Tonight at State Council….


…Richard Bammer, from the Vacaville Reporter, received a John Swett Award from the California Teachers Association for his outstanding education coverage.


VTA state council member Corey Penrose, Richard Bammer and VTA vice-president Larry Baker.

Congratulations to The Reporters Richard Brammer!

Richard Bammer, from the Vacaville Reporter, has just won a John Swett Award for a series of columns last year that examined vital school issues in the Vacaville Unified School District and neighboring districts.

Writing in a strong voice showing his compassion for public schools, his winning columns looked at the recent recession’s damage to local school budgets, the need to pass the governor’s Proposition 30 to halt more cuts, parental involvement in school reform, and how a local spelling bee showed the value of learning about the magic and origins of words (the bee contest words included ukulele, moccasin and ophthalmology).

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Bargaining update #6

The VTA and VUSD teams met on May 24, 2013.

VTA: Brenda Hensley, Kent Puddy, Kim Campbell, Gary Masterson & Lynne Grow
VUSD: Randy Henry, Ed Santopadre, David Robertson, Christie Cochran, & Kari Sousa

The teams discussed School Services’ take on the Governor’s May Revise. It is still uncertain as to how VUSD will be funded in 13-14; the Governor has proposed a new Local Control Funding Formula but we don’t know if that will replace the current Base Revenue Limit funding structure. The District is holding a budget workshop for the Board on May 28th at the District Office at 5pm for the school board. The School Board is scheduled to adopt a 13-14 budget at the June 27th board meeting.

Hopefully the state budget will be adopted by June 30th. It will take some time to see how the budget impacts school districts.

The teams agreed to meet on July 19th and July 22nd.

Is the Advice You’re Getting in Your Best Interests?

Anyone can call himself/herself an advisor, so make sure you are getting objective advice and not a sales pitch disguised as advice. Insurance company reps who come to your school may be thinking more about the commission they could earn by selling you an insurance product than about recommending the best savings vehicle for you.

If you are working with an advisor or thinking about doing so, ask him or her to put the answers to these questions in writing for you:

Are you acting in a fiduciary capacity (in other words, are you legally and ethically required to make a recommendation in my best interests)? If not, why not?
How are you paid? Will you be compensated for selling me this product? Please detail all fees and surrender charges associated with this product, including who receives them.
Why is this product the best choice for me?

Don’t be sold, be informed!

Learn more about making the most of your 403(b) or 457 plan at, first-place winner for ongoing education-public in Pension & Investment’s 2013 Eddy Awards.

The Oklahoma Education Association had set up this website to collect donations for tornado victims – please check it out.

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