• LTA Spring 2017 Elections

    Each spring, LTA holds elections elections for all Site Reps and alternating Executive Board Officers, one year President and both Vice-Presidents followed by the Secretary and Treasurer the next year.  This year, it will be Secretary and Treasurer.  The Spring 2017 Elections will be held Monday, May 8 – Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at all school sites.  At the April 6 Rep Council meeting, the following election timeline was approved.  Any member wishing to run for any of the open positions should complete the Declaration of Candidacy Form (link at the bottom of this post) and return it to Ann Chaffey.  All LTA elections are conducted in accordance with CTA and NEA rules, the most recent of which can also be found at the bottom of this post.

    Election Timeline and Procedural Components

    1. The timeline, procedural components, voting by mail procedure and the challenge procedure must be established prior to the election. If the unit has year-round schools, more time is needed because mail balloting may be required.
    2. Schools/work sites on alternative calendars shall be considered when setting election timelines.
    3. The election begins with the announcement of vacancy(ies) and terms of office, and cannot be stopped until the conclusion of the election, including run-offs if necessary.

    Secretary – 2-year term [member of Executive Board]:

        • Is responsible for the formation and distribution of the Association’s calendar of activities;
        • Keeps a careful and accurate roster of the membership of all committees and of meeting attendance;
        • Keeps a careful and accurate record of the proceedings of each meeting, regular or special, of the Association, the Representative Council and Executive Board;
        • Is responsible for the distribution of notices of meetings and of agendas and minutes for all meetings to members of the Representative Council and Executive Board, and to the Membership when appropriate;
        • Maintains the Association’s webpage and monitors/moderates its social media presence; and
        • Carries on correspondence pertaining to the affairs of the Association as directed by the President
        • Stipend = $750/yr.

    Treasurer – 2-year term [member of Executive Board]:

        • Receives all funds belonging to the Association and is responsible for their safekeeping and accounting;
        • Pays out such funds upon orders of the President;
        • Prepares a written financial report for each regular meeting of the Representative Council and Executive Board;
        • Is responsible for an annual audit of the books of the Association and distributing a summary of this audit to the Membership;
        • Is responsible for submitting membership and financial reports to CTA, NEA and other agencies as required by law; and
        • Files state and federal tax returns for the Association
        • Stipend = $750/yr.

    Site Representatives – 1-year terms [members of the Representative Council]:

    (Based on formula in the LTA Bylaws and Standing Rules, currently = 2 per elementary site, 4 at LMS, 1 at SpEd preschool, and 1 for TOSAs, for a total of 16 positions)

        • Conduct constant and ongoing liaison between the Representative Council and Active members at their school site;
        • Serve as the official channel through which written communications and publications can be easily and quickly transmitted between the Association and the Active membership;
        • Represent the views and the input of the Active membership in votes taken in the Representative Council, conducting frequent and regular polls of such membership for this purpose; and
        • Perform such additional duties as prescribed by the Executive Board
        • Stipend = $200/yr. + $50/yr. longevity bonus if re-elected for consecutive terms beyond their first

    A Timeline for Elections shall include the following:

    1. Announcement of vacancy(ies) and term(s) of office using a method that will ensure each
member is aware of the opportunity to file a declaration of candidacy;

    Announcement = Thurs, 4/6/17

    1. At least fifteen (15) calendar days between the announcement date of the vacancy(ies) and the
date of the election;

    Election = Mon, 5/8/17 – Wed, 5/10/17 (32 days after announcement of vacancies)

    1. Place, time and date of receipt (date received, not date postmarked) for declaration of 
candidacy forms;

    Written declarations of candidacy must be received by Ann Chaffey at Jefferson Elementary by Fri, 4/28/17, 4:00 pm

    1. Final date to acknowledge candidates’ declaration of candidacy;

    Candidates will be announced on Fri, 4/28/17, no later than 8:00 pm, via the LTA website

    1. Date for preparation of ballots;

    Ballots will be prepared on Sat, 4/29/17

    1. Date on which ballots will be distributed;

    Ballots will be distributed to non-running Site Reps and Professional Relations Reps on the morning of Fri, 5/5/17

    1. Date by which to request a ballot;

    Written requests for mail-in ballots must be received either by Ann Chaffey at Jefferson Elementary or delivered to the Association post office box [Lennox Teachers Association, PO Box 2231, Hawthorne, CA 90251] by Thurs, 4/27/17, 4:00 pm; mail-in ballots will be sent via regular mail on Sat, 4/29/17, to those members on dues paying leave who request them by the above deadline

    1. Date(s) when voting will take place;

    Voting will take place on Mon, 5/8/17 – Wed, 5/10/17

    1. Deadline date (date received, not date postmarked), time and place for return of ballots;

    Completed ballots must be must be received by Ann Chaffey at Jefferson Elementary by Wed, 5/10/17, 4:00 pm; mail-in ballots must be delivered to the Association post office box [Lennox Teachers Association, PO Box 2231, Hawthorne, CA 90251] by Wed, 5/10/17, 3:00 pm

    1. Date, time and place where ballots will be counted, which should be immediately following the 
deadline for receipt of voted ballots;

    Ballots will be counted on Wed, 5/10/17, 4:30 pm, at Jefferson Elementary

    1. Date that announcement of results shall be made to leadership, candidates, members, and 
posted at each work site, which date shall be not later than five (5) calendar days following the counting of ballots;

    Results will be posted on the LTA website on Thurs, 5/11/17, no later than 8:00 pm, and posted at all school sites on LTA bulletin boards on Fri, 5/12/17, no later than 8:00 am

    1. Dates and timelines for run-off election, if necessary; and

    Run-off election (if necessary) = Mon, 5/22/17 – Weds, 5/24/17

    Run-off ballots received/counted = Weds, 5/24/17, 4:30 pm

    Run-off results posted on the LTA website = Thurs, 5/25/17, no later than 8:00 pm

    Run-off results posted on LTA bulletin boards = Fri, 5/26/17, no later than 8:00 am

    1. Deadline for filing of challenges to initial election and run-off if held (date received, not date
postmarked).

    Written challenges to the initial election must be filed by Fri 5/19/17, 4:00 pm with by Ann Chaffey at Jefferson Elementary (8 days after announcement of initial results); written challenges to a run-off election must be filed by Fri 6/2/17, 4:00 pm with by Ann Chaffey at Jefferson Elementary (8 days after announcement of run-off results)

     

    Procedural Components should include the following:

    1. Method by which Declaration of Candidacy(ies) are submitted (mail, hand delivered, fax);

    Declarations of candidacy must be received by Ann Chaffey at Jefferson Elementary by Fri, 4/28/17, 4:00 pm; declarations may be submitted via e-mail or hand delivery

    1. Procedure for distributing election guidelines/rules to candidates;

    Election timeline, guidelines and rules will be posted on the LTA website and at all school sites on LTA bulletin boards

    1. Campaign statement of candidates (decide on limit of number of words, and what to do if limitation is exceeded);

    Candidate statements will be limited to 50 words or less; in case a candidate submits a statement exceeding 50 words, only the first 50 words will be included on the Candidates’ Statement sheet

    1. Method of distribution of ballots;

    Ballots will be distributed to non-running Site Reps and Professional Relations Reps on the morning of Fri, 5/5/17; non-running Site Reps and Professional Relations Reps will make ballots available to members during non-contract hours before school, at lunch, and after school on Mon, 5/8/17 – Wed, 5/10/17

    Mail-in ballots will be sent via regular mail on Sat, 4/29/17, to those members on dues paying leave who request them by Thurs, 4/27/17, 4:00 pm; written requests for mail-in ballots must be received either by Ann Chaffey at Jefferson Elementary or delivered to the Association post office box [Lennox Teachers Association, PO Box 2231, Hawthorne, CA 90251]

    1. Whether declarations of candidacy must be accompanied by a campaign statement, or whether the statement will be solicited later. If later, a deadline date must be established;

    Declarations of candidacy must be accompanied by a campaign statement of no more than 50 words, and submitted by the Fri, 4/28/17, 4:00 pm, deadline

    1. Provision for elections committee chairperson or designee to be present to receive declaration of candidacy by filing deadline;

    Ann Chaffey will be available to receive declarations of candidacy 3:15 – 4:00 pm on Fri, 4/28/17, at Jefferson Elementary; declarations may also be submitted prior to the deadline via e-mail or hand delivery

    1. Announce that the names are to be listed according to CTA alphabet;

    Names will be listed according to the most current “CTA alphabet”

    1. If not provided in governance documents, election will be decided by majority vote. If a candidate does not receive a majority vote, a run-off election shall be conducted between the candidates receiving the highest number of votes. The names on the ballot will be one (1) more than the number of vacancies to be filled.

    Open Nomination

    (Refer to LTA Bylaws and Standing Rules)

    Term

    (Refer to LTA Bylaws and Standing Rules)

    Campaign Finances and Use of Unit Resources

    (Refer to LTA Bylaws and Standing Rules)

    Candidates’ Statements

    (Refer to LTA Bylaws and Standing Rules)

    Ballot

    (Refer to LTA Bylaws and Standing Rules)

    Voting Methods

    (Refer to LTA Bylaws and Standing Rules)

    On-Site Voting.

    (Refer to LTA Bylaws and Standing Rules)

    Vote-by-Envelope at School/Work Site/Specified Site

    (Refer to LTA Bylaws and Standing Rules)

    Voting-by-Mail

    Special care should be taken in all phases of handling of ballots to ensure the accuracy and the secrecy of voting by mail. The following procedures and guidelines have been developed for this situation:

        1. A list of current official members shall be prepared, which includes the following: name, work and home address.
        2. A determination shall be made prior to the election whether the ballots shall be sent to the 
school/work site or to the home of the member.
        3. The voter shall be provided with:
          • A ballot;
          • Instructions on:
            1. Folding and placing of the ballot in the unsigned inner envelope;
            2. Placing of the unsigned inner envelope into the outer envelope;
            3. Signature and school/work site on the outer envelope addressed to the chapter; and
            4. Deadline date for receipt of the voted ballot at the chapter office.
          • A small envelope (inner envelope) in which to place the voted ballot;
          • A larger envelope (outer envelope) addressed to the chapter, on which the voter prints 
and signs his/her name.
        4. At the time of counting, the names on the outer envelope shall be checked against the official 
list of voters.
        5. The name on the official list should be marked to show that the voter has returned a ballot.
        6. The outer envelopes shall then be opened and put in a separate stack for safekeeping.
        7. All inner envelopes shall be placed in a separate container.
        8. All inner envelopes shall be opened and the ballots removed from the envelopes, and placed in one stack for counting.
        9. Refer to Section IX for the Counting of Ballots procedures.

    Vote Requirement

    (Refer to LTA Bylaws and Standing Rules)

    Counting of Ballots

    (Refer to LTA Bylaws and Standing Rules)

    Challenge Procedure

    1. A challenge cannot be initiated until after the results, including any run-offs if necessary, of the election have been posted at each work site.
    2. Challenges for election of State Council Representatives, Alternates, State, and Local delegates to the NEA RA follow procedures in the CTA Elections Manual.
    3. Challenging party(ies) must notify the unit president and elections chair of a challenge in writing, using the official Original Election Challenge Form (See Appendix N), within ten (10) calendar days after the announcement of the results of the election. If the unit president is a candidate on the ballot, please see item number 5.
    4. Upon receipt of the challenge, the unit’s Elections Committee will notify all the candidates that a challenge has been filed and the nature of the challenge. The names of challengers and challenge forms shall remain confidential. Within ten (10) calendar days after receipt of the challenge, the Elections Committee shall determine if the challenge is valid, using the following procedures:
      1. Read and understand the elements of the challenge.
      2. Review all documents, directions, and procedures related to the election in question for 
conformity with the chapter’s election rules and/or the CTA Elections Manual
      3. Review the unit’s bylaws and election standing rules for procedures and practices as they 
relate to the issues raised in the challenge.
      4. Review the CTA Elections Manual for requirements that relate to the issues raised in the 
challenge that the chapter’s governance documents do not address.
      5. Fully and objectively interview the challenger.
      6. Fully and objectively interview every witness identified by the challenger.
      7. Inquire and gather the names and contact information of other chapter members who could or 
do have insight into the elements of the challenge.
      8. Analyze the issues of the challenge based on the unit’s bylaws and election standing rules to 
determine if there is a violation.
      9. Determine whether identified violation(s) may have affected the outcome of the election.
      10. Confirm that the resolution recommendations address each point raised by the challenger and 
that these recommendations have been reached in a fair and objective manner.
      11. Submit a written report including issues, findings, and recommendations to the chapter 
president and the Executive Board within the same ten (10) calendar day period.
    5. Any member of the Executive Board who was a candidate in the race that has been challenged, or whose immediate family member is a candidate in the race that has been challenged, shall recuse themselves from discussion of and voting on the challenge. If in the case where the majority of the Executive Board is unable to act on the challenge the decision shall move to the Representative Council. In the absence of a Representative Council, the unit shall contact the CTA Elections and Credentials Chairperson through the Governance Support Department to determine the next step.
    6. The governance body shall render a decision and issue that decision in writing to the challenging party and all candidates on the ballot no later than ten (10) calendar days following receipt of the written report of the Elections Committee in accordance with CTA Challenge Procedures as described in the CTA Challenge Procedures – Local /Service Center Council Elections on the next page. The names of challengers and challenge forms shall remain confidential.
    7. If the governance body fails to act within twenty (20) calendar days of the original challenge, the challenging party may file an appeal on the official CTA Appeal Form to the CTA President.
    8. The challenging party or any candidate affected by the decision of the unit’s governance body may file an appeal on the official CTA Appeal Form to the CTA President within ten (10) calendar days from the date of the decision of the unit’s governance body. The appeal shall include the information requested on the official CTA Appeal Form located in Appendix O.
    9. In the circumstance where an election has been conducted to elect one or more officers, and the elections results are challenged, the winner(s) of the election shall hold office until such time as the challenge is resolved.
    10. The challenge procedure for election of State Council Representatives and Alternates, and State or Local Delegates to the NEA Representative Assembly is outlined in the CTA Elections Manual.

    Initiative Procedures

    (Refer to LTA Bylaws and Standing Rules)

    Referendum Procedures

    (Refer to LTA Bylaws and Standing Rules)

    Recall Procedure

    (Refer to LTA Bylaws and Standing Rules)

    Staff Involvement

    (Refer to LTA Bylaws and Standing Rules)

    download LTA Spring 2017 Elections Timeline

    download LTA Spring 2017 Elections Declaration of Candidacy Form

    download CTA/NEA Election Rules


  • 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