September 21, 2017
Below is an announcement that has been communicated to all building administrators regarding the due date for the eVal self-assessment. Please read carefully.
· The CBA states that all teachers must have the self assessment of their evaluation complete by the end of September. In past years we have provided time during the September “evaluation implementation” release day for teachers to complete this activity. Given that the “evaluation implementation” release day is in October, for THIS YEAR ONLY, the NEW deadline for teachers to complete and share their Self Assessment in EVAL is October 13th. Please communicate this to your teachers.
September 14, 2017
Prepare for Retirement!
Plan on attending an upcoming Pre-Retirement Seminar
It is never too early to start planning for retirement! WEA-Cascade UniServ Council is sponsoring retirement seminars for our members in 2017-2018. These seminars are designed for union members who are planning for retirement, and are presented by qualified WEA-Retired representatives. The cost of the seminar is $45.
Seminars are 11 hours long over two days, from 5:00pm-8:00pm on Friday and from 8:00am-4:00pm on Saturday. Meals will be provided. Seminars will be held at the WEA-Cascade UniServ Council Office in Bothell. Members can choose from the following dates:
Friday, October 27 - Saturday, October 28
Friday, January 12 - Saturday, January 13
Friday, February 2 - Saturday, February 3
Friday, March 23 - Saturday, March 24
Topics covered will include:
· Social Security
· Health Care
· Long Term Care
· Financial Planning
· Estate Planning
· Deferred Compensation
· Staff Retirement
· And More!
Space is limited and registration is required. Registration will fill up fast, so register early to secure your spot!
Due to limited space, spouses will not be able to attend 2017-2018 seminars. Members who have not previously attended a retirement seminar will be given first priority for registration through Wednesday, September 27.
If you have any questions regarding the retirement seminars, please contact Chenoa Gray-Brewer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
**Please Note: No registrations will be accepted by phone or email.
September 7, 2017
Welcome Back! It was a pleasure to see all of you at the Opening Celebration! The students were inspiring and affirmed our work as educators and our collaboration with the variety of unions that are Shoreline. I looking forward to a year of opportunities and challenges.
BARGAINING THIS COMING SPRING
We have a busy year ahead of us as an education organization. Our Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA or The Contract) terminates on August 31, 2018. As we move into the fall, your SEA Bargaining Team will begin its preparation which will include collecting data from our colleagues regarding their interests and concerns. Here's an opportunity! Through a variety of channels, such as building interviews, surveys and forums, your input is critical to informing direction for the Bargaining Team. Look out for Bargaining Updates.
Committee work is ongoing. Through committee work, SEA members continue to participate in decisions that will affect our students, their families and our colleagues. Be ready for opportunities to sit on these committees and make important, long-lasting decisions. Click here for updates on the committee work in progress.
SENATE RACE in the 45TH LEGISLATIVE DISTRICT
There is a very competitive Senate race in the 45th Legislative District. More information will come your way via Constant Contact.
EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTER
Moving into a new building is stressful, particularly when the stay in a new building will be only a year. Many of you may remember cycling through Cordell Hull, now the site of Meridian Park Elementary School, when it was used as a temporary site while buildings were being remodeled in the early to mid-90's. I had the pleasure of visiting the Early Childhood Center last week. Things were humming! The interior of the building is clean having been freshly painted and there are three playgrounds. It is obvious that it took many hands to get the facility ready. My hat is off to the certificated and classified staffs.
KNOW YOUR CONTRACT
Site-Base Decision Making Process - Article 62.0 This process is designed to give voice to members regarding the pots of money found in our CBA. Ask your building representative and/or building administrator for a copy of the SBDM matrix. This document is a list of the articles in the CBA that are to be decided by the SBDM matrix.
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STATE EDUCATION BUDGET
In July, the WEA published a summary and highlights of State's education budget. Below are some of those highlights. Please click here to view the entire summary.
Key takeaways from the budget and education plan:
- The total increase in K-12 school spending, while significant, falls short of the McCleary promise to fully fund basic education by Sept. 1, 2018.
- While the budget contains significant salary increases over the next four years, these increases do not meet the state’s own analysis of what is required to meet competitive, market-based wages. The plan does require periodic updates to maintain competitive wages over time. State base salaries are now included in the definition of basic education.
- Local bargaining will be more important than ever. There is no state salary allocation model – so local associations will be bargaining base salary schedules as well as supplemental / TRI contracts.
- With the new higher compensation supported solely by state funding, new provisions are added that specify how districts can spend local levy dollars. This will require new approaches to bargaining salaries, there is still authorization to have TRI contracts that are consistent with these defined enhancements.
Regional Adjustments (Shoreline is at 18% for this district-specific allocation.)
District-specific allocations, minimums, and maximums will be adjusted by regional factors where applicable. For districts with assessed housing values that are above the state median, those districts will receive an adjustment of 6%, 12%, or 18% depending on how far it is above the median. In addition, some districts will be grandfathered with an additional, higher adjustment value that will be phased out over time. The following examples illustrates how the minimum and maximum adjustments would be made for school districts.
- For districts with an 18% regional adjustment, beginning pay must be at least $47,200 in 2019-20 (to be adjusted for inflation).
- After 5 years, compensation for districts with an 18% regional adjustment, beginning pay must be at least $51,920 (to be adjusted for inflation).
- Maximum base pay for school districts with an 18% regional adjustment will be $106,200 in 2019-20 (to be adjusted for inflation).
Local Levies and LEA: (The current technology and maintanence and operations levies expire this school year. The School Board will hold a study session in an upcoming meeting to discuss running another levy.)
Local levies are currently limited for most districts to 28% of the district’s levy base (generally state and federal revenues to the district). The new plan decreases total dollars available through local levies while increasing the state property tax. This is a partial levy swap which is ultimately combined with other revenue strategies, such as internet sales taxes, tax exemption repeals, and spending from the rainy day fund. Local Effort Assistance (LEA) is currently equalized for any districts below the state average rate required to raise a 14% levy. Under the revised levy authority starting with taxes in 2019, districts can raise the lesser of $1.50 per 1,000 of assessed value or $2,500 per student. The state’s new levy equalization formula will equalize up to $1,500 per student for districts with rates above the statewide rate.
In addition to the changes in local levy authority, there is also greater oversight of local levy uses. Districts must submit their plan for approval to OSPI prior to running their levy. In addition, changes to that plan may need to be resubmitted to OSPI for approval. The state auditor will have specific direction to review local levy spending for compliance with the definition of authorized enhancement activities.
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITY
The Northwest Conference of Teaching of Social Justice is sponsored by the WEA and other pro-public education organizations. Click here to find out more and to register for the conference.