Rep Council Meeting Minutes April 9, 2013

Rep Council Meeting Minutes
April 9, 2013 – 3:30-5:20
Chevy’s in Vacaville

Members present – Bob Blaine, Mark Richardson, Sylvia Aquino, Alyson Brauning, Samantha Mauder, Tracy Begley, Ginny Miller, Linda Phelan, Pat Parker, Joy Holleran, Sylvia Shepard, Moria McSweeney, Carolyn Thomas, Katherine Epstein, Gary Eisenberg, Larry Baker, Diane Dahl, Cathy Valdez, Linda Covey, Chris Fickes, Tom Buck, Kathy Steiert, Jennifer Brown, Suzi Morgan, Aja Cook, Tricia Cowen, Julie Timmerman, Brenda Hensley, Helen Blood, Lenore Hubal, Stephanie Munzinger, Sharon Riehl, Julie McGee, Russ Tucker, Corey Penrose

Members absent – Todd Blanset, Christine Williams, Debbie Cavanaugh, Dawn Waid, Sofia Felix-Hatfield, Marsha Rucker, Tom Kutz, Lili Fisher, Miranda Merino

1 – Approval of the minutes – the minutes were approved

2 – Approval of the agenda – the agenda was approved

3 – Business

Elections nominations and voting timeline – the following nominations were taken for VTA officers for the 13-15 term.

President – Moira McSweeney
Vice-President- Alyson Brauning
Treasurer – Brenda Hensley
Recording Secretary- Corey Penrose
Corresponding Secretary – Aja Cook
WCW director – Todd Blanset
VHS director – Julie Timmerman
Jepson director – none
Vaca Pena – Ginny Miller
Elementary directors (5) – Stephanie Munzinger, Dawn Kelly, Sylvia Shepard

There will be two elections for this cycle, one for state council and one for VTA officers. Site reps are reminded to follow procedures and that ballots will be distributed on Thursday and be collected the following Thursday.

LGBT, Human Rights, Women’s Issues Committee – Alyson reported on the Day of Silence and reviewed the history and specifics.

Motion – the VTA create an equity team for the 13-14 membership year. The team would consist of a GLBT chair, women’s issues and human rights chair – seconded and approved.

4 – President’s report – Moria reported on the following:

Health care – we’re still trying to track down some specifics on the logistics of applying for health care coverage on the exchanges.

New superintendent – There will be a special School Board meeting this Thursday, April 11th, for the Board to approve the appointment of Kenneth Jacopetti as the new Superintendent for VUSD. It will be at the ESC on 401 Nut Tree Rd. at 6:00.

Leave issues – Moira has been meeting to discuss the problems with the employee leave tracking system. The district has been docking people who exceeded the three day limit on PNL-EO, but procedures have not been followed. Moira will be speaking with the district about this issue and, if you know of someone who has had their pay docked, please let her know. The report finished with a general discussion on this topic.

Heritage Peak – the Heritage Peak charter application was reviewed and discussed.

Professional growth credit for in-district workshops – the yellow cards are coming back! The procedures for picking up units was also reviewed.

Elementary prep/report card prep MOU – discussions with district are ongoing. Status was reviewed and discussed.
Presidents meeting/budget update – common core, Brown’s budget, and smarter balance testing was discussed.

Redwood awards – we will be working with Travis, Vallejo and FF to honor Jon Riley for the next meeting for his help with the passing of prop 30 and failure of prop 32.

The report finished with a discussion of the status of site visits.

5 – Treasurer’s report – after reviewing the treasurers report, and the proposed budget for the 13-14 school year, the treasurers report was approved and site reps were directed to review the budget so it may be amended/approved during the rep council meeting for next month. Members interested in seeking the rep reimbursement are also directed to fill out the rep reimbursement forms.

6 – Committee/Chair reports

Action – Corey reported on the the following items:

Chamber dinner – was introduced and discussed. After the dinner was discussed:

Motion – Approve the purchase of three tickets for the dinner- seconded – the motion carries

State of the City address – which will be presented by Mayor, Steve Hardy and City Manager, Laura Kuhn and Corey will represent VTA at that event.

VTA bulletin board contest – will be revisited in the fall.

American Cancer Society – about working with VTA on a project. Corey will pursue the project and report back to rep council in May.

Bargaining – Brenda reported that we’d opened the following articles:
3: Wages
4: Hours of Employment
5: Health and Welfare Benefits 9: Class Size
14: Unit Member Safety

and that Randy Henry, VUSD Chief Negotiator, had opened the following articles:

3: Wages
4: Hours of Employment
5: Health and Welfare Benefits 6: Leaves
7: Assignments
8: Part-time Employment
9: Class Size
10: Evaluation
16: Miscellaneous
19: PAR

The report finished with a general discussion about political and economic factors which will affect this bargaining session. All of the bargaining reports from this session can be found at http://www.vacateachers.org/vta-documents/bargaining-updates/.

Grievance – Sylvia reported on various personnel matters.

Human Rights – was covered in new business

Women’s Issues – was covered in new business

PAC – rep council is reminded to be sure to stick around for the mixer!

Special Ed – none

Leave Bank – none

Membership – none

State council – the full report can be found at http://www.vacateachers.org/about-us/state-council-representatives/state-council-report/

7 – Conference reports –

Karen Peters – reported on the retirement 101 workshop in February. For more information, please visit ctainvest.org

8 – Other – there was some general discussion on the health care audit and some discussion about special ed referrals at Padan. We have also sent a card to Mark Fraizer’s wife

9 – Raffle – the following items were won:

Gary Eisenberg – won a ten dollar starbucks card.

10 – Adjournment – the meeting was adjourned at 5:17.

Respectfully submitted, Corey Penrose

Bargaining update #2

The VTA and VUSD teams met on April 10, 2012 for two hours.

 

VTA: Brenda Hensley, Kent Puddy, Kim Campbell, Gary Masterson, Todd Blanset,

& Lynne Grow

VUSD: Randy Henry, Ed Santopadre, Christie Cochran, & Kari Sousa

 

We discussed and reached agreement on a set of ground rules for bargaining for the 13-14 school year, including a May 3, 2013 deadline for all initial proposals.

 

Kari Sousa gave a budget presentation regarding the 2nd interim report.

 

We discussed time lines and set up three additional bargaining dates:

April 19, April 30 and May 3.

April State Council Report

State Council Report                                                                                             April 2013

Overview/Things for you to do

Please:

  1. The deadline for IFT grants is April 30, 2013. You can apply online at: www.Teacherdrivenchange.org
  2. CTA 150th Anniversary: www.cta.org/150
  3. Long-term strategic planning: www.cta.org/ourfuture
  4. Immigration: www.cta.org/immigration
  5. Information about becoming a reviewer of the 2014 Mathematics Primary Instructional Materials Adoption of materials that are aligned to the California Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSSM) adopted by the SBE is available at: http://www.cde.ca.gov/ci/ma/im/  The deadline for submission of applications is April 18, 2013
  6. Information about becoming a reviewer of the English Language Development Supplemental Instructional Materials Review Panel is available at: http://www.cde.ca.gov/ci/cr/cf/suptsupmatreview.asp . The deadline for submission of applications has been extended to April 19, 2013 or until the number of reviewers is complete.
  7. Information about participating in a two-day California English Language Development Test (CELDT) Item Alignment meeting this review and the online application process is available at: http://www.celdt.org/opportunities/. The deadline for submission of applications is April 26, 2013.
  8. The Retirement Committee recommends that members use the NEA publication, The Characteristics of Large Public Education Pension Plans. The document can be found at www.nea.org/home/30068.htm and used to gather comparative pension information from around the country.
  9. Websites to access retirement information include: www.CALSTRS.com / www.calstrsbenefits.us / www.mycalstrs.com / www.cta.org / www.leginfo.ca.gov / www.CALPERS.ca.gov / www.nea.org / www.ctainvest.org / www.nirsonline.org

 

Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF)

The Governor’s new Local Control Funding Formula is the most important change in school funding to come along since Proposition 13 passed.  Everyone is scrambling to find out just how individual districts will fair under this new law.  CTA continues to put new information on the web site as it develops.  The big change is that local school boards will have far more discretion as to how monies are expended.

 

Parent Triggers and Charter Schools

It became quite apparent at the April State Council that CTA does not have strong enough policy to fight the charter school takeover attempts and has thus taken steps to craft policy that will be clear and concise.  It would be worth your while to google “Parent Trigger Law” just to understand what has happened thus far and how this could possibly affect school districts across the state.

 

Report of Board of Directors, Committees, and Items of New Business:

(You may access this report in its entirety by: 1) logging onto the CTA web site; 2) Click on the “About CTA” tab; 3) scroll down to choose “Leadership”;  4) In the “Leadership” window, choose the “State Council” option; 5) look for and choose the “Report Book” option)

 

Committee Reports:.

Negotiations Committee-

OTHER ITEMS FOR IMMEDIATE ACTION

B. CTA not support NBI 1/13-11: That CTA delete the section on charter school policy designating a charter as an “CTA Charter School” starting with “local association may sponsor a charter school…” ending with “shall result in the revocation of CTA charter school status.”

Rationale: Eliminating this language would take away an option to fight the

Charter Operators from creating for-profit charters and also not encourage CTA locals to create a charter school if they choose to do so.

C. CTA support NBI 1/13-21: That CTA believes charter schools have a positive role in

California’s education system when they are created by local, democratically elected school boards, are nonprofit and all educators are members of a union.

Rationale: In charters where the District is the employer, the charter school staff are members of the bargaining unit. We very much believe charters should be not for profit. Also, certificated and classified staffs in charters need union protections. This will clarify and strengthen some of our current policy

 

Civil Rights in Education-

MAJOR POLICY – First Reading

Revise the section, “Suspension, Expulsion, Exclusion and Exemption”, page 206, to read:

CTA believes in the concept that any decision to suspend, expel, exclude, or exempt students from school should be based upon the Education Code. This decision should be used only as a last resort and only when psychological, emotional or physical safety is compromised. School and district policies should be consistent with sound educational philosophy. Legislation which diminishes the rights of a classroom teacher to remove disruptive students from the school classroom environment when deemed necessary by the teacher should be opposed.

Rationale:  This policy will position the organization well for legislative conversations that seek to address the disproportionate suspension and expulsion of African-American and Latino students, while preserving a teacher’s right to suspend a disruptive child from the classroom. Once a child has been suspended from the classroom, the intent of this policy is to encourage districts to find alternatives to suspension and expulsion from school when possible; districts will benefit from the additional funds, and students will benefit from remaining in school and receiving support rather than harm. CTA has helped us identify how our unconscious bias might impact our work as educators, and this effort to combat inequity is central to some of CTA’s core beliefs: (1) to ensure that the human dignity and civil rights of all children and youth are protected (2) and to secure a more just, equitable, and democratic society. .

 

Communication Committee-

–       CTA is moving – in the direction of paperless applications for CTA awards.  Do you want to see someone deserving, who is worthy of recognition, receive some recognition for their efforts?  Please let us know, we’d love to have the opportunity to encourage our members to build stronger locals.

–       The Education Coalition – had a great report on Brown’s proposed budget and other related issues, please check it out here.

–       The Frying Pan News – which can be found at fryingpannews.org has been doing some great investigation into parent trigger laws and tax fairness – check them out.

–       CTA website news – a mobile site is coming, as well as a monthly packet/flyer for your bulletin boards.  These materials may be found under www.cta.org/memberinvolvement.

–       CTA’s 150th anniversary – will be happening on May 5th, there will be a press event and a proclamation about this from the state legislature – keep an eye out for it!

 

Retirement Committee-

OTHER ITEMS FOR IMMEDIATE ACTION

NBI #4/13 – 11 – That CTA develop a strategic plan to protect members, retirees and other

public employees by preventing the excessive 85% rate increases and other significant

changes to the CalPERS long term care policies purchased in good faith and continuously

paid since 1995.

 

Language Acquisition Committee-

Funding

–       We had discussion on the new funding formula and were concerned that districts will be able to scoop up the funds that EL’s need

Legislation

–       AB 970- Support – Requires the Superintendent of Public Instruction to ensure all schools will provide students with limited English proficiency with an equal educational opportunity

–       SB 344- Support-Requires the Superintendent of Public Instruction to evaluate the effectiveness of English learner services every two years

–       SB 542 -watch- outlines how students will be reclassified

–       If you would like me to take anything back to the committee or to ask them questions, please contact me.

Julie Timmerman Rodrigues

jtimmerman1@att.net

 

Guest Speaker

–       Karen Cadiero-Kaplan, the Director of the English Learner Support Division of the California Dep’t of Education came by to give us a short presentation of the alignment that has been done with the ELD Standards and the common core standards.  The dep’t of ed, along with WestEd have made a collaborative effort with groups of teachers from around the state in an effort to align them as much as possible.

 

º fewer, clearer, higher standards

º just because standards are integrated does NOT mean EL’s do not need

specific ELD instruction, they still do

º teachers should read the appendices before the actual standards, they are very

important

 

NBI 4/13-9

That CTA seek sponsorship/co-sponsorship for legislation to make the following

change to California Education Code 44908. The first sentence should reflect a change

from “the number of days” to “the number of days or weeks.”

Rationale: The California Education Code 44908 language requiring an employee

to serve 75% of the “days” of the school year in order to complete one year unfairly

discriminates against some of our members. People who do part-time in periods have

no problem meeting this requirement because they work every day. However, people

who take their time in days of the week as is the case for many elementary members

do not. Therefore, these members can never attain permanent status which requires

two years working at the 75% level. We need to correct this inequity.

[Jerry Eaton (STL)/Corey Penrose (COM)]

 

THE ABOVE ITEM WAS REFERRED TO THE PROFESSIONAL

RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES COMMITTEE.

 

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact your State Council Reps,

 

Jerry Eaton                                                  Corey Penrose

profe_dude@hotmail.com                       coreypenrose@gmail.com

209-743-8383                                              530-867-3255

 

Julie Timmerman

jtimmerman1@att.net

707-689-6940

We have a new superintendent!

There will be a special School Board meeting this Thursday, April 11th, for the Board to approve the appointment of Kenneth Jacopetti as the new Superintendent for VUSD. It will be at the ESC on 401 Nut Tree Rd. at 6:00.

A reception will follow the meeting and members are welcome to come on down and meet the new Superintendent.

Vacaville Teachers Association Day of The Teacher!

 

Click on this post to see the flyer for the event!

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