Association News

  • 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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  • Look Into My Eyes

    Apr 03, 2015

    Witt tried to behave himself during last night’s meeting. By the time the meeting was adjourned at 1:30 in the morning he had not quite succeeded.

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  • We Must "Withstain"

    Mar 20, 2015

    Williams created another new word for hash tag fodder at last night’s very brief BoE meeting. During a discussion with Amy Weber about compensation, Williams recognized the salary cuts and freezes teachers in the district have endured, but said it is important the budget be able to “withstain” any plan to address the losses for existing teachers while moving forward with a competitive compensation package for teachers new to the district.

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  • Betrayals and Bio-Metric Data Harvesters

    Mar 06, 2015

    The Board Majority, yet again, managed to raise the bar when it comes to a lack of transparency, accountability, and respect at last night’s BoE meeting and raise the ire of JCEA leaders and staff who have entered the negotiations process with the intent of bargaining in good faith and working hard to develop a Negotiated Agreement for the twenty-first century.

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  • Bargainers at Work!

    Mar 06, 2015

    Your bargaining team has been busy. We’ve looked at the bargaining survey data, and organized our articles into seven “classrooms” that describe how our contract benefits students and their families as well as educators.

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  • Mountain Community Goes Public at the Muddy Buck

    Mar 06, 2015

    Several inches of snow were forecast to fall on Tuesday evening. The drive up the hill wasn’t too bad but there is always a concern about turnout to events when the local media in Denver sounds the alarm bells about snow. Teachers and parents from Parmalee Elementary School in Indian Hills had planned an event at the Muddy Buck in downtown Evergreen with the goal of informing people in the mountain community about the campaign to Stand Up For All Students.

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  • It's My Party

    Mar 06, 2015

    I’ve always been reluctant to throw a house party. Looking back, I can no longer remember why. Was it the idea of having acquaintances in my house? Everyone close to me already knows about the Board Majority so all that remained were neighbors and friends of friends. Perhaps I felt awkward discussing something so personal. Could it have been that I just wasn’t ready to take the next step and get even more involved in my association?

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  • JCEA filed a temporary injunction to protect educators’ private personnel information

    Feb 20, 2015

    This week, CEA attorneys filed a motion to request a temporary injunction on behalf of JCEA. This injunction will stop the district from releasing individual teacher personnel records in response to a CORA (Colorado Open Records Act) request.

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  • WILL WE BE DOWN WITH IBB? WE WILL SEE . . .

    Feb 20, 2015

    A sparsely-attended Board study session covered many important issues including the Jefferson area plan, negotiations process, Student Based Budgeting, Classroom Dashboard, the Alameda facilities plan, and alternative teacher licensure. The depth of the Board discussion was pretty shallow.

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  • What the JCEA Day of Action Meant to Me.

    Feb 20, 2015

    JCEA members had a great time participating in our day of action. Here’s what one of our members had to say.

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  • What's JCEA Doing?

    Feb 13, 2015

    A lot of money is being spent in response to our campaign to Stand Up For All Students. If teachers, parents, and students weren’t seen as a threat to the Board Majority’s agenda, we wouldn’t see these kinds of actions from their supporters.

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  • An Open Letter

    Feb 13, 2015

    With thousands of teachers who feel their lives are on hold, unable to buy homes, have children, provide for their children, progress in their careers or as Maslow would say “feel safe and secure,” a “good faith” CONTRACT would be just one sign that this Board respects the community and the employees they represent.

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  • "Pitcher in Pitcher" Streaming - Julie Williams Goes Meta and Shows Family's Values in Another Dysfunctional BoE Meeting

    Feb 06, 2015

    The Board majority-induced chaos continues to intensify. Last night’s meeting was even more dysfunctional than the January 29th study session. Highlights include the following:

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  • Erin Murphy, Social Studies teacher at Alameda International High School

    Feb 06, 2015

    I have a number of questions for Board members, that are related to a variety of different topics. I am asking these questions in public comment because my emails to Board Majority members and to the Board secretary go unanswered, so continuing to ask questions via email seems like an exercise in futility.

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  • Jayne Vahle, Language Arts teacher at Bear Creek High School

    Feb 06, 2015

    On the cusp of this year's bargaining, we should be reminded that the entire contract will be negotiated. We have high hopes that both the BOE and teachers’ association can negotiate a contract that is best for all students.

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  • Katie Tennessen, Social Studies teacher at Columbine High School

    Feb 06, 2015

    Please remember my face and my story as you begin working with teachers during negotiations for our contract. Please negotiate with us in good faith and allow us to focus on the reason we are all here – the students.

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  • Let Me Find My Other Thought - Bargaining Prep in the Age of WNW

    Jan 30, 2015

    The BoE study session was adjourned before 9:00 last night. There was a brief discussion about negotiations, Brad Miller gave some bad advice about the Colorado Open Records Act (CORA), an issue that was highlighted by Nic Garcia in Chalk Beat, and, at one point, Williams shuffled frantically through her papers saying “let me find my other thought.” There weren’t any fireworks, but there are a couple of items of significance to report.

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