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May 2017

ARC (Appraisal Review Committee): At the April 24 meeting we discussed process for evaluations.  Lombardo will discuss with principals.  We also updated the chart stating what student growth measures will be used next year since value added is back.  Dejunee Lawson is going to a 2 day national AFT SLO training.  Next meeting May 22.

Community in Schools Task Force:  Initial meeting held on April 11.  The second meeting was cancelled.  Next meeting is unclear.

Cuyahoga County Educators Summit – nothing new

 

April 2017

COMMITTEE REPORTS

ARC (Appraisal Review Committee): Next meeting April 24 – need to discuss process of evaluations.  We believe the rubric should be available before the post-conference for an observation so that conversation can center around areas that may not have been rated with all of the information taken into account.

February 2017

COMMITTEE REPORTS

 

ARC (Appraisal Review Committee): At the meeting on January 23 ARC discussed the Intervention Support Plan specifics as well as reviewed an update to the Board evaluation policy.  Next meeting February 27, 2017

 

Cuyahoga County Educators Summit – Thursday, March 23, 2017 at 4:30

 

DLT (District Leadership Team):  DLT Steering meeting is February 24.  DLT is March 22.

 

January 2017

COMMITTEE REPORTS

 

ARC (Appraisal Review Committee): December 12 meeting cancelled.  Next meeting January 23.  Need to look at the intervention support program for second semester.

 

Cuyahoga County Educators Summit (CCES) – meeting planned for January 12.

 

DLT (District Leadership Team):  DLT Steering meeting is January 19.  DLT is February 1.

 

ER&D: Managing Anti-Social Behavior is running Wednesdays at Delisle.

 

December 2016

COMMITTEE REPORTS

 

ARC (Appraisal Review Committee): Met November 21.  Discussed CHTU’s SLO survey results.  We will find out how many SLO growth targets are not approved.  We discussed the merits of using vendor assessments instead of SLOs for next year.  First we will need to determine how many teachers will be using state tests that have value added.  This may change things.  Next meeting December 12.

 

Cuyahoga County Educators Summit (CCES) – meeting planned for January 12.

 

November 2016

COMMITTEE REPORTS

 

ARC (Appraisal Review Committee): Met October 24, but only 1 of 4 members of administration was present so we talked, but did not have a full meeting.  We discussed some of the results from the SLO survey the union compiled.  Next meeting Nov 21.

 

Cuyahoga County Educators Summit (CCES) – meeting planned for January 12.

 

DLT (District Leadership Team):  DLT Steering met November 4 to look at grade and discipline data.  DLT meets November 16.

 

ER&D: We are offering Managing Anti-Social Behavior, every Wednesday from January 4 to March 8 from 4:15 to 7:15.

 

INSURANCE: Met November 2.  Good flyer to become available about when to use ER, Urgent Care, versus Convenience Clinics.  Target pharmacies are in network since they were taken over by CVS.  Gender Dysphoria treatment will be covered.  Medical Marijuana will not.  Flexible Spending will be part of the online MMO tools (and uses a debit card).

 

MASTER TEACHER:  Info meeting Nov 9 from 4-5.  The committee will meet the second Monday of every month.

 

MOBILIZATION: 
Levy  - close to 90 members helped in some way for pass the levy!!  Thank you all.

 

October Service Project – Literacy.  Most buildings participated. Thank you.

 

November Service ProjectHat and glove drive.  There should be a coordinator in each building to collect items for distribution to students from the school who are in need.

 

RETIREMENT:  STRS is considering removing retiree healthcare until age 65 [Medicare].   The Health Care Advocates spoke at the last STRS Board meeting against this proposal.   Other ways are being considered which would reduce the subsidy while increasing premiums to cover increases from insurance carriers. 

 

SOCIAL:  Save the date – May 5 for our spring social at Nighttown.

SUMMIT: Met November 11.  We have decided to assign schools to pairs of summit members to give feedback to their TAP minutes.  Discussed investigations into an IB diploma program at the high school.  There is a November 21 overview where a few teachers will learn more.  We had a discussion about training that happens outside the normal work day/year.  We got an update on the science pilot and the lack of kits from one of the vendors.   Social Studies will be the next program to be piloted.  We discussed early childhood readiness and career readiness from the lens of the First Ring Collaborative.  We discussed the need for additional time for parent conferences at the elementary level, although this is a negotiation issue. 

 

TRANSITIONAL WORK PROGRAM:  Initial meeting was held October 31 to describe a program that encourages employees injured at the workplace that come back to work with physical restrictions the help and support they need to recover fully. 

 

  1. Negotiations – Resume November 28 and 30

 

  1. Heights Coalition for Public Education – Met October 19.
    1. January 19 - we will host a forum night.  Dr. Karl Wheatley will present.
    2. Education Inc. – we are trying to find some people to coordinate a showing of this movie.
    3. Charter Walk -  we would like to talk to families that have chosen to send their students to charter schools and give them information so they will consider attending our schools next year.  Teachers partnered with other community members would be ideal for this project.

 

  1. Listening Project 2016-17  - probably starting after winter break.  Rego and Frost will organize training and recruitment.

 

  1. Grievance:  Summer Training – We have resolved the summer training grievance with a payment of $250 for each of the 7 members who attended without compensation before going to step 3 in the grievance process.  The Board admits no wrongdoing in this non-precedent setting settlement.

 

  1. Grievance: Extra Assignment – A grievance filed on October 6, 2016 on behalf of a member who does not have proper planning time.  We have been questioning this issue since August 30.  The member’s planning time was restored immediately.  We then asked and received payment for the member’s extra time already performed.

 

  1. Grievance:  Personnel files – a grievance has been filed on November 15, 2016 because the Assistant Superintendent of HR and Operations has placed materials in personnel files in a manner that does not comport with the contract.

 

  1. Fact-Findings  -
    1. Several members were given notice of fact-findings for alleged violation of the use of personal leave around the Jewish Holiday.  At least two should have been sick leave.
    2. A member had a fact-finding about concerns rising from complaints about the member’s supervision of students.  The member received a written warning.
    3. A monitor was questioned about several incidents from principals and underwent three fact-findings.  The monitor received a written warning from the account of one principal and no disposition from the other two incidents.
    4. A member was placed on administrative leave for allegedly using physical restraint on a student when it was not necessary.  We met October 13. The monitor was suspended for 3 days without pay, moved to another building, and is being scheduled to receive professional development on de-escalation.
    5. A teacher is being put on an improvement plan related to a disciplinary issue from last year.  We contend that the discipline given should have completed the issue and that further action is beyond what we agreed upon.  Discipline from one year showing up as evaluation the next is inappropriate. We met November 4 and the principal determined that she could not help the teacher and that the teacher should be put on the district’s intervention plan.
    6. Four monitors were brought before a fact-finding on October 27 to determine where they were during a student sexual assault.  No disposition.
    7. A tenured Intervention Specialist who is on an intervention plan had a fact-finding November 3 on grounds that the member is unprepared for class because no plans are left when the member is absent, not using district curricular materials, and allowing too many break periods during transitions.  Awaiting a disposition.
    8. A member was told to either redo a full observation cycle or take an “ineffective” rating for one area concerning data.  We are considering our options.
    9. A teacher is being called into a fact-finding November 18 regarding parent complaints.
    10. A member is being called into a fact-finding on November 16 because the member did not disclose 3 misdemeanor tickets that he received 20 to 25 years ago.  The member believed these were traffic-type tickets and therefore not necessary to report.

 

  1. Roxboro MS Concern – Staff is being required to progress monitor students beyond the TBT process. President Klein is awaiting informal discussions with administration before filing.  We discussed in Summit.  Sandy Womack discussed with Principal Lackey who then reported that 90% of the staff is OK with this work.  About 25 teachers attended a union meeting on November 1 and asked for a CHTU survey to be sent to the staff to get more information.  The survey runs through Tuesday, November 22.

 

  1. Licensure issue – a member was awaiting the ODE office of professional conduct to decide on the member’s license renewal since in summer of 2015 the member had been cited out of state for a misdemeanor.  The member started the year on long term sub pay since the member did not have a license at this time.  On October 28 ODE agreed to issue a license with a consent agreement.  The member, along with our legal counsel, wanted to make the consent agreement more reasonable, but the HR Director was unwilling to grant a 2 week extension and threatened to terminate the member.  President Klein appealed to the Superintendent about the situation since the delays involved in this case are not of the member’s making.  The Superintendent met with the HR Director and the board’s legal counsel and issued an extension at 4:11 pm on Friday, November 4.  Having not heard of the extension, the member had to agree to the original consent agreement at 4:06 since the ODE could still issue a license that day.  The ODE has agreed to consider an amendment to the consent agreement at their November 17 meeting, even though this is not their regular way of doing business.  The teacher’s license and regular pay was restored November 9, but unfortunately, the payroll department had been paying incorrectly since the second pay, so the member now owes money back to the district.

 

  1. Louisville Teachers Strike – We have sent money to the strike fund and have encouraged members to do the same through our office.

October 2016

ARC (Appraisal Review Committee): Last met September 26.  Will publish a SLO helpline and update handbook. Next meeting October 24.

 

DLT (District Leadership Team):  DLT met September 28. Discussed state walk through assessment.   DLT Leadership meeting – November 4.

 

ER&D: Considering a winter offering.

 

INSURANCE: Next meeting November 2.  Wellness committee is still an issue.

 

Septemeber 2016

COMMITTEE REPORTS

 

ARC (Appraisal Review Committee): Met August 29 to discuss SLOs, finalize OTES handbook, and review proposed Board policy around the new Counselor evaluation system.  Our goal was to simplify SLO pre-assessment so that they align with curricular tools, covered a few number of general concepts, and were not lengthy.  Educational Services were slated to send out possible questions and get feedback before finalizing for K-8.  Seems as though most SLOs are still being created.  We next meet September 21.

 

DLT (District Leadership Team):  First meeting will be Friday, September 16.

 

ER&D: Over 80 participants took either the winter class and four 4 different ER&D classes in the summer.  Our new team of George Gee and Monica Rogers taught English Language Learners for the first time.

 

INSURANCE: No meetings scheduled.  The Wellness Committee continues to be held after work hours for most of our members with no compensation.  Although Wellness is a wonderful component it is work for the District and should be paid or release time given if it is to be viable.

 

MASTER TEACHER:  The committee will be convening October 13 to create a calendar for the school year.

 

MOBILIZATION:  Our local will be volunteering for The Heights Heritage Home Tour on Sunday, September 18, coordinated by Tina Reynolds.  Thank you in advance to the many members who are participating.  Generating positive PR by CHTU will help advance our support in the community.

We need your help to pass the school levy.  Canvassing/lit drop opportunities are going to be:  September 17, October 8, and November 5 (or take material and do it within a few days).  Sign up on the chuhyes.com website with a private email.  This is important.

We also recommend phonebanking with the Hillary Campaign from the Shaker Square office and will publish times to work at the Cleveland Teachers Union office.  Get involved in a campaign and help.

 

RETIREMENT:  an additional 1% is being taken out of our pay, making our contribution 13% (with 1% of our part being paid by the Board). 

 

SOCIAL:  Look for TUSH dates in October.  Planning ahead? We are trying to reserve a location for our Spring Social for May 5.

SUMMIT: Met September 9.  Created a protocol for reviewing and responding to TAP notes.  Discussed many beginning of the year issues like hot classrooms, class size, communication, interruptions to planning time, end of year principal evaluations, and more.  Next meeting October 14.

 

 

  1. Negotiations – We met 6 times between June 14 and July 18.  Then the Board could not find another date available until August 24 and 25.  At the last session, where we were presenting our comprehensive proposals it was mutually decided that because we were not close to a resolution that it would be better to work jointly on passing the school levy and resume at the end of November.  Before our next session we will be publishing some of the areas of agreement and disagreement.

 

  1. Heights Coalition for Public Education – Met August 9 to plan for the year.
    1. ESSA Stakeholder meetings – we have encourage people to attend and given talking points (on the Coalition website).  September 19 is the only one in Cuyahoga county being held.
    2. October 6 Walk In – we will be holding walk-ins at our 10 main schools 15 minutes before entering the building there will be a rally, then we will walk into school with parents, students, and our colleagues.  More info will soon be available for those of you who volunteered to help organize your building.
    3. October 19 -  next meeting at the Main Library on Lee Road at 7 pm
    4. January/February  - we will host a forum night
    5. Charter Walk -  we would like to talk to families that have chosen to send their students to charter schools and give them information so they will consider attending our schools next year.  Teachers partnered with other community members would be ideal for this project.

 

  1. Payroll – the first payroll of the new school year on September 2 did not include any step increases.  VP Rego and President Klein discussed the issue with payroll where they agreed to cut checks and deliver them to members on Tuesday, September 6 if the discrepancy was more than $100.  Over 100 members got a check.  Over 100 more will see a correction in the September 16 pay.  There were other members who were overpaid – the return of this money will be spread out over the 25 remaining pays.  The Board will act on increases due to education increases at their October 4th meeting, so those increases will not be seen until the pay after the Board action.  It is important to know how much you should be earning and to ensure that you are not only paid correctly, but that taxes are being deduced properly.  Do not assume that payroll has it correct.

 

  1. Listening Project 2016-17  - Last year CHTU held listening projects at 8 of our schools.  This year we would like to do it again and partner with the Greater Cleveland Congregations, probably starting after winter break.

 

  1. Personal Days – as published last week there is a new procedure around personal days taken adjacent to a vacation period.  See the FAQ on our website if you missed it.

 

  1. Grievance:  Summer Training – Teachers were asked to attend a summer training and were not paid for their time.  ALL training offered by the District shall be voluntary and compensated.  Mandatory training (called “Essential” in our contract) is mandatory and compensated, but has limits around how many days and how much notice must be given prior to attending.

 

  1. District Level TBTs for Elementary – We have discussed with Assistant Superintendent Gould that in the current plan that planning time is lost for our elementary teachers if they attend a monthly District Level TBT in lieu of a building based meeting.  She has indicated she will discuss options with the Ed Services Team. 

 

  1. Fact-Finding  - A teacher has had two fact-finding meetings since school started over concerns around attendance on the first two days of school.  No disposition yet.

 

  1. Staffing  - By our count, of the original 52 member laid off in April, only 13 are still on our recall list.  Of the original 57.5 positions lost, we believe that 45 positions have been lost (some have been restored and 2 positions have been created).  Of the original 52 people, 24.6 have accepted recall and 12 have refused a position.

 

  1. OFT – several officers will be attending various meetings and training sessions on September 23 and 24 in Columbus. 

 

 

  1. Heat – hopefully we have all survived the excessive heat in our classrooms.  If you have suggestions (outside of the obvious air conditioning that we need) that could make these rooms more bearable please let your TAP team know.  Perhaps there are things that can be done to make it more bearable when it will next be hot.

June 2016

COMMITTEE REPORTS

 

ARC (Appraisal Review Committee): Met May 16.  Discussed SLO and MAP testing with Allison Byrd.  There were many students who were tested more than once per cycle.  This is only acceptable under a few limited circumstances.  Updating the handbook will happen over the summer between Lombardo and Klein.  Guidance Counselors will have an OTES-like evaluation system next year.  This year we had 6 teachers on intervention plans. 3 are fine.  The other 3 will be offered a chance to continue with a coach until December.  Dr. Dixon relayed that she is open to proposals from ARC around a peer review plan.  ARC wanted a year to plan and implement the 2017-18 school year in a limited way – for teachers not needing a full OTES cycle.

 

DLT (District Leadership Team): nothing new

 

ER&D: 5 Classes start after school is out.

 

INSURANCE: nothing new

 

MASTER TEACHER:  All submissions for either renewal or new application qualified.  Congratulations to new Master Teachers:  Amy Bloomberg and James Miller.  Renewals for Master Teacher: Sarah Adair, Brad Hallam, and Kim Boehm.  Amazing job considering everything else going on for all of us professionally!

 

RETIREMENT:  STRS is looking at revisions for disability eligibility.  Tim Myers won the STRS Board seat with only 4.23% of membership voting.  He won by 46 votes.  STRS CEO Neph has added healthcare to STRS's strategic goals in 2016. 

 

SOCIAL:  nothing new

SUMMIT:  Met May 6.  Got an update on the strategic plan and spent time on TAP minutes.  Discussed privatization issues and how we can combat them; call/visit parents of charter school students and see if they will return to their home school, mailings, getting former charter school parents involved to help, robo calls.  Discussed need for more transparency in the summer school staffing procedures.  Distributed the Middle School IB survey and discussed.  Summit lunch June 17.

 

UNRESOLVED:  Member with ADA claim, Substitutes for SAT, modified Teacher Growth Plans

 

UPDATES

1.  Heights Coalition for Public Education –There will be an organizational meeting in May or June to determine our structure and set goals for next year.

 

2.  Elementary Report Card – The report card committee is meeting again to review and recommend revisions.

 

3.  SuperKids – Notes were finally distributed from the April Administration Union Concern meeting including next steps to those who attended.  There was training in May and more offered in early August.

 

4.  Fact Findings:  A teacher was called to a fact-finding on April 13.  Administration was concerned about possible testing procedure violations.  The teacher was given a 3 day unpaid suspension since they were concerned about a similar issue last year.

 

A teacher has been accused of harassment by an administrator.  A statement was made and a response given.  A meeting was held May 3.  The teacher was cleared of all charges.

 

Two monitors were called in for a fact-finding May 23 for questions around attendance.  The meetings were both productive and were closer to problem solving sessions.  Dispositions will be presented June 1.

 

A teacher will had a fact-finding May 26 around concerns that professional responsibilities are not being completed.  Disposition pending.

 

A teacher will have a fact-finding May 27 around concerns about the planning for students’ safety during an activity.  Disposition pending.

 

5.  Negotiations – 5 Dates were set from May 27 to July 6.  The district has cancelled the first two because the superintendent has a family emergency.  President Klein has sent an extension offer to the board team and an explanation why this is a good choice which was promptly rejected suggesting that concessions would be needed for raises.  Negotiations begin June 14.

 

GRIEVANCES:

6.  Sub-contracting – A grievance was filed April 23, 2016 on subcontracting because 2 CHTU positions were eliminated so that the work could be done by administration.  This should have been a mandatory subject of bargaining.  A step 1 hearing was held May 9.  Denied May 16.  CHTU response to take to Step 2 May 19.  The step 2 hearing will be June 6.

 

7.  Hire Date – A grievance was filed April 19 based on decisions made by administration to RIF two members even though three members with the same licensure had the exact same date of hire.  Administration made up a rubric for deciding who should be let go instead of negotiating a method.  A Step 1 hearing was held April 26.  Denied May 18.  CHTU response to step 2 May 19.  Step 2 hearing scheduled and then canceled for June 3. Since administration was unable to have a hearing in a timely fashion we requested the grievance go to step 3, mediation.  The mediation will occur on June 8.

 

8.  Non-Public IEPs – a grievance was filed April 19 because Intervention Specialists have been assigned IEPs for Non-Public students.  We believe this work is above and beyond their normally assigned duties and does not fit in their job description.  A step 2 hearing was held on April 28.  We have agreed to waive the 5 day timeline for a disposition until we have surveyed our teachers to determine if there are teachers interested in doing this kind of work on a voluntary and compensated basis since this is  administration’s biggest concern.  At this point there is a half time person dedicated to this work along with administration picking up some of the overflow.  Even with that, there have been approximately 30 IEPs assigned to teachers across the district.  Denied May 17.  CHTU response to Step 3 May 25.  Grievance Mediation will occur on June 8.

 

9.  Extra Assignment Pay – a teacher who routinely works at multiple buildings, scheduled lunch around student and facility availability, and who routinely is eligible for extra assignment pay was denied the appropriate level of compensation for the work she does.  The teacher has a schedule that allows for 50 minutes of planning per week and should get a 12.4% is earning a 9.2% differential (based on 115 minutes per week).  A grievance will be filed June 1, 2016. We have waived our step 1 rights so the grievance will start at step 2.

 

10.  Tenure -  On April 5 two members were granted tenure although they were not eligible using the updated 7 year rule for people initially licensed after 2011.  The district went digging to see if there were more mistakes and found another person who will have their tenure rescinded in June.  We will ensure that nothing will appear in personnel files showing that these members were not the cause of the revocation.  We would like a public announcement or proclamation at a Board meeting where administration takes responsibility for this error so the Board minutes do not reflect poorly on the members.

 

11.  Staffing –There are still 45.5 positions eliminated and 40 people not rehired to work in the CHUH.

 

12.  OFT –  Committee assignments and delegates to the OFT Executive Council have been determined.  There will be a large campaign to inform members and the general public about the opportunity to change some of Ohio’s horrible education laws through the adoption of the new federal law, Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).  Many members took the ESSA survey that President Klein sent through email for OFT President Cropper.

 

13.  Personal Days Denied –  a member request the first 5 days with students off using personal days and was denied.  We apologized for asking since we do not need permission for days not right after a vacation.  These 5 days are after the teacher returns to work.  Have not heard anything since we told administration we did not need permission.

 

14.  Preschool – teachers have approached us with several programmatic and staffing concerns for preschool.  We are trying to determine if we should ask for a meeting with administration or present it as an Administration Union Concern.

 

15.  ULIs:  Josephine Shelton-Townes and John Boris will be attending the OFT Union Leadership Institute in Columbus for a workshop on “building reps”.  We will be represented at the Great Lakes ULI in Wisconsin by Karen Rego (Grievances 101) and Kristi Glasier (Union Leadership).  Thanks for spending part of your summer gaining skills to use for our Union.

 

16.  Levy – President Klein and VP Schaner met with the levy committee on May 31.  We will be discussing our support and endorsement for the levy at the Executive Board meeting on June 2.

 

17.  HS Schedule – The teacher members of the HS scheduling committee walked out of the May 25 meeting because administration refused to discuss their interest in imposing a new schedule for next year.  President Klein reported out to the HS membership May 31 after trying to make sure that administration understood that they would be violating the contract.  President Klein will meet with assistant superintendent Gould Wednesday, June 1 and will report back to the high school staff.