NEGOTIATED & RATIFIED AGREEMENT FOR 2016-2017:
Read the latest issue of the BEA Line newsletter:
This your chance to hear local candidates for the state legislature. Please come to the Madison Library and listen to Mrs. Daniels, Dr. Jobe, and Rep. Dunlap talk about their views on the issues and public education.
BEA Rep Meeting: LEGISLATIVE CANDIDATE FORUM
All members are invited to attend the next BEA meeting:
When: October 12
Location: Madison Library
Time: 4:15 p.m.
This will be a special legislative candidate forum! Our guests will include incumbent Rep. Travis Dunlap, who is running for re-election in District 10 (map). Democrat Eric Epperson will be on the ballot running against Mr. Dunlap.
The two candidates to succeed John Ford in State Senate district 29 (map) will both be present: Democrat Dr. Robert Jobe and Republican Julie Daniels.
To me fall means, cooler weather, warmer clothes, and the changing of leaves. It also means fall break is almost here. If you are like me, you are well settled in to your year, but now feeling as if there are not enough hours in the day to get everything accomplished that you want, and just desperately wanting to have some “down” time. I hope you all find some time to rest and relax during the break!
On another note, it is also election season. Although, it seems like it’s been this season for a while, it’s almost coming to an end. That being said, it’s time to get informed and also get out and vote. We will be offering an opportunity for you to hear local candidates at our Rep Meeting on Wednesday, October 12, 2016 at 4:15 p.m. Please come to the Madison Library and listen to Julie Daniels, Dr. Jobe, and Rep. Travis Dunlap talk about their view on the issues and education.
There are many state questions on the ballot this time around, make sure you familiarize yourself with their numbers and what they mean.
But the most important thing is to get out and vote!! If you need coverage, or time to be able to vote and can’t get it from your building, please let us know.
Our next BEA meeting is Wednesday, October 12. I’d love to see you there!
The October 2016 edition of the BEA Line newsletter is attached to this post.
The September 2016 edition of the BEA Line newsletter is attached to this post.
Welcome Back! I know that the start of this school year was stressful for many of you.
Thank you for the extra time, energy, and effort put forth to pull off a great start to the school year! I hope things are starting to settle down and run smoothly in your buildings and classrooms.
Thank you for choosing to be part of BEA. There are many BIG issues facing public education in Oklahoma and we need our voices to be strong and to be heard! All members are welcome to attend our monthly rep meetings on the third Wednesday of each month. We would love to see you there!
I’m looking forward to working with you this school year. Please feel free to call or email me if you need anything.
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.
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.
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.
The May 2016 edition of the BEA Line newsletter is attached to this post.
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.
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.
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.
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