April 14, 2017

TEAm,

Whether reading this on the front end of your long weekend, or as it is winding down, here are a few pieces TEA believes you need to know about:

Upcoming Events   –            TEA AR Meeting on Wednesday April 19th at 4:30 in the Rincon Library (all members welcome)

                                                TUSD Job Fair Saturday April 22 from 9-1 at Catalina High School

                                                Exceptional Ed. Forum Wednesday April 26 at 4:30 in the Maroon room at 1010 E 10th Street

                                                Technology PD Saturday May 6 at 9:00 at TEA

                                                TEA General Membership Meeting/Celebration Wednesday May 10 at 4:30, location still to be determined.  All members and potential members welcomed

Negotiations  –  Teacher should have received your contract Thursday April 13th.  This is not the final negotiated contract, as TEA and TUSD are still at the bargaining table.  This contract guarantees you a position for next year so that you don’t have to have any fears.  Once TEA concludes negotiations, you will receive the changes to the Agreements and the opportunity to vote to ratify the Consensus or White Collar/Food Service Agreement.  Assuming it is ratified by the TEA membership and approved by the Governing Board, you WILL NOT receive an amended contract.  Your signing the contract you received Thursday makes it so you are also accepting the improvements that TEA makes during negotiations, and hence amended contracts are not needed.  This last December, TEA negotiated a step increase for next year for all employees.  We are proud that the negotiated step-raises that were approved in December will be honored by the current Governing Board.  Please know that TEA will continue to work to make improvements to both Agreements.

 301 Payout  –      Amendment #1 emails have gone out to affected employees.  TEA has been working with the district and employees who believe an error was made regarding their payment.  Please let TEA know if you need any support in this process.

TEA Board  –        There are two vacancies for the 2017-2019 TEA Board, the Sahuaro Area Director and the Sabino Area Director.  This is a wonderful leadership opportunity, so please consider supporting your Association and joining the Board.  This is an open election, so you can run regardless of the site you work at.  Please join the dynamic leaders on the TEA Board of Directors.

We are on the final push, with a great amount of work to accomplish yet.  We hope you have/had a  wonderful long weekend, that testing goes well, and that you join us at the AR Meeting Wednesday and the myriad of other functions TEA is involved in.  And as always, thank you for all that you do for our kids and community.

 

Jason Freed

TEA President


March 29, 2017

TEAm,

I hope you have had a relaxing week off and you are energized for fourth quarter.  With testing on everyone’s mind, here are a few updates:

  • The Governor has recommended a .4% pay raise for teachers, offered no money for pay increases for ESPs, and other budget proposals that would provide significantly more funds to schools that are already in well-off neighborhoods as opposed to our most needy communities.  In response, TEA members will be joining education advocates for a State Funding Forum tomorrow, Thursday the 30th, at the PCC Center for the Arts.  Educators are the best representatives to share how financially deprived our school system is and the need to make significant financial commitments to salary increases as well as all other aspects of educating our students.  See the attached flier and please join us Thursday March 30th at 2202 W Anklam at 6:00. RSVP to attend @  http://bit.ly/AZSchBudget

  • Congratulations!  Amendment #2 to the 301 Plan has been ratified by teachers, and was approved last night by the Governing Board.  The 301 Committee worked hard to address these issues, responding to the request of TEA member’s desire to see these funds expended this year.  As a reminder, Amendment #1 addressed the underutilization of Pay for Performance Funds from previous school years.  That was approved in December and you should be receiving notice regarding those payments next week and the payment itself in May.  Amendment #2 deals with any remaining funds from the 2016-2017 plan after people have been paid their PLC money in May and evaluation money in the Fall.  Thank you to the Committee, and thank you teachers for working to approve both Amendments.

  • In addition to Amendment #2 being approved, the Governing Board named Dr. Gabriel Trujillo as the Interim Superintendent.  Dr. Trujillo has been serving as Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction.

     

  • There has been a change to the cut scores regarding your evaluation and 301 Pay for Performance Funding.  This should have been provided for you by your principal.  If it was not, please ask them to do so, or ask TEA to provide these.  In short, last year’s cut scores will be utilized for the evaluation portion of your Pay for Performance payment, and the new cut scores will be used for your actual evaluation rating.
  • We have two TEA Board positions that are open for the 2017-2019 term.  The areas are Sahuaro and Sabino, but since these are now open positions, any TEA member can run for the positions.  The TEA Board is a dynamic group of leaders, so if you are looking for a leadership opportunity and/or a way to get involved in your professional organization, please consider filling out the attached Pledge-to-serve form.  They are due Wednesday, April 19th at 6:00.

     

  • The Cesar Chavez March is Saturday.  It starts at Pueblo High School at 9:30, so please wear a TEA or red shirt and come join us.

 

We all know the marathon that is 4th quarter, with Good Friday being our only vacation day.  Please make sure to keep yourself healthy and happy, our students need us.  Have a great end to your week and we hope to see you at PCC tomorrow (Thursday) and at the Cesar Chavez March on Saturday.  Thank you for inspiring our kids to do their best every day, and for representing our Association with professionalism and integrity.

Jason Freed

TEA President


March 3, 2007

Fellow Educators,

     This has surely been a challenging week for us all.  Yet despite these challenges, we all continue to work in the best interest of our students.  TEA is forging forward, as we always have.  Please see the updates below:

 ·         Although I don’t believe it was printed in the newspaper, please see the official statement TEA issued Tuesday evening regarding the Governing Board’s Decision:

The Tucson Education Association has always been and will continue to advocate in the best interest of the students in TUSD schools and the employees who work to educate them.  We are disappointed with the timing of this process, as we should be focusing on the education of our kids.  Additionally, the lack of transparency on behalf of the School Board is concerning.  Teachers and Support Staff will be actively involved in the selection process for our next Superintendent and encourage the community to be engaged as well.

 ·         If you haven’t voted yet, please use the link below and follow the instructions on the voting website.  Thank you for your membership and participation in the voting process.

Tim Batten, Elections Chair   https://eballot4.votenet.com/tucsonea

 ·         Legislators need to hear from you – As you read this, legislators are debating voucher expansion, the role of testing in education, and the funding that will allow for pay increases.  Along with emailing our elected leaders, TEA members are taking a trip up north to visit the capital.  Please join your colleagues on Wednesday the 22nd (during Spring Break) as we lobby our legislators.  Register using the link provided, carpool up, and join us as we make the voice of our profession and our student’s heard. This could be the most important work we do outside of our worksites, so thank you for joining us.  www.regonline.com/1703CapVisit

 ·         TUSD Job Fairs – If you are looking to transfer, you may want to attend the Job Fair tomorrow, Saturday March 4th, or April 22, at Catalina from 9 to 1.  If you attend, come say hi to your colleagues at the TEA table.

 ·         Our next Association Representatives Meeting is Wednesday, March 8th, at 4:30 in the Rincon Library.  Please make sure your AR is attending, and also know that all TEA members are welcome to join us.  See you Wednesday the 8th at Rincon.

 ·         TEA Social – Mark your calendar for March 16th for our next Social.  With the 16th being the last day of the quarter, and with everything else that has gone on, it will be a perfect time to relax with each other.  More details to come, but save the afternoon of Thursday March 16th.

·         The NEA Representative Assembly will be in Boston June 30th through July 5th.  This is your opportunity to give direction to the NEA officers and Board for the upcoming school year.  Please see the attached pledge-to-serve form, and get it to TEA by 6:00 PM on March 8th.

I have been so impressed with the professionalism of educators over the last few months.  The political strife that has existed throughout our nation and community has been permeating, and yet you all get up every day and educate our students, insulating them as best we can.  Thank you for your tireless efforts on behalf of our kids and our community.  You are truly inspiring.

 Jason Freed

TEA President


February 22, 2017

As always, there is a great deal going on in TEA.  With us all counting down the minutes until the start of Rodeo Vacation, here are the latest and greatest from TEA:

·         TEA has made sure that our members are apprised of the discussion the TUSD Board is having regarding Dr. Sanchez.  Here is the timeline of events: Monday the 13th, an agenda item appeared on the TUSD Board agenda that suggested the firing of Dr. Sanchez as Superintendent.  A significant number of community members then attended the Board meeting on Tuesday the 14thAs I shared last week, the item was pulled from the agenda, and yet a considerable majority in attendance spoke in support of Dr. Sanchez, but there were some in opposition.  A special Board meeting was then held last night.  The Board met in executive session for nearly three hours, causing community members to impatiently wait for the start of the meeting, which then began just before 8:00 PM.  As opposed to last week, where the Board voted to allow anyone who turned in a call-to-the audience slip to speak, last night they limited the number of people.  There were approximately 60 people who requested to speak, and only around 12 were allowed to.  With an audience of well over 400 people, and after waiting for almost three hours to hear the Board’s decision, the Governing Board announced that they were postponing the agenda item regarding Superintendent Sanchez until next week.

TEA will continue to encourage our members to communicate with the Governing Board your thoughts about this situation.  We have again attached the email addresses of the school Board members.  You are the employees within TUSD and you have the best vantage point about Dr. Sanchez’ performance as Superintendent.  Please take the time to email the Board members, join your fellow members and community members at the Board meeting Tuesday the 28th at 5:30 at Duffy, and hopefully choose to speak at call-to-the-audience.  michael.hicks@tusd1.org; mark.stegeman@tusd1.org; adelita.grijalva@gmail.com; Kristel.foster@tusd1.org; Rachael.segwick@tusd1.org

·         TEA has begun our election season.  Starting on February 28th and concluding on March 8th, TEA members will have the opportunity to elect the next TEA President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, ESP At-Large, and Ethnic Minority At-Large, as well as the delegates to the AEA Delegate Assembly.  The ballot will be sent to you as a link contained in an email through your personal email account.  The email will come from the TEA Elections Chair, Tim Batten, and his email address is timinz13@gmail.com.  Some people have said that his email goes to their junk mail, so please look the morning of February 28th.  If you would like a paper ballot, please let TEA know.  Please take the time to vote, and encourage your colleagues to do the same.

·         Please see the attached document that highlights the 301 payout that TEA negotiated.  Significant work took place to get us to this result, so thank you all for your help.  In addition, Amendment #2 was approved by the teachers, and so we now await its approval by the School Board.  Once approved, we will have a system for both paying out the underutilized funds from previous years, as well as any remaining balance from this year’s funds.  Please share the 301 document as you encourage others to Join TEA.

·         Legislators want to hear from you – With the political nature of education, it is more and more crucial for us to be involved in politics at the national, state, and local level.  In support of this, TEA is offering “How to Talk to Your Legislator.”  This will help you as you engage with any political leader, specifically Arizona Legislators.  The training will take place March 1 at 4:30 at LIRC (please print and post the attachment)

·         The NEA Representative Assembly will be in Boston June 30th through July 5thThis is your opportunity to give direction to the NEA officers and Board for the upcoming school year.  Please see the attached pledge-to-serve form, and get it to TEA by 6:00 PM on March 8th.

·         The TEA Bargaining Team has looked through the survey results, and have used the data within to create our bargaining priorities.  Our team begins negotiating with the district within two weeks, and we will keep you posted on our progress.

Have a relaxing and rejuvenating Rodeo Vacation; you deserve it.  Make sure to look for your ballot in your email on Tuesday the 28th, encourage others to join TEA, and join us at the training on March 1 at LIRC and the Governing Board meeting on February 28th.

Jason Freed

TEA President


January 23, 2017

Colleagues,

HAPPY 2017!  Somehow we are already half way through the school year.  Hopefully you are rested and reinvigorated for second semester.  Here is an update on some happenings in TEA/TUSD:

·         The amendment to the Proposition 301 plan that TEA negotiated was approved unanimously by the TUSD Governing Board.  This means that the affected employees will receive the funds this school year that were identified in the plan.  TEA will be sending out a flier highlighting the payment soon.  This is only possible because of TEA’s efforts, and we are proud that employees will see the money that they are due.

·         TEA has negotiated guaranteed raises for school year 2017-2018 for all employees that TEA represents.  The TEA bargaining team is proud to provide security for TUSD staff members, with a raise already guaranteed for next year.  The TEA Bargaining Team will negotiate other items, so look for a bargaining survey soon.  Congratulations and thank you tothe TEA Bargaining Team.

·         TEA is on the move.  We have sold our beloved, 60 year-old building and moved just down the street to 5447 E 5th Street, suite 100.  Come check out our new home.

·         We have our monthly Association Representatives Meeting Wednesday January 25th at 4:30 in the Rincon Library.  Please make sure that your school has representation, as we want all members to have access to the important information shared at the AR meetings.  Also know that all members are welcome, so please join us Wednesday at Rincon.

·         The start of the new semester is a great time to engage potential members in a one-on-one conversation about the importance of being a member of TEA.  You can highlight the $2000 raise for this year (the largest raise in 15 years), the three straight years of raises (with a fourth coming next year), our addressing the 301 underutilization, and TEA’s negotiation of the PD Fund returning to TUSD.  These are significant wins for our Association and we have to take the time to share them with our colleagues.  To continue this success, we need to continue our membership growth.

·         Upcoming Events:  In addition to the AR meeting Wednesday the 25th, please also be on the lookout for a bargaining survey, as well as TEA elections for officers, Board members, the AEA Delegate Assembly, and the NEA Rep Assembly.

Thank you for the amazing work you do for the students in TUSD.  TEA will continue to support the dedicated, hardworking individuals in our district, and I am honored to serve as your President.  Have a great week and we will see you Wednesday at the AR meeting.

Jason Freed

TEA President


December 19, 2016

TEA Family,

With only a few days until Winter Break, here are a few updates from TEA:

·         Grading day clarification – Knowing that we don’t want our colleagues in the front office to work late on December 23rd or work at all on the 24th or 26th, administrators are requesting that grades be submitted by noon on the 23rd.  In turn, TEA negotiated that if you have worked your 37.5 hours for the week, you can leave on the 23rd once you have submitted your grades.  If you need past noon, that is not a problem, please just email your principal today (Monday) so that they can adjust the hours of our office staff.  There will be no negative ramifications for submitting grades after noon, but you will be allowed to leave once your grades have been submitted.  Hopefully this clears up any confusion.

·         TEA has negotiated guaranteed raises for school year 2017-2018 for all employees that TEA represents.  The TEA bargaining team is proud to provide security for TUSD staff members, with a raise already guaranteed for next year.  The TEA Bargaining Team will negotiate further in the Spring, so look for a bargaining survey early February.  Congratulations and thank you to the TEA Bargaining Team.

·         The amendment to the 2016-2017 Pay for Performance plan that TEA has been working on for months was passed by teachers with a 90% yes vote and approved unanimously by the TUSD Governing Board.  This means that the affected employees will receive the funds that were highlighted in the plan.  Congratulations and thank you all for voting for approval.

·         The NEA Leadership Summit in Orlando will be February 24 through the 26 (Rodeo Break).  This is an amazing leadership opportunity.  If you would like to attend, please email me to explain how you would utilize this leadership training in support of TEA.  TEA plans to provide financial support to defray some of the costs, but we must have your response by Wednesday the 21st of December so that we can get everyone registered.  The link below has information about the Summit. http://www.nea.org/leadershipsummit

·         TEA is on the move.  We are selling our beloved, 60 year-old building and moving just down the street to 5447 E 5th Street, suite 100.  Come visit us in January.

·         TEA had a wonderful celebration at our General Membership Meeting Wednesday the 14thPlease check out the TEA Facebook page to see the great pictures.

TEA wants to thank everyone for the amazing work you do each and every day.  Enjoy the well earned down time with your friends and family.  Happy Holidays and a wonderful New Years to all.

Jason Freed

TEA President


December 08, 2016

Family,

We have only two weeks left until Winter Break, with finals, performances, and holiday parties in between.  Much has been happening with TEA as well, so thank you for reading the update:

·         The 301 Committee Amended the current 301 Plan to pay down the surplus of the 301 Pay for Performance Funds.  TEA is awaiting the results of the ratification vote, and assuming it has been passed, TEA members will be at the Governing Board Meeting Tuesday night to encourage the Board Members to vote for its approval.  If you have not voted yet, please do so, as it closes today (Friday) at 11:59 PM.  Thank you for participating in the Forums and voting, with the presumptive payment coming in the Spring.

·         TEA General Membership – The TEA celebration will take place Wednesday at 4:30 at TEA (4625 E 2nd St).  As well as rejoicing the accomplishments of the first semester, we are going to celebrate TEA moving into a new space.  The current TEA building has served us well, and it is time for us to move away from our 60-year-old building.  Please join us for a fun evening, catching up with friends and reminiscing.  All members are encouraged to come, so please print out the attached flier and we will see you Wednesday at 4:30.

·         As mentioned in my last update, and assuming approval by the Governing Board, TEA has secured a fourth-straight raise.  TEA began the bargaining process early, and in doing so, has secured a step-raise for all employees represented by TEA.  This is the beginning stages of negotiations, and we will continue through second semester, but wanted educators to have the security that you will at least have a step-raise for next year.  Congratulations.

·         The NEA 2017 National Leadership Summit will be taking place in Orlando February 24-26.  If you are interested in attending, please use the link below to sign up.  If you would like to request funding from TEA, please email me directly indicating how your attendance would benefit our Association, as we need to register prior to January 1.  This is an amazing conference and well worth your time, so please sign up. http://www.nea.org/leadershipsummit

TEA appreciates all that you do for the children and young adults in Tucson.  Your work is never done, never appreciated enough, and has never been more critical than it is right now.  Thank you and Happy Holidays.

Jason Freed

TEA President


November 28, 2016

Brothers and Sisters,

Now that we have finished enjoying our left-over Thanksgiving food, it is time for the mad-dash that is the end of the semester.  Here are the important updates as we enter December:

·         The 301 Pay for Performance survey is out, so please fill it out right awayIf you did not receive the survey and believe you should have, please email Richard.foster@tusd1.org to have him email you the survey.  Remember that this survey is to help the 301 committee to address the underutilization of the Pay for Performance monies.  If you have questions regarding the survey, please first reference the Q & A piece TEA put out.  If you still have questions, please email TEA.  The survey closes late Tuesday, so please vote right away.

·         TEA has an exciting Professional Development opportunity coming up this Saturday, December 3rd.  Join your colleagues for a session on learning how to use technology to increase your efficiency, specifically steps to save time documenting student behavior as well as parent contacts and team collaboration.  The link has more information; do a search on the TUSD portal for course #13221 to register.  See you Saturday at Palo Verde.   www.smore.com/pkbb1-register-today?ref=email

·         TEA General Membership Meeting and Celebration!  This is an opportunity for Association Representatives and members to join us and hear what has taken place over the first semester.  TEA is providing a catered meal, desserts, and adult beverages.  The meeting is scheduled for December 14th at 4:30 at TEA (4625 E 2nd St).  Please mark your calendar and come join us for a fun, informative, and celebratory time.

Enjoy the last four weeks of this semester, stay warm and keep your vitamin C intake up.  See you Saturday for the PD opportunity and on December 14th at TEA at 4:30 for our General Membership Meeting. 

 Jason Freed

TEA President


November 14, 2016

Family,

Happy American Education Week!  Remember that Monday is the Kick-off Day, Tuesday is Parents Day, Wednesday is Education Support Professionals (ESP) Day, with Thursday being Educator for a Day, and Friday being Substitute Teacher Day.  Celebrate with your colleagues as we turn the corner towards the end of the quarter and semester.  www.nea.org/aew

·         TEA hosted three Forums to discuss the 301 Pay for Performance surplus.  It was TEA that identified the underutilization of these funds and TEA who is working with teachers and district administration to address the situation.  We will be sending out a Q&A to explain the current situation, with a survey to follow soon after.  Please make sure that you and your colleagues fill out the survey so that the joint TEA/TUSD 301 committee has direction on how to move forward.  TEA will keep you updated on the progress.

·         This Wednesday, November 16th, is our AR meeting.  We still have a few schools that do not have representation, so please elect an Association Representative for your school and have them join our engaging AR meeting Wednesday at 4:30 in the Rincon Library.

·         TEA is continuing to work with TUSD to address the 2017-2018 salary schedule for counselors, social workers, and nurses.  Additional information will be sent to the affected employees as TEA negotiates for these employees.

Enjoy American Education Week, see you Wednesday at the AR meeting, and happy early Thanksgiving.

Jason Freed

TEA President


October 28, 2016

Brothers and Sisters,

 TEA has set up Forums throughout TUSD to discuss the disbursement of the excess Pay for Performance monies within Proposition 301.  The Forums will be at Cholla High School November 2nd at 5:00-6:30pm, at Rincon High School November 5th at 10-11:30am, and at Palo Verde High School on November 7th at 5:00-6:30pm.  With the knowledge that TUSD has a surplus in Pay for Performance monies, we need your input on payout of these funds.  We look forward to seeing any TUSD teacher.

Canvassing for Kristel Foster and Cam Juarez:

October 29 and November 5:  8:45-11:00am at the TEA office

Phone banking for Kristel Foster and Cam Juarez:

November 1 and 3 from 3:00pm-7:00pm at the TEA office

In honor of Education Support Professionals (ESPs), TEA is hosting a celebration for our ESPs.  We will be at On the Border (5205 E. Broadway Blvd.) from 4:00-6:30pm on November 3rd.  If you are an ESP (support staff) member, please come join us for a fun event to celebrate you.  TEA will host the food and there will be prizes.  This has always been a great event, so bring a new ESP TEA member with you and enjoy the festivities.  

American Education week starts November 14th, and we have attached a link so that we can take part.  The schedule has the kick off on Monday, then Parent’s Day, ESP Day, Educator for a Day, and Substitute Teacher Day.  Enjoy the week-long celebration and thank you for all that you do.  www.nea.org/aew

TUSD is currently surveying TUSD staff and community members about calendar options for the next two years.  Please click on the link and fill out the survey by Monday, October 31. http://tusd1.org/contents/events_calendarsurvey17.html

We hope to see you as we canvass, at the ESP celebration, and at the Forums.  Have a great weekend.

Jason


October 18, 2016

TEA Family,

Welcome to second quarter.  I’m sure it was tough to get out of bed Monday morning, but once we get back to our worksites, we fall right back into the grove of things.  Things are always busy at TEA, so please take a moment to check out the following updates:

With the final Presidential Debate taking place Wednesday and mail-in ballots already in people’s hands, we are on the home-stretch in determining our next President, Federal and State leaders, and of course the TUSD Board members.  TEA has been highly engaged at all levels, making calls and canvassing regularly.  If you have not had a chance yet, please come join us Tuesdays and Thursdays any time between 3 and 7 to make phone calls to our members (bring a laptop or tablet), as well as Saturdays to canvass, with this Saturday finishing up with pizza and beer.  This is an election of great magnitude, so please help us support candidates who have supported our students.  With the election less than 20 days away, please come join us this week.

Please remember that we have an Association Representatives Meeting Wednesday at 4:30 in the Rincon Library.  We have had great attendance, and want to make sure that all buildings are represented.  See you Wednesday at Rincon, and remember that all TEA members are welcome to attend.

If you are unsure of which candidates have supported public education, here is a link that should help you. http://digital.copcomm.com/i/735330-2016-election-guide Community members want to know the opinions of educators, so share this link with others, and thus help them to support and vote for pro-public education candidates. 

Have a great week and hope to see you at the AR meeting Wednesday and making phone calls and canvassing Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.

Jason Freed

TEA President


September 28, 2016

Brothers and Sisters,

Somehow we are about to enter October and the end of the quarter is already upon us.  And with the first of three Presidential debates having taken place, we are clearly in full-swing for this political season.  TEA is highly engaged in the election process as well, so please see the activities below and take part.

We have all worked hard the past two months, which is why TEA is providing you with a min-celebration.  Come join us this Friday at the TEA office (4625 E 2nd St.) for the first social of the year, It’s Fall Y’all.  We will have hot dogs and beverages, so bring a tailgating food to share, some colleagues that are members, a comfortable chair, and wear a sports jersey.  See you at TEA at 4:30 on Friday.

In the recent survey conducted by TEA, members stated they believe TEA should engage in political work.  We had a very successful walk this past Saturday and we thank the members who joined us.  TEA will join with the GREAT cadre to canvass and phone bank for our recommended candidates.  We will meet Saturday, October 1st, at 8:45 to start our canvass, and refreshments will be provided.  You can also join us on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3-7 to call and engage our members in the election cycle.  The results of these elections will be incredibly impactful, so we hope to see you Saturday at the TEA office.

Please make sure that AR(s) attend our next meeting, October 19th.  As the most vital role in TEA, we want to make sure every site is represented.  Our meetings take place the second or third Wednesday each month in the Rincon Library at 4:30.  Any and all members are welcome to join us and thank you to those who agree to lead at your site.

 As I’m sure you are aware, TEA negotiated the largest salary increase for Certified staff in over 15 years as well as successfully providing the third straight year of raises for our Classified staff members.  In addition, teachers will take home $1500 more in pay for performance this year over last year.  These raises are due to the strong and growing membership of TEA, so thank you for being part of our professional association.  Please encourage your colleagues to join TEA so that we can continue to see positive results for TUSD staff members. 

The end of the quarter and Fall Break are within sight.  Hope you will join us at the social Friday, as well as the political work we need to engage in.  Have a great week.

Jason Freed

TEA President


September 02, 2016

Friends,

School is in full swing now.  Our schedules are set, our sleep patterns are back in line, we had successful open houses, and we are preparing for conferences.  TEA has been busy and things are about to get even more hectic.  Thank you for checking out everything that TEA has going on.

Please take a second to fill out the survey on the tea webpage.  https://tucsonea.org/ Thank you.

TEA had the largest number of members in years at the August Association Representatives meeting.  Please make sure to elect an AR and for that AR(s) to attend our next meeting, September 21st.  As the most vital role in TEA, we want to make sure every site is represented.  Our meetings take place the second or third Wednesday each month in the Rincon Library at 4:30.  Any and all members are welcome to join us and thank you to those who agree to lead at your site.

 The TEA Leaders Event was an absolute success.  If you were not able to attend, ask a colleague who did or check out the TEA facebook page https://www.facebook.com/TucsonEA/ for some clips and pictures.  We now have a great group of newly trained leaders that will be carrying the TEA message, and TEA will continue to provide social, professional development, and political events for our members.  Thank you to everyone who attended.

There seems to be some confusion at the elementary level.  There is a notion that there is an extra 20 minutes that elementary teachers are supposed to be monitoring students.  This is not true, nothing about the Consensus Agreement changed in the hours that teachers work, and please meet with your principal if they are now expecting teachers to act as monitors for 20 minutes.  TEA has worked hard to dispel this rumor, so your help would be greatly appreciated.

We have a number of events coming up in September.  Please mark the following down in your calendar:

Sept. 7 at 4:30  –  Membership Committee

Sept. 8 at 6:00  –  TUSD Board Candidate Forum at 4821 N. Stone

Sept. 21 at 4:30  –  TEA AR Meeting

Sept. 21 at 6:00  –  Pima County School Superintendent Forum

Sept. 24            –  TEA Big Bash Canvas for our Endorsed Candidates

Sept. 30 at 4:30 – TEA Social at 4625 E 2nd Street

 As I’m sure you are aware, TEA negotiated the largest salary increase for Certified staff in over 15 years as well as successfully providing the third straight year of raises for our Classified staff members.  In addition, teachers will take home $1500 more in pay for performance this year over last year.  These raises are due to the strong and growing membership of TEA, so thank you for being part of our professional association.  Please encourage your colleagues to join TEA so that we can continue to see positive results for TUSD staff members. 

 Have an enjoyable and well deserved long weekend and we hope to see you at the AR meeting, the political events, and at our social on the 30th.

 Jason Freed

TEA President


August 05, 2016

 Colleagues,

Welcome back (yes, the “Welcome Back Kotter” theme song is playing in my head).  We hope you had a relaxing summer and the first week has been wonderful.  And we hope you are sipping something refreshing from your TEA water bottle, just a little thank you to our members.  I’m sure it will help keep you cool until the temperatures drop below boiling. 

 As you are aware, it has been a great few months for TEA.  We negotiated the largest salary increase for Certified staff in over 15 years as well as successfully providing the third straight year of raises for our Classified staff members.  These raises are due to the strong and growing membership of TEA, so thank you for being part of our professional association.  Please encourage your colleagues to join us so that we can continue to see positive results for TUSD staff members.

 The new school year means new and continuing Association Representatives (ARs).  TEA had great participation from site leaders in our monthly meetings last year, and we are going to have even greater participation this year.  Please make sure that you have hosted an AR election, even if that means that only one person has agreed to serve as AR, and then email TEA the results.  ARs are the leaders within the building and the eyes and ears of the Association.  As the most vital role in TEA, we want to make sure every site is represented.  Our meetings take place one Wednesday per month in the Rincon Library at 4:30, with our first meeting being August 17th.  Any and all members are welcome to join us and thank you to those who agree to lead at your site.

 TEA is again hosting one of our best attended and most exciting events of the year, the TEA Leaders Event.  The training is August 27th and is focused around Association Representatives, but is a great opportunity for any member.  The training will give you a deep understanding of our association, build relationships with colleagues around the district, help you feel confident in supporting your colleagues back at your site, provide a great lunch, meet Tucson area political figures, and enter to win fun prizes.  Regardless of your level of involvement in TEA, this is going to be a fun day.  Look for a registration email soon and make sure to block off August 27th.

 In addition to the raise, TEA negotiated the doubling of the pay for performance payout.  Last school year, the average amount teachers received from pay for performance was $1500.  This school year, TEA made it such that the average will be $3000.  This would not have happened were it not for TEA.

We have a vacancy to fill on the TEA Board of Directors for the Palo Verde Area.  Please consider joining the dynamic leaders on the TEA Board and fill out the pledge to serve form.  Ideally the person would work in the Palo Verde Area, but it is an open election, so anyone can run.  We have an excellent Board, so please sign the pledge form and turn it in to TEA by August 17th.

If you did not get your member packet and/or water bottle, please let your AR know and we will make sure to get you these items.  And as always, thank you for all that you do.  TEA wishes everyone an amazing school year, and we look forward to seeing you August 17th at Rincon and August 27th at the Sheraton on Grant.  And remember, only 178 days left, so make them count.

Jason Freed

TEA President


May 22, 2016

Friends,

By all accounts, Proposition 123 has passed.  This will bring increased funding to Arizona’s schools and is a first step in the right direction.  But before we can move on to the next steps, we must have the education community come back together as one.  The Proposition was divisive, even amongst our own ranks, and so now we pull back together as one powerful voice for our kids.  We knew that Prop 123 was not going to magically save public education in Arizona; it is only the first step in our fight to fully fund public education.  We have elections for the Arizona Legislature in November and we must come together to elect pro-public education candidates, regardless of party affiliation, so that we support our kids and our community.  Please plan to commit time this summer and early in the school year to walk and call for the candidates who are going to help make TUSD and Arizona education stronger moving forward.

Association Representatives are the leaders within the building and the eyes and ears of the Association.  The AR is the most vital role in our association, so we need you to host an election over the next few days.  Please request TEA members run for the AR position.  Every school gets one AR and an additional AR per twenty members (I.E. 21 members is 2 ARs, 41 is 3 and so on).  If only one person runs, that person can be elected by acclamation.  If your site does not currently have an AR, please have someone take the lead in processing an election and elect an AR.  We must make sure every site is represented.  Email your results to TEA so that we can update our records.  Thank you to those who agree to lead at your site.

It has been an amazing 2015-2016, with TEA growing and becoming the second largest local association in Arizona.  And next year is even more promising, with guaranteed raises for all employees.  If I don’t get a chance next week to do so, thank you for all that you have done for our kids, our Association, and our community.  Have a wonderful end to your school year and a relaxing summer. 

 Jason Freed

 TEA President


May 05, 2016

 Friends,

With so much going on in TEA, this will be a long update.  Please read through it though as the contents is significant:

 Your TEA bargaining team has reached a Tentative Agreement.  This means that TEA and TUSD have agreed to the terms for the 2016-2017 contract, so it must now be ratified by the TEA membership and then approved by the TUSD School Board.  You received your ballot from Tim Batten at timinz13@gmail.com.  If you haven’t seen it, check your junk mail folder in your email.  Please complete your ballot by Tuesday May 10th.  The updates are included in the ballot, with the language changes under the “yes” details and salary under the “no” details.  In short, we were able to maintain the Professional Development Fund as well as negotiating raises for all TEA represented employees.  Please email the TEA office (not Tim) if you have questions or need clarification.  Come to the Board meeting Tuesday at 5:30 to see the Agreement’s get voted upon and thank you in advance for voting.

Speaking of voting…The Proposition 123 election has begun and TEA has already been highly involved.  Every Local in the AEA is making one final push in support of Prop 123 on Saturday the 14th.  We will be canvassing out of the TEA office from 8:30-11:30 and we need everyone to come join us.  With TUSD already agreeing to re-open negotiations if 123 passes, assuming no financially negative legislation comes through the Legislature and no one challenges prop 123 in court, so it is in our best interest to engage in this event.  Please come join us Saturday the 14th at TEA at 8:30.

Even more election stuff:  Every year we elect Association Representatives for each site.  These are the leaders within the building and the eyes and ears of the Association.  The AR is the most vital role in our association and so we need you to host an election over the next week or so.  Please request TEA members run for the AR position.  Every school gets one AR and an additional AR per twenty members (I.E. 21 members is 2 ARs, 41 is 3 and so on).  If only one person runs, that person can be elected by acclamation.  If your site does not currently have an AR, please have someone take the lead in processing an election and elect an AR.  We must make sure every site is represented.  Email your results to TEA so that we can update our records and thank you to those who agree to lead your site.

The 301 Pay for Performance Plan is currently being voted on for 2016-2017.  The plan is virtually identical to the 2015-2016 Plan, with one significant change.  We are increasing, from 5 to 10, the number of PLCs that teachers are required to attend and doubling the payout for this work.  In the 2015-2016 Plan, teachers are paid $1000 for the PLC work and then either $0, $250, $500, or $750 based on your rating.  In the 2016-2017 Plan, you will receive $2000 for the PLC work and then $0, $500, $1000, and $1500 based on your rating.  As a TEA member, please share this with your staff as you process you 301 vote.

It is time to party…With the school year winding down, TEA is again hosting a general membership meeting and social to end the school year.  We will have catered food, a TV give-away, lots of beverages, and a chance to relax with your colleagues.  Please mark your calendar for May 11th starting at 4:30 at the TEA office (4625 E 2nd St.).  This will be our forth social of the year and sure to be our biggest and best, so come join us and bring a few members with you too.  See you Wednesday the 11th.

We continue to have a vacancy for the Santa Rita Area.  This is a special election for one year, so if you know someone who would do a great job representing our members, please encourage them to sign the pledge-to-serve form.

Lastly, TEA has been asked by the media if there are any educators who have an interesting or different summer job.  If you do and you are willing to be interviewed for the paper, please reply to this email and share.

 Please get your vote in for ratifying the contract, send in your Prop 123 ballot, relax with us May 11th for the General Membership Meeting, and canvas with us on May 14th.  Thank you for everything and we will see you at one or more of these events.

Jason Freed

 TEA President


April 26, 2016

TEA Family,

We had to get a few quick updates to you, so here goes:

 Contracts have been issued, and this has caused some confusion.  Your salary listed in the contract is your current salary.  Please know that this is common practice, as we are currently in negotiations.  We cannot tell you what the outcome of negotiations will be; just know that your team is working hard to get the very best possible agreement for all employees.  TEA has negotiated raises for consecutive years, so have faith in your team.  We hope to be completed soon, and once we are, you will receive the details and be asked to vote for ratification.  You have 15 work days to sign your contract, and we hope to be done before this due date, so you may choose to wait a bit before you sign electronically. 

 We have upcoming events in TEA, so please mark your calendar:

·         TEAPAC potential TUSD Board endorsement – Tues. the 26th @ 4:30

·         Retiree Seminar – Thur. at 5:00 at TEA

·         I Can Do IT Classroom Management Training – Sat. 9:30 at TEA

·         General Membership Meeting – Wed. May 11th at 4:30 at TEA

·         Laurel’s Luncheon (for retirees) – Sat. May 15th at 11:30 at YWCA

·         Special Election Prop 123 and 124 – May 17th (mail in your ballot today)

 Lastly, TEA has been asked by the media if there are any educators who have an interesting or different summer job.  If you do and you are willing to be interviewed for the paper, please reply to this email and share.

 We hope testing has gone well and that we see you at the General Membership meeting (all members welcome) on May 11th

Jason Freed

 TEA President


April 04, 2016

Friends,

AzMERIT is upon us.  Help the kids to stay calm.  You have done all the hard work the last 8 months, so there is no reason to stress.  With that, on to the updates:

As you may be aware, the judge who presides over the Desegregation lawsuit in TUSD issued a Court Order that TUSD must work to diversify the teaching staff at certain schools.  TEA is actively involved in every step of the process to come up with a plan to address this Court Order in a way that respects our diversity, does not force any teacher to transfer, and will help us retain the wonderful teachers in TUSD.  Please come to the TUSD Governing Board meeting on Tuesday the 5th at 5:30 at Duffy to express your opinion at call-to-the-audience or hear those of your TEA leaders and TUSD Board Members. 

 In support of Prop 123, TEA is engaging in Cyclovia.  This is a family-friendly bike ride event and will give us a great deal of exposure for 123.  It takes place this Sunday, the 10th, from 10-3, with us on the east side of East 9th St. and N. Campbell Ave.  Please click on the attachment below and come join the fun.  See you there and 123Go. https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/129_nlZntHfa1d6om0SimaHyZ_wM1_ZiKlF4uwIr9rfQ/edit?usp=sharing

 Also mark your calendars for April 16 and 23rd.  We will be committing to actions that support Prop 123 on those Saturdays, so plan on joining us for the fun.

 We are also in the process of electing people to represent us on the TEA Board of Directors for 2016-2018.  We successfully elected the positions for ESP at-large, Pueblo, Rincon, and Tucson Areas.  We are hosting an election for Ethnic Minority at-large starting Monday the 11th, so look for an email from the following address: timinz13@gmail.com (may end up in your junk mail).  We still have vacancies for the Cholla (1 year), and Santa Rita (1 year) areas.  These are special elections, so you do not need to work in the area you are running for. You must have a signed pledge-to-serve form (attached).  The TEA Board is a strong and significant group and we must continue to have great people on our Board, so please nominate yourself or someone else who will serve TEA well.

Make sure that your site is represented at the meetings each month.  Your Association Rep is our best and strongest link to the sites, so please make certain your AR is joining us.  Our next meeting is Wednesday April 20th, and then May 11.  And ARs, make sure you are doing your ten-minute meetings each month.  Thanks.

This is the last month to engage in the 2 for $20 campaign.  The value of TEA is evident to us, and now we need to share the strength of TEA with others.  For every two people you are able to sign to join TEA between now and April 20th, TEA will present you with a $20 thank you.  So get those membership forms in quickly.

 Jason Freed

TEA President


March 08, 2016

Friends,

The end of the Quarter and Spring Break are in site.  Keep the kids working hard for just another week and a half and everyone can start their well deserved break.  A few quick pieces of information for you all:

TEA Members are currently elected representatives to the Arizona EA Delegate Assembly and the National EA Representative Assembly.  If you have not yet voted, please use the link below to do so.  The voting ends tomorrow, Wednesday March 9th, so please cast your votes right away.  https://eballot4.votenet.com/tucsonea

 We are also in the process of electing people to represent us on the TEA Board of Directors for 2016-2018.  The vacant positions are Ethnic Minority at-large, ESP at-large, Pueblo, Rincon, Tucson, Cholla (1 year), and Santa Rita (1 year).  You must work in the area you are running for and you must have a signed pledge-to-serve form (attached).  The TEA Board is a strong and significant group and we must continue to have great people on our Board, so please nominate someone you know will serve TEA well or nominate yourself.  

 Make sure that your site is represented at the meetings each month.  Your Association Rep is our best and strongest link to the sites, so please make certain your AR is joining us.  Our next meeting is Wednesday March 9th, then April 20th, and May 11.  And ARs, make sure you download the MiniVAN app onto your phone for our meeting.

Prop 123 and the Festival of Books – TEA will be engaging in a promotion of Proposition 123 this Saturday at the Festival of Books.  We will meet at 9:30 AM Saturday the 12th in front of the UA Library.  We will be passing out literature and enjoying the Festival, so come join us Saturday at 9:30.

As previously announced, TEA has engaged in a 2 for $20 campaign.  The value of TEA is evident to us, and now we need to share the strength of TEA with others.  For every two people you are able to sign to join TEA between now and April 20th, TEA will present you with a $20 thank you.

TUSD is hosting one more Job Fair and TEA needs to have a presence to share the benefits of TEA membership.  Please join a great group of TEA leaders on March 12 at Tucson High from 9-1.  Thank you in advance for emailing me to tell me you will be joining us.

 Jason Freed

 TEA President


February 12, 2016

 Brothers and Sisters,

 Welcome to Parent-Teacher Conferences and leap-year February.  With Rodeo Break on the horizon, here is the important news of the day from TEA:

  State-Wide Grade-In this Saturday, February 13th from 10 to 1 at Park Place Mall.  Come join your colleagues to show the community that educators work a great number of hours above our contract.  Bring your grading, your paperwork, your lesson planning, etc, as well as supportive friends and family members along with you for this social event.  See you Saturday the 13th at the Food Court in Park Place Mall from 10 to 1.

 Make sure that your site is represented at the meetings each month.  Your Association Rep is our best and strongest link to the sites, so please make certain your AR is joining us.  Our next meeting is Wednesday March 9th, then April 20th, and May 11.

  The Arizona Education Association Delegate Assembly (AEA DA) and National Education Association Representative Assembly (NEA RA) are right around the corner and so the pledge-to-serve forms have gone out a few times.  TEA wants to fill the 39 allotted seats for AEA DA, so please sign the attached pledge for by Wednesday the 17th of February.  Same goes for the NEA RA and filling our 6 seats.  These are engaging events, so get yours and a friend’s pledge forms in by Wednesday the 17th.

TEA Capital Visit – TEA will be sending a large group of educators up to the Capital on March 23rd to express how the Legislature’s decisions are affecting our students and our schools.  Please join us for this engaging event by RSVPing through the following link.  Legislators need to hear your voices, so join us on Wednesday March 23rd as we educate our legislators.  www.regonline.com/160316CapVisit

Our jobs are so consuming that we don’t take enough time to celebrate our colleagues.  AEA has a series of awards and grants and TEA wants to have at least one TEA member application in each category.  Please take a moment and read through the awards and think of a colleague who is deserving of this recognition.  We know we are all working tirelessly for our students; let’s recognize these efforts by nominating our outstanding colleagues.  Please follow the link below and fill out the application.  TEA has some of the best educators in the state, so we need to let the state of Arizona know how great we really are.  http://www.arizonaea.org/home/240.htm.

As previously announced, TEA has engaged in a 2 for $20 campaign.  The value of TEA is evident to us, and now we need to share the strength of TEA with others.  For every two people you are able to sign to join TEA between now and April 20th, TEA will present you with a $20 thank you.

SPRING FORWARD with TEA – TEA has had two successful socials this year and we are getting ready for our next one.  Come join your colleagues March 4th from 4:30-6:30 to celebrate the third quarter coming to an end, Spring Break being around the corner, or just relax and enjoy being with fellow educators.  We’ll have sandwich fixings with salads and chips as well.  And there will be a best chili competition, so bring a pot of your best stuff

TEA will be hosting a Proposition 123 Informational Session at the TEA office on Tuesday February 23rd.  There has been much debate about the Proposition, so come get the necessary information for you to be informed on this complex topic.  See you Tuesday the 23rd at TEA at 4:30.

TUSD is hosting two more Job Fairs, and TEA needs to have a presence to share the benefits of TEA membership.  Please join a great group of TEA leaders on February 20th at Catalina and March 12 at Tucson High.  Both Job Fairs will be from 9-1.  Thank you in advance for emailing me to tell me you will be joining us.

 Read Across America is March 2nd.  If you would like a reader and need some support, let TEA know and we will see what we can do.  So get your crazy Dr. Seuss hat out and celebrate. http://www.nea.org/grants/886.htm

We have our next AR meeting on February 17th at 4:30 at Rincon.  Have a great weekend and see you Wednesday the 17th at 4:30 at Rincon

 Jason Freed

TEA President


January 19, 2016

Happy New Year!

Hopefully you had a wonderfully relaxing winter break and the second semester has started off well.  Here is some exciting news from TEA:

CONGRATULATIONS!  We have award winners within our membership, and TEA wants to recognize them.  Mr. Sandy Merz was recently named the Raytheon Teacher Leader of the Year.  Mr. Merz was recognized and spoke at the Education Forum in Tucson a couple of weeks ago.  Also, Ms. Sheila Marquez was announced as the Circle K Teacher of the Year.  She was recognized at a Governing Board Meeting as well as at a U of A basketball game.  We are honored to call these people our colleagues and we offer congratulations from your professional association.

TUSD will be hosting multiple Job Fairs this semester, and TEA wants to be there to welcome current and potential employees to TUSD as well as educate them on the benefits of joining TEA.  Please mark your calendar for Saturday, January 23rd from 9-1 at Pueblo Magnet High School to help engage these educators in a conversation about the value of TEA.  Please RSVP that you can join us.

The TEAPAC, the political arm of TEA, is having a meeting regarding a position on Proposition 123.  An invitation was sent to all TEAPAC contributors earlier this week.  If you would like to become a contributor and thus have a vote on a recommendation, please fill out the attached form and join us Thursday, January 21st at 5 at TEA.

Please make sure to join us for our next AR meeting on January 27th at Rincon at 4:30.  See you in the Rincon Library on the 27th.

The Legislative Reception honoring Southern Arizona Legislators will take place Saturday January 30th at the YWCA from 11:30-1:30.  Please attend to talk with and thank our pro-public education elected leaders.  This is a perfect opportunity to speak directly to the people who represent us in Phoenix.  RSVP to lucibmessing@cox.net

Please see the attached pledge-to-serve forms for the Sahuaro and Rincon areas.  These are special elections, so you do not have to work in the region you pledge-to-serve in.  Please consider joining the TEA Board of Directors and supporting your organization as a leader within TEA.

TUSD is conducting a survey about potential facility improvements ahead of a 2016 TUSD Bond election.  If you have not taken part in the survey yet, please use the link below to do so.  We need to make our voices heard so that the community knows why we need the Bond to pass and TUSD knows where the money is needed most.  https://tusd.typeform.com/to/KyaW8Q

On behalf of TEA, I wishes you all the best in the coming year.

Jason Freed

TEA President




December 17, 2015

Happy Holidays

 With the semester ending and a two week break only hours away, here are a few quick reminders from TEA…

 TUSD is conducting a survey about potential facility improvements ahead of a 2016 TUSD Bond election.  If you have not taken part in the survey yet, please use the link below to do so.  We need to make our voices heard so that the community knows why we need the Bond to pass and TUSD knows where the money is needed most.  https://tusd.typeform.com/to/KyaW8Q

 Please set your calendar for the non-partisan political training provided by One Arizona, taking place January 18th in Phoenix.  This will be a great event which will energize you for the 2016 election.  Please visit www.onearizona.org to RSVP.

 Please see the attached pledge-to-serve forms for the Sahuaro and Rincon areas.  These are special elections, so you do not have to work in the region you pledge-to-serve in.  Please consider joining the TEA Board of Directors and supporting your organization as a leader within TEA. 

Lastly, we had a wonderful holiday event Wednesday the 9th, attended by more than 60 members.  Please make sure to join us for our next AR meeting on January 27th at Rincon at 4:30.  See you there.

 TEA wishes you a wonderful holiday season and the happiest of New Years.

 Jason Freed

TEA President

Pledge-to-Serve (Sahuaro)

Pledge-to-Serve (Rincon)


 

November 16, 2015

Quick Updates! 

  • Happy American Education Week.  American Education week is highlighted by National Education Support Professionals (ESP) Day on Wednesday.  TEA wants to send a big thank you and congratulations to all of our ESPs.  Please make sure that your school announces and recognizes the ESP within your school.  Many TEA members are going out of their way to get something special for their ESP members.  With hundreds of great ideas out there, do something extra to say thank you to those individuals that support our kids each and every day.
  • Today, Monday the 16th, TUSD is hosting the Legislative Advocacy Info Session at Tucson High.  With the 2016 elections around the corner, this event will help you learn about the legislative process, navigate through the political landscape, and to make sure your voice and the voices of educators are heard clearly throughout the state.  The event is from 6 to 8, so make every attempt to attend.
  • In honor of National ESP Day, TEA is hosting a celebration for ESP at On the Border Thursday the 19th starting at 4:45.  All ESP are welcome, so come join us.
  • Remember that we have our monthly Association Representatives meeting this Wednesday the 18th at 4:30 in the Rincon library.  Please make sure that your AR or an alternate attends, as we want to make sure that every site is well informed about what is taking place in TEA and TUSD.  See you all Wednesday.
  • The Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction will be in Tucson Thursday from 6 to 7 at Catalina High School.  She needs to hear from the people working hard for our kids, so please join your colleagues Thursday at Catalina.

Have a wonderful week everyone, congrats to our ESP, and we will see you Wednesday at the AR meeting, and Thursday at the ESP event at 4:45 and to talk to the AZ Superintendent at 6.  Stay dry and healthy.

 

Jason Freed

TEA President

 


November 03, 2015

TEA Brothers and Sisters,

There is so much going on, for all of us.  Conferences, PLCs, starting evaluations.  And we only have a couple of weeks left in the quarter?  TEA has been just as busy, making certain that our members are being represented and our kids provided for.  Check out these specifics:

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT FUND IS BACK! – TEA has signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) that states that TUSD shall allocate $250,000 for certified staff and $100,000 for classified staff in the Professional Development Fund.  The PD Fund has been frozen for a few years now, and your bargaining team worked extremely hard to get it back.  We have successfully increased the reimbursement amount from $450 to $500 annually.  Please print and post the attachments and take advantage of these funds.  TEA sees this as a way to give yourself a $500 stipend each year and a great way to highlight the good work TEA is doing on behalf of our members.

TEA Visits – Staff and leadership have been all over the district, talking with members and potential members about the value of TEA.  The site visits have been a tremendous success, and the feedback has been very positive.  If we haven’t come to your site, we will soon.  Thank you for welcoming us and for continuing the positive momentum TEA has going throughout the district.

TEA Election –   If you haven’t yet voted, please do so Today.  We are going through the ratification process for the Agreements as well as electing a TEA Vice-President.  Please make sure to check your email and vote right away.  

Association Representatives Meeting – TEA wants to make sure that everyone is aware, we have outgrown the TEA building.  We are moving AR meetings to the Rincon campus and will be in the west library, just off 5th street.  Please make sure your site has an AR, and please make sure that at least one AR from every site is in attendance.  Things are moving quickly and TEA wants to make sure you are the most informed staff member on campus.

Special Master and Good News? – Yes, a little sarcasm is evident in this title (remember, I am a middle school teacher, so sarcasm is a second language for me).  But truly, there is great news.  Although we aren’t 100% certain at this point, it appears that the Special Master has backed off on his plan to replace administrators as evaluators!!!  We are waiting for the final word, but this looks very likely.  Please understand, there was no luck or even good fortune in our being successful.  TEA has been leading this charge since the end of June, supporting our process and providing the data that supports our position.  We have had at least ten speakers at the Governing Board meetings in opposition to the Special Master’s plan, as well as two presentations from Jason Freed as our representative.  This will be verified in the coming days, and TEA Leadership is proud of the fact that we would not accept the Special Master’s plan and we did not yield to his whim.  We stood firm and we won, for our teachers and our students.  Congratulations!

Membership – We have been gaining members each and every week, as more and more people pick up on our positive momentum.  So we can’t let that momentum die.  Please go out this week and have at least one conversation with a potential member.  Let them know that we negotiated raises for last school year and this one.  Highlight that we are the reason that the Special Master was not successful in replacing administrators as evaluators.  Inform them about the PD Fund returning, which was 100% your bargaining team’s doing.  We need your help to have those conversations and continue our membership growth.  With all of these wins, this is the perfect time.

Jump Into Fall – Enough with all this serious stuff, let’s just have some fun, and that is what the Jump Into Fall event is all about.  On October 8 from 4-6:30, we are going to get together at the TEA building for a family-friendly and fun-filled afternoon.  Please come join us and celebrate the end of the quarter, the end of 100 degree weather, birthdays, whatever.  Bring a sweet treat, a chair, a member, your family, and kick back with your colleagues and friends.  We will be talking about this event for months, so don’t miss out.  Thursday October 8, 4-6:30 at 4625 E 2nd St.  Please print out and post the attached flier.

Have a great last couple of weeks of the quarter, and we will see you at the committee meetings, the AR meeting on the 30th at Rincon, and on the 8th of October at TEA for some relaxation time.

Jason Freed

President of the Tucson Education Association


September 22, 2015

TEA Brothers and Sisters,

There is so much going on, for all of us.  Conferences, PLCs, starting evaluations.  And we only have a couple of weeks left in the quarter?  TEA has been just as busy, making certain that our members are being represented and our kids provided for.  Check out these specifics:

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT FUND IS BACK! – TEA has signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) that states that TUSD shall allocate $250,000 for certified staff and $100,000 for classified staff in the Professional Development Fund.  The PD Fund has been frozen for a few years now, and your bargaining team worked extremely hard to get it back.  We have successfully increased the reimbursement amount from $450 to $500 annually.  Please print and post the attachments and take advantage of these funds.  TEA sees this as a way to give yourself a $500 stipend each year and a great way to highlight the good work TEA is doing on behalf of our members.

 

TEA Visits – Staff and leadership have been all over the district, talking with members and potential members about the value of TEA.  The site visits have been a tremendous success, and the feedback has been very positive.  If we haven’t come to your site, we will soon.  Thank you for welcoming us and for continuing the positive momentum TEA has going throughout the district.

TEA Election –   If you haven’t yet voted, please do so Today.  We are going through the ratification process for the Agreements as well as electing a TEA Vice-President.  Please make sure to check your email and vote right away.  

Association Representatives Meeting – TEA wants to make sure that everyone is aware, we have outgrown the TEA building.  We are moving AR meetings to the Rincon campus and will be in the west library, just off 5th street.  Please make sure your site has an AR, and please make sure that at least one AR from every site is in attendance.  Things are moving quickly and TEA wants to make sure you are the most informed staff member on campus.

Special Master and Good News? – Yes, a little sarcasm is evident in this title (remember, I am a middle school teacher, so sarcasm is a second language for me).  But truly, there is great news.  Although we aren’t 100% certain at this point, it appears that the Special Master has backed off on his plan to replace administrators as evaluators!!!  We are waiting for the final word, but this looks very likely.  Please understand, there was no luck or even good fortune in our being successful.  TEA has been leading this charge since the end of June, supporting our process and providing the data that supports our position.  We have had at least ten speakers at the Governing Board meetings in opposition to the Special Master’s plan, as well as two presentations from Jason Freed as our representative.  This will be verified in the coming days, and TEA Leadership is proud of the fact that we would not accept the Special Master’s plan and we did not yield to his whim.  We stood firm and we won, for our teachers and our students.  Congratulations!

Membership – We have been gaining members each and every week, as more and more people pick up on our positive momentum.  So we can’t let that momentum die.  Please go out this week and have at least one conversation with a potential member.  Let them know that we negotiated raises for last school year and this one.  Highlight that we are the reason that the Special Master was not successful in replacing administrators as evaluators.  Inform them about the PD Fund returning, which was 100% your bargaining team’s doing.  We need your help to have those conversations and continue our membership growth.  With all of these wins, this is the perfect time.

Jump Into Fall – Enough with all this serious stuff, let’s just have some fun, and that is what the Jump Into Fall event is all about.  On October 8 from 4-6:30, we are going to get together at the TEA building for a family-friendly and fun-filled afternoon.  Please come join us and celebrate the end of the quarter, the end of 100 degree weather, birthdays, whatever.  Bring a sweet treat, a chair, a member, your family, and kick back with your colleagues and friends.  We will be talking about this event for months, so don’t miss out.  Thursday October 8, 4-6:30 at 4625 E 2nd St.  Please print out and post the attached flier.

Jump into fall! (2)

Have a great last couple of weeks of the quarter, and we will see you at the committee meetings, the AR meeting on the 30th at Rincon, and on the 8th of October at TEA for some relaxation time.

Jason Freed

President of the Tucson Education Association


September 13, 2015

TEA Family,

I can’t believe it, but we are over a month into the school year already.  Class rosters are set, classroom routines are in place, and we have already enjoyed a well-deserved long weekend.  With the upcoming conferences in mind, here is an update:

 

The TEA Leaders Event was outstanding.  Over 50 TEA members engaged in learning about our Consensus Agreement, organizing within our sites, and connecting with TEA and our members.  We also had exceptional speakers join us, including AEA Vice-President Joe Thomas, Senator Steve Farley, and Superintendent Sanchez.  We concluded the day joining TEA committees and beginning the exciting work that lies ahead.  All of this work would not have been possible without the committee facilitators and the staff and TEA leaders who ran the learning sessions, so thank you one and all.  Watch out for the TEA leaders who attended this event because they are already bringing TEA to the new heights.  We will need to work together to make TEA thrive.

 

An excerpt from Saturday’s event.  “TEA is growing, having signed over 100 new teachers at the New Teacher Induction with a total of over 150 people throughout the summer and the start of the school year. We are growing, we are strong, and we are TEA” Jason Freed, TEA President.  Please take a moment to talk to a potential member this week, bringing the positive message and positive momentum of TEA.  We will continue to be powerful and successful, but only if we work together.  We challenge you to sign two members per site before the end of the quarter.

 

Thank you to all of the TEA members who joined us at the Governing Board Meeting Tuesday the 8th.  President Jason Freed had an opportunity to speak about administrators as evaluators and shared the supportive data gleaned from the survey TEA members filled out.  Thank you for your input, which was clearly conveyed to the TUSD Board and heard by the Special Master.

 

As previously mentioned, the TEA Committees have begun to form and will have their first official meetings this month.  Listed are the committees and their first scheduled meeting.  Please find a committee or two that you can pledge to work with and attend their first meeting:   

ESP: Sept. 16 at 4:30

Professional Development: Sept. 21 at 4:30

Exceptional Education: Sept. 22 at 4:30

Membership: Sept. 24 at 4:30

Public Policy: Sept. 24 at 5

Budget: Oct. 6 at 5

The Association Representatives (AR) Meetings has been moved.  We have outgrown the TEA office and must move our AR meetings to the Rincon West Library.  Park on the north side of Rincon, just off 5th street, and join us at 4:30 on the 30th.  I know a few were unable to attend last month and we were missing representation from a few sites, so please make sure your school has at least one member attending.

 

VOTING: Members will have the opportunity to vote to ratify the Consensus and White Collar/Food Service Agreement as well as elect the next TEA Vice President.  The voting opens Wednesday the 16th and you will receive an electronic ballot Wednesday through your personal email.  If you need a paper ballot, please communicate with the TEA office.

 

Have a wonderful week and successful conferences

 


 

Summer 2015

My TEA Brothers and Sisters,

 

Let me first tell you how honored and privileged I am that you have entrusted me to be your TEA President. As many of you know, I have grown up in our organization and TEA holds a special place in my heart. The ideals that we believe in as TEA members are the same ideals that we know are best for our community: appropriate wages, quality working environment, and the belief that when we work together, we all benefit. I carry this message everywhere I go and every time I represent the amazing members within our Association.

 

Our outgoing President, Ms. Frances Banales, has created a template of sorts for our Association, fostering a partnership with TUSD. With a friendly Governing Board majority and a working relationship with the Superintendent, our Association and District is moving forward. From creating and passing a compression schedule to having a salary schedule that includes yearly raises for the first time in years, TEA is working successfully on your behalf.  

 

Know that I have already been working with the new TEA Board to increase our visibility, improve our connectedness with current members, and to increase our total membership.  You have elected an incredibly strong and effective Board, and we are looking to further strengthen our already powerful Association.

 

I am providing two links below. The first is an education funding related television appearance I was able to take part in on behalf of TEA and AEA.The second is a link to the on-line membership form.  Please view the TV piece and please pass on the membership link to your colleagues. Every TEA member further increases our effectiveness and our ability to advocate for our members and the students we serve.

AZ Week June 12, 2015

Online Membership Form through NEA

Enjoy the rest of your summer, as I hope that you find the time for loved ones, helping you unwind and reenergize. Thank you for your membership to TEA and for your commitment to our students and to TUSD.

 

In solidarity,

Jason