Joint Communications

Joint Communications

Negotiations Update: February 13, 2015

The Cupertino Education Association (CEA) and the Cupertino Union School District (CUSD) met on February 13, 2015.  This was our fourth negotiations meeting.

During the session we accomplished the following:

 

  • Reviewed Article 7: Class Size and revised language for review about special education staffing
  • Reviewed Article 7: Class Size and discussed English Language Development staffing
  • Rescinded Tentative Agreement to maintain status quo on Article 9 and resumed discussions and revised outdated language
  • Set tentative agenda for March 20, 2015

 

The CUSD team consists of Doug Baughn, Steve Burrell, Ching-Pei Hu, Nancy Johnson and Jennifer Tyson.  The CEA team consists of Susan Bachelor, Sara Brown, Nick Cortez, Robin Geiman, and Sergio Gonzales.

 

Negotiations Update:  January 23, 2015

The Cupertino Education Association (CEA) and the Cupertino Union School District (CUSD) met on January 23, 2015.  This was our third negotiations meeting.

During the session we accomplished the following:

  • Reviewed Article 7: Class Size and drafted language for review about special education staffing
  • Reviewed Article 7: Class Size and discussed English Language Development staffing in consultation with District ELD staff
  • Reached Tentative Agreement for Article 9: Evaluation, maintaining status quo until the successor agreement is opened
  • Copy-edited and reached Tentative Agreement for Article 12: Teaching Hours
  • Agreed to participate in further IBB training for new bargaining team members and new CUSD Board Members
  • Set tentative agenda for February 13, 2015

 

The CUSD team consists of Doug Baughn, Steve Burrell, Ching-Pei Hu, Nancy Johnson and Jennifer Tyson.  The CEA team consists of Susan Bachelor, Sara Brown, Nick Cortez, Robin Geiman, and Sergio Gonzales.

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Surveys To Be Completed

Here are links to two surveys we would like all CEA members to take.

Survey 1: Questions for Dr. Gudalewicz – Please complete by Sat. Nov 15th.

Please write your questions for Dr. Gudalewicz. She will be visiting the CEA rep assembly on Monday, November 17th. Please fill out this form by the end of Saturday, November 15th so we can compile a list for Dr. Gudalewicz. Kai Brown, our CEA president will be asking the questions to Dr. Gudalewicz and given the time restraints, will try to address all concerns in the best manner possible.

link to survey <– click here

Survey 2: Gradebook – Please complete by Friday Dec 5th.

For Phase 1 and Phase 2 schools who have or are piloting the electronic gradebook (not report card).  Mainly elementary schools. Please complete this survey by Friday, Dec 5th. Thank you.

​link to survey <– click here

Thank you for your time. Please email Anu Ranganathan (communications director) at commdirector@ceaweb.org or Kai Brown, CEA president, at ceapres@me.com if you have any questions.
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Director Meetings

Director Meetings will be held on the following dates at the CEA office starting at 4 PM.  This is for teachers who have questions/concerns and would like to direct them to their respective Directors.

Kindergarten – 10/29

Special Education – 10/30

Grades 4-5 – 11/6

Middle School – 11/13

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Issues to be Addressed to the Board

Please complete the form (one from each school site).  This is in continuation with our conversation from the Sept 29 rep meeting.

http://www.tinyurl.com/ceafrustrations2014

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CEA Endorses Soma McCandless for CUSD School Board

CEA has voted to endorse Soma McCandless for the CUSD school board election this year.

Here is her website to learn more about Soma and her campaign.

http://www.electsoma.org/

Good luck to Soma and thank you to the other candidates!

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CUSD Board Endorsement Vote

Statements from each candidate are attached here:

Anjali Kauser

Kristen Pan Lyn

Soma McCandless

Chris Zhang

Lead Reps – please fill out this google form by September 8th.

http://tinyurl.com/cusdboardendorsement20142015

You may make copies of the document below to use as ballots for your site.

CUSD Board Endorsement Ballot 2014 2015

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Important Update on Vergara v. State of California Lawsuit

Dear colleague,
 
This morning, as expected, the judge ruled in favor of the plaintiffs in the Vergara v. State of California lawsuit and struck down all the statutes as unconstitutional. Take a look at the decision. We believe today’s decision is deeply flawed. Along with the State of California and the California Federation of Teachers (CFT), we will appeal the decision.  
 
The manufactured education group Students Matter is hailing this as a big win and the news media will likely characterize today’s decision as an immediate drastic change to Education Code. Please be reassured this is not the case! We will proceed with appealing the decision and a stay has been granted, meaning there will be no immediate change to current laws that will impact your employment. 
 
All along we knew we had a strong case. Today’s ruling by the questionable judge does not change that. The judge’s ruling was scant, not based on evidence presented at trial. Our legal team is reviewing it now. There is nothing unconstitutional about due process rights for educators, a two-year probationary period, or experience-based layoffs. We know, firsthand, that experience enhances teacher effectiveness and increases student productivity at all grade levels. Both the law and the best interests of students are on our side.
 
Message and Talking Points
Once again, here are the talking points that will help you talk to members about the case and today’s developments. 
 
Letters to the Editor
We urge you to send in letters to the editor of your local newspaper by using these samples
Twitter and Facebook
There is a lot of activity on the social networks. Here are some sample tweets and Facebook posts.
As we get more information about the decision we will post updates on the Vergara section of the website. 
In solidarity,

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