LATEST UPDATES from the san Leandro Teachers association
Greetings SLTA Members,
I hope you all enjoyed your holidays. SLTA is entering a very busy time of year, with the elections coming up, important training opportunities, Principal evaluations and the start of the bargaining cycle.
On Tuesday, January 21, Rep. Council will meet with a busy agenda. Site Representatives will be scheduling site meetings at each school so Executive Board and Bargaining Team members can hear your ideas about what SLTA should be fighting for at the Bargaining Table. We’ll use information from those meetings to craft our annual bargaining survey. By mid-March, we alert the District what articles of the contract will be opened for negotiation. We’ll also use the January Rep Council meeting to finalize endorsements for the March 3 primary, chart our election strategy, and welcome special guest Angela Normand. Angela is the CTA Board Member who represents Alameda and Contra Costa Counties, and she is also a candidate for the Alameda County Board of Education. Rep. Council is open to all members. We begin at 3:45 P.M. in the SLHS Staff Cafeteria.
Schools and Communities First
Please continue to gather signatures for CTA’s ballot initiative. SLTA has gathered nearly 200 signatures. At the very least, visit your site rep and sign a petition. If SCF passes, it will raise $12 Billion for California schools each year, which amounts to an increase in funding for our District of about 7 percent. Special thanks to Natasha Weidner, Patty Fishbaugh and Karen Koizumi who were the top signature gatherers in November and December. The top signature gatherer in January and February will win the second gift certificate for Paradiso. If you have petition signatures already, please give them to your site rep before Tuesday’s meeting. If you need more signature forms, let me know and I will deliver them to your school.
SLTA Event Supporting Measure N, January 30 – Mark your Calendars!
SLTA has endorsed SLUSD’s School Bond initiative, Yes on Measure N. Measure N will modernize facilities and build new classrooms for our growing student population. STAND, SLTA’s political action committee, is hosting the campaign’s Kickoff event on January 30 at the Alta Mira Club, 4-7 P.M. Please put this on your calendar and plan on attending. We will have food, drink and music. Most importantly, members and guests will have the opportunity to hear from local community leaders and learn how to participate in this critical election.
Special Education Issues Trainings
On Friday, February 7, CTA is holding a special training in San Jose to examine Inclusive practices, IEP Rights and Responsibilities, and supporting students with disabilities. SLTA will provide a substitute and cover registration costs for the first 10 people who would like to attend. Confirm you want to attend by responding to this email and I will share details about how. Here is the conference flier.
SLTA Special Education Forum
On January 25, SLTA will be hosting a Special Education Forum at the San Leandro High School library. Look for an event announcement next week.