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News Messenger January 31 2013

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Lifetime benefits

We understand that members are continuing to get inaccurate information from the district in regards to qualifying for, or being eligible for, our life time health benefits program upon retirement. Great effort was made to jointly create a letter and a process by which members could request their records to be reviewed. They were to receive something in writing about their eligibility for lifetime benefits.  We understand that some of those Life SCTA Benefit Status Request Forms were responded to incorrectly.  We have been asking the district to correct these inaccuracies and issue new documents to our teachers.  The District is still working on this task.

We also understand that some members have been told that they must retire by July 1st, 2013, to qualify under the 10 year rule or they will have to meet the new rules.  This is not correctOnce you are eligible for life time health benefits, you can retire from the district at any time after reaching the state required retirement age of 55. 

In sum, there are 3 ways to qualify for life time benefits as an SCTA member in the District.  They are as follows:

To have at least 15 years of consecutive service to the district by July 1, 2010 regardless of your age.  You are eligible for lifetime health benefits and may retire any time after the state retirement age of 55.

If not eligible under 1, then you have until July 1, 2013 to be eligible to retire under the old rules.  That is, you must have 10 years of consecutive service and be at least 55 years of age by July 1, 2013 to be eligible for life time benefits.  You may retire at any time.

If not eligible under 1 or 2, you must fulfill the new requirements of:

At age 55 at least 20 consecutive years of service to the District in the SCTA bargaining unit

At age 56 at least 19 consecutive years of service to the District in the SCTA bargaining unit

At age 57 at least 18 years of consecutive service to the District in the SCTA bargaining unit

At age 58 at least 17 consecutive years of service to the District in the SCTA bargaining unit

At age 59 at least 16 years of consecutive service to the District in the SCTA bargaining unit

At age 60 at least 15 years of consecutive service to the District in the SCTA bargaining unit

We continue to work with the district to ensure that teachers get clear information regarding their life time health benefits.

 

Self-Surplus

We continue to work with the District to develop the criteria for the upcoming self-surplus process for this school year.  Please remember that tomorrow, February 1st, is the deadline for turning in a request for self-surplus.  You need have that into the District Human Resources office by 5:00 p.m..

Washington School District Election

If you, or any of your family and friends, live in the Washington School District please remember to take the time and vote for Sara Kirby-Gonzales for School Board.

STRS Workshop

On February 27th from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. SCTA will host a workshop by STRS for members who would like information about their retirement.  Please RSVP to scta@saccityta.com so we can have enough material for all participants.  This workshop will answer most questions about the retirement process.  This work shop is critical to planning for retirement.

 

Substitute Meeting

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SUBSTITUTE  SEGMENT MEETING

Date:  Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Time:  4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Place:  SCTA Office

SCTA Staff will be conducting the meeting.  Come & voice any concerns/questions you may have.  Please pass the word on to any substitute you think may not have seen this notice.

Light Refreshments Provided

News Messenger January 25, 2013

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Teacher in need of HELP!

A special-election, mail–in ballot only, has been forced upon West Sacramento and the voters in the Washington Unified School District by Michelle Rhee and her anti-union Students First organization.  Ballots are scheduled to be mailed on February 4 to every registered voter in Washington Unified School District.  The deadline to receive all ballots is Tuesday, March 5, 2013.

This election is being held to fill the remaining term of Sandra Vargas who resigned in the fall.  After numerous candidate interviews, careful consideration, the Washington Teachers Association (WTA) overwhelmingly endorsed Sarah Kirby-Gonzalez (a fellow Teacher) for this vacant seat.

Brief history of events:  The vacancy was not timely enough to fill during the regularly scheduled November election, so an appointment was made by the board after a thorough public announcement and vetting process.  Nonetheless, a group organized by Mayor Cabaldon, mounted a successful campaign, using money from outside interests and paid petition gatherers, to nullify this appointment and force a special election.

The Mayor, along with Michelle Rhee and her organization, Students First, have recruited one of their own to run for this open seat.  They have endorsed Francisco Castillo, a communications/media specialist for Students First.  Given the well-known antipathy that Ms. Rhee, the Mayor and other advocates of Students First have towards public school teachers, we strongly believe that voters must elect a candidate that will best serve the needs of the entire education community in West Sacramento, which is why our Brother and Sisters in the WTA strongly recommend Sarah Kirby-Gonzalez for this open seat.

Sarah is a classroom teacher, and is National Board Certified. She understands what it will take to provide students with the high-quality education they deserve.  Sarah has also been recognized as Teacher of the Year in two jurisdictions.  She currently is a 5th grade teacher at Mather Heights Elementary in Rancho Cordova.

In order for Sarah Kirby-Gonzalez to win this special election, she will have to work hard to introduce herself to voters, and encourage them to mail in their ballots.  She will also have to overcome an expected strong campaign from the same special interests that forced this special election in the first place.
Our brothers and sisters in the WTA and the community need our help to elect a strong-public education advocate to their school board.  They need our help in talking to friends and neighbors in West Sacramento as well as assistance in precinct walking and phone banking.

For more information, please contact WTA at:  wtateachers@sbcglobal.net or 916-371-0882.

NEA RA Election

Just a reminder that all declaration of candidacy forms for the NEA RA election are due into the SCTA office this Friday, January 25th by 5:00 p.m.

School Closures

SCTA will be holding a meeting today for Representatives and members from the eleven (11) school sites that have been chosen for closure.  While SCTA has been in favor of school closure during the 2011-12 school year, we are still evaluating the current plan.  On January the 10th,  the SCTA Representative Council voted to take a neutral position on school closures prior to seeing this year’s plan.  The leadership of SCTA and the Representative Council will take up the current plan in the time we have leading up to the February 21st school board meeting where the final vote on closure will take place.

Self-Surplus Process

Over the past few years the District has held surplusing for those teachers who have either lost their positions due to cuts, or chose to self-surplus.  The self-surplus process is covered in Article 8.4.2.1.1 of the contract.  SCTA and the District are still not in agreement as to the criteria for this school year.  However, the language is very clear about the timeline for making your request for self-surplus.  You MUST have your request into the District by the close of business on February 1st.  Please turn in your request to the District human resources office and a copy to SCTA.

Crab Feed

The annual SCTA crab feed will be on Saturday February 23rd at the Elks Lodge on Riverside Blvd.  Please call Jolene at the SCTA office ASAP for your tickets at 916-452-4591.

Call Robert Lynch about any donations including time-shares and art work donations are greatly appreciated.

 

Self-Surplus Process

 

Over the past few years the District has held surplusing for those teachers who have either lost their positions due to cuts, or chose to self-surplus.  The self-surplus process is covered in Article 8.4.2.1.1 of the contract.  SCTA and the District are still not in agreement as to the criteria for this school year.  However, the language is very clear about the timeline for making your request for self-surplus.  You MUST have your request into the District by the close of business on February 1st.  We have attached a sample request letter for your use.  Please turn in your request to the District human resources office and a copy to SCTA. 

 

2012 SCTA Annual Socks and Undies Drive

 

Teachers and support staff donated almost 4,000 pairs of socks and undies and nearly $250 to the PTA Clothes Closet in this year’s Socks and Undies Drive.   The PTA Clothes Closet continues to provide free, gently used clothing to hundreds of the neediest children in our district.  SCTA’s donations helped to fill their shelves with new underclothing just in time for the holidays.  Thank you to the following schools for their donations:  A.M. Winn, Caleb Greenwood, Camellia, C.B. Wire, Crocker/Riverside, Elder Creek, Ethel Phillips, Golden Empire, Hubert Bancroft, James Marshall, Joseph Bonheim, Leonardo da’Vinci, Language/speech specialists, Luther Burbank, Martin Luther King, Nicholas, Nurses, O.W. Erlewine, Pacific, Phoebe Hearst, Program Specialists, Retired teachers, Rosa Parks, Rosemont, SCTA, Sequoia, Serna Center, Skill Center, Sutter, Theodore Judah, Washington, and Woodbine.  (If you’re site is not listed, they might be among the many “anonymous” donations that were received.)

 

Class Size Overages

 

SCTA is attempting to close out a class size overage grievance for this school year.  Even if you have sent in your name to SCTA before on this issue, please resend your name and information to ensure your situation is dealt with.  Please include your name, your school, the dates and the classes you would like us to consider.  We need this information by the close of business on Friday, January the 25th

 

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

As you know Monday is a Holiday but we encourage all members to participate in a MLK day event of their choosing.  SCTA will be marching in the MLK march for the dream.   More information on this event can be found on their web page on MLK365.com where you can find the routes and times listed. 

 

 

  • Note: Sample Surplus Letters

To Whom It May Concern,

 

Based on Section 8.4.2.1.1 of the collective bargaining agreement between the Sacramento City Unified School District and Sacramento City Teachers Association, I am requesting to be placed in the teacher surplus pool for the 2013/2014 school year. I am basing my request on a desire to leave my position at my current work location.  The contract language follows:

 

Teachers who can definitively demonstrate a need for self-surplusing based on criteria developed by the District and SCTA may declare themselves surplus by February 1st. The self-surplusing and the placement are subject to approval by the District and SCTA.

 

 

I can be reached at the address above, or by phone at the number listed below if further information is needed or needs to be sent to me.

 

 

Sincerely,

 

 

Name

Phone

 

cc: SCTA, SCUSD Human Resources

 

 

Internal Elections for representatives to CTA State Council, NEA Representative Assembly, and officer positions in our local, will be held over the next few months. Information will be posted here:

http://sacteachers.org/members-area/elections/

SCTA and District to look at Minimum Days

The District and SCTA are forming a work team to study district practices around minimum days to ensure that we are maximizing the effectiveness of this time for students, parents and teachers.

 

This team will begin by gathering data about the current structure of minimum days at sites throughout the district and examine best practices from SCUSD schools. Upon completion of their work, the team may make recommendations regarding existing policy if appropriate.

 

If you would like to be involved in this work, please contactScott Smithat ssmith@saccityta.com

 

SCTA Annual Crab Dinner Scholarship Fundraiser

SCTA’s annual Crab Dinner is going to be on Saturday, February 23, 2013 at the Elk’s Lodge onRiverside Blvd.at 5:00 p.m.  Tickets are now on sale.  Prices are $42.00 each or $400.00 for a table of ten.   Reserve your seat now.  Tickets will go fast.

 

Michelle Rhee focus of PBS FRONTLINE investigation

Michelle Rhee, the former chancellor of Washington, DC, public schools, wife of Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson and leader of a nationwide anti-labor lobbying group will be the focus of a PBS FRONTLINE piece.  Rhee granted FRONTLINE unprecedented access during her tumultuous three-year tenure of the Washington DC public schools. As Rhee returns to the national stage, FRONTLINE examines her legacy in Washington, DC, including her handling of a cheating scandal in the District.  You can see the piece titled “The Education of Michelle Rhee” on your local PBS station at the following air times:

 

1/8/2013    7:00-8:00 p.m. (original air date)

1/10/2013  6:00-7:00 p.m.

 

Ed Jobs Arbitration Decision

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SCTA Wins Ed Jobs Arbitration

We are very pleased to inform you that SCTA has won the arbitration concerning payment of the $600 (per qualifying unit member) Ed Jobs bonus.  The Arbitrator agreed with SCTA, that the money was owed to the teachers and a contract must be read as meaning exactly what it says.  In addition, the Arbitrator also agreed that the District must pay legal interest of 10% on the bonus.  In other words, the award represents a complete victory for SCTA, and a defeat for the District, which is now required to pay, with interest, a significant amount of money to most bargaining unit members employed during the 2010-11 school years.  The total award including interest will be somewhere in the neighborhood of 1.5 million.

Background:  In 2010 the District received stimulus monies from the federal government.  These funds became known as the “Ed Jobs” money. While most of this money went to support existing positions and programs, the District and SCTA agreed in December of 2010 that each member qualified to receive funds under the stimulus program would be given a one-time bonus of $600.  The agreement called for the bonuses to be paid by June 30th of 2011.  Then, just like with so many other things under this Superintendent, the District refused to pay as promised.  SCTA was forced to file a grievance that forced the District to live up to its promises.  Knowing the financial difficulties of the District, SCTA tried on numerous occasions to settle this issue at the bargaining table and prior to arbitration.  The District was unwilling to offer anything to SCTA to settle this matter.

Please be advised that there is a chance that the District will contest the award.  It has two avenues for doing so:  First, it can ask the Arbitrator to reconsider the award.  While this is not unheard of we think it is highly unlikely that the Arbitrator would entertain the request.  Second, the District can go to court and seek to “vacate” the award.  The likelihood of success would be slim, as California courts have historically been very deferential to labor arbitrators’ awards.  Still, given the large amounts of money at issue, it is possible that the District would attempt this.  Under California law, the District has 100 days within which to file a court petition to vacate the award.

SCTA has been forced to take action on many things with the current administration.  Our hope is that our school board and our administration will live up their obligations in the future.  The Arbitrator William Riker said it all in his ruling:

“The arbitrator certainly recognizes the importance of this case as related to the financial status of the District, especially in these troubles times.  However, equally important and germane is the collective bargaining relationship between the SCTA and the District and the obligation of both parties to adhere to what was agreed at the bargaining table.”

 

A Community Vigil Against Violence

We have all been shocked by the senseless violence that occurred last Friday in Connecticut.

Please join with the community as we memorialize the children and education professionals slain at Sandy Hook Elementary and open up discussions about violence in our community.

 

Time:  7:30 pm

Where:  Saint Matthew Christian Church, 4809 Roosevelt Ave, Sacramento, CA 95820 (Just off Stockton Blvd)

 

Facebook info for the event at :  https://www.facebook.com/events/561396927211071/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Seniority Verification Sheet

We understand that some teachers are being asked to sign Seniority Verification Sheets.  This is a yearly occurrence.  We would like to remind members to look over all the information very carefully to insure that it is correct.  If you believe any of the information is in error, be sure to write clearly on the form that you disagree with it and write what you believe to be the correct information.  Always make a copy for yourself before you turn the form back into the District.

 

Lifetime Health Benefits

SCTA continues to receive questions concerning lifetime health benefits. We also understand that some teachers have been given incorrect answers regarding lifetime benefits eligibility from the SCUSD Benefits office.  We have since clarified with them the language so that hopefully we are now all on the same page.  SCTA has been told it will take until after Winter Break for the district to resolve the incorrect information on an individual basis.  Also, please note: every teacher can qualify for full lifetime health benefits; there has been no cutoff date for new teachers. 

In sum, there are 3 ways to qualify for life time benefits.  They are as follows:

1.1.     To have at least 15 years of service to the district by July 1, 2010 regardless of age.  You are vested in lifetime health benefits and may retire from the district any time after the state retirement age of 55.

1.2.     You must have 10 years of consecutive service and be at least 55 years of age by July 1, 2013 to be vested for life time benefits.  You may retire at any time.  

 1.3.     If you do not qualify under #1 or #2 you will fall under the requirements of the June 14, 2010 agreement as follows:

  • At age 55 at least 20 consecutive years of service to the District in the SCTA bargaining unit
  • At age 56 at least 19 consecutive years of service to the District in the SCTA bargaining unit
  • At age 57 at least 18 years of consecutive service to the District in the SCTA bargaining unit
  • At age 58 at least 17 consecutive years of service to the District in the SCTA bargaining unit
  • At age 59 at least 16 years of consecutive service to the District in the SCTA bargaining unit
  • At age 60 at least 15 years of consecutive service to the District in the SCTA bargaining unit

There is no such thing as “partial or half” of lifetime benefits.  Please contact the SCTA office if you have any questions.

SOCK and UNDIES

Don’t forget Socks and Undies donations for the PTA Cloths Closet are due at Rep Council this Thursday.

BALLOTS for ONLINE VOTING

If your site has not yet received its ballots for online voting please call the SCTA office ASAP.

 

Calendars

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Sacramento City Unified School District

BOARD OF EDUCATION

Diana Rodriguez President Trustee Area 5

Darrel Woo Vice President Trustee Area 6

Jeff Cuneo zrd Vice President Trustee Area 2

Gustavo Arroyo Trustee Area 4

Ellyne Bell, MA, LMSW Trustee Area 1

Patrick Kennedy Trustee Area 7

Donald Terry Trustee Area 3

Katrina Ye Student Board MemberOFFICE OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

5735 47th Avenue •Sacramento, CA 95824

                                                                               (916) 643-9000 •FAX (916) 643-9480

Jonathan P. Raymond, Superintendent

November 13, 2012

 

SCTA Members,

The District and SCTA have worked collaboratively to come to an agreement that will provide stability and certainty with our school calendar for the next three years (2012-13, 2013-14 and 2014-15). As part of this agreement, we will immediately begin the transition towards restoring minimum days for teachers to the 2010-lllevels. In order to make this transition as smooth as possible for staff, parents and students, the change will occur over a two-year period. Beginning this spring (2012-13), each segment will add one additional minimum day back into their school calendars. The additional days will be added as follows:

* Elementary- Additional Reports and Records Day

  • Middle- Additional In-Service Day
  • High- Additional Final Exam Day, Spring Semester

An additional day will be added to each segment’s calendar the following year (2013-14), restoring the total number of minimum days in place in 2010-11.

Also, in an effort to provide additional flexibility for sites in scheduling Parent-Teacher Conferences, the window to schedule these days will be expanded from the traditional time before the end of the trimester to include the two weeks after the end of the trimester.  This will allow sites to make their own determination on what their needs are for Parent-Teacher Conferences.

Attached you will find a revised calendar document, which will also be posted on the district’s website immediately.

We believe this agreement offers an opportunity to move past this discussion and focus on meeting the needs of students, families and staff.

President, Sacramento City Teachers Association

 Human Resource Services Elementary School Calendar Summary 2012 – 2013 School Year

FIRST TRIMESTER      58 Teaching Days

SCHOOLS OPEN …………………………………………………………………….. Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Veterans’ Day Holiday ………………………………………………………………… Monday, November 12, 2012

Thanksgiving Holidays …………. Saturday, November 17, 2012 through Sunday, November 25, 2012

FIRST TRIMESTER ENDS …………………………………………….. Friday, November 30, 2012

 

 

SECOND TRIMESTER          52 Teaching Days

SCHOOLS REOPEN FOR SECOND TRIMESTER ………………….. Monday, December 3, 2012

Winter Holidays …………………………. Saturday, December 22, 2012 through Sunday, January 6, 2013 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Holiday ………………………………………………… Monday, January 21, 2013

Lincoln Day Holiday …………………………………………………………………….. Monday, February 11, 2013

President’s (Washington’s) Day Holiday …………………………………………. Monday, February 18, 2013

SECOND TRIMESTER ENDS ………………………………………………… Friday, March 1, 2013

 

 

THIRD TRIMESTER                                                                                                         68 Teaching Days

SCHOOLS REOPEN FOR THIRD TRIMESTER ………………………….. Monday, March 4, 2013

Spring Holidays ………………………………. Saturday, March 23, 2013 through Sunday, March 31, 2013 Memorial Holiday ………………………………………………………………………………. Monday, May 27, 2013

Last Day of Instruction ……………………………………………………………………….. Thursday, June 13, 2013

THIRD TRIMESTER ENDS ……………………………………………….. Thursday, June 13, 2013

 

 

 

 

ELEMENTARY SHORTENED DAYS

 

Parent-Teacher Conferences

6 days:      October 23 – November 29, 2012

4 days:      February 8 – March 15, 2013

 

Reports and Records

3 days:      November 30,   2012, March 1, 2013, and

June 13, 2013

 

 

SUMMARY

Full Days …………………………………………………. 165

Shortened Days …………………………………………… 13

Common Planning Time (Equivalent to 18 Hours) .. 3

Faculty Work Day (June 14) ……………………………. 1

Total Service Days …………………………………….. 182

 

(Revised: 11-7-12)

 

Human Resource Services Secondary School Calendar Summary 2012 – 2013 School Year

 

 

FIRST SEMESTER                                    87 Teaching Days

SCHOOLS OPEN …………………………………………………………………….. Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Veterans’ Day Holiday ………………………………………………………………… Monday, November 12, 2012

Thanksgiving Holidays …………. Saturday, November 17, 2012 through Sunday, November 25, 2012

Winter Holidays …………………………. Saturday, December 22, 2012 through Sunday, January 6, 2013 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Holiday ………………………………………………… Monday, January 21, 2013

FIRST SEMESTER ENDS ………………………………………………….. Friday, January 25, 2013

 

 

SECOND SEMESTER                              91 Teaching Days

SCHOOLS REOPEN FOR SECOND SEMESTER …………………….. Monday, January 28, 2013

Lincoln’s Day Holiday ………………………………………………………………….. Monday, February 11, 2013

President’s (Washington’s) Day Holiday …………………………………………. Monday, February 18, 2013

Spring Holidays ………………………………. Saturday, March 23, 2013 through Sunday, March 31, 2013 Memorial Day Holiday ………………………………………………………………………… Monday, May 27, 2013

Last Day of Instruction ……………………………………………………………………….. Thursday, June 13, 2013

SECOND SEMESTER ENDS ………………………………………………. Thursday, June 13, 2013

 

 

 

 

SHORTENED   DAYS

 

Middle   School

 

Reports and Records

5 days:    November 2, 2012; January 25, 2013;

April 12, 2013; June 13, 2013; TBA by Site

 

High School

 

Final   Examinations

3     days:    January 22, 2013 through January 24, 2013

4     days:    June   7, 2013 through June 12, 2013

   

Reports and Records

4 days:    November   2, 2012, January 25, 2013,

April 12, 2013, and June 13, 2013

 

 

SUMMARY

Middle School High School
Full Days

173

167

Shortened Days

5

11

Common Planning Time (Equivalent to 18 Hours)

3

3

Faculty Work Day (June 14)

1

1

Total Service Days

182

182

 

(Revised: 11-7-12)