• LTA Bylaws Update, Part 2

    Last year the LTA Rep Council updated our bylaws, making some minor changes and adding language to better define and fund our Political Action Committee (the Lennox Teachers Association Fund for Quality Education).  Revisions were shared with the membership and approved by Rep Council on June 9, 2016.  Over the summer, the bylaws were sent to CTA for review, and CTA returned them with some recommendations.  We spend the fall reviewing CTA’s recommendations, making a few changes, deciding to keep other things, and re-submitted our bylaws to CTA for approval in December.  On January 7, 2017, CTA approved the second draft of our bylaws.  The next (and final) step in updating our bylaws is to return them to our membership for review, and for Rep Council to vote to approve them again.

    Per Article XVI: Amendments of the LTA Bylaws, Rep Council must be notified one month in advance of any vote to change the bylaws – that notice was given by the LTA President at the March 9, 2017 Rep Council meeting last week, and the vote to approve the final amendments will take place at the April 6, 2017 Rep Council meeting.  Any amendments to the bylaws require the approval by 2/3 majority of Rep Council.

    copy of the notice given to Reps of the April 6, 2017 vote to amend the LTA Bylaws

    LTA members are encouraged to review the proposed amendments and give feedback to your Site Reps regarding the changes.  Members are also welcome to attend the April 6, 2017 Rep Council meeting (and all other Rep Council meetings) to share their thoughts on the changes directly with Rep Council.  Below is a brief summary of the proposed amendments:

    Article VI: Rep Council

    • Adds “active member” requirement, adds “adopt local standing rules” to responsibilities, adds “recommended by EBoard” to establishing/discontinuing committees, allows electronic meetings for dissemination of information but not voting

    Article VII: Site Reps

    • Changes wording of Rep formula (no change to formula)

    Article VIII: EBoard

    • Changes quorum from “3” to “majority”

    Article IX: Officers

    • Adds “at the beginning of the year” to BTeam, PAC, Elections, and other committee appointments

    Article X: Bargaining Team

    • Changes purpose to “bargain for,” adds “at the beginning of the year” to appointments, creates a list of alternate BTeam members, puts surveying members back in Bylaws (instead of Standing Rules)

    Article XI: PAC

    • Adds “at the beginning of the year” to appointments

    Article XII: Committees

    • Adds “at the beginning of the year” to appointments

    Article XIII: Elections

    • Adds not even Pres can cancel elections, adds description of composition and appointment of Elections Committee

    Article XIV: Grievances

    • Changes grievance process to EBoard “adopts with approval of” Rep Council

    Article XV: General Meeting

    • Drops required annual meeting, allows electronic meetings for dissemination of information but not voting

    And here are the complete texts of the proposed LTA Bylaws changes as well as CTA’s review and recommendations of our June 9, 2016 bylaws update.

    CTA Review of LTA Bylaws

    Proposed Amendments to the LTA Bylaws (full text)

     


  • 2017-2018 Bargaining Update #1

    The 2017-2018 negotiations cycle has begun! Your LTA Bargaining Team will again be led by veteran negotiator Lisa Rubio (Huerta) and includes Justin Catalán (TOSA), Gary Moore (LMS), Jim Nadler (LMS) and Andrew Staiano (CTA staff). The LSD team will include Hiacynth Martinez (Personnel), Kevin Franklin (Fiscal Services), Polo Marquez (Felton AP) and Steve Andelson (attorney).

    Your LTA Bargaining Team sunshined the contract articles we will be opening this year at the February 28th School Board meeting, and the public hearing on our sunshine will be held on March 14th. We hope the district will sunshine the contract articles they wish to open at that time as well.

    LTA Sunshine Articles:

    ARTICLE 6: COMPENSATION & BENEFITS

    ARTICLE 8: ASSIGNMENTS & TRANSFERS

    ARTICLE 9: CLASS SIZE

    ARTICLE 11: EVALUATION

    download the full LTA Sunshine

    As is the case every year, one of the Bargaining Team’s top priorities will be to secure a fair and reasonable increase in our salaries. They will analyze the district’s budget with the help of CTA staff, and will strive for as much of a raise as possible. That being said, in the interest of managing expectations, please be aware that the increases in the district’s budget we’ve seen over the last few years – which have allowed us to achieve raises totaling 11% over the last 3 years – are slowing down. The budget isn’t shrinking (we fought too hard to pass Prop 55 to let that happen!), but it’s not growing much either. Right now the Governor is projecting a COLA (cost of living adjustment) of only 1.48%, and among other costs, the district will have to contribute an additional 2% to our STRS retirement plans next year. You can probably do the math on that and predict what the district is going to propose. We are hoping for stronger budget growth when the Governor presents the May Revise to the state budget (in May), but prepare yourself for the possibility that salary gains will be more modest this time around.

    Your LTA Bargaining Team is committed to improving the learning environment for students and the working conditions for teachers in Lennox. We believe the proposals we will make this year will help meet the needs of teachers and assist the district to better meet the needs of all students. As is always the case, it is our desire to reach an agreement as soon as possible, but not at the expense of achieving important goals that will benefit our students, help our members, and be consistent with the priorities of the Lennox community.

    download LTA Bargaining Update #1


  • LCAP Meetings…

    It’s LCAP season again!  Time to review and revise the district’s 3-year Local Control and Accountability Plan.  DSLT (the LCAP committee, including a teacher and parent from every school) has already met three times to review progress on our current LCAP goals, but we also need to get feedback from teachers, parents and the community.

    Below are a number of opportunities for teachers, parents and the community to discuss:

    • implementation of the state standards
    • student achievement
    • student attendance and engagement
    • course access
    • school climate and safety
    • parent involvement

    The LCAP is a public document, and there is a link to the current 2016-2019 LCAP left-hand side of the district’s home page, under “Important Links” – http://www.lennox.k12.ca.us/##

    Teachers

    As district employees, you have 5 ways to give your input:

    1) Have a discussion with your DSLT member:

    • Buford – Marichi Fragoza
    • Felton – Ana Marcelletti
    • Huerta – Francis Hernandez
    • Jefferson – David Martin
    • Moffett – Shannon Alvarado
    • LMS – Desiree Dorado

    2) Take the employee LCAP survey.

    3) Attend the official district employee input session.  Wednesday, March 8, 3:30 pm in the PDC at DO.

    4) There will be a discussion at each school for  anyone who wants to talk about the LCAP.

    • Tues, Feb 21, 3:15 pm – Jefferson
    • Weds, Feb 22, 3:15 pm – Huerta
    • Mon, Feb 27, 3:15 pm – Felton
    • Tues, Feb 28, 3:15 pm – Buford
    • Weds, March 1, 3:15 pm – DO
    • Thurs, March 2, 3:15 pm – LMS
    • Weds, March 15, 3:15 pm – Moffett

    5) Attend a School Board meeting in May/June when the LCAP is presented to the School Board and share your thoughts with the Board.

     

    Parents and Community

    As part of LTA’s commitment to parents and the community, and to make sure their voices are also heard by the district, LTA will once again hold parent focus groups at every school and will present the parent input to DSLT and the School Board.

    • Friday, Feb. 17, 10:30 AM – Felton Parent Center
    • Tuesday, Feb. 21, 11:00 AM – LMS Parent Center
    • Thursday, Feb. 23, 10:15 AM – Dolores Huerta Parent Center
    • Friday, Feb. 24, 8:30 AM – Jefferson Parent Center
    • Tuesday, Feb. 28, 8:30 AM – Moffett Parent Center
    • Wednesday, March 1, 10:15 AM – Buford Parent Center

    download the LTA Parent LCAP Flyer

     

    Lots of opportunities for input.  The LCAP is an excellent way for teachers and other district employees, as well as parents and the community, to participate in developing and guiding the district’s vision (and budget) for the next 3 years.  We hope you’ll participate in some way.


  • Lennox Board of Education Declares Lennox Schools as Safe Zones for ALL Students

    LENNOX SCHOOL DISTRICT

    BOARD OF EDUCATION

    RESOLUTION NO. 16-16

    A RESOLUTION OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF THE LENNOX SCHOOL DISTRICT ON THEIR COMMITMENT TO THE EDUCATION OF ALL CHILDREN AND MAKING ALL CAMPUSES A SAFE ZONE FOR STUDENTS AND FAMILIES THREATENED BY IMMIGRATION ENFORCEMENT

    WHEREAS, our community and county, just like many major cities in the United States, are the home and workplace of many immigrant communities, including persons with both documented and undocumented immigration status; and

    WHEREAS, all students have the right to attend school regardless of their immigration status. The United States Supreme Court in 1982 ruled in Plyler v. Doe that public schools were prohibited from denying students access to elementary and secondary public education based on their immigration status, citing that children have little control over their immigration status, the life-long harm it would inflict on the child and society itself, and constitutional equal protection rights; and

    WHEREAS, the Board of Education embraces the diversity of our students and families and the rich language and cultural assets they bring to our District, and strongly supports and encourages the participation of all parents and families in our schools; and

    WHEREAS, in the last few months, federal, state and local government officials throughout the country have proposed or passed laws and ordinances that propose stemming the tide of undocumented immigrants by cutting off opportunities for jobs, government benefits, housing, and imposing fines on companies employing undocumented immigrants, thereby increasing tensions in immigrant communities; and

    WHEREAS, reports of potential raids by the U. S. Immigration and Customs enforcement Office (ICE) have caused immigrant communities to fear sending and/or accompanying their children to schools and leaving their homes, even for needed medical services; and

    WHEREAS, ICE activities in and around schools, early education centers, and adult school facilities would be a severe disruption to the learning environment and educational setting for students.

    THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Board of Education, in solidarity with our immigrant community organizations, in light of the increasing tensions in immigrant communities, and the possible chilling effect on the educational rights of immigrant students and families by reports about ICE raids and proposals like some of the foregoing, the Board of Education hereby restates its position that all students have the right to attend school regardless of the immigration status of the child or of the child’s family members.

    FURTHER BE IT RESOLVED, that the Board of Education states that all District students who register for the following services and meet the federal and state criteria, are entitled to receive all school services, including free lunch, free breakfast, transportation, and educational services, even if they or their family are undocumented and do not have a social security number, and that no school district staff member shall take any steps that would deny students access to education based on their immigration status or any steps that would “chill” the Plyler rights of these students to public education.

    ADOPTED UNANIMOUSLY

    DECEMBER 13, 2016