5/20/2020 – Submit feedback today, Attend bargaining tonight, Virtual town hall tomorrow

RSVP for our virtual town hall this Thursday HERE.

Jeffco “re-entry:

On Monday you should have received a copy of the “full first draft” of the Jeffco re-entry options. We need your continued and honest feedback. Over 800 of you have responded to our 1st draft survey so far!

The district also has a direct feedback process and we are strongly encouraging you to submit you questions, suggestions and concerns directly to the district AND the JCEA form. We won’t be offended if you simply copy and paste! A parent survey will launch Friday – we know many of you have students in the district – please utilize all of the feedback spaces available.

Find our JCEA feedback form here: bit.ly/JCEA_reentry_2020

Bargaining tonight:

Join us for bargaining tonight at 5:00 pm – Teacher rights and protecting our entire contract are front and center. The district believes our current process provides a fair and neutral system. Do you agree?

Tune into bargaining virtually with live chat here: https://bit.ly/JCEA_Barg_5_20

The link to the district live stream can be found here: https://bit.ly/MGMT_live_stream

Funding, Funding, who’s got the funding?

Nationally:

Demand Senators Send COVID-19 Relief to the States

Colorado is staring at a scary $3.3 billion shortfall due to lost revenue from the COVID-19 crisis. The U.S. House passed the HEROES Act, an historic bill that would help avoid the worst of the education cuts that are expected because of falling state revenues and Great Depression-level unemployment. But the bill’s fate is uncertain in the U.S. Senate. If we don’t act now for federal funding, we won’t be able to give students the help, support and opportunity they need when school buildings reopen. Write our senators now and demand they prioritize our students and educators with dedicated funding for public schools.

Statewide:

Keep Pressure on Capitol Budget Negotiators

Right now the JBC is working to draft the budget for the state and they need to hear from frontline educators about what deep cuts to K12 funding will do; they need to hear from YOU! If you haven’t done so already, please send an email to members of the Joint Budget Committee. Tell the JBC members the impact that funding cuts would personally have on your students, especially since we know that students will have greater needs when they return to school. We know our elected officials often ignore form letters, so your story is the most powerful tool we have and your stories and your experiences matter and need to be heard.

If we all spend two minutes a day, our impact could be enormous:

Social media is an important piece of going public and amplifying our voice. If you are anything like us, checking social media has become an important part of staying connected to loved ones and your community. Taking two minutes of your daily screen time to take action adds up quickly!

Share your story on social media and encourage your friends and colleagues to do the same. Please share why you think funding public education is critical across all the social media platforms you are part of (Facebook, Twitter, Tik Tok, etc).

  • Tag 10 friends and challenge them to share as well;
  • Tag the Colorado Legislature: #coleg;
  • Tag your legislator;
  • Tag #redfored; #JCEAProud #Edcolo
  • Don’t forget to tag JCEA @JCEAColorado and CEA @ColoradoEA

Finally, please call (303) 622-3968, and follow the prompts to be connected with your legislator to say NO to further cuts to education and to support an emergency measure that will provide an additional 600 million dollars into the state budget while cutting taxes for 95% of Coloradans.

But there is a silver lining – the urgency of this COVID-19 budget crisis situation has inspired several hundred education supporters to volunteer to get a fair tax measure on the ballot. Plus,new public polling shows 69% of Coloradans – a majority of Democrats, Republicans, and unaffiliated voters – would rather raise taxes on the wealthy than suffer catastrophic cuts. Fair Tax Colorado has support and people are engaging at the right time. If you haven’t already, will you join your fellow Coloradans in carrying and/or signing a petition to get Fair Tax Colorado’s citizen initiative on the ballot?

What happens if we don’t mobilize?

Without continued engagement as escalation – the future of public education as we know it is at risk. You all know the devastating impacts the cuts and endless IOU’s have had on our schools – and we can’t go down without a fight. Further education cuts in the hundreds of millions could force widespread teacher layoffs, permanent school closures, more four-day weeks, and reduced spending on technology and maintenance. Our students and YOU deserve better.

We know it’s been a an uphill battle and most of us never dreamed that we would have to work this hard to do what we believe is right – providing Colorado’s kids a great education. The reality is, politics influences nearly every aspect of the work now and your voice as a voter is just as important as your voice in the classroom. JCEA members have proven that when we stand and fight together we can move immense mountains – and together we can do it once again.