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What’s New and Different about School Site Councils?

Be sure your association representatives and School Site Council members understand the legal obligations and have the skills and knowledge to access and influence their School Site Councils in the new funding process.  Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF).

What is the School Site Council’s role in:

*    The New Local Control Funding Formula

*    Single Plan for Student Achievement?

*   Program Improvement?

*   School change?

Educate, advocate and empower members at your site to continue having their voices heard!  Bring all your School Site Council members to this informative training

 

DATE:     SEPTEMBER 24, 2013

LOCATION:      SCTA

ADDRESS:     5300 ELVAS AVENUE

TIME:    4:00-5:30 pm

 

please rsvp to scta@saccityta.com or call  916-452-4591

 

Pizza and drinks will be provided.

 

News Messenger 9/5/13

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This is a publication of the Sacramento City Teachers Association, which is affliated with CTA and NEA. This is the 94th year of SCTA’s incorporation. The publication will occur weekly.

News Messenger

Volume 33, Issue 1; September 5, 2013

Class Size Levelling

The district should level all elementary classes in district as of Monday (9/23) and all secondary classes as of next Monday (9/30). Please see contract language 17.1 (for elementary) and 17.4 (for secondary) regarding details of additional grace periods. If your class has not been leveled the district will have to either have a signed form from you saying you allow a larger class size (

Note: we do NOT recommend you do this because it keeps additional teachers from being hired back), or they will have to pay $90.00 a day for each day your class size is over the limit. Please email scta@saccityta.com if your class size is over the limit after the above dates. Limits for High school is 35 per class or 170 contacts per day, middle school is 31 per class, intermediate is 33, primary is 31, and kinder is 32. PE and Music is 220 contacts per day for high school, and any prep in elementary is 190 contacts per day.

Peer  Assistance

This is a reminder that Peer Assistance happens every Monday from 2:30 – 4:45 pm. This special time is put aside just for this service, all other times you must have an appointment with a director. However, emergency situations will be handled immediately.

And what is peer assistance? It’s pretty much anything that you’re having a problem with at school that your Rep has been unable to handle for you. It’s your opportunity to talk with one of us one on one. Be sure to have spoken with your elected Rep first before coming down to the office. However, we know sometimes you might feel awkward doing so. That doesn’t prevent you from coming to see us.

We hope that unpleasant situations don’t arrive, but we’ll be ready to see you if you need us.

**Members, if you have moved, changed your phone number, or email address, please make sure to contact SCTA with you new information.
Dates to Remember

September 12th SCTA Representative Council (4:00-6:00 SCTA Office)

September 20th SCTA Benefits Fair (3:30-5:30 SCTA Office)

September 24th *School Site Council Training (4:00-5:30 SCTA Office)

September 26th *CTA Service Center Kickoff (6:00-8:00 Lions Gate Hotel)

September 27th * Diane Ravitch (6:30-8:30 p.m. Memorial Auditorium)

*Please check previous News Messengers or call the SCTA office at 916-452-5491 for

tickets and or registration information.

Welcome Back

 

As we head into the new school year SCTA wanted to say welcome back!  The upcoming school year is going to be very challenging for the SCUSD as a whole.  As is if the process of implementing the Common Core State Standards was not going to be hard enough, our district is still facing a self-imposed consultant driven budget deficit.  SCTA will be talking to you in the upcoming months about these and other issues that will need your attention as the year progresses.  We are still plagued by site level and district level administrator issues that will require our collective attention.  We know that right now you are taking the time to focus all your attention onto the children.  The start of school is so important for our students.  We know you are making sure they are getting your best next Tuesday.  The adult things will run their course and be dealt with in due time.  Our students and their families need us now more than ever.  Have a great first day.

 

Site Representative Elections

 

It is very important that all sites have representation by the first rep council at SCTA September 12th. There are many pressing issues and important decisions to make and we need all sites represented to help guide us.  Each elementary school should elect one member to represent them and each high school and middle school should elect one representative for every 25 members. It’s recommended to elect an alternate rep in case the elected rep is not able to attend one of the meetings. Please see some of the many roles and responsibilities of a Site rep:

 

ROLES OF A SITE REPRESENTATIVE

 

 

*          Serves on the governance body or representative council.

*          Represents the views of those within the faculty or unit from which he/she is elected.

*          Represents the governance body (Rep Council) to the faculty.

*          Serves as a membership promoter.

*          Serves as a communicator between faculty members and SCTA.

*          Serves as an organizer among the faculty or unit he/she represents.

*          Serves as representative for teachers who are asked to meet with their administrator and the member believes it will result in disciplinary action.

*          Refers members, who have received notice of a complaint that involves possible criminal action, to the President or CTA Representative.

 

 

 

Dates to Remember

 

September 2nd         Labor Day Picnic ( 3:30-7:00 p.m.  Land Park)

September 12th       SCTA Representative Council (4:00-6:00 SCTA Office)

September 20th       SCTA Benefits Fair (3:30-5:30 SCTA Office)

September 24th       *School Site Council Training (4:00-5:30 SCTA Office)

September 26th       *CTA Service Center Kickoff (6:00-8:00 Lions Gate Hotel)

September 27th       * Diane Ravitch  (6:30-8:30 p.m.  Memorial Auditorium)

 

*Please check previous News Messengers or call the SCTA office at 916-452-5491 for tickets and or registration information.

 

The following is being distributed for informational purposes:

 

VOICES AGAINST PRIVATIZING PUBLIC EDUCATION

THE DARK TRUTH BEHIND THE PRIVATIZATION

OF PUBLIC EDUCATION

WHEN: SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 2013

WHERE: COLONIAL HEIGHTS PUBLIC LIBRARY

4799 STOCKTON BLVD. SACRAMENTO, CA 95820

TIME: 1:00 P.M – 5:00 P.M

SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKER:

OAKLAND PARENT ADVOCATE- SHARON HIGGINS

DISCUSSES THE GULEN CHARTER SCHOOL MOVEMENT

Also discussions on:

Who is profiting from the privatization agenda!

Connecting the dots and the conflicts with government officials!

COME LEARN ABOUT:

WHO IS BEHIND THE DESTRUCTION OF OUR PUBLIC EDUCATION SYSTEM

WHO IS PROFITING FROM THE PRIVATIZATION AGENDA &

WHAT IS BEING DONE TO FIGHT BACK

COME JOIN THE MOVEMENT TO SAVE OUR PUBLIC SCHOOLS & COLLEGES

OTHER SPEAKERS/FACILITATORS:

KATHLEEN CARROLL-WHISTLEBLOWER/LAWYER/PUBLIC EDUCATION ADVOCATE

JESSICA ARRIAGA-SACRAMENTO PARENT/PUBLIC EDUCATION ADVOCATE

JERRY TAMBURINO- SACRAMENTO COMMUNITY ACTIVIST

JOIN US ON FACEBOOK: VOICES AGAINST PRIVATIZING PUBLIC EDUCATION

 

 

Access to Classrooms and Resources

We have received several calls concerning teachers who either still do not have access to their classrooms or are being told that they will be teaching on a stage, in a computer lab, library or other room that is not meant for a regular classroom. We are also concerned that many teachers still do not have full access to internet, document readers, LCD

projectors or even desk top computers in their classrooms. The issues may be a result of teachers being surplussed from closed schools to receiving schools that are not fully prepared for the new teachers and students. Please email us if you or someone you know is experiencing any of these or other similar issues.

 

Common Core State Standards

SCTA has been working with the district on the implementation of the new common core state standards (CCSS).  As a result of this collaborative work we have agreed to allow anyone who attended the three (3) hours of CCSS training that took place in August to count that time towards common planning time (CPT) for the 2013-14 school year.  This means that you could get up to nine (9) hours of CPT before the start of school.   Three (3) from the August training and up to six (6) more before school starts as long as those hours meet the CPT guidelines.  In previous years you could only get credit for up to six (6) hours of CPT prior to the start of the school year.

We have also been working with the district to restore one (1) furlough day for this school year.  This would restore one (1) of the two (2) days we gave back as concession in the last round of bargaining for the 2013-14 school year.  This time (six (6) hours) would allow for additional work with your colleagues on the implementation of CCSS in the 2013-14 school year.  We believe that our members are going to need time to absorb the changes associated with CCSS.  Our goal is to give you as much time at full pay as possible to assist with this work.  We hope to have more info to you on this effort as soon as possible.

Save the Date

September 27th SCTA will be co-hosting an evening with Diane Ravitch at the Memorial Auditorium from 6:30-8:30. Diane is the author of the best seller; The Death and Life of the Great American School System: How testing and choice Are Undermining Education. Her latest book is titled; Reign of Error: The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to America’s Public Schools. Tickets are only $5 and will be available at SCTA by the first week of school.  Please invite your colleagues, parents and community members to hear her message.

Labor Day Picnic

Please join us for the annual Labor Day Picnic Monday, September 2nd from 3:30 to 7:30 atWilliamLandPark. (Corner ofSutterville Road andFreeport Blvd.) Enjoy live music and free food for all union members and their families.

Site Representative Elections

It is very important that all sites have representation by the first rep council at SCTA September 12th. There are many pressing issues and important decisions to make and we need all sites represented to help guide us.  Each elementary school should elect one member to represent them and each high school and middle school should elect one representative for every 25 members. It’s recommended to elect an alternate rep in case the elected rep is not able to attend one of the meetings. Please see some of the many roles and responsibilities of a Site rep:

 

ROLES OF A SITE REPRESENTATIVE

 

 

*             Serves on the governance body or representative council.

*             Represents the views of those within the faculty or unit from which he/she is elected.

*             Represents the governance body (Rep Council) to the faculty.

*             Serves as a membership promoter.

*             Serves as a communicator between faculty members and SCTA.

*             Serves as an organizer among the faculty or unit he/she represents.

*             Serves as representative for teachers who are asked to meet with their administrator and the member believes it will result in disciplinary action.

*             Refers members, who have received notice of a complaint that involves possible criminal action, to the President or CTA      Representative.

 

 

 

News Messenger 8/14/2013

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CORE Waiver

As you may know, the US Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, has approved the NCLB waiver request made by our district in conjunction with seven other California school district superintendents.  The story of each of these districts appears to be consistent in that the waiver was sought by the private consultant firm CORE, which stands for California Office to Reform Education, with little to no input from the various teachers’ associations.  While we all agree the NCLB needs to be reformed to meet the needs of our students, this particular waiver raises numerous concerns that teachers’ associations and other concerned stakeholder groups have been voicing from the beginning.

Like many, I am sure you are wondering what this means to you in your classrooms.  A lot of those details are still to be determined.  One of our biggest concerns is the portion of the waiver that attempts to tie some part of teachers’ evaluations to test scores.  This could be a part of our negotiations with SCUSD this year; however, our position is that our student’s achievements are more than a sum of their test scores. We know that a teacher’s performance cannot be accurately measured by a single test.  As our superintendent said in the August 9th edition of the Bee, “these tests in many ways are not good indicators of students and learning.” Linking performance evaluation to test scores is bad for students and bad for Education.  Therefore, we will oppose this measure to the fullest extent possible.

The fact that this waiver grants our district increased flexibility on how Title 1 funds are expended is also an area of significant concern.  So-called flexibility in spending has been a source of recent trouble at SCUSD.  It has resulted in hiring consultants (beyond the mandates of NCLB) while laying off teachers. When teachers gave the District $95 from each paycheck to keep lower class sizes, the District spent it somewhere else.  The EdJobs (federal stimulus) money, earmarked for teachers, was inappropriately spent, and only returned to the teachers when the district lost an arbitration brought by SCTA.

Ours is a district who needs reining in, not more fiscal “flexibility.”

This will be among the most significant issues we face this coming year.  Your union is asking that you first educate yourself about the Core Waiver.

Governor Brown letter June 26 2013 Final

CTA CORE waiver statement Final 8 6 13

Education Week Teacher Blogs

News Messenger

Volume 17, Issue 14

July 17, 2013
Save the Date for the Labor Day Working Families Picnic

The Sacramento Central Labor Council AFL-CIO will hold it traditional Labor Day event on September 2nd, 2013, from 3:30PM to 7:30PM at William Land Park in the Village Green. Please join SCTA and other local unions for a fun day in the park building common understanding and solidarity among all union members in the Sacramento Region. There will be food, drinks and entertainment free of charge for all union members and their families. Hope to see you there!

ESEA Reauthorization Bill, the Student Success Act (HR5)

 

This week the United States House of Representatives is likely to take up its version of an ESEA Reauthorization Bill, the Student Success Act (HR5). NEA opposed the bill in committee, and CTA shares concerns about several troubling aspects of the proposed legislation. HR5 would erode the role of the federal government in targeting resources to marginalized student populations as a means of ensuring equity for all students. The bill also erodes collective bargaining protections around teacher evaluation, and continues the reliance on high stakes testing that is undermining teaching and learning.

NEA is now working to stop amendments that would add private school vouchers to the bill, restore bargaining rights and reverse the focus on high stakes tests. Amendments will take place over the next few days but in its current form the bill is unacceptable.

Congress needs to hear from educators now!

Here’s what you can do:

Please contact your Member of Congress at 1-866-420-3592 and tell them:

· ESEA needs to adhere to its original purpose of ensuring equity for all students.

· It must recognize educators’ role in student success, which means stopping the push for high stakes testing and including the voice of teachers in their profession through collective bargaining.

· Lawmakers should oppose any effort to divert public education funding to private school vouchers.

We may be contacting you later in the week for additional action on specific amendments. This is a great opportunity for us to be heard and weigh in on legislation that will impact all of us and our students for years to come.

Federal Lawsuit Regarding School Closures

 

An evidentiary hearing is scheduled for July 11th at 9am at the Sacramento Federal Courthouse, 501 I street.  Civil rights attorney, Mark Merin, will be representing many members of our community.  If you are available and would like to show your support, please attend the hearing.   HIP (Hmong Innovating Politics,) who have been outstanding advocates and organizers for this action, are asking for teachers and community members to pack the hearing room as well as outside the building.

 

Surplus Placement

 

The surplus placement process is still on hold.  We have received no response from Superintendent Raymond on our suggestions on how to move forward fairly and correctly with the process.  We will keep you informed as we go forward.

NEWS MESSENGER

                                                   Vol. 17, issue 13-June 12, 2013

 

 

Surplussing Postponed

 

The surplus placement process has been postponed for the near future.  With only a few (4 at last count at non-priority schools) open positions available, SCTA saw no point in proceeding with the process at this time.  One of the major factors in the limited number of positions being available at the surplus placement process is the Superintendents Priority Schools.  The Superintendents decision not to allow surplussing into positions at Priority Schools has caused a majority of the problems.  We have pointed out this contract violation to the District and are now forced to seek a remedy through a grievance and/or a possible unfair labor practice charge.

 

Our hope is that positions will become available within the near future from retirements and with teachers moving into other positions within the district.  All Surplus personnel must be placed before laid-off members are brought back.  This has frozen the entire process until more positions are found.  We will keep you updated as things progress.

 

 

 

Priority Schools Update

 

As we look at the effect of last weeks positive ruling on the Superintendents violation of the state education code in the rehiring of teachers at Priority Schools, we thought it would be a good time to bring everyone up to date on where we are with the Superintendents Priority Schools.  We have a total of two lawsuits filed against priority schools; one concerns the skipping of more senior members and the most recent one on rehires.  We have also been protecting the contract with several grievances that are currently in process.  The issues are as follows:

 

 

 

Skipping Lawsuit- One of the biggest issues SCTA has with the Superintendent’s Priority Schools is his assumption that the program is a specific course of study under the Education Code. This issue started when the Superintendent decided to issue layoff notices to more senior teachers and keep less senior teachers employed at his Priority Schools.  We filed suit for the members effected by this decision and in March of this year the Judge gave a partial victory to  our laid-off members when he ruled that the District ignored seniority-based job protections in the 2012 layoffs.   The Judge’s ruling says the District erred in categorically exempting all teachers at priority schools from following seniority in last year’s layoffs.  The Judge also said the District was permitted to make “high-need” exceptions to seniority-based layoffs on a case by case basis.  This ruling does allow Priority Schools to continue for now but they will not be allowed to use the same flawed criteria for skipping.  This ruling was especially helpful in this year’s layoffs as it tied down the District to specific training and work experience.  Prior to the ruling the Principals were using the “I know it when I see it” explanation for what qualified one members training and work experience over another’s.

 

 

Rehiring Lawsuit- This most recent litigation deals with the Superintendents illegal rehires at Priority Schools for the 2011/12 School Year.  The court agreed that the District cant apply subjective and changed criteria to post-layoff rehiring for its Priority Schools, and shouldnt have hired/rehired whoever the Priority School Principals decided they wanted, based on differing and arbitrary standards.  In this ruling (SCTA v. SCUSD) the judge found that the Superintendent abused the District’s discretion when he allowed the Priority School Principals to apply a categorical exemption for Priority School hiring/rehiring and deviated from seniority in filling at least 58 positions at Priority schools for the 2011/12 school year.

NEWS MESSENGER

JUNE 7, 2013

SCTA Wins Court Case Against Superintendent’s Priority Schools

SCTA has been litigating a claim against the district for illegal rehires atPrioritySchoolsfor the 2011/12 School Year. The court agreed that the District can’t apply subjective and changed criteria to post-layoff rehiring for its Priority Schools, and shouldn’t have hired/rehired whoever the Priority School Principals decided they wanted, based on differing and arbitrary standards. In the ruling (SCTA v. SCUSD), Judge Sumner found that the District abused its discretion when it tried to apply a categorical exemption for Priority School hiring/rehiring and deviated from seniority in filling at least 58 positions at Priority schools for the 2011/12 school year. The District did not show that individual laid-off teachers with greater seniority were not competent or that they lacked special training and experience for the positions. The judge has remanded the case to the District for the next stage – figuring out which of the laid-off senior teachers suffered loss of rehire, benefits, etc. This is a BIG WIN for SCTA and our teachers in its battle against Superintendent Raymond’s anti-contract agenda. We will keep you informed as the case progresses.

Boxes Available

SCTA has a collection of about 50 cardboard boxes donated by fellow teacher, Anne Spies from Phoebe Hearst. They are available for teachers moving school sites on a first come first serve basis at the SCTA office.

Community Group Holds Press Conference

HIP (Hmong innovating Politics, and civil rights attorney Mark Merin, will be holding a press conference at the Sacramento Federal Courthouse, 501 I street before they submit their lawsuit against the recent school closures. If you’d like to show your support and join them, the Press Conference/Rally begins at 4:00 PM on Tuesday, June 11, 2013.

 

NEWS MESSENGER

MAY 30, 2013

 

 

 

DON’T MISS IT !!!

 The End of the Year SCTA Picnic

 TOMORROW — May 31st

3:30 – 6:30 p.m.

 Dante Club

2330 Fair Oaks Blvd.

 FOOD — FUN — FRIVOLITY

SEE YOU THERE!!

 

Bargaining Survey

You should be receiving a bargaining survey from SCTA in Survey Monkey today.  It is a short survey.  Please take a few minutes to respond before Wednesday, June 5th at 9pm.

Surplus Process Update

The tentative dates for the surplusing process to resume has run into challenges due to graduation schedules.

Secondary Surplusing will take place after school on June 5th.  You will be receiving a phone call from HR personnel with your appointment time.

Elementary Surplusing is tentatively scheduled to resume after school on June 11th .  More information to follow as it is clarified.

Surplus for Special Education Teachers, Prep Specialists, Nurses, etc.  

Surplus for these educators is covered by 7.8 of the contract.

7.8 Special Education specialist teachers, nurses, or elementary preparation teachers affected by any decision made regarding realignment of the relationships of schools or classes in terms of hours or location, shall be given the opportunity to submit a request regarding their new assignment. Within the restriction of program needs, seniority shall be the primary consideration for assignments.

This is the process that has been in the contract for a long time.  If you are an educator in this group and your school is closing, you are being surplused or you would like a change of work site, we suggest that you send an email to your district administrator and HR director.   Let them know your preferences for grade levels, area of the district, schools, start times and other factors.