Association News

  • Tentative Agreement Reached!

    Apr 04, 2017

    After months of bargaining and hundreds of volunteer hours, the JCEA bargaining team reached a Tentative Agreement with the district at last night’s bargaining session. A vote of the entire JCEA membership on whether or not to ratify the agreement will take place following next week’s AR Council meeting on Tuesday.

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  • Senate Bill 61 - More Action Needed

    Apr 04, 2017

    Thank you all for attending town halls and contacting your legislators to tell them to VOTE NO on SB61. We need to keep calling!

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  • You take care of our children. Let us take care of you.

    Mar 13, 2017

    Just like the satisfaction you get by making a difference in the lives of children you serve, our satisfaction comes from knowing we’ve made a difference for those of you who have entrusted us to structure the financing for your home.

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  • Community Outreach Action Team

    Nov 04, 2016

    The Grub Club food drive is coming back in January! We will again partner with the JeffCo Action Center to provide meals and hygiene items for our high school students who are homeless or emancipated. Last year we saw huge growth in what we were able to give, and we’re hoping that this year will be even bigger.

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  • Celebration of Jim Hodges’ Life

    Sep 23, 2016

    On August 11, 2016, we lost a wonderful man who touched many lives. James “Jim” R. Hodges moved to Colorado in 1969 because he had heard great things about Jefferson County Schools and wanted to be part of an innovative school system to benefit kids.

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  • Bargaining WINS and More Work to Do

    Sep 23, 2016

    The bargaining team and NAAT have celebrations from last year, but also lots of work left to do.

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  • Learning to Speak Your Mind

    Sep 16, 2016

    While it takes courage to speak up, especially if it's something you don’t usually do, it's a valuable skill to learn to manage your fears and act responsibly. Rather than being silent and then regretting not saying something, learning to express yourself can bring a real sense of accomplishment and involvement.

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  • JCEA AR Council Votes Unanimously to Support 3A & 3B

    Sep 08, 2016

    PreK-12 funding in Colorado faces a lot of challenges. The funds generated by 3A and 3B will go towards long overdue repairs and improvements in schools including roofs, plumbing, electrical, lighting, and mechanical systems. The average school building in JeffCo is more than 45 years old. The resources will also allow JeffCo schools to continue providing students with instruction, skills, and hands-on learning necessary for success in college and the workplace through the expansion of “STEM” programs (science, technology, engineering, and math), as well as the arts, music, and career/technical education.

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  • BoE Weighs Mill and Bond

    Jun 17, 2016

    As educators in JeffCo who understand all too well the impact that a $77 million yearly shortfall in funding has on our students, we need to step up and be a significant part of this discussion and decision.

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  • Connecting Students to the "Real World"

    Mar 11, 2016

    For many students, high school will never be the “real world”. They will continue to ask, rightly or not, when they are going to use many of the things they learn during their four years. As the real world changes however, it’s the teachers who evolve along with it that will leave the biggest footprint on the psyche and experiences of our children.

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  • Board Report: The (Increasing) Cost of WNW

    Mar 04, 2016

    It will take some time to untangle the mess left behind by Witt, Newkirk, and Williams. Last night, the Clean Slate BoE took a couple of steps in the right direction.

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  • I Work in the 'Real World', Too

    Mar 04, 2016

    The fallacy about tying teacher compensation to 'real world' expectations leaves out the human aspect: students are not a product nor are they machines. They are unpredictable and volatile. There is no 'bottom dollar' where humans are concerned.

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  • The Politics of Education

    Feb 26, 2016

    As many of you know, I am a registered Republican who is fiscally conservative and somewhat moderate socially. I remember working together with past Republicans like Sen. Al Meiklejohn of Arvada to help enhance public education. Despite some different ideas, we were able to find places to compromise and move forward. Lately, I confess, I feel like the national Republican Party is to public education what a pride of hungry lions are to a herd of passing gazelles.

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  • Board Report: Bargaining Begins

    Feb 19, 2016

    Your JCEA team emphasized the need to have a competitive salary system to attract and retain quality educators. The District team agreed that is a need and that JeffCo is not currently competitive in metro Denver. The tricky part will be to determine how to structure a new pay system and where we will find the money to give salary increases.

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  • From Vision to Reality

    Feb 19, 2016

    Our “Vision for the Schools Our Students Deserve” is lofty. So was the idea of recalling three hostile school board members, replacing them, and bringing on two more pro-public schools board members, but we did it. When we speak though our voices may shake, act even when we are tired, devote time when time is such a precious commodity, when we commit to our kids and our community, we can do anything.

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  • It's Tax Time!

    Feb 19, 2016

    Click for information about how to claim deductions for your JCEA dues on your 2015 taxes.

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  • Slow Night at the BoE

    Dec 11, 2015

    Last night’s BoE meeting was mostly uneventful and, after honors and recognition, poorly attended. Even the media table, occupied for the last two years, was vacant.

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  • Managing Holiday Stress

    Dec 11, 2015

    The holiday season is upon us. For some of us this can bring a sense of looming stress. This time of year can be a wonderful opportunity to enjoy time with family and friends; however most of us also feel a high level of stress during the holiday season. Finances and budgeting, hectic schedules and unmet expectations can all add to the stress.

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  • VICTORY: Organized People BEAT Organized Money Every Time

    Nov 05, 2015

    We are educators because we are passionate about the students that are in our schools every day. When we come together with one voice, as the Jefferson County Education Association, we are powerful protectors of our students and our classrooms – and we can support each other as we work to improve our profession and our teaching practice. On Tuesday, two years of hard work of thousands of JCEA members, educators, parents, students, and community members paid off in a historic victory for our students, our profession, and public education.

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  • Election 2015 Recommendations

    Sep 11, 2015

    AR Council voted to recommend the candidates put forward by the JCEA/JCCSEA candidate interview and recommendation committee for Election 2015.

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