LEA Strike

Teachers Strike in Louisville, Ohio

Louisville EA did go on strike as of Wednesday, November 2. Here is updated information about their strike headquarters which will be moving tomorrow to the address listed below. Please share the Call to Action with all your locals on how they can help Louisville members during this stressful time. This is a small town; emotions are high, sides are being taken.
Like them on Facebook, send letters of support, and other ideas listed in the Call to Action. We need all members across the state to show solidarity with this local as they work to get their Board of Education back to the negotiating table.

LEA Spokesperson:
Angela Emmons (330) 298-5309
Louisville Education Association
c/o Angela Emmons, LEA Treasurer
P.O. Box 194 Louisville , Ohio 44641
Strike Headquarters (moving to this address on November 4)
208 Woodard Street
Louisville, Ohio 44641
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OEA Canvassing on Saturday in Bexley

BEA Members,

OEA Vice-President, Scott DiMauro, just contacted me to let me know that OEA members will be out canvassing in Bexley and Westerville this Saturday. I don’t think I need to stress to any of you the importance of this election for our students and for public education.

Bexley’s canvass kicks off at the Starbucks on E. Main St. First shift is 10:30-1:00; second shift is 2:00-4:00.

Westerville’s canvass kicks off at the WEA office at 519 Otterbein Ave. First shift is 10:30-1:00; second shift is 2:00-4:00.

I will be canvassing in Westerville. It would be great to get lots of teachers out there knocking on doors. From the feedback I have received from fellow OEA members who have canvassed in recent weeks, knocking on doors and telling folks that they are teachers, has led to lots of positive conversations.

If you plan to go, please e-mail me to let me know and go to OhioBallot.com to officially sign up.

-Mindy

Continuing Contract Requirements

Certified Continuing Contract Requirements

If first teaching certificate or educator license issued before 2011
· 3 years in district OR two years in district, IF you were on a continuing in another district. You must provide proof of this with your request.
· If teacher does NOT have MA @ time of 1st teaching license then the teacher needs 30 semester hours of coursework in area of licensure
· If teacher does have MA @ time of 1st teaching license then the teacher needs 6 semester hours of coursework in area of licensure

If first teaching certificate or educator license issued AFTER 2011
· 3 years in district OR two years in district, IF you were on a continuing in another district. You must provide proof of this with your request.
· Hold educator license for 7 years
· No MA @ time of 1st teaching license then the teacher needs 30 semester hours of coursework in area of licensure
· MA @ time of 1st teaching license then the teacher needs 6 semester hours of coursework in area of licensure

Deadline for teachers to provide written request for continuing contract to Superintendent’s office is Oct. 1. Teachers should speak with their administrator to obtain their support before submitting request to Superintendent’s office.

Teachers must have supporting transcripts and license on file by March 31 to be eligible for consideration.

Two observations must be completed and a written evaluation and recommendation from the principal must be forwarded to the Superintendent’s office by April 1, 2017.

OEA Representative Assembly Delegates Needed

BEA Members,

We need to put together the OEA Representative Assembly delegate ballot to hand out at our next BEA Executive Committee meeting. If you are interested in being a Bexley delegate, please e-mail Mindy and let her know by Tuesday, September 20.

Duties include attending the December 3rd and May 12th OEA Representative Assemblies in Columbus.

Based on membership numbers, Bexley is allocated 3 delegates. According to BEA bylaws, the President is automatically a delegate. The other two are elected.

Continuing Contract Applications due October 1

Continuing Contract Eligibility ‐ Article VI ‐ Job Security ‐ Section H

(Effective 7/1/15 through 6/30/18)

“The office of the Superintendent or designee will send a timely Districtwide email notifying all bargaining unit members that to be considered for a continuing contract, they must provide written notice to the Superintendent of Schools by October 1 of their intent to meet the statutory requirements in order to be considered for a continuing contract at the April meeting of the Board of Education.

The professional, permanent, or life certificate or equivalent professional education license must be on file with the Superintendent of Schools by March 31 for the bargaining unit member to be considered for continuing contract status in April.

Statutory requirements for continuing contract eligibility are set forth in Sections 3319.08 and 3319.11 of the Ohio Revised Code.

http://codes.ohio.gov/orc/3319.08

http://codes.ohio.gov/orc/3319.11

Bargaining unit members who do not provide written notice by October 1 and/or do not have transcripts of their thirty (30) graduate hours, or their professional, permanent, or life certificate or professional educator license/certificate on file by March 31, will not be eligible for continuing contract consideration until April of the following school year.

Franklin County Candidates Endorsed by Central OEA

Below is a list of endorsed candidates for the November general election.  They were screened and voted on by Central OEA members.

FCCEA Endorsed Candidates 2016

County Commissioner–Full term commencing 1/2/17
Endorsed Kevin Boyce

County Commissioner–Full term commencing 1/3/17
Endorsed John O’Grady (incumbent)

County Prosecutor
Took No Position
Candidates are Zach Klein (challenger) and Ron O’Brien (incumbent)

County Treasurer
Endorsed Ted A. Berry

Court of Common Pleas Judge– General Division–Full term commencing 1/1/17
Endorsed Michael Holbrook (incumbent)

Court of Common Pleas Judge–General Division–Full term commencing 1/2/17
Endorsed Julie Lynch (incumbent)

Court of Common Pleas Judge–General Division–Full term commencing 1/3/17
Endorsed Mark Serrott (incumbent)

Court of Common Pleas Judge–General Division–Full term commencing 1/4/17
Endorsed Jeffrey Brown

Court of Common Pleas Judge–General Division–Full term commencing 1/6/17
Endorsed Laurel Beatty (incumbent)

Court of Common Pleas Judge–General Division–Full term commencing 1/7/17
Endorsed Colleen O’Donnell (incumbent)

Court of Common Pleas Judge–General Division–Full term commencing 1/9/17
Endorsed Richard A. Frye (incumbent)

Court of Common Pleas Judge–General Division–Full term commencing1/7/17
Endorsed Kimberly Cocroft (incumbent)

Court of Common Pleas Judge – Domestic Division–Full term commencing 1/5/17
Endorsed Kim Browne (incumbent)

Every Student Succeeds Act Survey

Teachers,

Please click on the link and take this survey. Who knows if our answers will change things, but if we are being asked, we need to respond! Please pass this along to other Ohio Residents as well — you answer about the local district you live in.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/OhioESSA

 

Professional Development Reimbursement

A message from BEA PD Coordinator Monica Miars:

Please read below the process for applying for, and receiving, professional development
fund reimbursements from the BEA. There always seems to be some confusion and I hate
to “deny” funds to members for not following the correct procedure.

1. When you decide to attend a prof dev opportunity that is not otherwise suggested and/or paid for by the district, you first need to fill out a “District Request forProfessional Leave” Form. This form asks you to break down approximate expenses and to whom the request for reimbursement
is being made (BEA or district). It is then given to your building administrator/immediate supervisor and they sign off – granting you permission to be out of school for that purpose. THIS IS NOT THE BEA FORM. This form is sent to Central Office. It DOES NOT come to the BEA. If you only fill out this form, BEA will have no notification of your intent for us to reimburse, and your request for payment after the fact will be denied.

2. Once you receive your copy of the above form back granting you permission to attend the prof dev, you need to fill out the attached BEA Professional Development Form and sent it to me for pre-approval. I will figure the amount of reimbursement, according to the formula, sign and date, make copies, and then send back to you.

3. After attending the prof dev, you will need to gather receipts and fill in the bottom portion of the BEA form; attach receipts to the form and send them back to me. I will approve payment, sign and date, make copies and forward to Jason Willcoxon for payment from BEA.

Our “year” runs September to September. However, funds are not generally available to the BEA immediately. What this means, is that if you are requesting funds for THIS year early in the fall, you will need to be patient with regard to reimbursement. Rather than approving payments as they come/in small batches, as in years past, I have set the following due dates for paperwork. On/near these dates, I will gather what paperwork has come to me, sign off, etc, and forward to Jason for payment. This way there is a clear time frame for both submission for payment, and actual payments being made.

Dates: October 14, 2016; December 19, 2016; March 17, 2016; May 19, 2016

In addition, be aware that these funds are approved on a first come, first served basis. I can only approve requests up to the $20,000.00 limit. Once I have approved that amount, no other opportunities can be approved at that time. IF at the end of the “year”, once all approved payments have been made, there are funds left, those who turned in requests and were denied MAY have partial payments made to them. There is not guarantee for this, however.

The reimbursement formula is as follows:
$0 – $300 100% reimbursement
$301-$1000 75% reimbursement
$1001 + 50% reimbursement IF funds remain at the end of the year
(Separate requests DO accumulate.)

IF you are “splitting” costs between the district and the BEA, you must be extremely clear in which party is paying for what amounts. The BEA cannot reimburse you for any cost covered by the district. (IRS guidelines forbid it.)

For last year, funds were claimed quickly. The more timely you can be in turning in paperwork, or in notifying the BEA of non-attendance, the better prepared we can be with regard to available funds and payment.

Welcome back – have a great year! mm

Sick Leave Bank

A message from BEA President Mindy Hall:

Teachers,

Included in our Master Contract is language about Sick Leave Bank Donation. We are each able to donate up to 3 days during a designated window of time. If a teacher is in need of days, he/she will need to refer to part 2 of the attached ‘Sick Leave Bank’ document (Use of Donated Days) and follow the procedure.

As stated in Master Contract, BEA members have until September 20 to donate sick leave days to the sick leave bank. This is the only period of time available to donate (unless our days drop below 60). If you have days that you know you will never be able to use or cash in on, please consider donating. I am sending this out to ask for days to be donated now.

This is what I need from you right now:

If you have sick leave days that you wish to donate, you need to print out the attached word document (Sick Leave bank Donation form),
fill it out , sign it and send the hard copy or scanned pdf to me (at the Middle School). I must have a signed copy (hard copy or scanned pdf); you cannot just send an e-mail letting me know you want to donate days.

All sick leave day donation forms are due to me by FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2016.

I will continue to be kept informed of the total number of days in the bank and deductions made. Unused days in the bank will rollover to the following school year. They will never be credited back to you but they will never be lost.

If you have questions, feel free to e-mail me.

-Mindy Hall

Hillary Clinton to NEA: If I Win, Educators Will Have a Partner in the White House

http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/campaign-k12/2016/07/hillary_clinton_fires_up_the_t.html

Hillary Clinton, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, told the National Education Association Tuesday that, if elected, she would be educators’ “partner in the White House,” invest in teacher training and wraparound services, and have their back when “union busting governors” or “hostile legislatures” try to take away their collective bargaining rights.

Clinton thanked the 3 million-member NEA, which is holding its annual convention here, for sticking by her in the surprisingly fierce primary against Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont.

She promised that she would return the favor by making sure that teachers—some of whom were blindsided by Obama administration K-12 initiatives, especially around tying teacher evaluations to test scores—will always be part of the policymaking process.

“If I am fortunate enough to be elected president, educators will have a partner in the White House, and you’ll always have a seat at the table,” she said. “I have this old-fashioned idea that when we are making decisions about education, we actually should listen to our educators.”

Teachers, she said, are often unfairly blamed when policymakers refuse to provide the necessary resources to underperforming schools.

“We ask so much of you, and we don’t give you nearly enough in return,” she said.

Clinton told the union she wants to see professional development seriously ramped up. And she wants to pay teachers more. “No educator should have to take a second or third job just to make ends meet,” she said.

And Clinton called for ensuring all students have access to high-speed broadband for expanding wraparound services, including extracurricular activities and counseling services.

“It is time we treated every child as our precious child,” she said. “You should not have to be from a well to-do family to get good mental health services or join a soccer team.”

Clinton never mentioned the Every Student Succeeds Act, of which the NEA was a huge supporter. But she did make it clear that she wants to make sure tests don’t overtake instruction, a goal she shares with the new law’s architects.

“Tests should go back to their original purpose: giving useful information to teachers so that you know and parents know how our kids and our schools are doing, and then we can come together to help them improve,” Clinton said.

Clinton, who was criticized early on the in campaign for anti-charter school rhetoric, only mentioned charters once in the roughly 30 minute speech, in what brought audible jeers. She said she wants educators to be able to learn from the best schools, whether they are public or charter.

The biggest boos though, were reserved for Clinton’s opponent, real estate mogul and presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump.

Clinton pointed to the lack of details in his education plan: Trump, she noted, said he wants to get rid of the U.S. Department of Education, but might “leave some tentacles out there … whatever that means,” Clinton said.

Trump, she said, has said some schools receive too much funding, even as students in Detroit are stuck in crumbling, rodent-infested classrooms.

And she talked about the so-called “Trump effect” on students. One parent wrote Clinton to tell her that her adopted son had asked whether he would have to go back to Ethiopia if Trump, who has made it clear he wants to seriously revamp immigration policy, is elected.

Reception and Reaction

Overall, the speech, which was preceded and followed by power ballads by female artists, was heavy on firing up the troops. Teachers’ union volunteering can be even more powerful for a presidential campaign than members’ donations.

NEA President Lily Eskelsen García, for one, liked what she heard.

“What she said in the speech is exactly what we already knew about her,” she told reporters. “She sees education as the whole community, and that always touches my heart.”

And here’s how García explained the boos that greeted Clinton’s charter remarks: “In so many of our communities, charter schools have devastated school funding,” she said. “For us, the anger comes from the growing franchise of for-profit charters.”

Clinton, for the most part, received a very enthusiastic reception from the crowd of about 6,900 delegates.

“I questioned the early endorsement because of how it would be viewed by members, but I truly believe she is the only candidate who has the experience to work to make education the best it can be,” said Rebecca Gamboa, an Illinois delegate. “It’s easy for candidates to say, ‘I’ve got your backs,” but she has. And she has the backs of kids.”

Several remarked on Clinton’s support for addressing students’ out-of-school needs.

“I didn’t think it really delved into too many policy details, but it was clear that she understands the problems and challenges that the profession, and our students, are facing,” said Shaun Creighton, an Arizona delegate. “Looking at the whole picture, the whole child— that was very validating to hear. As teachers, we see firsthand how that impacts our students.”

Some delegates noted that the speech stayed mostly on safe topics, leaving delegates wondering what view Clinton will take on the regulations for ESSA, which are still being rolled out—and who Clinton might tap as the U.S. secretary of education.

“I don’t think it pushed anyone who didn’t support her before into her camp,” said Shannon Ergun, a Washington delegate who’s active in the Badass Teachers Association, an NEA caucus. “There was a lot of rah-rah … she could have put herself out there by opposing charters, and opposing tests.”

And at least one delegate remains so angry about the union’s decision to back Clinton early on that she boycotted the speech altogether.

“I opted out,” of Clinton’s address, said Kathleen Jeskey, a 6th-grade dual immersion teacher from Oregon who was wearing a “Feel the Bern” button. “I’m not happy that we endorsed so early. I think it killed Bernie’s chances with teachers. It wasn’t a fair fight, let’s put it that way.”

And Jeskey and other teachers aren’t thrilled that big-name education philanthropists, including Bill Gates, have donated to the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation.

Other observers were more positive. There was a lot to like in Clinton’s speech, especially where she took the courageous move of talking about supporting schools that work, regardless of whether they are traditional district schools or charters, said Shavar Jeffries, the president of Democrats for Education Reform.

“I think it was important for her to directly confront the teachers and say, whatever works for babies, we support, wherever we find it,” Jeffries said in an interview.

Although Clinton hasn’t released a comprehensive K-12 plan and people are still waiting for “more meat on the bones” on what she would do as president, Jeffries said he’s been pleased at what Clinton has said about specific education policy issues so far, such as strong support for pre-K and robust accountability for schools. And he said Clinton also struck the right note when it comes to the best political approach for K-12 issues.

“We’ve seen the basic building blocks of a more comprehensive agenda,” Jeffries said. “The elements we’ve seen, we think there’s a lot there to be positive about.”