Association News

  • 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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  • (Jobs with) Justice Delayed

    Jan 16, 2015

    The Board Room was filled to capacity and there was a line of people waiting in the hallway on the fifth floor of the Ed Center last night for the first time in months. It was clear from multiple public comments that the handful of Board Majority supporters have JCEA and contract negotiations as their target. It was also clear that the Board Majority had no interest in collecting the “Scrooge of the Year” award from Jobs with Justice or having a room full of parents, teachers, and students see the “Salsa Summit” photo projected on the big screen.

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  • Suzanne McClung’s Public Comment

    Jan 16, 2015

    Suzanne McClung, science teacher at Lakewood High School, received the Amgen Award for Science Teaching Excellence at last night’s BoE meeting. This is a national recognition that was given to only nine science teachers this year. Ms. McClung delivered the following public comment shortly after receiving her award:

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  • Salsa Summit - The Power of Relational Organizing

    Jan 09, 2015

    There was a flurry of activity on facebook last night. A PTA member was dining at Jose O’Shea’s in Lakewood and Ken Witt was at the table next to them talking about the JeffCo contract with a group of men. After this information was posted on social media, several people in the area converged on the restaurant to investigate. This demonstrates the power of relational organizing and going public and is proof that the campaign to Stand Up For All Students is working.

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  • Moot's the Word

    Dec 12, 2014

    Witt’s word of the night at last night’s BoE meeting was moot. He repeated it several times indicating that several conversations are being rendered obsolete thanks, in large part, to the so called Student Based Budgeting being rolled out in JeffCo over the coming years. The meeting was sparsely attended but with a strong contingent of Jeffco teachers, parents, and community members united against the Board majority.

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  • Contract Provision Impositions: Bargaining and Legal Update

    Dec 05, 2014

    JCEA is fighting back against the Board Majority’s imposition of contract provisions on several levels.

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  • Williams “standing firm on a poll” as Board Majority looks poised to spend $30k getting data that supports agenda

    Nov 21, 2014

    There were no fireworks at last night’s sparsely attended BoE study session. The Board Majority continued to push their agenda, even in the face of mounting evidence that what they are peddling is a solution in search of a problem.

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  • Let Them Eat Cake – Board Majority’s Agenda on Display at Tea Party Sponsored Education Event

    Nov 14, 2014

    “The Lord would be pleased with the changes locally and nationally” is how the preacher ended his prayer at Monday evening’s Tea Party meeting about education. About one hundred people braved the snow and icy roads to attend the event at the Barn in Evergreen, prompting Ed Sullivan, President of the Evergreen Tea Party and emcee for the evening to declare that “[Y]ou're not too old, George Washington would have loved to have you in his army”. The average age in the room was about sixty-eight and one person traveled all the way from Grand Junction to soak in the wit and wisdom of the evening’s guest speakers.

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  • Another Night at the Circus – This Time with Guns, Sprinklers, and Acts of Civil Disobedience

    Nov 07, 2014

    Yellow police tape was again used by the Board Majority to keep people off of the grass at last night’s moderately attended Board of Education meeting. There was also a new district security guard with a terse attitude and a gun tucked in the waistband behind his back. On the agenda were two charter school applications, a discussion about McMinimee’s goals, and some changes to district policies that govern committee structures which included the new curriculum review committee. While charter school expansion was expected to be the hot topic of the evening, it was the newly formed JeffCo Students for Change, an organization comprised of students from almost every high school, which made headlines from last night’s meeting.

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  • JeffCo students interrupt school board meeting

    Nov 07, 2014

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  • 9News: Polling and voting centers open on Monday

    Oct 20, 2014

    Colorado residents will be able to vote in-person or drop off ballots at polling centers on Monday.

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  • NEA Today: The Long History of Blaming Teachers First

    Oct 15, 2014

    A high-ranking education official in a major U.S. city feverishly argues that schools should be operated like a business. Unapologetic about targeting and firing ineffective teachers, the official pushes for an evaluation system that is rooted in student test scores.

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  • 9 News: Teachers association president applauds student protests

    Sep 24, 2014

    Students from at least seven Jefferson County High Schools took part in protests against the Jefferson County School Board on Tuesday.

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