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District retracts statement that it will “confiscate personal appliances”

VEA’s Bargaining team discussed the letter that was sent out by the District yesterday regarding personal appliances. Mel Jordan,  Assistant Superintendent for Administrative Services, was part of this discussion and in fact, released a revised letter, which is posted below. Please note that Mel Jordan did acknowledge that the tone of the original letter was not …

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District seeks to ban and illegally confiscate teachers’ personal property

VEA has issued a demand to bargain on the letter that was sent today by VCUSD employee Denise Brogan-Whitford, most likely at the the direction of new District Administrator, Stephen Lane. This letter was sent to all VEA members and issued the directive to stop immediate use of personal appliances such as microwaves, refrigerators, and …

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VEA’s FAQ on restoration of 2012-13 furlough days

Right before the holiday break, Christal Watts, President of VEA, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Dr. Ramona Bishop, Superintendent of VCUSD. Below is the FAQ that has been developed for VEA members. Members will also see the proposed calendar change.  VEA has tentatively scheduled the vote to take place on Monday, January 14th …

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2012 Holiday Wishes

Christmas – Hanukkah – Kwanzaa Postcard by TotallyRandom Full Color postcard printing on zazzle

Restoration of Furlough Days

VEA has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the VCUSD restoring all five days that were originally planned as furlough days for the 2012-13 school year. More details will be released regarding the specifics of the restoration language after the holiday break.

Website update

The VEA website has been experiencing issues since last week. It appears these issues have been resolved. We do apologize for the inconvenience to our members and anyone visiting our site. We hope that these issues will not occur again and appreciate everyone’s patience.

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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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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