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Non-Renewal and the Budget — April 6, 2017

Non-Renewal and the Budget

Last night the BOE voted to notify all non-tenured staff they would be non-renewed for the next school year, pending the final BOE budget.

Bristol Press article here.

The education budget will be the subject of another Board of Finance meeting on Monday, April 10 starting at 6:00 PM at City Hall. Teachers are strongly encouraged to attend, and to speak with residents in Bristol (friends, neighbors, family) to explain the direction of education in Bristol and ask them to support the BOE budget. Support can be made through editorials and social media, as well as contacting elected officials.

Emails and phone calls to Board of Finance and City Council members is also possible using the contact info below:

BOARD OF FINANCE

Jake Carrier –  jakecarrier@bristolct.gov

Ken Cockayne –  KenCockayne@ci.bristol.ct.us
860.584.6250 OR 860.256.9504

Derek Czenczelewski  – Derekczenczelewski@bristolct.gov

Mike Fiorini  – Mikefiorini@bristolct.gov

Mike LaMothe  – mikeLamothe@bristolct.gov

John Smith –  Johnsmith@bristolct.gov

Cheryl Thibeault  – CherylThibeault@ci.bristol.ct.us

Ron Burns –  ronburns@bristolct.gov

Orlando Calfe –  orlandocalfe@bristolct.gov

CITY COUNCIL

Calvin Brown –  calvinbrown@bristolct.gov
860.965-8861

Anthony D’Amato –  anthonydamato@bristolct.gov
860-940-9201

Mary Fortier  – MaryFortier@ci.bristol.ct.us
860.584.8043

Jodi Zils Gagne –  jodizilsgagne@bristolct.gov
860.614.0228

David Mills – davemills@bristolct.gov
860.582.7900

David Preleski – davidpreleski@bristolct.gov
860.919.3969

Layoffs Averted – For Now — March 29, 2017

Layoffs Averted – For Now

Hartford Courant article

NBC 30 Video

Tonight the BOE voted 5-4 to postpone issuing layoff notices until at least the April 5 regularly scheduled BOE meeting. This will allow the BOE and Board of Finance to meet on Monday, April 3 and discuss the budget.

Pending the outcome of that April 3 meeting, which will be held at City Hall starting at 6:00 PM, the BOE revisit the issue.

All teachers are strongly encouraged to attend that Board of Finance meeting.

Supporting Bristol’s Education Budget — February 28, 2016

Supporting Bristol’s Education Budget

Although the proposed 2016-17 School Budget is still a few days away from being unveiled, it it obvious to those who teach in Bristol that the district has been underfunded and understaffed for most of the decade. Below is the contact info for Board of Finance and City Council members who will vote on the eventual budget. Please take a moment to share with them your view that past budget cuts have had on students, and encourage them to support the budget put forward by the Superintendent and Board of Education this Tuesday.

Board of Finance

Jake Carrier jakecarrier@bristolct.gov

Ken Cockayne MayorsOffice@ci.bristol.ct.us; KenCockayne@ci.bristol.ct.us

Derek Czenczelewski Derekczenczelewski@bristolct.gov

Mike Fiorini Mikefiorini@bristolct.gov

Mike LaMothe mikeLamothe@bristolct.gov

John Smith Johnsmith@bristolct.gov; johedwsmi@gmail.com

Cheryl Thibeault CherylThibeault@ci.bristol.ct.us

Ron Burns ronburns@bristolct.gov

Orlando Calfe orlandocalfe@bristolct.gov

City Council

Calvin Brown calvinbrown@bristolct.gov

Anthony D’Amato anthonydamato@bristolct.gov

Mary Fortier MaryFortier@ci.bristol.ct.us

Jodi Zils Gagne jodizilsgagne@bristolct.gov

David Mills davemills@bristolct.gov

David Preleski DPVPW@yahoo.com; davidpreleski@bristolct.gov

Middle School Survey — June 23, 2014

Middle School Survey

To inform the committee that will revise the middle school program, a survey has been created by OTL for middle school teachers to complete. The survey can be found at:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/6SKB35G

The committee, formed of nine teachers and nine administrators, is still seeking teachers to volunteer, one in science, the other social studies. Meetings are currently scheduled for several Wednesday afternoons in July and August. Those interested should contact Andy Lees at Central Office.

Revising the Middle School Program — June 11, 2014

Revising the Middle School Program

 

The BOE has listened to the concerns of teachers and authorized the formation of a new committee to examine how to revise the middle school program. This committee will have an equal number of teachers as administrators. It will be formed from:
1 teacher from each middle school (to cover the 4 core classes)
1 encore teacher
1 special education teachers
1 teacher appointed by the BFT
Laurie Eshner
Ken Bagley
Rich Gagliardi
Chris Cassin
Kim Hapken
Pam Brisson
Lisa Bernable
2 6-8 principals
2 k-8 principals
We need members willing to serve on this committee and attend meetings during the summer and fall. The committee will deliver recommendations to the BOE by November 1, 2014. There have been a lot of concerns raised the last 2 years about the current program. This is the time to step up and be a part of the solution to create something better. Interested participants should contact Dave Hayes ASAP.

 

BFT Contract Survey — June 5, 2014

BFT Contract Survey

Below is the link for the survey that will be used to advise the BFT when negotiations for the next contract begin in August. The next contract will be effective July 1, 2015 to June 30 2018. All BFT members are asked to complete the survey before June 20, 2014.

What issues are important to you? Rank them in order of importance and make additional comments. The survey is designed to take 5 to 10 minutes.

Here is the link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/WMZ52LH

AFT Lesson Database — March 26, 2014

AFT Lesson Database

AFT’s Share My Lesson” is similar to “Teacher’s Pay Teacher’s” except free. The AFT is promoting this lesson material database in the hopes of getting 500,000 participants. Currently there are 300,000.

We’re helping make things easier for you with a Teacher Care Package. Just like the ones you received in college, enclosed in this Care Package are supplies to support you through the end of the school year.

In each package, you’ll find direct links to the Common Core State Standards for both math and ELA by grade. Additionally, we’ve collected our favorite classroom resources and categorized them by grade as well. This Care Package makes it simple and easy to find what you need most.

Let us care for you as you continue to care for our students.

Enjoy!

Kindergarten Care Package

First Grade Care Package

Second Grade Care Package

Third Grade Care Package

Fourth Grade Care Package

Fifth Grade Care Package

Sixth Grade Care Package

Seventh Grade Care Package

Eighth Grade Care Package

Ninth and Tenth Grade ELA Care Package

Eleventh and Twelfth Grade ELA Care Package

High School Science Care Package

High School Math Care Package

High School Social Studies Care Package

Meet Local Legislators at the Bristol Labor Council Breakfast — March 3, 2014
For-Profit Education and the Origin of Common Core and SBAC — February 28, 2014

For-Profit Education and the Origin of Common Core and SBAC

‘Cashing in on Kids’ site exposes for-profit education

Cashing on on Kids photoThe AFT and In the Public Interest have launched a new website, “Cashing in on Kids“—a one-stop shop for the facts about for-profit education in America. The site profiles five for-profit charter school operators: K12 Inc., Imagine Schools, White Hat Management, Academica and Charter Schools USA. It identifies several issues that need to be addressed in charter school policy, including public control, equity, transparency and accountability. “For-profit charter schools that operate in the dark without basic public transparency and without strong public control too often put their bottom line ahead of the public interest and high-quality public education,” says ITPI Executive Director Donald Cohen. Adds AFT President Randi Weingarten: “We believe much more oversight is needed to protect students and taxpayers, but the information on this website is a means for others to see the facts and arrive at their own conclusions.”

Full article from Truthout

Teacher Evaluation Changes Imminent; Common Core Under Fire — January 29, 2014

Teacher Evaluation Changes Imminent; Common Core Under Fire

Melodie Peters, president of AFT Connecticut, made the following remarks on the adoption today by the Performance Evaluation Advisory Council (PEAC) of recommendations by Governor Dannel P. Malloy, Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman, Senate President Donald Williams, and House Speaker Brendan Sharkey to amend the Connecticut Guidelines for Educator Evaluation:
“The governor and legislative leaders have shown they are hearing the voices of educators and parents who have been speaking out for their students and children in our state’s schools. We have been calling for just the sort of course correction recommended yesterday to the Performance Evaluation Advisory Council (PEAC).
“Our political leaders have recognized that teachers, classroom support staff and administrators need greater flexibility in adapting to changes in the way we are now educating our state’s students. As the governor and legislative leaders said in their joint letter:
“‘Too much change all at once impedes teachers’ ability to be effective in their classrooms. Teachers and administrators understandably are feeling burdened and together we must take action to relieve this pressure.’
 
“We couldn’t agree more. And we believe that the options recommended and adopted today by PEAC will empower teachers to be more effective in the classroom and enable administrators to be more efficient in assessing their performance.
“Let’s be clear; we have not been saying ‘no’ to student assessments or teacher evaluations. We have been saying we need a moratorium on high stakes consequences during the transition to a new approach to teaching our children in order to get the implementation right.
“All our students deserve a quality education; their opportunities to learn should not be compromised during this transition. And our teachers need appropriate training, professional development and to be engaged in developing classroom curriculum during this time
“With PEAC’s approval of new flexibility options, our state’s children will be the primary beneficiaries of this course correction.”

 

Governor Malloy recommending changes to teacher evaluations…

http://www.courant.com/news/connecticut/hc-common-core-push-back-0128-20140128,0,4058443.story

20 minute video news conference of Governor’s announcement on teacher evaluation changes…

http://www.ct-n.com/ctnplayer.asp?odID=9863

An article with reaction from teachers and union leaders…

http://www.courant.com/news/education/hc-peac-evals-teachers-0130-20140129,0,5394563.story

Short article with video from CBS affiliate WFSB…

http://www.wfsb.com/story/24575938/teachers-looking-for-more-flexibility-to-postpone-new-evaluation

Short article with video from ABC affiliate WTNH

http://wtnh.com/2014/01/29/announcement-on-education-reform/

Video of Republican legislators calling for halt to Common Core implementation…

http://www.ct-n.com/ctnplayer.asp?odID=9861