Planning for Your Time Off?

Hope you have fun plans for the summer. For many of you, CTA and NEA Member Benefits can enhance whatever you have planned – whether it’s fun, home projects, organizing your life and finances, or developing your skills!

Just take a look at a sampling of what is waiting for you: (650-552-5200)

Save on California amusement park and movie theater tickets (TSA)

Get a quote for auto/home insurance specially designed for educators (California Casualty)

Obtain life and disability insurance to protect your income and loved ones (The Standard)

Check out financial services (Provident Credit Union, Logix Federal Credit Union, and Bank of America credit card program) (650-552-5200)

Check out free information and videos and use retirement planning calculators
Order free guides to help you plan for a more comfortable retirement (800-637-4636)

Save money with retailers like Target, Kohl’s, Best Buy, JC Penney, Sears and more (Click & Save)

Get deals for your home or on restaurants, travel, computers, and cell phones (Click & Save – Home Store, Travel Store, Computer Store, and Cell Phone Store)

Check out car rental deals (Alamo, Hertz, and Enterprise)

Replace big and small appliances and SAVE (Whirlpool Corp.)

Obtain CEU and graduate credits (NEA Academy)

Look at curricula, activities, rewards, decorations and other aides for my classroom (Lesson Planet, Curriki, SmileMakers, and more)


CTA Statement Praising School Funding Formula Agreement

CTA President Dean Vogel issued a statement to the media today praising the historic school funding formula agreement in the Legislature.

Here is an excerpt:“We are extremely encouraged by the historic state budget agreement in Sacramento to overhaul education funding for K-12 schools. Thanks to the hard work of educators and parents to pass Proposition 30, the new spending plan provides all schools with more resources, begins repaying schools the money they are owed from years of budget cuts, recognizes the need for smaller class sizes and helps meet the needs of school districts serving at-risk students. As school doors close for the year this month, new doors are opening with the new funding plan.”

Read the full CTA statement here

Also, SBE President Michael Kirst reflects on what’s ahead for school districts under the new funding plan

Once a year….

…teachers from around the county meet to set the course of the National Education Association for the year.

For more information, and to see the agenda for this year’s meeting, please click here.

This year, your representatives are:

  • Brenda Hensley
  • Corey Penrose
  • Alyson Brauning
  • Julie Timmerman Rodrigues

Do you have issues you’d like them to fight for at the national level?  Share them in the comments!


End of the year VTA update from the President!

  • Negotiations for the 2013-14 contract will continue over the summer. The passage of the state and district budget in late June should give us a better picture of the financial situation which will guide bargaining. Check the website in the later part of July for updates. We hope to have a tentative agreement ready to put forth to membership by the start of the new school year.
  • The Elementary Prep MOU has been signed and is posted on the website. Much is the same as the current MOU.

-it is a two year MOU, sunsetting June 30, 2015

-three (3) minimum days have been added each year for completing report cards and conducting conferences

-no Wednesday collaboration is scheduled for the Wednesday of the first full week of instruction or on Wednesdays prior to progress reports or report cards being due

-there is full P.E. prep during conference weeks and the week before Christmas break

-the P.E. prep for grades 1-3 is increased from 40 to 50 minutes

  • Remember to get your name on the voluntary transfer list if you are interested in being considered for vacancies that open over the summer. Check the VUSD website or get on the district’s distribution list to get emails with updates on openings throughout the break.

Have a great summer break!

The Elementary prep MOU has just been signed..

…check it out by clicking here.

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