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  • TLE Changes APPROVED House Bill 2957Text of House Bill 2957A bright spot amidst the fiscal gloom of spring 2016 is that Governor Fallin has now signed House Bill 2957, which eliminates ...
    Posted May 18, 2016, 6:09 AM by Bartlesville Teacher
  • Words from the Prez, May 2016 As I sit here, it dawns on me that this is my last message to you. Where has the year gone? In a few short days the long anticipated summer ...
    Posted May 12, 2016, 2:59 AM by Bartlesville Teacher
  • May 2016 BEA Line The May 2016 edition of the BEA Line newsletter is attached to this post.
    Posted May 12, 2016, 2:59 AM by Bartlesville Teacher
  • Proposed 2016-2017 Budget Cuts Announced At the April 18, 2016 meeting of the Bartlesville Board of Education, future superintendent Chuck McCauley conveyed proposed changes to the district budget for 2016-2017. Developed as part of ...
    Posted Apr 18, 2016, 7:44 PM by Bartlesville Teacher
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TLE Changes APPROVED

posted May 12, 2016, 3:43 AM by Bartlesville Teacher   [ updated May 18, 2016, 6:09 AM ]

A bright spot amidst the fiscal gloom of spring 2016 is that Governor Fallin has now signed House Bill 2957, which eliminates the quantitative component of the TLE Appraisal System. The state never developed a viable quantitative system and wasted teachers' time with failed pilot efforts in Other Academic Measures and Student Learning Objectives along with multiple years of the senseless Roster Verification for several years of Value Added Measures that never became part of teacher evaluations.

Bartlesville's own Senator Ford co-authored the bill; we are grateful that he has seen the light and, in his final term, led the effort to abandon quantitative measures in teacher appraisals.

Teachers should abandon the current Roster Verification process. It has been rendered moot by the new law. 

Provisions

  • Quantitative components eliminated
    • Appraisals have been entirely based on qualitative ratings since TLE began and that will continue; latest language for both qualitative and quantitative measures stricken
  • Student performance must be discussed
    • Student performance, including performance on the statewide criterion-referenced tests if available, shall be discussed with the teacher and MAY be one of the considerations for the teacher's rating, but no Value Added Measures, Other Academic Measures, etc. are part of rating
  • Career teacher status (which brings less frequent appraisals, termination hearing due process rights, and less stringent mandatory dismissals) is granted to:
    • teachers employed prior to 2017-2018 who have completed three or more consecutive complete school years in a district
    • teachers employed for the first time by a district in 2017-2018:
      • who complete three consecutive complete years in a district with a "superior" rating in 2 of the 3 years -OR-
      • who complete four consecutive complete years in a district with an average rating of "effective" or higher and "effective" or higher for the last 2 years of the 4-year period -OR-
      • who complete four or more consecutive complete years in a district IF the principal of the school petitions the district superintendent and the superintendent and local school board approve career teacher status
  • Appraisals every three years allowed for "superior" or "highly effective" ratings
    • Currently career teachers receiving a "superior" or "highly effective" rating only have to be evaluated once every two years; that is extended to once every three years
      • Bartlesville currently only exercises this once every two years option at elementary schools, and then only if both the principal and the teacher agree
  • NEW individualized professional development mandate
    • A new requirement that each teacher have an individualized program of professional development, tied to the qualitative TLE component is to be piloted by the state department of education in 2016-2017, piloted at the district level in 2017-2018, and mandated in 2018-2019
      • Establish an annual professional growth goal developed by teacher in collaboration with evaluator
        • tailored to address a specific area or criteria identified through the qualitative component of the TLE
        • allow teacher to actively engage with learning practices that are evidence-based, researched practices that are correlated with increased student achievement
        • supported by resources that are easily available and supplied by the school district and the State Department of Education
      • Professional development completed shall count toward the total number of point teacher is required to complete; not to be construed as increasing the existing number of required points
      • Individualized programs may include but are not limited to the following learning practices:
        • presenter-led workshops
        • individual or faculty studies of books, scholarly articles and video productions
        • peer observations
        • committee studies to address student achievement issues
        • work related to a specific subject area or areas associated with obtaining an advanced degree or professional certification
        • action research projects designed to improve student achievement
        • participation in local, regional or state initiatives associated with the development or implementation of curriculum standards
  • Relaxed mandatory firings
    • Career teachers
      • Beginning in 2017-2018, career teachers who receive "ineffective" ratings for 2 consecutive school years still dismissed but new exception added: UNLESS superintendent recommends and local school board approves continued employment
      • Beginning in 2017-2018, career teachers who receive "needs improvement" or lower for 3 consecutive school years MAY (no longer SHALL) be dismissed
      • No longer a requirement of an average "effective" rating over a five year period
    • Probationary teachers
      • Beginning in 2017-2018, probationary teachers who receive "ineffective" for two consecutive school years MAY (no longer SHALL) be dismissed
      • Beginning in 2017-2018, probationary teachers who do not attain career teacher status within a four-year period MAY (no longer SHALL) be dismissed
    • Principals
      • Beginning in 2017-2018, principals who receive "ineffective" ratings for 2 consecutive school years MAY be dismissed instead of SHALL be dismissed
    • Broadening of mandatory teacher dismissal reasons from 'sex offender registration act, felony offenses, 'criminal sexual activity' and 'sexual misconduct' to now include a finding that the teacher 'has engaged in acts that could form the basis of criminal charges sufficient to result in the denial or revocation of a [teaching] certificate'

Words from the Prez, May 2016

posted May 12, 2016, 2:59 AM by Bartlesville Teacher   [ updated May 12, 2016, 2:59 AM ]

As I sit here, it dawns on me that this is my last message to you. Where has the year gone? In a few short days the long anticipated summer break will commence. I am so proud and privileged to have served as your president this year. I’m thankful for all the wonderful members that were willing to step up and help out when help was needed. It was a pleasure to work with a great team of officers so dedicated to the BEA.

2016 5 Star Local Award
On April 22, Megan Hoelting, Rachel Hough, and I attended the OEA Delegate Assembly in Oklahoma City. It was great to collaborate with other local leaders from around the state as well as the OEA staff members. It was an honor to pick up an OEA Golden Apple for Judy Allen’s work on our BEA Line and to be recognized as a 5 Star Local. Please join me at our last meeting of the year on May 18th. 

Heather Boyle
BEA President

May 2016 BEA Line

posted May 12, 2016, 2:54 AM by Bartlesville Teacher   [ updated May 12, 2016, 2:59 AM ]

The May 2016 edition of the BEA Line newsletter is attached to this post.

Proposed 2016-2017 Budget Cuts Announced

posted Apr 18, 2016, 7:43 PM by Bartlesville Teacher   [ updated Apr 18, 2016, 7:44 PM ]

At the April 18, 2016 meeting of the Bartlesville Board of Education, future superintendent Chuck McCauley conveyed proposed changes to the district budget for 2016-2017. Developed as part of the annual budget process and vetted by the Superintendent's Budget Development Committee, the proposal calls for $1.9 million in cuts, anticipating a loss in state funding and attempting to begin rebuilding the district's fund balance, eroded by state revenue failures and other funding cuts.

Proposed Cuts

  • Over $1.46 million in personnel cuts, including:
    • $1,000,000 reduction of 22 teaching positions, about 5% of the teaching staff
    • $292,000 reduction of 3 central office administrators, which is over 20% of that staff
    • $169,000 reduction of 5 administrative support positions at the Education Service Center & Will Rogers Complex as part of an administrative re-organization
    • $66,000 reduction of elementary school PRESS reading assistants
    • $66,000 reduction of 2 custodians and a bus driver
  • $374,000 saved by not adopting new textbooks for English/Language Arts or Foreign Language
    • Some worn-out novels would be replaced using earmarked bond issue funding
    • There will be a Chromebook pilot project in English classes in grades 10-12, funded by bond issue funding already earmarked for technology; the plan is for a future multi-year rollout of a 1:1 student technology initiative using bond funds to help migrate from physical textbooks to digital resources, including free open source materials
  • $29,000 reduction in athletics funding
    • Elimination of slow-pitch softball, which was added in 2013-2014
    • Reduction of some assistant coaches
    • Reduction of transportation costs via scheduling
  • $19,000 reduction in music funding
    • Reduction of transportation costs by not sending the band to out-of-town football games
    • Reduction of other miscellaneous costs

Step Increases Funded

To help retain staff, the budget proposal funds the district's usual step increases at a net projected cost of $141,000. This includes adding a Step 28 to the district's salary schedule, noting that its peer districts' schedules average 33 steps. The average teacher advancing on the salary schedule would receive a 1.2% increase in pay; administrative increases are pegged to that percentage but then prorated for additional days worked. The proposal includes the district's usual 18 cents/hour increase for classified staff. Step increases are vital in retaining qualified staff in an era in which the district is sometimes unable to find certified teachers to fill vacant positions.

Details on District Website

Here are links to detailed documents released at the board meeting:
Soon the annual BEA Teacher Survey will be sent out, asking teachers for their opinions on various topics for the June 2016 bargaining session with the Board of Education's team. Your feedback is vital in helping the union leadership gauge your priorities in regards to the budget, along with various other workplace issues.

Words from the Prez for April 2016

posted Apr 4, 2016, 10:22 AM by Bartlesville Teacher   [ updated Apr 4, 2016, 10:22 AM ]

On March 15, a group of BEA members, BPS parents, and students made an impromptu trip to OKC to advocate for public education. The event was loosely organized by the Facebook
group “Oklahoma Parents and Teachers for Public Education” and drew several hundred to the capital. Senator Ford and Representatives Dunlap and Sears were gracious enough to
agree to my last minute request for a meeting and visited with our group for well over an hour. It wasn’t how any of us planned to spend a day of our break, but I think we all felt that it was worthwhile and enlightening. I was thankful and proud to be there with great teachers, and supportive parents and students fighting for public education.

Please be informed about the choices our representatives are making and let them know you are watching and care. Things won’t get better until we stand together and demand change.

Heather Boyle
BEA President

April 2016 BEA Line

posted Apr 4, 2016, 10:20 AM by Bartlesville Teacher   [ updated Apr 4, 2016, 10:21 AM ]

See the attached April 2016 issue of the BEA Line newsletter.

Words from the Prez for March 2016

posted Mar 7, 2016, 1:20 PM by Bartlesville Teacher   [ updated Mar 7, 2016, 1:20 PM ]

Oh my, it’s March already. That means conferences and spring break are upon us. We had a great rep meeting last month. Ivy Riggs from OEA gave us a simple overview of the bills floating around at the capital. Jean Oliver briefly spoke about her ambition to fill Senator Ford’s seat. Her plans include visiting with teachers in every building about their thoughts and concerns. As a former educator, she understands how important funding is to our schools and what we as teachers go through day in and day out. We hope to hear from Julie Daniels at the next meeting. It will be interesting to hear her plans for education.

The polls are open on the OEA website. There is only one section to vote for, the members-at-large delegate. It takes about 3 minutes from start to finish. Please the time to vote. The OEA poll closes March 15th. 

We have another election to think about as well; the local BEA election. We have two offices open, president-elect and OEA delegate. Have you been a member for a while? Are you ready to stand with us to fight for teachers and public education? Well, maybe it’s time to be an officer and help implement change!

There’s no better time than now. I would love to hear from you.

Heather Boyle
BEA President

March 2016 BEA Line

posted Mar 7, 2016, 1:19 PM by Bartlesville Teacher   [ updated Mar 7, 2016, 1:19 PM ]

See the attached BEA Line for March 2016.

Words from the Prez for February 2016

posted Feb 11, 2016, 10:20 AM by Bartlesville Teacher   [ updated Feb 11, 2016, 10:20 AM ]

I’m hearing almost daily from teachers who are worried about what the future holds in light of our state’s revenue failure and deep mid-year cuts to education. Our governor, Mary Fallin, believes this 900.8 million dollar budget hole is an “opportunity” that will require
“creativity and hard-work” to find ways to pay for things that need to be paid for.

Our legislators are already “working hard” on some "creative” legislation aimed at taking away fully paid health insurance (HB 3154) and sending tax dollars to private schools (HJR 1062).

Ivy Riggs, OEA’s Legislative and Political Organizing Specialist, will be with us on February 17 to give us a legislative update. Please come and be informed! If you are unable to attend, there are legislative updates on the OEA websites (along with representative contact information) almost daily. 

Let’s use this “opportunity” to stand together and fightfor teachers and public education!

Heather Boyle
BEA President

February 2016 BEA Line

posted Feb 11, 2016, 10:11 AM by Bartlesville Teacher   [ updated Feb 11, 2016, 10:18 AM ]

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