Kevin Steele

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Yes, Learning is Messy & Teachers DO want accountability

Dana Goldstein explains why corporate education reform is not a good idea in this “The Nation” video.

Important Information on the 2012-13 Student Calendar

Please note that the loss of instructional/pay cut days (aka furlough) are only IF Proposition 30, “The Save our Schools and Public Safety” initiative fails. The only exception are the two dates in November, which are right before the November election. Parents & Certificated Staff should NOT make plans that cannot be changed if the …

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To do today: Sign this online petition

To be delivered to: The United States House of Representatives, The United States Senate, and President Barack Obama Education should be left to educators. Please work to ensure that education policy is created by educators, and not by corporations or politicians. Public education policy in the United States is under attack from a variety of …

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VCUSD Payroll Deadlines

Teachers, If you click on the “Teachers” menu option, you can view the “Payroll Deadlines” document sent by VCUSD. Alternatively, this post will have the “tag” of “Payroll” and also placed in a “Payroll” category. As VEA receives these documents, we will make every effort to place them on the website for easier access.

Voices of Wisconsin Teachers

Wisconsin was the first state to grant collective bargaining rights to its teachers. This happened in 1962. In 2011, collective bargaining rights were stripped from them. Watch the video below. Do not let what happen in Wisconsin happen to teachers in California. Vote NO on Prop 32!

URGENT UPDATE!! District Agrees not to Extend Duty Day

Update: Per Cheri Summers, school site administrators at VCS, Cooper, Mare Island and Wardlaw were notified this morning that the duty day could not be extended. For the remainder of the school year, all schedules will remain the same and no extra minutes have been added to the duty day. However, we may run into …

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District Administration Outright Violates Bargaining Agreement

E-mail sent to Board President Adrienne Waterman, Vice President Hazel Wilson, Trustee Ace Stewart, Trustee Raymond Mommsen, Trustee Tony Ubalde on Monday, May 28, 2012: Please see the e-mail sent to Cheri Summers with a cc to Dr. Ramona Bishop along with an e-mail from Mr. McKelvy, Principal at Cooper Elementary. It needs to be …

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VEA Bargaining Update

Furlough/ Pay Cut Days We will take ONE furlough/ pay cut day during the 2011-2012 school year. It will be Friday, May 18, 2012 We are prepared to take FIVE furlough/ pay cut days during the 2012-2013 school year, but all of them may not be needed. The first two, which look LIKELY, will be November 1st and 2nd, 2012, right before Election …

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Bargaining Update

On Thursday, March 1st, the VEA Bargaining Team met with the district. At that meeting, the district reviewed the additional cuts by the state. Unfortunately the additional cuts trigger 1 furlough day. It will be Friday, May 18th. Here is what happened. January 2012 The state cut $13 per student in the Base Revenue Limit …

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Early Notification Retirement Incentive

Tomorrow, VCUSD is holding a special board meeting in regards to a early notification retirement incentive. VEA members who intend on retiring need to notify the District between February 18th through February 24th in order to receive a one-time payment of $1000. Additionally, in the VEA/VCUSD contract under 6.9.3.3, the limitation on benefits to age …

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