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DEADLINE EXTENDED FOR
SCHOOL CLIMATE/ADMINISTRATOR SURVEY

The deadline has been extended for TALB members to take the School Climate and Administrator survey. All online survey submissions are due by end of Tuesday, April 22, 2014.

AT LEAST 50% OF THE TALB BARGAINING UNIT MEMBERS AT YOUR SCHOOL SITE MUST TAKE THE SURVEY IN ORDER FOR US TO PUBLISH THE RESULTS. Please participate and make sure your site surveys are published.

Click here to take the School Climate and Administrator surveys!

For those who had problems completing the Administrator survey, you need to make sure your Web browser's "Cookies" are enabled otherwise the page won't know which Administrator to list for you.

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TALB RUNOFF ELECTION

The Runoff election for the Poly Area Secondary Director resulted in a tie:

  1. Paloma Kato: 63
  2. Dr. Debra Belcher: 63

There will be another Runoff election for school sites in the Poly Area. Ballots will be distributed at the Rep Council meeting on April 29, 2014. The ballots will be due at the TALB office on Friday, May 16, 2014 at 4:30pm.


CTA Disability Enrollment Ending Soon
Apply by April 30, 2014

The CTA Disability Enrollment is ENDING SOON; last day to do so is 4/30/14. This benefit is offered to fill the void of teachers not having access to state disability benefits. This opportunity only comes around once every 3 years! If 5% of the membership enrolls, all health questions will be waived for all members in good standing who apply during the timeframe. There is a 7 workday wait period. Sick Leave must be used first, and the plans pays an additional $25 per day on top of full paid sick leave if you are out for a disability. After sick leave is finished and you are still out on the disability, a two year benefit window will open and the policy will make sure you do not fall below 75% of your contracted salary. All benefits are tax free. The policy covers you on and off the job, and covers maternity. This coverage at most cost $41.03 for ten paychecks and goes down from there. Also after you receive a policy effective date and work 10 consecutive days, all pre-existing conditions are covered!

For all details, benefit information, cost, or to enroll online visit: www.standard.com/cta/talb

Last chance enrollment meeting @ TALB office on Wednesday April 30th from 3:00 to 5:00 Address: 4362 Atlantic Ave, Long Beach, CA 90807


BARGAINING SURVEY

Bargaining for next year will begin in a few short months. We will be bargaining on the following topics:

  • Salary
  • Heath Benefits
  • Evaluation
  • Plus THREE topics selected by each party (TALB and the District)

Please help the TALB Bargaining Team by completing the BARGAINING SURVEY. The Bargaining Team will use the results of the survey to help craft TALB’s intitial bargaining proposal.

Please complete the survey by May 1, 2014.

Click here to take the Bargaining Survey!


SCHOOL BOARD ELECTION REPORT

LBUSD DISTRICT 1: Unofficial election results indicate that Megan Kerr was successfully elected to the seat vacated by retiring School Board member Mary Stanton. At press time, the election results are not yet official, as several hundred provisional ballots will be counted in the next few days, but the final tally of the provisional ballots is unlikely to change the outcome.

The campaign to replace retiring School Board member Mary Stanton was hard-fought. Megan and her volunteers (including many TALB members) mounted a steady and well-organized effort. TALB members can look forward to partnering with Megan as she takes her place on the School Board in the next few months.

TALB also extends deep appreciation to Mary Stanton for her two decades of service on the LBUSD School Board. We thank Mary for her commitment to the students and the Long Beach community.

LBUSD DISTRICT 3: Congratulations to John McGinnis on his re-election. Dr. Juan Benitez campaigned hard, as did TALB members, in the effort to challenge the incumbent. In an informal note to his core campaign team the day before the election, Juan summed up the campaign with his usual grace:

”We gave it our all. I strongly believe that the fruits of our labor will not be in vain no matter the outcome tomorrow. We can celebrate this victory regardless of the results because it wasn't about me or us... it was always about our students' future.”

LBUSD DISTRICT 5: Diana Craighead was re-elected to her seat on the School Board.


TALB VOLUNTEERS ROCK

The Kerr and Benitez campaigns were buoyed by the work of nearly 300 TALB volunteers. TALB members phoned, walked, and ate a little bit of pizza and a few hot dogs and burgers. Some volunteers practically lived at the TALB office over the course of the campaign. The solidarity with TALB members, community members, parents, students, and other union members who volunteered on both campaigns made this a rewarding effort for everybody involved. The bonds made during this campaign with our candidates, community members, parents, and other unions (most notably the LBPOA, LBFFA, and IBEW Local 11) will serve TALB well for years to come.

IN HONOR OF OUR VOLUNTEERS, TALB WILL HOLD A FUN AND INFORMAL BARBEQUE AT THE TALB OFFICE ON MAY 14, AFTER SCHOOL. ALL TALB VOLUNTEERS (CAMPAIGN, COMMITTEES, REP COUNCIL. ETC.) ARE INVITED. COME BY AND ENJOY FRIENDS, MUSIC, FOOD, AND DRINK. IN TOTAL, OVER 500 TALB MEMBERS HAVE VOLUNTEERED ON BEHALF OF TALB AND THEIR COLLEGUES THIS YEAR!


LOCAL CONTROL FUNDING UPDATE:
SITE FUNDING DECISIONS
SITE COUNCIL PARTICIPATION MATTERS

Previous UPDATE’s have covered the significant school funding changes that are in progress as a result of the new Local Control Funding Formula. The formula provides base level funding for all students in the school district, and additional funding for English Language Learners and students living in poverty. In addition, Districts with higher levels of students in need receive an additional funding allotment called the “Concentration Grant.”

LBUSD has elected to allocate a large portion of this concentration grant directly to school sites. The schools will then make recommendations to the School Board regarding how to spend this “site based” funding.

The decision-making mechanism for this funding is the School Site Council. Every school should have a functioning “Site Council” that includes elected teachers. This is where the action will be when it comes to making good spending decisions that support classroom instruction.

The total Concentration Grant funding that will be allocated to school sites next year is budgeted at $7,425,080. This is a conservative estimate that could increase based on the final budget approved in July. Teachers, nurses, and librarians should consider actively participating on Site Council in order to impact school site spending decisions.

You can view individual school site funding estimates by clicking here.


A MESSAGE FROM OUR FRIENDS AT EXTRAORDINARY FAMILIES . . .
EDUCATORS MAKE GREAT FOSTER PARENTS

The Extraordinary Families Campaign is looking for a few good educators.

There are approximately 19,000 children in foster care in Los Angeles County. Yet there are only 100 families certified to care for our most vulnerable children – those needing therapeutic foster care.

Therapeutic foster care uses a team-oriented approach where each parent is specially trained and surrounded by professional support available at any time, day or night.

Extraordinary Families is a partnership of six foster family agencies and The Child Welfare Initiative who have come together to find caring and committed adults who are interested in helping these young people.

Join us for an informational session specially dedicated to introducing Long Beach educators to the importance of therapeutic foster care and learn how you can help some of our most vulnerable young people.

This session is on Thursday, March 6th at 4pm at Children’s Institute Inc, on 4300 Long Beach Blvd. Suite 700, Long Beach, CA.

You can learn more by visiting www.extraordinary-families.org or calling (323) 549-3426. Join us!


Calendar 2014-15 Ratified by TALB Members

TALB members voted to approved the Tentative Agreement on the Calendar for 2014-15 (Yes: 1,215 / No: 334).

A copy of the proposed calendar that was voted on can be downloaded at the Bargaining Updates page.


ROCK THE PHONES
TALB MEMBERS MAKE 1873 CALLS IN FIRST 3 DAYS

TALB members are organizing to have an impact on their professional future and the learning conditions of their students. In the first three days of phone banking last week, teachers, nurses, and librarians, teamed up with parents and community members, to make nearly 2,000 calls.

Join the effort. Find out how by calling TALB at 562.426.6433.


TED RALL COMMENTS ON THE VERGARA LAWSUIT COMPLIMENTS OF THE LA TIMES

Click here to read the LA Times article.

( Ted Rall / For The Times / February 6, 2014 )


SALARY INCREASE – UPDATE

The District reports that RETRO paychecks will go out on February 21, 2014 and REGULAR salary schedule increases will be paid on February 28, 2014.

The recent contract agreement has been ratified by both parties. It will now go into effect. The LBUSD reports that TALB members can expect the salary increase to rollout as follows.

  • RETRO PAY:
    Retro salary increases will be paid NO LATER THAN February 21, 2014.

  • SALARY SCHEDULE INCREASES:
    Regular salary schedule and rate pay increases will be reflected in pay checks NO LATER THAN QW 9, which will be paid on February 28, 2014.


A NEW YEAR:
NEW CHALLENGES, NEW OPPORTUNITES

A NEW BUDGET WITH FUNDING INCREASES:

  • Will teachers, librarians, and nurses get the raises we deserve?
  • Will RIF’d TALB members be reinstated prior to their 39 month deadline?
  • Will programs such as class size reduction, nursing, and libraries be restored?

A NEW LOCAL CONTROL FUNDING FORMULA (LCFF):

  • Will the School Board reach out to achieve meaningful input regarding local spending decisions?
  • Will all communities within the LBUSD have a voice in their schools?

MORE COMMON CORE:

  • Will Common Core promote classroom friendly teaching or become a hindrance to quality classroom instruction?

The answers to these questions depend, in large part, on TALB members.

Organized and united TALB members are in a position to have a positive influence on these challenges. Every TALB Site Rep and every TALB member will need to contribute. In the near term, the best way to promote quality schools is to get involved in the upcoming School Board election.

The upcoming school board election (April 8, 2014), and the one two years later, will elect a school board with more power than any Board of Education since the 1970’s, due to LCFF. How we fare in the next several years will be impacted by who gets elected. Your participation as a TALB member volunteering for endorsed candidates will be a determining factor in the outcome of the election. You can help this effort RIGHT NOW by volunteering just a few hours to help with the campaign. Here are three easy ways to get involved:

  1. Sign-up to volunteer by clicking here.
  2. Email Chris Callopy at ccallopy@talb.org or call 562.426.6433.
  3. Talk to your TALB Site Rep.

We need you to volunteer. Talk to your TALB site rep, or call TALB to join the effort.


POLICE – FIRE – TEACHERS/NURSES/LIBRARIANS ALLIANCE

Last August, the TALB Representative Council approved an alliance with the Long Beach Firefighters Association and the Long Beach Police Officers Association. The alliance provides that the TALB Board of Directors will consider endorsements of City Council/Mayor/City-wide candidates if the candidates are supported by the Long Beach Police Officers Association and the Long Beach Firefighters Association. Recommendations will be considered after a request for support has been made by either the Police Officers Association or Firefighters Association. Recommendations will be ratified by the TALB Representative Council. Likewise, the Police and Firefighters Association are supporting TALB endorsed school board candidates.

This alliance provides unprecedented unity between the three largest and most influential unions in Long Beach. We will also work together on other projects that have a positive impact on parents, students, and community members.


ARE YOU CONNECTED?

ARE YOU CONNECTED TO THE LATEST INFORMATION ABOUT THE STATE BUDGET, COMMON CORE, STRS, RIF REINSTATEMENTS, SALARY INCREASES, HEALTH BENEFITS, AND MORE? If you are not getting this UPDATE in your personal email, it means we do not have your email in our files. Remember, information that goes out to your personal (not school) email is more timely and in depth than the hardcopy UPDATE.

GET ON OUR EMAIL LIST: Send your personal email address to eric@talb.org and we will get you on our email list.

FRIEND US ON FACEBOOK: Updates on STRS, news, Common Core, and more is regularly posted on our FACEBOOK page. Don’t miss out, friend TALB by going to www.facebook.com/LBTeachers.

UPDATE YOUR ADDRESS AND CELL PHONE: Remember we don’t get any changes to your cell phone or your address unless you tell us. Call the office at 562-426-6433 and provide us your current contact information.


Help Elect New School Board Members

School funding will increase dramatically next year. How that money is spent depends on the school board. We need to make sure that restoration of school based programs, fair salaries and health care, reinstatement of laid off teachers, and discipline policy are priorities. That is why the upcoming school board election is very important. We are supporting candidates (Megan Kerr and Dr. Juan Benitez) who support classroom teachers and students. They have a track record of working for the schools and communities in their District. Will you volunteer just a few hours to help with this important election?

 

Click here to sign up to volunteer now!


RIF REINSTATEMENT UPDATE

TALB continues to urge the LBUSD to reinstate RIF’d TALB members to their regular contract status. About 80 RIF’d teachers have been reinstated last year and this year. As reported in prior UPDATES, with funding increases on the horizon, the District can at least convert all existing RIF’d teachers on temporary or special contracts back to regular status, as it is clear that there will be a position for them in the long term.

The LBUSD continues to have modest declining enrollment, and the loss of students and the resulting positions, offsets retirement attrition. However, the District needs to make the reinstatement of RIF’d TALB members a priority so that we don’t forever lose professionals who have dedicated their careers to the LBUSD, and who are already trained and proven as teachers in LBUSD.

In December, TALB met with the Superintendent on the matter. The District agreed to reinstate at least an additional 35 RIF’d positions at the February 4, School Board meeting. The District also agreed to meet with TALB again in May to reassess the budget and staffing projections for next year, and then agree to further reinstatements. Given the recent news about the state budget, we are hopeful the additional May reinstatements will surpass the 35 expected this month.

TALB has scheduled a RIF informational meeting on Friday, February 21, at the TALB office. The meeting will start at 4PM. We will be available to answer questions regarding RIF’s, reinstatements, and other related issues.


WHAT MATTERS MOST TO YOU…SALARY, BENEFITS, RIF REINSTATEMENTS? TALB ORGANIZING 2014 – WILL YOU HELP?

The GOOD news is that there will be significant funding increases next year. Governor Brown is proposing a sizable increase in school funds for 2014-2015. Schools are clearly the Governor’s clear priority. The final funding increase will be subject to approval by the Legislature. It promises to be a good year.

HOWEVER, how that money is spent really depends on the willingness of each and every TALB member to get involved. District spending decisions depend on many factors, including community priorities, the outcome of school board elections, and administrative priorities. In order for TALB members to have their voices heard, we need you to get involved for just a few hours in the next few months. If TALB members are involved it will help TALB secure fair salary increases next year, protect our health care, promote the reinstatement of RIF’d teachers and reinstatement of key programs and services.

Expect your TALB Rep to talk to you in the coming weeks about important volunteer opportunities.


TAX DEDUCTION FOR TALB MEMBER DUES

Now that we're done with 2013, many TALB members will be preparing their income tax returns. Some people may want to take a deduction for their TALB member union dues. The link below shows the standard dues deductions for 2013. Just find your appropriate category and assignment and use those numbers. Note that these figures do not include voluntary contributions or any temporary adjustments that you may have had on any given month. If you would like your exact figures, you can refer to your pay stubs or you can contact the TALB office. Contact your tax professional for specific tax-related questions or advice.

Click here for the Standard Dues Deductions for 2013.


TALB MEMBERS RATIFY TENTATIVE CONTRACT AGREEMENT

The recent tentative agreement was ratified by a vote of 1621 (Yes) to 19 (No). Thanks to our TALB Site Reps for conducting the election AND thanks to all of the TALB members who participated in the ratification election.

The School Board will now vote on the tentative agreement. Once approved by the School Board, the tentative agreement will take effect.

Click here for more about bargaining and the Tentative Agreement.


NEW FUNDING . . . NEW RULES
LOCAL CONTROL ACCOUNTABILITY PLAN GUIDES FUNDING

The new Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) is generally good news for Long Beach. Combined with the impact of Proposition 30, LCFF promises to bring more funding to Long Beach in the coming years. This new formula eliminates several categorical programs, and restructures how the state allocates funding to school districts.

Some decisions, such as salary and benefits, will largely remain at the bargaining table. But others will require the School Board to make decisions about how to allocate resources. The new system requires that the LBUSD budget is guided by the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP). In turn, the LCAP must be developed with input from key players in the community (e.g., parents, community members, TALB members, etc.). The LBUSD has formed a committee to solicit input on the LCAP. This committee will be meeting over the coming months.

TALB members are represented on the committee by Virginia Torres (TALB President), Barry Welsch (Jordan), Gerry Morrison (Hoover), Marion Nguli (Lincoln), Anselmo Feliciano (Burnett) and Chris Callopy (TALB Asst. Executive Director).

The new funding formula is a positive step for our schools. However, it is worth noting that the Legislative Analyst estimates that full funding of LCFF for this year would have cost $18 billion more than was spent on schools last year. The Department of Finance estimates that this level of funding won’t occur until 2021. LCFF doesn’t improve funding; it changes how existing dollars are spent. Thus, if we really want to improve schools we still need to make funding a higher priority.


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