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Inside this issue:
President’s Report       1
                                                             President’s Report: Rebecca Harper
                                 The upcoming November election is critical to the future of our schools, our union and our state. How Californians
Conference Reports 2-10
                             vote on two initiatives will determine whether our classrooms suffer even more devastating cuts. And it will determine
from NEA-RA                  whether we can even fight against those cuts in the future or lose our right to speak out in politics.
Info. from   11 & 14     That’s why I am joining the California Teachers Association efforts to support Proposition 30 – the Schools and Local
                             Public Safety Protection Act – and defeat Proposition 32, the Special Exemptions Act that would take away the political
Issues Conf. Report 12       voice of teachers and nurses and firefighters.
                                 First, let’s talk about funding. It’s time to take a stand for public education and public safety, and Prop 30 is the best
Articles from        13 - 15 way do to that. It requires the wealthiest in California to pay their fair share to keep our classrooms open and essential
NEA Today                    public services running.
                                 Educators see the damage done by cuts. In the past four years alone, our schools and colleges have been cut by more
Contact Info., PPP   16      than $20 billion, and more than 40,000 educators and education support professionals have been laid off. Without Prop
& SBTA Leadership            30, our schools and colleges face another $6 billion in immediate new cuts this fiscal year, and schools could close for
                             three weeks over the next two years. That’s unthinkable.
2012/2013                        If Prop 30 does not pass, then San Bernardino will be faced with a $16 million mid-year cut that is equivalent to 15
                             days of instructions which is subject to bargaining. SBTA has not bargained that cut yet as we hope that Prop 30 passes
     Upcoming :              and we will be working diligently for that to happen. If Prop 30 fails, then we have a daunting task before us.
                                 This is a teachable moment in California politics, and we need to educate our friends and colleagues about why Prop
     Rep Council :           30 is so vital:
                                    It’s the only initiative on the November ballot that prevents deeper cuts and adds resources. It provides billions in
   Sept. 19, 2012                     new funding for smaller class sizes, up-to-date textbooks, rehiring educators and preventing tuition hikes.
                                    It temporarily increases personal income taxes for seven years on couples with incomes over $500,000 a year, and
 October 17, 2012                     the quarter-cent sales tax increase expires in four years.
                                    It’s part of a balanced approach to eliminating the state’s chronic budget deficit and wall of debt, and will repair
                                      cuts to our cities. Our students don’t live in our schools, they live here in our community, and where restoring
    Nov. 14, 2012                     public safety and health services funding is also important to our neighborhoods.
    (Meeting Called to              Eighty-nine percent of new tax revenues will go to K-12 schools and 11 percent to community colleges, and all
                                      new funding goes into a special fund that the Legislature can’t touch.
     Order at 4:15PM)            And, now for Prop 32, which is a new kind of cut and a very personal attack on educators and all union members.
                                 The kind of crucial campaigning we are doing right now for Prop 30 – and that CTA does every year about school
                             funding and other issues – would be effectively axed by another measure on the ballot, Proposition 32.
 Fall Leadership:                Don’t be fooled by what the wealthy proponents claim is political reform. The real agenda of Prop 32 is to weaken
                             California’s unions and silence the political voices of teachers, firefighters, nurses and other workers so that corporations
  Sept. 7-8, 2012            can yield even more power over government.
                                 Proponents call Prop 32 the “Stop Special Interest Money Now Act” but we call it the “Special Exemptions Act”
                             because of the loopholes it creates that benefit powerful corporate special interests. These billionaires could still give
    Great, Eat &             unlimited millions to the secretive “Super PACs” that threaten our democracy and influence elections, but our union
                             would lose its ability to fight for us and our students in Washington D.C., in Sacramento, and in our own local
           Meet:             community.
                                 While Prop 32 was written to ban unions and corporations from using payroll-deducted money for political purposes,
   Sept. 21, 2012            we all know that companies use profits, not payroll deductions to lobby. Unions on the other hand rely on this member
                             contribution to speak out for our students and our profession. And SBTA/CTA members, like all union members, already
                             have the right to opt out of having dues money spent on political campaigns.
 October 19, 2012                The Wall Street executives, real estate developers, venture capitalists and former insurance company bosses behind
                             Prop 32 don’t want to hear from teachers and SBTA/CTA anymore; at least not about protecting our collective bargaining
    Nov. 16, 2012            rights, our wages, and our secure retirement; not about our class sizes, school safety, due process rights and all the many
                             issues that require us to stay active in politics.
    From 4:00 - 6:00PM           But we are SBTA/CTA, and our voices will not be silenced. Let’s raise our voices even louder until Election Day and
                             expose this scheme. Let’s remind the public that corporations nationwide already outspend unions by a ratio of more than
  Babysitting Available      $15 for every $1 that unions spend. In California, now they want to take away the $1.
   for Ages 12 & under           Please get involved. Vote yes on Prop 30 to protect our schools. Vote no on Prop 32. It’s not what it seems. Let’s vote
                             in November for our students, our communities, and for a better future for California..
       2012 NEA RA Report
                             By Brenda Burns
             On June 29, 2012 the Representative Assembly
             convened to discuss, describe, and decide
             important issues on behalf of the members of the
             National Education Association in Washington,
             District of Columbia. The California Caucus met
at 7:00 a.m. to debate and decide what postions to take that
would be most beneficial to the members of the California
Teacher's Association. The meetings lasted that day and each
day thereafter until 10:00 a.m. and then adjourned and                                                    Photos taken at
delegates headed out on shuttles to the Convention Center.                                                    the NEA
The National Representative Assembly then convened at                                                      Representative
                                                                                                            Assembly in
10:30 a.m. each day from June 29 to July 6, 2012. The one
day in which delegates were free to see some of the
                                                                                                          D.C. during the
Washington D.C. area was Sunday, July 1, 2012.                                                               July 2012
   Vice President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden spoke to the                                                meetings and
assembly on Tuesday July 3, 2012. The message that the vice                                                contributed to
-president offered was one of support for the many people                                                 News and Views.
throughout the country that have done much to deliver a
quality education to the children of the United States. Dr.
Biden is currently employed in the field of education as a
professor. President Obama called the Representative
Assembly on Thursday July 5th. The quality of the
connection was poor, at best, so we were all thankful for the
teleprompter. There were many pieces of important issues
submitted to the National Education Association
(NEA) Board to attempt to lobby for from congress or to
support in terms of legislative issues.
  One of the most moving experiences at the Representative
Assembly was the presence of staff members of the
                                                                All delegates who were sent to the NEA RA were in
Miramonte High School in Los Angeles. The staff members         attendance at all sessions. Per standing order, delegates
were present, but silent, as a representative from UTLA         attending the NEA RA are to submit a written report to be
(United Teachers Association of Los Angeles) read               published in the News and Views. The following
statements to the Assembly. The appeal they presented was       representatives have not submitted a report as of
                                                                August 16, 2012:
not a complaint about the conditions that they faced, but an
appeal to the body to do something to preserve their Civil                Kaiser Ahmed              Mikki Cochocki
                                                                          Lynette Hill              Jerry Kimery
Rights. Only one other person spoke on their behalf, but it
                                                                          Emma Ma                   Charles Perez
was not necessary to say more than they had said.                         Marc Pollitt              Robert Rodriquez
  Another poignant moment came when the governor of the                   Anita Scott               Patty Taylor
great state of Minnesota was honored for his efforts on                   John Wingo
behalf of a colleague in Minnesota having had to pay for his
own substitute when he was called to service by the National
Guard. The gentleman paid $11,000.00. The Assembly
decided to see what we could all do the help the member
recover his cost. There were 11,000 (approximately)
members and $13,000.00. There were many moments
throughout the conference. These are but a few.
                                  Report from the NEA-RA
                           By Nancy Glenn, Lytle Creek Elementary School
During the NEA-RA several new business items were brought forth for a vote from the floor. One
that concerned us because of the proxmity to San Bernardino, was the Miramonte School in
LAUSD, and the troubles they had with a teacher there. Once this teacher was arrested, the rest
of the staff at Miramonte were removed from their school during the investigation. They were
relocated to an empty school and never given any information. This disrupted the school year for
the students and parents. The new business item directed NEA to examine this removal of the teachers, to
share with NEA members possible solutions, actions, or implications that may have national ramifications.

                         Reflections of a Rookie at the RA
                                                 By Don Leieritz (King)
While I am a veteran of 29 years teaching in SBCUSD, I was the rookie (AKA “Newbie”) among the 24 member
delegation from SBTA at the 2012 NEA RA (Representative Assembly) held in Washington, DC from June 29 to July 5.
I arrived in DC a few days before the RA, also attending the Joint Conference on the Concerns of Minorities and
The Joint Conference was a two day event, with several outstanding general session speakers as well as smaller
workshops. Like the RA, it had a very dominant political agenda—the need to reelect President Obama. This highly partisan theme
was an ongoing point of emphasis by all of the general session speakers. There was also an incredible eruption of prolonged cheering
when a panel discussion was interrupted by the announcement that the Supreme Court had just upheld Obamacare. When the
cheering finally subsided, a spontaneous, lengthy chant of “Four more years, four more years” filled the room.
The Joint Conference workshops were informative and very hands-on in their approach. Topics ranged from bullying to cultural
awareness to political activism and the protection of voters’ rights.
The RA part of my trip began with CTA registration on Friday night. Every delegate registers twice—once with their state delegation
and then with NEA. Saturday was the start of a busy week, with attendance at a new delegate seminar and morning and afternoon
meetings for all members of the California Caucus.
California has by far the largest group of delegates at the RA. Of the 8,000 delegates present, 1,200 were from California (1 out of
every 7). We are also an active group, proposing about 40 % of the New Business Items (NBI’s) submitted for consideration by the
entire RA.
A great deal of our time as delegates is spent dealing with NBI’s, resolutions and amendments. Debate can get lengthy as NEA
follows Roberts’ Rules of Order which are frequently challenged by disgruntled delegates when the NBI’s and other courses of action
they favor fare poorly. Over the course of the RA, 89 NBI’s were introduced. A few were dealt with quickly, but many generated
significant debate.
I observed lots of people using a variety of methods to cope with what was, at times, indeterminably lengthy debate. There were lots
of newspapers read, text messages sent and other distractions. I saw one woman from North Carolina knitting while debate was
going on! Attention did increase significantly, however, when important resolutions or NBI’s were being acted upon.
All votes at the RA begin with a voice vote. It’s overwhelming at first for a newcomer when up to 8,000 voices are trying to be as loud
as possible with their vote. When the chair is in doubt about the outcome, a standing vote follows, with up to 8,000 delegates waving
their arms, papers or anything else that they hope can influence the chair into thinking their side is in the majority.
Through it all, it works. The RA is the largest ongoing democratic body in the world. In a procedure similar to the initiative process
in California, any delegate can get an NBI on the agenda by getting signatures from 50 delegates, which is less than 1 % of the total
number of delegates. For all of its difficult moments, the RA does a great job of serving its delegates as well as the NEA members
they represent.
The RA has other items on its agenda. One day we were addressed by Vice President Biden and his wife, Dr. Jill Biden. True to the
political nature of the RA, each of us arrived that morning to find an “Educators for Obama” placard on our seats. On the final day of
the RA, President Obama made a phone call to the RA while on his campaign bus tour in Ohio. Presentations were also made to
people honored by the RA, including the Governor of the Year (Mark Dayton of Minnesota) and the NEA Teacher of the Year, who is
from California.
The RA is lengthy, tiring and at times tedious. It is also incredibly uplifting to gather for a common purpose with 8,000 other
teachers dedicated to meeting the needs of our students, colleagues and profession. I have never been more proud to be a teacher
than I was during my week at the RA. I would strongly encourage my colleagues in SBTA to consider becoming a delegate to the
2013 RA in Atlanta, Georgia. It will be one of the most intense weeks of your life—and one of the most rewarding.
              NEA-RA 2012 Washington DC: What is the NEA/RA?
                                                             By Sheila Houston. State Council Rep

                                         “Don’t tell what you value, show me your budget,
                                           I will tell you what you value.” --VP Joe Biden

When I told people I was going to Washington DC for the RA, they would either look at me with a “I don’t get it” look or ask, “What is the RA?” I would
like to take this time to explain what the RA is and the work that goes into it.

The Representative Assembly (RA) is the primary legislative and policy body of the National Education Association (NEA) and derives its power from,
and is responsible to, the members. The NEA Annual Meeting and Representative Assembly take place during the last week of June thru the first week
of July. Many committees, constituencies, caucuses, leadership groups, and delegates from state and local affiliates gather to set policies and chart the
direction of the NEA business.

Another thing most members have the wrong idea about the RA is that the delegates go just to have fun. I really don’t want to bust anyone’s bubble.
The delegates are elected to give each and every member a voice, and to make sure that voice is heard, believe me, this is work. Some of the things the
delegates were elected to do are:
   ITEMS like #31- Consistent with our Legislative Program, NEA shall publicize lesson plans through appropriate and available online and other
   no cost vehicles, tools and resources to increase civic engagement that encourages a lifelong habit of informed voting in every classroom, and
   extending into the community. Special emphasis should be put on collecting teaching lessons on the struggle for voting rights and the current
   struggles against voter suppression laws.

Bylaws, and Standing Rules are published in full in this issue of RA Today.
LEGISLATIVE AMENDMENTS such as the following; Section I. k. Post-secondary Education Page 11, Line 24 ADD a new item NEA
     Supports: Legislation to provide individuals in bankruptcy reasonable options for discharging student loans.
    And present NEW BUSCall on governors, state legislatures, state education boards, administrators, and assessment system consortia or
     developers, to reexamine public school accountability systems in the state, and work with educators to improve them based on fair testing
     standards promulgated by experts in testing practice;
    Call on states and districts to develop systems based on multiple forms of evidence of student learning that do not require extensive
     standardized testing, are used to support all students and improve schools; and are not used for purposes for which they have not been
    Share the NEA Policy Statement on Teacher Evaluation and Accountability with relevant stakeholders in order to inform conversations about
     the appropriate use of assessments in evaluation systems to support instruction and student learning.
    Disseminate criteria regarding the validity of assessments and promote the productive use of high quality, valid, and reliable standardized
     assessments as part of robust, authentic accountability systems that include multiple forms of evidence of student learning and school quality
               to improve learning by identifying students’ strengths and challenges,
               to identify successful practices in schools,
               to support struggling schools, and
               to inform educators’ practice.
               Uphold our belief as stated in Resolution B-66 and shall support parents’/guardians’ rights to opt out of standardized testing.
Even this one which is an important issue for California.
B-11. Class Size The National Education Association believes that excellence in the classroom can best be attained by small class size. The
    Association also believes in an optimum class size of fifteen students and a maximum unique teacher/student contact ratio of no greater than
    150 students for teachers of core content areas (English, math, science, history) in regular programs and a proportionately lower number in
    programs for students with exceptional needs. Class size maximums must be based on the type of students, subject area content, physical
    facilities, and other criteria. Weighted class size formulas should be implemented to reflect the inclusion of exceptional students. State
    departments of education should collect and report class size data that reflect the class size experienced by most students.
7:00 am - 9:00 am   State Delegation Meetings                   The delegates work from June 30-July 5 from 7am-6pm or later if necessary. Here is a
                                                                copy of the schedule for just one day. Wednesday, July 4
8:30 am - 12:00 n   Voting on Amendments and Runoff Elections
                    (if necessary)
                                                                Yes, the delegates work for you and to make sure your voices are heard. But,
9:00 am - 5:00 pm   Credentials Committee Meeting               some good surprises happened also. VP Joe Biden and his wife Dr. Jill Biden
9:00 am - 5:00 pm   Non-Delegate Registration
                                                                came out to talk to everyone and on July 5th President Obama called in to talk
                                                                to everyone. So the next time the ballots go out, you will have a better idea of
9:00 am - 5:00 pm   Non-Profit Fundraising Activities           what you are voting for and can make a more informed decision.
9:30 am - 10:00 am Special Interest Caucus Meetings                I hope this was helpful.
                                                                For more information, to see some videos and see more amendments and
10:00 am - 6:00 pm Representative Assembly                      new business go to
Lunch Break         Special Interest Caucus Meetings
         Highlights from 2012 Representative Assembly
                                      By Tanisha Taylor, SBTA Board of Directors (Middle School)
                        Vice President Joe Biden and Second Lady Jill Biden spoke at the RA on July 3, 2012: http://
                        Union/10737432079-1/ (C Span video clip)
                        On July 5, 2012, President Obama speaks to the RA via telephone from Ohio: http://

 NEA’s New Business Items Submitted by California Delegates
 The majority of the 89 NBIs were submitted from California. Here are a few that were adopted:

 Miramonte A calls on NEA to investigate the removal of the entire Miramonte staff following the highly publicized sexual abuse
 scandal. A small group of recently transferred Miramonte teachers spoke to the motion.
 Miramonte B urges President Dennis Van Roekel to write a letter to US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan regarding the
 mishandling of the situation.
 NBI 42 calls for NEA to inform members about the 2005 provision that makes student loans undischargable in bankruptcy.
 President Van Roekel will also contact Senator Dick Durbin’s office to ask how NEA can support his work to rescind the provision.
 NBI 50 urges NEA to gather and disseminate information that highlights best practices that meet
 the needs of Long Term English Learners.

 NBI 86 calls on NEA to educate its members on the types of educational research that
 underlie “failing” reforms. This will help members to recognize valid from invalid
 research, as well as warranted from unwarranted claims.

                                 NCUEA and NEA RA Report
                             By Ashley Bettas, SBTA Treasurer & State Council Rep
As a local delegate from SBTA I had the privilege to attend and represent our local association at the NCUEA
conference and NEA annual meeting. The experience this year was very exciting and extra special for me. I attended
the NCUEA pre-conference prior to the Representative assembly. NCUEA stands for the National Council of Urban
Education Associations. This meeting is a time for leaders of large urban associations from across the country to get
together and discuss the unique needs of large urban local associations. A result of these discussions is the crafting of
New Business Items that will be taken to the larger Representative Assembly to set the priorities and agenda for NEA.

NCUEA is an important group in the larger structure of NEA and we are able to have speakers from NEA come to the conference and
give us briefings about what NEA is planning for the coming year in an intimate setting before the RA begins. The reports we heard
included a budget report from Secretary-Treasurer Becky Pringle, remarks from President Dennis Van Roekel, Chief Legal Counsel
Alice O’Brien’s report, Executive Director John Stocks and updates from other NEA staff members who work on campaigns
throughout the US. After all of these presentations it was clear that NEA is facing huge losses of members due to the last two years of
new legislation and elections. The message was clear that NEA is focusing its resources on organizing within locals and state
associations in order to preserve collective bargaining rights throughout the upcoming election in November. This is a new direction
for the organization and I feel proud and excited to be a part of this work.

Another exciting part of NCUEA was the election of officers. I was a candidate for the executive board of NCUEA. I ran unopposed
and was elected as the Pacific Regional Director representing California. This is an organization that I have been involved with
throughout my teaching career. I am very excited to be a part of the executive committee.

There was one New Business Item that did come out of the NCUEA meeting and it began within the Pacific Region meeting. This NBI
called on the NEA to advocate for a transparent process when school districts are seeking grants that include school reform models.
This NBI deals with the situation that SBTA went through as we wrote and then submitted our SIG grants, only to have the type of
transformation model changed at the last minute. One of the best things about NCUEA is that we get to hear what is going on in other
locals. It was very interesting to find out that we were not the only ones who had this happen during the School Improvement Grant
process. The NBI was endorsed by the Pacific Region and then passed by NCUEA. From there the NBI was submitted to the NEA-RA
and I was assigned as a speaker in support of the motion. I wrote out my speech and was all ready to speak on the floor in front of
8,000 delegates. Sadly, I did not get to speak, but only because there were only speakers in support of the motion. It was exciting to
work on getting an NBI passed at the RA. Hopefully the fact that we shed some light on this problem will make a difference for other
locals who are going through similar school reform models.
                                      Educators for Obama
                                                by Pamela Tanja, State Council Rep
           Diane Ravitch has been a a public school educator for over three decades. D R responded recently
           regarding Dr. Jill Biden's email. (Vice President Joe Biden and Dr. J. Biden were at our R A meeting on
           July 3). Ravitch's "word" to us as educators is: = "EDUCATORS FOR OBAMA!!" D R mentions that she
           has not heard President Obama or Secretary of Education Duncan denounce the legislation that hurts our
           nation's public schools. There is a disappointment in the education record of the Obama
           adminstration. Race to the Top has made "teaching to the test" even more important than
NCLB. (Ravitch mentions all of this to Dr. J. Biden).
NONETHELESS, there is a clear difference in why Obama is the choice over Romney this November.
For education funding: **Obama supports the American Jobs Act to hire and rehire teachers. Romney slashed $2.3
million in special education and $25 million from school readiness grants in Massachusetts.
For early childhood education: **Obama supports it. Romney cut early childhood education and pre-K funding in
Mass. Romney vetoed $10 million for kindergarten extension. He also suggested that Head Start is a failure.
For higher education: **Obama signed into law $36 billion over 10 years to increase the maximum Pell Grant award
and $2 billion to community colleges. Romney proposed raising tuition by 15% and did reduce higher education
funding in Massachusetts.
For education: **Obama supports high quality publlic education for all. "We cannot be satisfied until every child in
America--and I mean every child---has the same chances for a good education that we all want for our own children."
Romney "likes NCLB--it reins in national teachers unions and calls for testing kids."
For workers' rights: **Obama believes collective bargaining is a "fundamental American value." Romney plans to
sign a national "right to work" law if president.
For tax fairness: **Obama is right there with NEA's view that children, the elderly, the poor, and the disabled should
not suffer while wealthy corporations do not pay their fair share. Romney wants to make sure that corporations and he
richest Americans continue to benefit from the Bush tax cuts. The ONLY tax cuts that Romney opposes are those cuts
for the middle class.
So, my summation of this R A is that we must all,, as the 300,000 CTA members work 100% until the election in
November to explain the truth of why President Obama needs to serve a 2nd term.

NEA RA Conference: Genocide, Child Labor ITA Involvement and the Supreme
                                                by Brenda Burns, Local Delegate
            On June 28 at the pre-conference; Joint Conference on Women and Minorities, we had the
            pleasure of hearing from the president of ITA (International Teachers Association), the
            representative for the newly formed IWC (International World Court) and a representative
            speaking on behalf of UNESCO. I was amazed to hear that the ITA has been working with people
            around the world with various political issues that hinder their ability to work. The ITA has, for
instance been working with teachers in South Africa even during Apartheid. While Apartheid existed in
South Africa, white and black teachers were not allowed to meet with one another in South Africa. The ITA
made arrangements for them to meet outside of South Africa in order to allow them to collaborate with one
another. The philosophy of the ITA is that they are exclusively for educators and education issues. When
the members meet, they do not discuss politics. They strictly discuss issues related to their own teaching
experiences. This basic tenant has allowed them to help teachers without making either themselves or their
members targets for world leaders. The president of ITA is Swedish. We had the pleasure of being joined by
a number of teacher members during the RA. The NEA and we, as members support the ITA and our
president, Dennis Van Roekel, has attended meetings as a board member of ITA.
    June 28, 2012 was an important day for another reason. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of
Health Care reform. Rumor has it that Mitt Romney was at the Washington D.C. Hilton and left abruptly
after the decision was given to the Pre-conference attendees. It was a great day to be in Washington D.C. in
spite of the 100 plus degree heat.
                                 NEA RA - Democracy in Action
                                                       By Rebecca Harper
    I have been to many NEA RAs (Representative Assemblies), and every time I am amazed to see the democratic
process in action at its best form taking place. This RA was no exception. Picture over one thousand educators, from
every part of the country, making motions, debating issues and voting on them. There were many issues that did not
go the way I thought was best for California and, in particular, San Bernardino. But at the end of the day, I can honestly say that I
am proud of being part of that process. When votes went a different way, at least our side of the issue was heard and the majority
always prevails.

  The delegates from California make up about 10% of the entire NEA RA delegation. California is one of the few large states that
continue to have Collective Bargaining Rights. Most other large states are ‘Right to Work’ states such as Texas, New York and
Florida. However, we still stand together to advocate for collective bargaining in all states. This is evident in New Business Item A
that takes a proactive stance on school reform (as modified refers to the addition of the statement on collective bargaining):


         Adopted as Modified

         Leading the Professions

         NEA will:

          Support Association and member led school transformation efforts and pursue state and district policies that help
    create great public schools for all students;

            Offer intensive support to struggling schools (including NEA Priority Schools) and share lessons learned at the local
         and state levels;

         Work in partnership with parents, community organizations, and allied coalitions with the goal of improving student
          Lead efforts to fund and establish a coalition of teachers’ professional organizations, higher education professional
    associations and faculty, education support professional organizations, specialized instructional support personnel
    organizations (e.g. school social workers, psychologists etc.), and other organizations promoting standards of professional
    practice with the goal of identifying a universally accepted body of standards for all of the education professions;

           Advocate for including educators and association leaders in all school and district decision-making bodies, including
    the areas of policy, personnel, and budgets. Use collective bargaining and other multi-party processes to help accomplish this
          Create a network of organizational advocates at the local, state, and national level to convey the over-arching goals
    and strategies as well as the actions, the desired outcomes, and the value propositions of leading the professions.

                                                                 NEA RA - First Time Delegate
                                                                       By Leticia Madrigal, Elementary School Rep
                                                             As a first time NEA Delegate, I was very impressed especially
                                                           with the parliamentary procedure and the way NEA
                                                           President ,Dennis Van Roekel, carried business. The California
                                                           Caucus brought the majority of new business items to the RA
                                                           assembly. Some were accepted as well as rejected. The one that
                                                           hurt the most was the loan modification. I truly believe this is vital
                                                           to our country after having so many homeless students. It hurt to
                                                           see that the rest of the states didn't see the urgency in this. It's not
                                                           until you see the helpless situation before your eyes and experience
                                                           the agony of your students that you realize the devastation. I hope
                                                           in our next RA assembly we will have a clearer vision.
                                     We Educate America:
             National Education Association/ Representative Assembly
                                           By Kathy Poole

                     On a sultry Washington, D. C. day, actually the hottest day on record for June,
              approximately 8,000 members of one of the largest unions, three million strong,
              gathered to celebrate their commitment to educating America’s youth. From
              preschool teachers to community college professors, bus drivers to secretaries, first
years to retired teachers, all came to have a voice in leading the profession and being a force for
change. A change in the academic standards, a change in the way student performance is
assessed, and a change in educator’s evaluations. A change that will prepare students for careers
of the future, ones that we, as educators, cannot even imagine. A change for us to become social
justice patriots, to be aware of social injustice in our communities, help others become cognizant
of the injustices, and to lead everyone in bringing about change. We educate America.
       We educate America, the rich, the middle class, and the poor. We are not the enemy of
the economy. We educate America. We did not cause the economic depression. We educate
America. We contribute to society by educating all, thus allowing doors to be opened and
providing opportunities to support our economy rather than take from it. We educate America.
       We educate one another. This gathering of members from all over the United States allows
one to hear of the struggles in other states, their concerns, their triumphs, and their tragedies. We
educate one another by sharing our success, celebrating outstanding educators, support
personnel, and elected officials who are friends to education. We educate one another through
speeches and a round table discussion. Robert Goodman from the New Jersey Center for
Teaching and Learning headed one such discussion. Mr. Goodman spoke on how there was a lack
of physics teachers at the high school level in New York City High Schools. The program took
educators who knew how to teach and had fellow high school physics teachers teach them the
subject matter- thus creating three times as many physics teachers than before. We educate one
         The duty of the NEA/RA is to conduct new business to help direct the executive board on
how best represent this union in regards to educating America’s youth. This representative body
has given the charge to the board to help all associations and its members create great public
schools for all students. The board has been asked to lead the efforts in improving funding for
schools, developing better evaluation techniques for student outcome, advocating for inclusion of
educators and support personnel in all school and district decision-making bodies, and help in
developing a coalition of union members to identify a universally accepted body of standards for
all of the education personnel. Some of the other areas of concern that the members have voted
for the NEA board to focus on are: misuse of standardized test scores, economic injustice, promote
social justice and equal education opportunities for all, continued advocacy for arts educations,
and proper funding for special education.
       In addition, NEA has been instructed to keep members informed on health and
environmental concerns, political activities affecting education and funding, parent trigger laws,
federal funding for special education, tax initiatives that affect education, and other issues that
directly affect members through print and electronic sources.
       Finally, this year’s NEA/RA helped to direct the leadership on what the vision for one of the
largest unions in the country should be, where the future of public education should be headed,
and how public educators should be seen as a profession. We are proud, we are strong—We
Educate America!
                         This Could Happen to You!
                                          By Christine M. Marquez,
Imagine. . .a former teacher at your site is arrested on suspicion of lewd conduct with students. Scary, huh?
Then the next thing you know, you and everyone at your site is given two days to pack up your room as you
are being removed from your school and being sent to another, which by the way, is vacant! You're still on
payroll, but now you are viewed by the community and the world wide web as guilty of misconduct!
That is what happened to the staff (both certificated and classified) at Miramonte Elementary School in Los
Angeles. The staff was warned not to interact with students from Miramonte or with any of the new staff that
had been assigned for the second half of the year. Allegedly there were 23 victims in all. The suspect, Mark
Berndt had been reported by a parent 18 years ago as she suspected him of improperly touching her daughter.
LA County Sheriffs turned the case over to the District Attorney who dropped the case saying there was
insufficient evidence.
 So here we are in Washington DC. The California Caucus votes to support the New Business Items and they
are brought to the floor of the Representative Assembly. Would the other states support these new business
items that were written when due process was being denied? Of course we stand together, and as the NEA,
this group of teachers is now back by the largest union in the United States.
New Business Item 7, which was adopted by the body reads:
NEA will examine the removal of the entire Miramonte staff by the LAUSD superintendent following an
arrest of a former co-worker and then housing them away from all LAUSD students for the second half of
the school year. The purpose of this examination is to share with NEA members any information on
possible solutions, actions, or implications arising from the Miramonte situation that may have national
ramifications. The results of the examination will be made public next year to the RA delegates and all
NEA members.
The second item involves letters be sent to those parties involved pointing out their their disregard for “due
process.” The LAUSD Superintendent did not follow district policy or state laws regarding how to deal with
abuse allegations, student safety and treating teachers with respect. We, as well as others, should remember
that as teachers we are mandated reporters of abuse.
New Business Item 9, which was also adopted at the RA reads:
The President of the National Education Association will send a letter to the Secretary of Education, Arne
Duncan, copied to Superintendent John Deasy and every elected member of the Board of Education of the
Los Angeles Unified School District regarding the damaging mishandling of the situation at Miramonte
Elementary School. The letter will be written in collaboration with the Miramonte staff regarding the
Miramonte community.
The letter will also request the Secretary to provide guidance to all districts on emergency large-scale
decisions which ensures that simple justice, fairness, and good educational practice be upheld; that input
from staff, their unions, and families be considered; that written time-lines be included; and that all
actions taken ensure the optimal well-being of all involved.
We teachers are under attack! It is unthinkable that something like this could or would occur in the 21st
century, yet it has! We need to step up and stand together to stop the injustices. Don't hesitate to call the
grievance line if you think you rights are being infringed upon, because if they are and nothing is done about
it.. . . it becomes an acceptable past practice. You have now set a precedence and the district can now say,
“well you didn't grieve it before ”. KNOW Your Rights!
                                                      RA Report
                                                     By Stephanie Liggins,

  There is nothing more educational and informative about the plight of education, educators, and those
seeking an education in the public school system today. We have to be on the caucus floor at 7AM for
the CA perspective, in order to know what kind of new business will be introduced and decide the
position we as a state will take. Since it is only my second time, I still do not know completely what is
occurring. Much of it I figure out after the fact, however.

On the RA floor, the amount of business discussed can be dizzying.This year, it seemed as if CA
introduced so many NBI's that other states became weary of us and attempted to shut us down. Pres.
Van Roekel was trying to get through everything expeditiously, so he did not allow CA the chance to
defend all of the NBI's. My opinion.

The most moving occurrence was when the Miramonte teachers made their presence know on the CA
caucus floor. The came at their own expense to help produce NBI's to protect teachers from experiencing
the madness they were forced to endure because of the foolishness of a colleague. Great courage.

I love the information I get and always leave enlightened. I am grateful for the opportunity to go.

         The Heart of the RA: June 30 - July 5, 2012 in Washington D.C.
                             Submitted by Betty Jo. Knick, SBTA Board of Directors (High School)

         YOU are the heart of the RA. Along with several other members of the San Bernardino Teachers’ Association, I have
now been fortunate to attend two of the National Education Association Representative Assemblies. When we do, it is with
YOU in mind. Our goal and our purpose is to (as the name says) represent each of you. To witness the RA first-hand and to
participate as a voting member is an awesome responsibility. Each delegate you send from SBTA carries with them your spirit
and a shared heart. For any who may not know already, let me tell you about the focus of the RA sessions…
         Each morning the California delegation meets as one to discuss the proposed amendments to the constitution, bylaws,
and standing rules. Resolution amendments and legislative amendments are also presented and argued. Then comes New
Business. Before traveling to the convention center to meet with the other delegations, California discusses the New Business
Items or NBIs. A new business item can be submitted by any delegate with 50 supporting signatures. Cost implications for the
adoption and implementation of the NBI is determined and presented for delegate consideration before voting. This year, a
running total of adopted NBIs was presented during the discussion of the next NBI up for consideration. This ensures each
delegate understands the “business” impact and the bottom line impact on our pocketbook.
         As the RA continues, a newspaper called “ra today” is published and provided to all delegates each morning. This
newspaper provides a history of the actions already adopted by the delegates, the current cumulative cost for the adopted NBIs,
and the matters still pending. As much as I want to tell you about each NBI, it would be better if I just point you in the
direction where you can read them for yourself (and I really hope you do). Please visit
Here you’ll find each NBI and the result of the delegation vote. Voting is a voice vote. A close vote will be judged by a standing
vote. When no dominate opinion is still able to be determined, a roll call vote will be held. To require a roll call vote is rare.
During voting, it is empowering to hear the voices chime as one and to know you (the delegate) are speaking out and YOU
(SBTA) are being heard.

          If it happens that you are chosen to represent SBTA at a future NEA RA, please take to heart your responsibilities.
Know that you travel with the support and trust of 3,000 of your peers. There is so much more than what I’ve covered here
that is a part of the RA. To truly do justice to the spirit and energy of the RA would take volumes. All I can say now is thank
you for choosing me as one of your representatives. I value your faith and confidence in me and hope that I did not disappoint.
Carrying your message to the national forum and speaking on your behalf is always a privilege. Thank you so much.
Remember, please read the link provided above. You may not have attended the RA physically but you were definitely there in
                                                             CAMPAIGN 2012
            Focusing on the numbers: YES on Prop. 30 and NO on Prop. 32
                                                    August 2, 2012 (excerpted from CTA Insider)

Since the Secretary of State’s website has listed the proposition numbers of the initiatives for the November ballot, we
are focusing on spreading the word: the Governor’s funding initiative is now Prop. 30 and the Special Exemptions Act is
Prop. 32. During this campaign season you can stay informed in two easy ways:

                      Check out our website campaign section                               Connect with our campaign mobile app.

NO on Prop. 32: In late July, 675 educators – joined by the League of Women Voters – kicked off mobilizing efforts at a
press event at the CTA Presidents Conference to get the word out to defeat Prop. 32. Prop. 32 is not what it seems. This
measure was intentionally written to create special exemptions for billionaire businessmen and secretive Super PACs,
giving them even more political power to write their own set of rules. Corporations already outspend labor unions 15 to 1
on political contributions.

        See video of CTA President Dean E. Vogel describing dangers of Prop. 32                                          View the NO on 32 website

YES on Prop. 30: Educators are joining a growing coalition of other labor and community groups to encourage voters to
vote YES on Prop. 30 to prevent billions in new cuts to California’s schools. In the last four years alone, our schools and
colleges have been cut by more than $20 billion, more than 40,000 educators have been laid off, and our class sizes have
been among the largest in the country. Without Prop. 30, our schools and colleges face an additional $6 billion in devas-
                       tating cuts this year. Prop. 30 is the only initiative that prevents these cuts.

                                          View the YES on 30 website                   Learn more about Prop. 30

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The educators will be honored at the NEA Foundation’s Salute to Excellence in Education Gala to be held in Washington,
DC on February 8, 2013. Known as the Academy Awards of public education, the gala attracts more than 850 of the
nation’s leaders from public education, philanthropy, and the private sector.
“We give these awards annually to honor and promote excellence in education and to elevate the profession. Educators like
these are critical to their students’ academic success, and they deserve national recognition,” said Harriet Sanford,
President and CEO of the NEA Foundation.
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                           Issues Conference: January 13-15, 2012
                               Submitted by Betty Jo. Knick, SBTA Board of Directors (High School)

                 Session Attended: Bullying! It Doesn’t Just Happen to Students!
  We all know there is bullying among the students at our schools, both on campus and as our students come and go to school. What many
may not know or have not recognized is the bullying that takes place among the adults on our campuses. Workplace bullying is “repeated ,
health harming abusive conduct committed by bosses and co-workers” and/or “repeated mistreatment including, but not limited to, sabotage
by others preventing work from getting done, verbal abuse, threatening conduct, intimidation, or humiliation”.

  Statistics:                             - 74% of bullies hold a higher rank/office that the bullied worker
                                          - 62% of bullies are men
                                          - Bullying is four times more prevalent than illegal discriminatory harassment
                                          - 83.3% of bullies don’t act alone (they operate in a group or mob)
                                          - Only 15% of bullied workers formally complain
                                          - Active bullying exists in 68% of workplaces
                                          - Bullying reduces workplace performance by 33%
                                          - Bullies experience negative consequences in only 23% of the cases
                                          - 62.5% of employers add to the problem =>
                                                     * 50% take no action
                                                     * 12.5% promote bullying

  Bullying is characterized by nit-picking criticism, undermining, differential treatment (longer lunches for some, etc.), leave denial, excessive
monitoring, micro-management, threatening disciplinary action and isolation. Tactics can range from “the best friend” who later breaks your
confidence to the “confidence destroyer” who is more aggressive.

  There is also workplace harassment which includes any physical or verbal abuse of a person because of their race, religion, color, age, gen-
der, disability, national origin, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected status. Harassment is any conduct that “creates significant
anguish to another person with the intent to bother, scare, or emotionally abuse”. It can be physical (touching, patting, etc.), verbal (name
calling, belittling, etc.), or visual (obscene letters, inappropriate pictures, etc.).

  What’s the difference between bullying and harassment? Bullying is the root of all forms of harassment. When bullying is focused (race,
gender, etc.) it can be identified as harassment – without focus – its pure bullying. There are laws against harassment BUT there are NO laws
in California, at this time, against bullying in the workplace.

  Remember – there are physical costs when someone is on the receiving end of disrespectful treatment whether it is bullying or harassment.
These include poor work performance, lack of job satisfaction, withdrawal, fear, stress, low morale, etc. Don’t let this happen to you! Take
care of yourself! Your best “weapons”:

                - Remember your physical health first
                - Don’t get emotional
                - Remain calm
                - Don’t escalate the situation
                - Build a network of people you know and trust so you don’t get isolated
                - Don’t blame yourself
                - Don’t lose your confidence

   Should you ever become the victim of or witness bullying or harassment report it IMMEDIATELY! You can also expose the bully by con-
fronting the bully in a professional manner. Think of ways to bring awareness of the bullying behavior and organize for change. Never expect
to change the bully. You should always do your job and do it well. And, finally, above all, REPORT IT IMMEDIATELY!
          Remember the Union Code of Conduct:

                Do not criticize or gossip about your colleagues behind their back.
                If a colleague is being criticized or gossiped about in your presence, confront the criticism or gossip and ask that it stop.
                Do not participate in any conversation with administration that criticize or negatively speculate about any union colleague
                If you have any issue or disagreement with a colleague, try to work it out with the individual before complaining to administration.

                è Know your contract (available at
                è Know your district’s policy/board policy
                 è Know your district’s complaint procedure (available at - Archives – Rules and Regulations – Chapter 18)
                è Know your job description
                è Utilize your CTA Staff person and benefits
           Bullying of Teachers Pervasive in Many Schools
                        By Cindy Long (excerpted from NEA Today, May 16, 2012)
Workplace bullying is on the rise. About a third of American
workers have been impacted by bullying in the
workplace, either as a target or as witness to abusive behavior
against a co-worker. Unfortunately, it’s even more prevalent in the
field of education. In a recent survey of medium-sized school
districts, 25 percent of employees reported that they had been

A teacher from Augusta, Maine, was so traumatized by her
principal and superintendent that she didn’t want her name or
school mentioned, but wanted to share her story because she
believes the pervasive problem of workplace bullying has gone on unchecked for too long.

“I am sufficiently frightened enough by my former employers to fear that maybe they could still hurt me,”
she says. “I need to get a new job but won’t be able to do so if I am unable to receive even one
recommendation from an administrator. I know it and so do they.”

After the Augusta educator resisted being transferred to a new school and new grade level, she began to be
scrutinized by her administrators. First, they began examining her test scores, her communications with
parents, and her relationships with colleagues. Then, with no explanation and no warning, the principal
began interrupting her class to pull out students one-by-one to talk to them. When the educator asked the
students why they were being pulled out, they told her they were instructed not to tell.

She was accused of not using technology in her class, even though each student had a laptop. She was
criticized for relying on a literacy mentor, even though some of her students were struggling with reading.
She was put on a behavior modification plan and was told to submit her lesson plans a week in advance for
review by administrators. Her peers warned her that she was being targeted, and she began to believe it.
Finally, she left her job after her health began to deteriorate.

It’s not just administrators bullying teachers, says Carv Wilson, a geography teacher at Legacy Junior High
in Layton, Utah. He’s been an educator for 18 years, and has seen teachers bullying each other to get their
way, as well as aggressive parents who fly off the handle and threaten and intimidate their child’s educators.
But he says the worst case of ongoing workplace bullying he witnessed was by a principal.

“I was heavily involved in school leadership both as a Davis Education Association Rep and on the school
representative counsel, and I heard about or witnessed first-hand the abuse of other teachers, staff, and
students by this principal,” he says. “She specifically targeted individual teachers and the only thing that
seemed to offer any protection was membership in our local association.”

Wilson says more than 60 percent of the educators were NEA members, and the other 30 percent “suffered
dramatically at her hands.” The number of transfers out of the school was higher than 50 percent each year
of the eight years that she was principal of the school.

“She seemed to revel in people being driven out of education or to another school,” he says. “The memories
of that time still haunt me from time to time, but it solidified my belief that having representation both in
school and in the local community through the association is critical. It’s the only defense against unfair and
even punitive measures that are sometimes solely prompted by personality conflicts.”

Denise Mirandola is a union representative for the Pennsylvania State Education Association who holds
trainings for members called “Bullying in the Workplace.”                               (continued p. 14)
        Bullying of Teachers Pervasive in Many Schools (continued)
“I presented it at an Education Support Professionals meeting and was surprised to see so many heads
nodding,” she says. “I believe that the phenomenon has been overlooked far too long and should be
brought to the surface quickly.”
Like Wilson from Utah, she says association representation is vital if you’re being targeted by a work-
place bully. The first thing you should do, in fact, is contact your union representative. Then, document,
document, document – save emails, letters, memos, notes from conversations, or anything that shows
the mistreatment. She also recommends confronting the bully with a supportive ally, like a union rep –
and to describe the offensive behavior you’re experiencing, and the change in behavior you’d like to see.
According to Dr. Matt Spencer of the Workplace Bullying in Schools Project, “the bully steals the
dignity, self-esteem, confidence, joy, happiness, and quality of life of the targeted victim”. And when the
target is an educator, it is a great “injustice” because the bully deprives students of a caring adult who is
crucial to their education.
Currently there is no law in any state against workplace bullying, unless it involves harassment based
on race, color, creed, national origin, sex, age or disability. Please support the Healthy Workplace Bill
in your state. Go to for more information.

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                                   (excerpted from NEA Today, News from Capitol Hill, August 3, 2012)

 Where will you see your Member of Congress this month? At a back-to-school event? A Labor Day picnic? A townhall
 meeting? At your local supermarket? Members of Congress will be at home in their districts until September. And,
 they will want to hear from YOU! As the November election quickly approaches, now is the perfect time to make sure
 your Representatives in Washington, DC know what is on your mind.

 When Congress returns after recess, they will be debating and voting on issues of critical importance to educators. On
 the agenda – whether education programs will be subject to deep cuts that will cause great harm to students; whether
 those most able to do so will be asked to pay their fair share toward deficit reduction; and whether the middle class will
 see tax hikes while the wealthy continue to get tax breaks. As an educator, YOU have the power to impact these
 debates. Your experience and your expertise are critical! Members of Congress need to hear how their decisions will
 impact you, your students, your family, and your community.

 Talking with your Members of Congress this month won’t even require making an appointment. Most will be out in the
 community talking to constituents and making their case for re-election. This is your opportunity to make your voice
 heard. When you see your Members of Congress, ask them:

 How will they ensure equity for all students – to make sure that every student, no matter where he or
 she lives, has access to the best education possible? Learn more about ESEA reauthorization and how
 educators are leading the way to improve student achievement.

 How are they going to make sure that education programs don’t get hit with more deep cuts? Learn
 more about looming cuts that will hurt students and educators.
 What are they doing to ensure a fair tax system – one that doesn’t overburden the middle class and
 makes sure that the richest two percent pay their fair share? Learn more about the fight for tax fairness.

         To see the active links contained in this article, go to

                         Planning a Vacation?                                                More (and Free) Cool Apps for Your
                                                                                                            By Rebecca Logan
TSA’s 2012 Spring/Summer Buying Guide is here and may have deals you’d like                               NEA Sr. Writer/Editor
to see! It features terrific entertainment specials for our members and their
                                                                                             Recently we asked educators what cool apps
                                              Best Buys of the Month                         they’re using in their classrooms. That question
                                                                                             led to our first story, “Cool Apps for Your
                                               SeaWorld San Diego                            Classroom,” which gave us even more
                                                  Adult (Ages 10+)                           responses! Here are some of the free online
                                           TSA Price: $50.50 Save: $20.00*
                                                                                             tools being used in classrooms across the
                                             Six Flags Magic Mountain                        nation.
                                                  General (Ages 3+)                                                    1. Popplet
                                           TSA Price: $33.00 Save: $26.49*                                             2. Fun Trivia
                                       LEGOLAND California Resort Hopper                                               3. Games for the Brain
                                             General Admission (Ages 3+)                                               4. Idea Flight
                                        TSA Price: $72.00 Save: Up to $20.50*                                          5. Skitch
                                                                                                                       6. Molecules
*Tickets to certain attractions are limited and sold on a first-come, first-served                                     7. GoAnimate for
basis. TSA purchases most of the tickets in advance and cannot return them; their tickets                                 Schools
are non-refundable. Prices are subject to availability and approval. Savings reflect after
processing fee of $2.50 per adult/general admission ticket has been applied.

                                 How to Reach TSA
                 Mail: P.O. Box 9020, West Covina, CA 91793-9020
                                Phone: (800) 537-8491

                                   Office Hours:
                   Monday-Friday, 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. (P.S.T.)
                     Saturday, 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. (P.S.T.)
     Contact Information:
                                                            SBTA Leadership 2012-2013
       1997 E. Marshall Blvd.
     San Bernardino, CA 92404                               President:: Rebecca Harper (San Bernardino Teachers Association)
                                                            Vice President: Robert Rodriguez (Rodriguez Prep)
        Phone: 909-881-6755
                                                            Secretary: Nancy Glenn (Lytle Creek Elementary / Track C)
         Fax: 909-881-6752
                                                            Treasurer: Ashley Bettas (Riley Elementary/ Track D)
                                                            Senior High School Reps:

        Union Code of Conduct                                          Jerry Kimery (Pacific High)
                                                                       Marc Politt (San Gorgonio High)
         I will not criticize any union colleague
                                                                       John Wingo (San Bernardino High)
            except to the individual directly.
                                                            Middle School Reps:
       If any union colleague is being criticized                      Rebecca Engelgau (Golden Valley Middle)
      in my presence, I will confront the criticism                    Tanisha Taylor (Arrowview Middle)
                  and ask that it stop.                     Elementary School Reps:

     I will not participate in any conversation with                   Sheila Houston (Lytle Creek Elementary / Track C)
 administration that criticizes or negatively speculates               Leticia Madrigal (Mt. Vernon Elementary)
              about any union colleague.                               Francine March (Lankershim Elementary / Track C)

     I will settle my differences with my colleagues                   Linda Morgan (Monterey Elementary / Track D)

                    within my union.                                   Sandy Owens (Wilson Elementary / Track C)
                                                                       Nancy Sanchez-Spears (Elementary PE- Salinas Elem.)
I will engage in debate, offer them every opportunity for
                                                            Special Services Rep: Lynette Hill (Psych Services at San Bern. High)
   debate, and respect minority viewpoints, but I will
observe and support the majority mandate of my union.       State Council Reps:
                                                                       John Wingo (San Bernardino High)

                        Join us for the…                               Patty Taylor (Student Services)
                   End of Summer Sizzle BBQ                            Emma Ma (Cajon High School)
                   Friday, September 21st at
                                                                       Robert Rodriguez (Rodriguez Prep)
        Beef, Turkey and Vegy Burgers                                  Rebecca Harper (SBTA)
        Hot Dogs and Polish Sausages                                   Nancy Glenn (Lytle Creek Elementary / Track C)
      BBQ Beans, Potato Salad and More!
                                                                       Ashley Bettas (Riley Elementary / Track D)
 Starts at 4:00 and goes ‘til the food runs out!
                                                            State Council Reps (A):
 Your SBTA office is
                                                                       Sheila Houston (Lytle Creek / Track C)
    here for you.
                                                                       Pamela Tanja (Highland/Pacific)
     Please don’t
                                                            Regional UniServ Staff:
   hesitate to call
 when you need our                                                     Justin Arnold (SBTA)
    assistance!                                                        Peg Tracey (SBTA)

San Bernardino Teachers Association                                                    Members of CTA, NEA & SANGSCC

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