• 2017-2018 Bargaining Update #3

    On Tuesday, August 15, the LTA Bargaining Team, led by veteran negotiator Lisa Rubio (Huerta) and including Priscilla Avila (Moffett), Justin Catalan (TOSA), Gary Moore (LMS), Jim Nadler (LMS) and Andrew Staiano (CTA staff), met with the LSD team, made up of Hiacynth Martinez (Personnel), Kevin Franklin (Fiscal Services), Eddie Garcia (Pupil Services), Lissett Pichardo (LMS principal) and Steve Andelson (attorney). This was the second meeting between the two teams this cycle. The district’s bargaining team presented specific language proposals and counterproposals to LTA’s June 14 proposals. District team member Kevin Franklin was unable to attend this session, so the teams did not discuss salary or other “cost” items like class sizes, but the teams were able make progress on several language items.

    LSD Proposal Highlights:

    ARTICLE 3: ASSOCIATION RIGHTS

    • District proposes providing all new teachers with a LTA membership form and an LTA-created new member packet at orientation [in response to the recently-passed SB 104 guaranteeing unions access to prospective new members].
    • District will also provide LTA with new teacher contact information within 30 days.

    ARTICLE 6: COMPENSATION & BENEFITS

    • Clarify definition of a full work year for the purpose of determining what 75% of the work year is and when teachers receive credit for working a “full year.”
    • Update the “relative salary position guarantee.”

    ARTICLE 7: WORK YEAR & HOURS OF EMPLOYMENT

    • Modify language to specifically permit voluntary after-school meetings on Fridays. [DROPPED]
    • Add AM and PM transitional kindergarten dismissal times to the contract.

    ARTICLE 8: ASSIGNMENTS & TRANSFERS

    • District accepts some language clarifications on voluntary, principal-initiated, and superintendent-initiated transfers proposed by LTA, but rejects date changes giving teachers earlier notification of new assignments.
    • Eliminate the contractual requirement to fly TOSA and certificated administrator vacancies.

    ARTICLE 10: LEAVE PROVISIONS

    • Update parental leave language to be consistent with current EdCode. [TENTATIVE AGREEMENT]

    ARTICLE 11: EVALUATION

    • District accepts some language clarification regarding who is to be evaluated and when, but rejects extending the evaluation period of veteran teachers to up to every 5 years.

    ARTICLE 17: PRIOR WRITTEN APPROVAL FOR COURSEWORK

    • Modify current practices for requesting prior approval for coursework for advancement on the salary schedule, making the timeline more strict and eliminating retroactive pay adjustments for courses approved after completion.

    download the full text of the district’s proposals

     

    LTA Counterproposals:

    ARTICLE 3: ASSOCIATION RIGHTS

    • Establish a ½-day (paid) new teacher orientation on the day prior to the first day of the regular work year; LTA would have a guaranteed time to meet with new teachers on that day.

    download LTA’s counterproposals on Article 3

    download LTA’s counterproposals on Article 8

    download LTA’s counterproposals on other articles

     

    The two teams are scheduled to meet again on Monday, September 25 to continue exchanging counterproposals and to discuss proposals for salary increases and more costly items like class size. The district will present the final (unaudited) 2016-2017 budget and reserves at the Tuesday, September 12 School Board meeting, so the teams will be looking at the most current budget numbers at the September 25th bargaining session.

    download Bargaining Update #3


  • 2017-2018 Bargaining Update #2

    The 2017-2018 negotiations cycle continues! On Wednesday, June 14, the LTA Bargaining Team, led by veteran negotiator Lisa Rubio (Huerta) and including Jim Nadler (LMS), Gary Moore (LMS), Justin Catalán (TOSA) and Andrew Staiano (CTA staff), met with the LSD team, made up of Hiacynth Martinez (Personnel), Kevin Franklin (Fiscal Services), Eddie Garcia (Pupil Services), Lissett Pichardo (LMS principal) and Steve Andelson (attorney). This was the first meeting between the two teams this cycle. The LTA Bargaining Team presented specific language proposals that we feel will greatly improve the learning conditions of students and the work conditions of teachers.

    LTA Initial Proposal Highlights:

    ARTICLE 6: COMPENSATION & BENEFITS

    • No proposal on salary yet due to continuing developments in the state budget.
    • Establish a fixed enrollment window for benefits open enrollment ending Sept 15 of each year.
    • Add “dependents” to retiree benefits eligibility.

    ARTICLE 8: ASSIGNMENTS & TRANSFERS

    • Clean up and clarify assignment and transfer definitions.
    • Clean up and clarify processes for voluntary, principal-initiated, and superintendent-initiated transfers.
    • Increase release time given to teachers for room changes, assignment changes, and transfers, adding one additional day to each scenario, and permitting (by mutual agreement with principal) paid overtime rather than release time.
    • Eliminate “under most circumstances” from language pertaining to flying TOSA and certificated administrator vacancies, requiring the district to fly all such openings.

    ARTICLE 9: CLASS SIZE

    • Include students with IEPs in the class-size calculations of their general education teachers to prevent bloated classes when students with IEPs “mainstream.”
    • Clarify that special education classes, intervention classes and other classes with artificially low class sizes should not be used when calculating the overall class-size average for LMS.
    • Calculate the class-size averages of DL and non-DL classes separately, and require that classes in both programs meet contractual and MOU class-size averages, to avoid inter-program disparities and unequal educational environments for students.

    ARTICLE 11: EVALUATION

    • Change the frequency of evaluation for permanent teachers with 10+ years of experience and prior satisfactory evaluations from up to every three years to up to every five years.

    Additionally, the LTA Bargaining Team suggested forming a joint exploratory committee to review the district’s new special programs (the School of Engineering, the School of Dentistry, the Lennox Virtual Academy, etc.), and explore their contractual implications.

    The district team also reviewed their proposal (but did not present specific language).

    LSD Proposal Highlights:

    ARTICLE 6: COMPENSATION & BENEFITS

    • No proposal on salary due to continuing developments in the state budget.
    • Clarify that the number of days in a work year (used to calculate the 75% of a work year required to advance on the salary schedule) should be all work days [183] as opposed to instructional days [180]; i.e., that unit members must work 137.25 or more days, not 135, in order to advance on the salary schedule.
    • Amend and update Appendix B: Relative Position Salary Guarantee.

    ARTICLE 7: WORK YEAR & HOURS OF EMPLOYMENT

    • Modify language to specifically permit voluntary after-school meetings on Fridays.
    • Establish contractual SpEd preschool and TK dismissal times.

    ARTICLE 8: ASSIGNMENTS & TRANSFERS

    • Eliminate the contractual requirement to fly TOSA and certificated administrator vacancies.

    ARTICLE 17: PRIOR WRITTEN APPROVAL FOR COURSEWORK

    • Clean up and clarify language describing unit member responsibility to obtain prior approval for coursework; eliminate provisions for retroactive salary increases when prior approval was not obtained.

    State Budget

    In other news, the state budget continues to evolve. We’ve made great progress in the last few years and are WAY ahead of the projections on LCFF funding and closing the gap between where we were in 2013-2014 and the targets for 2020-2021. At this point, we’re at about 87% of “full funding” from the state. Original budget estimates were that we’d close 73% of the remaining gap next year, but then, in the Governor’s January Budget, the gap closure dropped to 24% – still an increase in funding compared to this year, but not much. COLA was estimated at 1.48%. Then, in the May Revise, the gap closure went back up to 44% and COLA was adjusted to 1.56%. The Governor also proposed over $1 billion dollars in one-time monies for school districts for professional development, new teacher induction, instructional materials, and technology. The only catch was that it wouldn’t be paid out until May 2019. 2019! So… basically useless for long-term planning because who knows what could happen to that money before it actually gets sent to school districts. However, just last night, as details about the final state budget were becoming clear, it started looking like the pay-out date for that billion dollars will be moved up to 2018. Great news, if it happens. The State Legislature will vote on the final budget Thursday, and then our Bargaining Team can begin to analyze the approved state budget and its impact on Lennox. Once they have a better idea of what the district’s 2017-2018 budget will be, they can determine how much of a salary increase would be fair to teachers, balanced with the needs of students, and sustainable by the district. They will strive for as much of a raise as possible, but, in the interest of managing expectations, remember that even with a good state budget, the growth we’ve seen over the last few years is slowing down and salary gains will probably be modest this time around.

    Regardless of what the state budget looks like, the 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’ve made will help meet the needs of teachers and assist the district to better meet the needs of all students. The two teams have scheduled their next bargaining session for Tuesday, August 15, just before we return to school. 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 Bargaining Update #2

    download LTA Intitial Proposal (6-14-17)

    download LSD Sunshine

     


  • ¡Cinco de Mayo!

    Proud to take part in the 52nd Annual Lennox Cinco de Mayo Parade.  It’s always fun to get out into the community, pass out some school supplies, and see our students and their families where they live.  This year, more than any other, we felt is was important to spread the message that ALL are welcome in our public schools, and that we support ALL students, regardless or race, religion, country of origin, immigration status, sexual orientation and gender identification.


  • CTA Statewide Day of Action – May 1, 2017

    On May 1, 2017, teachers, education support staff, administrators, and parents across the state demonstrated our unwavering support for all students, our vigilance in making schools safe zones, and our persistent advocacy for the public education all California students deserve.

    Like teachers everywhere, Lennox teachers we’re out in force, working hand-in-hand with parents, administrators and classified staff to welcome all students and let them know that we will keep them safe.

    At Buford Elementary School

     

    At Felton Elementary School

     

    At Dolores Huerta Elementary School

     

    At Jefferson Elementary School

     

    At Moffett Elementary School

     

    And at Lennox Middle School

     

    Way to go, LTA!.  #LTAproud  #LTAstrong

     

     

     


  • 2017 LTA Scholarships

    The Lennox Teachers Association is pleased to announce two scholarship opportunities for Lennox students!

    The LTA Mary Davis Scholarship
    • Named for long-time School Board member and reading advocate, Mary Davis.
    • Four $100.00 scholarships to purchase books for summer reading and high school.
    • Open to all 8th graders attending Lennox Middle School.
    • Award recipients will be notified in June 2017, and awards will be presented at the Lennox Middle School end-of-the-year award ceremony.

    application

    flyer

    The LTA College/University Scholarship
    • Two $1,000.00 scholarships to help with college/university expenses.
    • Open to all high school seniors (regardless of legal residency status) who graduated from Lennox Middle School and are currently living within the Lennox School District boundaries.
    • Students must be in good standing and must be enrolled in a college/university by the Fall of 2017.
    • Criteria for selecting award candidates will include academic and leadership achievements.
    • Award recipients will be notified by mid May 2017, and awards will be presented at recipients’ high school end-of-the-year award ceremonies.

    application

    flyer

    All applications are due Friday, May 5, 2017, mailed to:

    LTA Scholarship Committee
    Lennox Teachers Association
    P.O. Box 2231
    Hawthorne, CA 90251

    Application received after the deadline WILL NOT be accepted.

    Attached are the applications for each scholarship, as well as flyers you can post to help publicize the scholarships. Please help spread the word and encourage eligible Lennox students to apply!

    Lennox Teachers Association
    Supporting Teachers, Supporting Students