Gwendolyn Jimerson, Head Start Educator & SEA's Paraprofessional Vice-President, spoke at the WA Community Action Network Housing Event last Thursday. She stated, "We need to support renters in Seattle. Our kids in Head Start need stable housing – they lose months of services when they move, and that’s if they are even able to find a new placement. And we need support as educators. My daughter would like to be a teacher, but how will she able to afford to live and teach in Seattle?"
With growing student homelessness and increasing cost of living in Seattle, we are proud to stand with community allies and organizations to support students and families.
The June 2016 Newsletter has been sent out!
To view it, click on the Unity graphic on the left hand column.
Make your educator voice roar! OSPI seeks input on teacher evaluations, paraprofessional standards, student testing and more.
Congress has reauthorized the ESEA with the ESSA which replaces NCLB. If you don’t know these acronyms, you do know their impacts as these acts have driven the changes in teacher evaluation, student testing, school accountability, highly qualified requirements, and adequate yearly progress. There are significant changes, some improvements, and still much more to be done.
What can you do? OSPI has put together work teams to shape Washington’s implementation of this act. Follow the links below to learn more about the act and its provisions.
- Talk with your building and SEA peers about the act.
- Give your input to OSPI through the online link.
- Attend one of the regional forums listed in the linksand wear red for ed!
- This is a time for you to use your educator voice and take action!
Go to http://www.k12.wa.us/esea/essa/forums.aspx to tell OSPI what matters to you and your students and to learn about the OSPI workgroups.
Go to https://www.washingtonea.org/essa/ to learn more about what you can do through your union to impact implementation of the ESSA.
by Peter Henry, SEA Substitute Association President
In last week's Unity, an update was sent out regarding our long standing grievance to ensure long term (90+ day) certificated substitutes receive TRI. The District recognized the arbitrary distinctions that discouraged substitutes from taking long-term assignments and agreed to pay TRI for these positions dating back to the 12-13 school year. The amount of the settlement on this issues was well above the $250,000 threshold that requires School Board approval.
We have learned from District leadership that the proper procedures for receiving Board approval did not occur. The District is going back to the Board to show the public the purpose of the agreement, and follow the procedure that follows Board policy, and honors transparency. For this reason, the final payment of the 12-13 school year back pay will not appear on paychecks until August 1st because this requires a Board vote which will take place on July 6.
This provides time for the Board to introduce the topic and amount to the public, and approve the settlement. Given the fact that this agreement mirrors the agreement we made in our new contract and addresses a clear inequity in the treatment of educators, we expect the Board will approve the settlement.
To this point, the total amount for the 13-14, and 14-15 TRI payments was $494,316. The District is still in the process of calculating the payments for the 12-13 school year.
This was a big win for our members! Thanks to all who worked to make this happen. We ask for your patience as the District works through this.
On May 4, 2016 the SPS School Board has approved a calendar for the 2016-2017 school year.
Point to the "Resources" tab above and click on the "School Calendars" option to see the dates for next year.
Registration for the 2016-2017 SEA ProTeach Candidate Support Program is now open. Find additional information on the SEA Support Program, click on the ProTeach tab above.
Registration for the 2016-2017 SEA National Board Candidate Support Program is now open.
To read more about the SEA NB Candidate Support Program and to register for the program, point to the National Boards tab, then click on the "NATIONAL BOARD CANDIDATE SUPPORT" drop-down.
Congratulations to Gwendolyn Jimerson of Martin Luther King Elementary School who won WEA Educational Support Professional of the Year!
The February 18 Walk-In was a GREAT success, with approximately 88+ schools showing support for fully-funding schools.
The message boards signed mostly by parents and students that were done at each school will be delivered to legislators in Olympia, to emphasize the multiple shortages that proper funding would help to alleviate.