Association News

  • 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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  • 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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