Association News

  • 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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  • Taming Stress

    Sep 11, 2015

    Stress is the way that we respond to change in our lives. It is the way our bodies react physically, emotionally, cognitively, or behaviorally to any change in the status quo. These changes do not have to be only negative things; positive change can also be stressful. Even imagined change can cause stress.

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  • Board Watch: The Three Monsters of the BoE

    Sep 04, 2015

    The Board Majority, clearly in full campaign mode, exposed some of their greatest weaknesses at last night’s BoE meeting; there is a new student led organization on the scene calling for the recall of the Board Majority; a Board Majority supporter said people need to “stop blaming the three monsters on the Board”; and Witt just couldn’t help but be Witt.

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  • Be a Better Friend by Being a Better Listener

    Sep 04, 2015

    One of the most important elements in a strong friendship is communication. That means not simply being able to talk with each other, but actually being able to "communicate" about important matters. For such communication to take place, and a friendship to grow and develop, being able to listen is a vital skill most of us need to develop better.

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  • Board Majority Back in Session

    Aug 28, 2015

    What a difference a summer makes. The events of the past few months have changed the tone of the Board Majority and Witt, Newkirk, and Williams are clearly campaigning to keep their seats on the Board of Education. There was a lot of posturing and grandstanding and Witt tried hard to control his temper. We know who the real WNW are, however, and we need to continue to get the message about the need for a pro-public education school board out to our community.

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  • JeffCo School Board Accepts Short Term Contract

    Aug 28, 2015

    "We began this process focused on the quality of our classrooms. We listened to our community, the parents, and the teachers and we stepped forward and stood up for our students. A short term agreement means that students will be losing more high quality, experienced educators to other districts. It means the district will be spending tens of thousands of dollars repeating this process in just a few months. Those are dollars that are better spent in the classroom” said John Ford, Social Studies teacher, Jefferson County Education Association President, and parent of three JeffCo students.

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  • Jeffco Teachers Vote to Ratify Short Term Agreement

    Aug 26, 2015

    Jefferson County, Colorado – Voting has closed for Jefferson County teachers submitting their vote for ratification of the ten-month agreement. Voting began last Friday following an all-member meeting at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds, where over a thousand educators gathered to discuss the proposal. Voting ended at 3:00 p.m. this afternoon. The agreement passed with a majority of the votes cast in favor of ratification.

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  • All Member Meeting Press Release

    Aug 21, 2015

    Jefferson County, Colorado – Thousands of educators gathered this evening at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds for an all-member meeting of the Jefferson County Education Association (JCEA). They are gathering to discuss the Tentative Agreement, which was signed by representatives of the teachers’ association and the district’s bargaining team on Thursday, August 6th. After five months and over one hundred and fifty hours spent at the bargaining table, the two teams emerged with a ten-month agreement that will expire on June 30th of 2016.

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  • NEGOTIATIONS TEAM UPDATE

    Jul 16, 2015

    We asked the district team to invite the school board to a negotiations session and the district team refused to extend the invitation. Consequently, JCEA President John Ford has sent a letter inviting the school board to the table to provide us more clarity on their interests given that they have not yet had a public meeting outlining their priorities for negotiations.

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  • Updated: JCEA Continues Negotiations and Invites School Board to the Table

    Jul 16, 2015

    Jefferson County Education Association and Jefferson County School District have not come to a tentative agreement.

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  • JCEA Continues Negotiations and Invites School Board to the Table

    Jul 15, 2015

    Today, Jefferson County Education Association sent a letter to the Jefferson County School Board and invited them to air their concerns at the negotiating table. The letter was sent to the board this evening, and JCEA hopes to receive a response by the end of the week.

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  • What Does the Compensation MOU Mean for Me?

    Jun 19, 2015

    Learn more about how the Memorandum of Understanding that was approved by the BoE will effect your compensation.

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