GBEA Elections are coming soon! You can read the fact sheet for more information.
The April edition of the GBEA Newsletter is now available to read
The April edition of the East County Newsletter is now available
The state has begun adopting Common Core curriculum and materials, they even have some resources for teachers if you follow the link to their website
The 2012-13 Staff Calendar is now available. On it you will find the five budget reduction days, inservice days for staff, and all holiday breaks. Please remember that building hours have changed to align the levels together so you may have different work hours than last year.
If you read the above document carefully you will realize that no matter what funding level the state provides, $6.55 or $6.75 billion, the GBSD has decided to make cuts by reducing staff
The district has approached the GBEA regarding changes to the newly adopted collective bargaining agreement in an attempt to create savings through budget reduction days. Currently the GBEA is considering the GBSD's proposal of 4 (four) BRD for the 2013-14 school year and awaiting more detailed state budget information, the next quarterly forecast comes out on Thursday, May 16th. A decision will be made regarding BRD using GBEA member feedback, the state budget forecast, and the districts budget process. Several of these factors remain unclear at the present time which is why a decision has yet to be made regarding BRD for next school year. Once a decision is made, the GBEA will begin detailed discussions with the district and then notify all members via email. The GBEA appreciates its member's patience at the present time. This decision has been complicated by the state legislature budget process which has yet to pass the necessary budget to fund education into the next biennium.
Reduction in Force__________________________________
The GBEA RIF committee has been meeting with the district to determine all necessary components of reduction as per the contract. Any member who was previously given a lot number will retain that number, only members who did not have a lot number from past RIF will be drawn. As seniority lists and certifications for licensure are determined individual members will be contacted and notified. If you have any questions regarding reduction please contact the GBEA RIF committee below.
Susan Crumpton - firstname.lastname@example.org
Mark Kim - email@example.com
Carol Bartha - firstname.lastname@example.org
Or call the OEA office directly by calling 503-667-2324
Download the New Teacher Evaluation Standards that have been put out by the State of Oregon.
Overall a teacher will be evaluated on professional practice, professional responsibilities, and student performance. Student performance must be a "significant" part of teacher evaluation
Problems with iVisions. Every GBEA member needs to double check their leave accumulations in iVisions. Instructions will help you get into the system and find what iVisions says your leave accumulation is currently at, however you need to compare this to your past pay stubs from the district in order to determine if all of your leave has been added up correctly and is in the iVisions program. MULTIPLE MEMBERS HAVE ALREADY REPORTED PROBLEMS WITH THEIR LEAVE ACCUMULATIONS!! Some dating back to September of 2011. Please take a few minutes and review your leave, it could affect your retirement!
Download and read the PERS FAQ sheet from OEA about possible changes
How will the changes to PERS effect your retirement? Use the PERS calculator to find out.
OEA Class Size Initiative is now happening. What's your number?
GBEA Dues Increase Approved
Your GBEA Rep Council voted unnamiously to raise dues by $75, making them $200 per year starting next school year 2013-14. Why would we ask for this at this time? Some of the reasons include: Our budget will not be balanced if we don't increase dues or drastically cut spending on member services. We already cut 20K from member services and GBEA expenses to balance this year's budget. Bargaining a fair contract costs money and we go back into bargaining in the spring of 2014 With the recent trend in long and contentious bargains, we have bargained 7 out of 10 past years. GBEA dues have not increased since before the turn of the millennium--1997. GBEA membership has dropped from RIF and, with it, dues money to support the association that supports that membership.
Crisis Information from the NEA
Wear Red for Public Ed
Tuesday's are “Wear Red for Public Ed” days where everybody across America is asked to wear something red to show support for our nation’s public education system.
The idea originated in January of 2011 with teachers, parents and students in Florida who were upset with some of the current reforms in public education.
While wearing red on Tuesday won't solve any of the real problems facing public education, it will show that there are plenty of us out there who support public education, have an opinion about public education, and want our voices to be heard regarding public education. Hopefully this will be the first step in the long overdue process of letting those who are actually involved first-hand in America's public education system--administrators, educators, parents, and students--have a say in what happens to it.
From the California Federation of Teachers (cft.org) an animated video explains economic inequality, need for wealthy to pay fair share of taxes
Tax the rich: An animated fairy tale, is narrated by Ed Asner, with animation by award-winning artist Mike Konopacki, and written and directed by Fred Glass for the California Federation of Teachers. The 8 minute video shows how we arrived at this moment of poorly funded public services and widening economic inequality. Things go downhill in a happy and prosperous land after the rich decide they don't want to pay taxes anymore. They tell the people that there is no alternative, but the people aren't so sure. This land bears a startling resemblance to our land. After you watch this video, click here to share with friends, and send an email to your elected officials to let them know they need to restore higher federal tax rates on the wealthy so that we may once more enjoy properly funded public services.