Association News

  • 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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  • Bargaining Breakdown: Who is Holding Whom Hostage?

    May 22, 2015

    Negotiations hit a giant roadblock last night at a hastily scheduled special session focused on compensation. At the end of the evening, Amy Weber claimed that teachers are “holding the district hostage” which drew a large gasp from the more than one hundred teachers, parents, and concerned citizens who were in attendance. The message from the JCEA bargaining team was clear: The district needs to address compensation increases for all educators, otherwise we risk losing high quality and experienced teachers who have made sacrifices for half a decade to keep funding cuts out of the classrooms.

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  • Court Report

    May 08, 2015

    Last Friday was JCEA’s day in court to request an injunction against the District’s imposition of a new pay system for new hires that in some cases, pays newly hired Jeffco teachers thousands of dollars more than teachers who have stayed in Jeffco through the recession, taking negotiated pay cuts to manage the $80+ million dollar shortfall.

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  • Board Report: Witt Bullies JeffCo Student

    May 08, 2015

    After several months of relatively good behavior, Witt was his old self at last night’s BoE meeting. Throughout the meeting he was disrespectful and dismissive, but the meeting ended on a chilling note when Witt openly bullied a student who was still in attendance after midnight.

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  • Fighting for What's Right

    May 01, 2015

    Today JCEA went to court to ask a judge for an injunction against the imposition of a new salary system for new to Jeffco teachers. This proposal from Chief Human Resources Officer Amy Weber, was approved by the school board in March.

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  • Wheat Ridge High School's Stephanie Rossi Honored

    May 01, 2015

    Congrats to JCEA's Stephanie Rossi, who will receive Williams College’s annual George Olmsted Jr. Class of 1924 Prize for Excellence in Secondary School Teaching in June. She is one of four outstanding high school teachers nationally to receive the award, for which she was nominated by a former student who is now a senior at Williams in Massachusetts. Here is the description of Stephanie released by the college yesterday...

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  • JCEA Goes to Court - TWICE

    Apr 24, 2015

    Friday, May 1, JCEA will be in court. We filed a request for an injunction to stop the District from unilaterally imposing the new pay plan for new hires to Jeffco. As you may remember, Amy Weber outlined a plan to the Board of Education which they approved.

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  • R E S P E C T

    Apr 24, 2015

    When I was in the classroom I experienced lack of respect from adolescents from time to time. I chalked it up to their immaturity, dealt with it, and moved on. What was harder to accept was the lack of respect from the school district and the Board of Education. We had to fight for salaries and working conditions that were obviously needed to have a quality teaching force. Demanding RESPECT from the school board and the district became our battle cry.

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  • Day Without Hate

    Apr 19, 2015

    In light of recent events and being sensitive to upcoming anniversaries, I would like to, as the president of JCEA, ask everyone to be mindful and respectful of the meaning of acceptance and tolerance. I hope you will join us this week, especially on Friday, April 24, and celebrate acceptance and tolerance in the "Day Without Hate" celebrations happening throughout the district. More information about "Day Without Hate" and how you can participate can be found here: http://www.daywithouthate.org/

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  • Board Report - Brad Miller's Assault on the Thompson EA

    Apr 17, 2015

    Last night’s BoE retreat was mostly a waste of time. Several speakers presented ideas about innovation in education. The highlight was a presentation from several JeffCo schools that are currently using innovative practices in educating their students. Meanwhile, in Thompson, Brad Miller’s other anti-teacher Board Majority was moving full-steam ahead to dismantle the Thompson Education Association.

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  • Bargaining Update

    Apr 17, 2015

    The JCEA and Jeffco Schools bargaining teams met Monday, April 13, and Wednesday, April 15. The small working groups that had been meeting to generate options reported out to the larger group.

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  • Westword Cover Story April 8, 2015

    Apr 08, 2015

    The cover story in this week's Westword is titled "History Is Still Being Written in the Ugly Battle Over Public Education in Jefferson County." You can READ IT HERE and pick it up on newstands FREE.

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  • Fund Our Schools

    Apr 03, 2015

    The numbers have been crunched, the economic reports reviewed, and the recommendations heard…and now our state legislators have begun to write the budget for the state of Colorado and most importantly DETERMINE FUNDING FOR OUR SCHOOLS!

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