The discounts are: Borders: 30% off list price of almost everything in-store and Macys: 15% off in-store with a savings pass (located on the Access website.  Both of these offers will live on the website starting on Monday, March 15th.
 




Teachers Looking to Make Some Extra $ This Summer
 

Adecco will be working with Educational Testing Service this year to help assist AP Readers process Advanced Placement exams. Over 300 positions available! This is a great way for students, teachers and faculty to earn some extra cash while interacting with AP teaching professionals from across the country! Subject areas include: US History, English Literature and English Language. All applicants must be 18 yrs of age with a valid HS Diploma/GED. Must be flexible and willing to work at least 7 consecutive days including the weekend!  June 2nd to 17th - 1st Shift Hours KY Convention Center. FREE LUNCH  For more info, contact us: 502 937 0028 or 812 941 8501 or email traci.mcburney@adeccona.com or pamela.platt@adeccona.com. Apply on line at adeccousa.com

 

 




2010 Civil Rights Poster Contest
 

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights, the commission is sponsoring a poster contest for students in grades K-12. Kentucky has a rich history in the arena of civil rights, and there is no question that we have made great strides these last 50 years toward various marks of equality.

 

 




House Budget Attacks Employee Health Insurance
 

Last night the House Appropriations and Revenue Committee passed its version of the state budget for 2010-12. No amendments were considered, and it was passed largely along party lines. House leadership plans to have the full House consider the budget in this afternoon’s session at 3:00 P.M., again with no opportunity for amendments.

Along with cutting two instructional days, which we have shared with you not only affects the economic security of school employees but will also have negative implications on student learning by reducing instructional time, the House Budget attacks employee health insurance. Per the budget, deductibles are increased to $500 for single and $1500 for family, which must be met before health insurance will pay any medical expenses. And rather than the current co-pay (a set amount) for most services, the budget specifies that there will be co-insurance (a percentage of the entire cost) for most services. These changes in health insurance will sharply increase school employees’ out-of-pocket medical expenses. For those of you who remember the healthcare debacle of 2004, this is very similar, and THIS IS UNACCEPTABLE!

Contact your House and Senate member IMMEDIATELY (1-800-372-7181) and tell them to protect employee insurance. Remind them that more out-of-pocket expenses means less money in the pockets of school employees to spend in their local communities.
 




2010 Teacher Arts Academies
 

The Kentucky Department of Education, in partnership with the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts, is sponsoring four Teacher Arts Academies this June. Each academy is a one-week arts education professional development seminar for teachers, focusing on dance and music or drama and visual art. Each academy will include a specially designed arts-infused field trip. Teachers are paid a stipend of $500 to attend. Teachers also receive two KET Arts Toolkits. Expenses for participant lodging, travel and meals must be borne by the participating teachers and may be subsidized by their schools or districts. Applications must be received by April 7. All applications are to be submitted at: http://www.kentuckycenter.org/education/artsacademies2010.asp. More information is available from Jeffrey Jamner at the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts, jjamner@kentuckycenter.org or (502) 562-0703.




Attention Teachers Who Have Taught 1-4 Years in JCPS
 

If you received a mid-year evaluation from your principal and have not contacted your UniServ Director, please do so immediately. Teachers who have taught for 1-3 years in JCPS should have received theirs by February 15. Teachers in their fourth year of teaching must have received theirs by March 1. These mid-year evaluations could lead to a non-renewal at the end of the year so contact your UniServ Director today if you haven’t already.




Emergency Alert
 

Our health insurance benefits are in jeopardy!

The House budget is proposing to cut $150 million dollars from our state group health insurance plan. This is more than 10% of the total funding for the plan. The House leadership has not released details of the plan, but we do know the total cost of their health insurance reduction - $150 million.

This would mean major benefit reductions and cost increases for members of the health insurance plan.

Call your state Representative and Senator (1-800-372-7181) immediately and ask them to insist that House leadership find some other way to balance the budget without these kinds of drastic cuts to our healthcare. Tell them we don’t want to go through another insurance crisis like 2004. Do NOT cut employee healthcare insurance.
 




President Obama’s Health Care Reform Summit
 

The following is an update with information on President Obama’s upcoming Health Care Reform Summit, the President’s newly released health care reform plan outline, NEA’s current reform activities, a message to contact your member of Congress asking them to finish the job and enact health care reform legislation that helps all Americans and a link to a new report from Health Care for America Now on savings that would be achieved from enacting the Democratic health reform proposals.




Lighthouse Community Center job opening
 

We have just been notified that we are a recipient of a Grant through the Ky. Department of Education referred to as a 21st Century Grant. This is in partnership with the JCPS where we are to provide after-school and summer programs to "at risk" children from targeted schools. We will start with children from Rangeland Elementary, Price Elementary and Newburg Middle School.




JCTA Spring Elections
 

*Please note - the At Large seats for JCTA Board of Directors are for Region II and IV




Sign up for the text messaging system and earn some cash!
 

Want to earn some cash on Friday, February 19?




Principal Selection Bill - Compromise in the Works
 

We recently reported to you that the House Education Committee passed a bill on to the House (House Bill 322 with committee substitute) that would have limited the power of councils in choosing a principal. We are pleased to report that we, along with KEA and the Kentucky Association of School Councils, have been working with key legislators to find a compromise that we believe would meet the needs of all parties. We are still “talking” so we encourage you to contact your State Representative and urge them NOT to pass HB 322 without a JCTA approved House floor amendment. Thanks for all you do and thanks for helping us to keep our legislators informed!
 




Teachers needed to provide input on the Continuous Instructional Improvement System
 

Teachers who may be interested in providing input about the Continuous Instructional Improvement System that KDE is planning to develop - we would like to discuss how teachers are currently using the student information system (IC), other on-line tools they currently use, and what attributes they might like to see in a continuous instructional improvement on-line resource. Interested teachers can register at the following link and looking for the meeting on Tuesday, February 23rd at 4:15 PM and clicking on the button to register. We can take up to 20 people. For additional information contact pat.trotter@education.ky.gov 

 




Online Voting for NEA Elections now through February 19 at 5:00 p.m.
 

The Credentials and Elections Committee would like to remind all members that the NEA Delegate Election will open on Friday, February 12 at 5:00 a.m. and close on Friday, Feb 19 at 5:00 p.m. To vote all you have to do is log on to www.jcta.org website, and enter your username and password in the appropriate areas in the top right hand corner of the site. Your username will be your first initial followed by your last name (e.g. Sally Dunn = sdunn). Usernames are not case sensitive. Your password will be the last four digits of your social security number. You may update your password at any time by editing the "My Profile" section of your user dashboard. Your JCTA Administrator will not be able to associate your name , username, or password with any vote or result. Poll results will be posted per the terms of the JCTA bylaws.




Principal Selection Bill Moves Forwad to House
 

Principal Selection Bill Moves Forward to House

On Tuesday, February 9, a principal selection bill (House Bill 322)
was passed out of the House Education Committee. The bill, with
amendment, limits a SBDM council choosing a principal to only one
slate of candidates selected and provided by the superintendent. In
essence, it gives superintendents the opportunity to stack the deck
with their people, force a council to pick one of their people and
said person is beholden to the superintendent - not the council or
school they are supposed to serve.
Representatives Charlie Miller and Reginald Meeks voted correctly
(against) on this bill and we need you to call them and thank them for
the vote.
Representative Tom Riner voted wrong and supported the bill. We want
you to call him and tell him that's not a way to treat a friend. We
are very disappointed in his actions.
Thanks for all you do!
 




Leglislative Text Alerts
 

PRs and Board members are out recruiting members to sign up for the legislative text messaging system. The legislative alerts will only be sent in emergencies, when action is needed immediately. You can also sign up on the website. Just go to “My Profile” and click “Manage” under text messaging. If you have questions, please contact Deputy Executive Director Erin Houston (erin.houston@jcta.org).




NEA Delegate Resumes
 

Resumes are now available for viewing in the members-only section of the website.




Nominations Sought for Governor's Volunteer Awards
 

Do you know an extraordinary person who gives selflessly to help improve the lives of others by performing good deeds largely unnoticed and wholly without expectation of recognition or compensation? If so, consider nominating that special person or group for one of the 2009 Governor’s Awards for Outstanding Volunteer Service.




Calendars Adopted Last Night
 

Last night the School Board passed a 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 calendars. The 2011-2012 calendar was passed with no changes from the committee’s proposal. The 2010-2011 calendar is a different story. It isn’t like the committee’s proposal or the alternate proposal.

Here is what it will look like:

Teacher Days: Friday, August 13 and Monday, August 16.
First Student Day: Tuesday, August 17
Parent-Teacher Conference Days: Afternoons of October 13 and 14 and February 14 (although all schools will have the option to move the February P-T Conference day to the afternoons of March 21 and 22)
Last Day for Students: Thursday, May 26
Last Teacher Day: Friday, May 27
Make-up Days: Tuesday, May 31 through Monday, June 13

All vacations and gold days stayed the same.




Please Contact Your Legislators Today!
 

    Included in Governor Beshear's proposed budget for the new biennium is a provision for a state-issued bond that would repay KTRS. The state has been borrowing money from KTRS for numerous years and has put our retired health insurance at risk. This bond would ensure that the state repaid its debt to KTRS and would help the state by requiring them to pay a lower interest rate on the money.
     This is an extremely positive and beneficial move by Governor Beshear that will improve our retirement security. Please call 1-800-372-7181 and tell your state representative and state senator and ask them to strongly support this provision and keep it in the budget plan.




WHAS11 Interview with Brent McKim
 

Check out JCTA President's interview about the Race To The Top grant.




Member Log-In Section of the Website
 

As an active JCTA member, you now have access to a new communication dashboard that will display information customized especially for you.

Login
To login to your dashboard, enter your username and password in the appropriate areas in the top right hand corner of the site. Your username will be your first initial followed by your last name (e.g. Jane Doe = jdoe). Usernames are not case sensitive. By default, your password will be the last four digits of your social security number. You may update your password at any time by editing the “My Profile” section of your user dashboard. Your JCTA administrator will be able to retrieve or reset lost passwords.




SBDMs need your help
 

On Tuesday (December 8), Greg Stumbo, the Speaker of the Kentucky House of Representatives, spoke at the superintendent association conference and was very negative about school councils. Wednesday, KSBA reported the story. The pertinent excerpt is included if you click "read more."




2009 Kentucky Slogan and Essay Contest
 

For the past 20 years, the Office of the Secretary of State has held a statewide slogan and essay contest for Kentucky high school students, in accordance with KRS 117.900. These contests are part of the Secretary's efforts to increase the civic awareness of Kentucky's youth. Though the contest has always highlighted issues relating to voting and elections, this year the essay contest will also address the First Amendment right to freedom of the press.
 

 




Help the Home of the Innocents
 

JCTA is helping the Home of the Innocents collect items for the holiday season.




We remember a great teacher
 

On November 21,  JCTA and Stuart Middle School lost a dedicated teacher, Justine Murphy.




See Brent on Fox in the Morning
 

Brent McKim's news segement on Fox in the Morning concerning Journalism 101.




Martin Luther King, Jr. Contest Winners
 

Here are the winners for JCTA's 2009 Martin Luther King, Jr. Writing, Visual Arts and Performing Arts Contest.

Thank you to all who participated! We couldn't have had such a successful contest without you.




JCTA Holiday Closings
 

This is the schedule for the JCTA Office for the 2009 holiday season.




Spotlight Awards
 

The deadline for Spotlight Award applications is November 20, 2009 at 5:00 p.m.




PR Meeting Date Change
 

The November 16 PR meeting has been moved to November 23.




Health Care Town Hall Forum
 

This Saturday at November 7th 10am-12pm Rand Paul will be hosting a town hall forum. This is not an endorsement of his candidacy but an opportunity to ask him the questions regarding the current debate on health care. The forum ill be moderated by Chris Thieneman.




Keeping up with the Education Commissioner
 

The new Education Commissioner has a new blog that he frequently updates.




KEA Delegate Vote
 

The online only vote for KEA Delegates will open on October 30 at 6:00 a.m. and will end on November 5 at 5:00 p.m. The delegates will be announced on Tuesday, November 10.




State Health Insurance Enrollment
 

JCTA has been informed that the state health insurance open enrollment period for active employees to enroll online has been extended through midnight Friday, October 30.




King Contest
 

The Human Relations Committee is proud to present THREE Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Contests this year.




Voting Instructions
 

Voting instructions will be sent out to all members with the October 28, 2009 ACTION. The instructions (without pictures) are also available here.




JCTA Committee Members NEEDED
 

Have you ever wanted to get more involved in JCTA but didn’t know how? JCTA Committees are one of the best ways to jump in! Most committees meet once every other month and many plan annual dinners, awards ceremonies and monthly get-togethers.




Secretary Duncan's Speech
 

In the October 7, 2009 President's Message, there were comments on the most recent speech given by Secretary Duncan. This article contains Duncan's full speech.




Sick Leave Bank
 

The JCTA Sick Leave Bank enrollment period ends October 9, 2009 for all certified staff not currently enrolled in the Bank. Please be advised that there have been several changes made to the JCTA Sick Leave Bank.




KEA Delegate Nominations End October 14
 

Nominations for the KEA Delegate Assembly end on October 14.




Borders Celebrates Educators
 

Borders is offering a 30% of coupon that is valid Sept 27 through October 7.




Barnes and Noble Supports the Flood Recovery
 

Barnes and Noble has another great opportunity to support the Library Foundation’s Flood Recovery Fund!




The President's Healthcare Plan
 

In an address to a joint session of Congress, President Obama explained how health insurance reform will provide more security and stability to those who have health insurance, coverage for those who don’t, and will lower the cost of health care for our families, our businesses, and our government.
 




Obama Speaks to Students
 

President Obama spoke to students around the nation today about the need for them to take personal responsibility for their education. To see the message and read more about that the President said, go to: www.whitehouse.gov/blog/A-Message-of-Hope-and-Responsibility-for-Americas-Students/




JCTA TV Spots Win Award
 

Peritus, JCTA's PR firm, won the Award of Distinction for our "I Teach" t.v. spots. To see the spots, click on the "Who We Are" tab at the top of the page.




JCTA Hires Deputy Director
 

JCTA is pleased to announce the hiring of UniServ Director Erin Houston to the position of Deputy Executive Director.




Healthcare Reform
 

In September 9's President's Message, Brent discussed what the White House is proposing for healthcare reform. If you'd like to see more information on the proposed changes, go to www.WhiteHouse.gov/health-insurance-consumer-protections.




10th Annual Greater Louisville United Labor Picnic
 

The Labor Picnic will be held at the Louisville Zoo on Monday, September 7 from 10 am – 5 pm.




Yarmuth Call-in Radio Shows
 

Congressman Yarmuth will be doing three call-in radio shows next week about health care. Click on the full article to find out how to call in and ask the Congressman questions about the proposals for health care reform.

 




Walmart wages war on free speech
 

Go to WakeUpWalMart.com to help stop Wal-Mart’s war against free speech!
 




Superintendent's Evaluation
 

As many of you know, the Superintendent was recently evaluated by the School Board, and while their public statement seemed to be glowing overall, the actual evaluation appears to be a bit more critical and reflective of the Superintendent we've seen.




New Executive Director
 

Steve Neal retires after 27 years as the Executive Director. He is replaced by DeeAnn Flaherty, a former UniServ Director in the JCTA office.




Volunteers of America Needs Your Help
 

Please click here for information on how to help Volunteers of America assist homeless children in Jefferson


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