AUGUST 29, 2007
San Diego Education Association / California Teachers Association / National Education Association
10393 San Diego Mission Road, Suite #100 • San Diego, CA 92108 • (619) 283-4411 • www.sdea.net
Time to Bargain!
Reaching Out to New Teachers
What Will it Take?
By Camille Zombro, SDEA President and
Marc Capitelli, SDEA Vice President
W e consider ourselves a democratic (small d) country and union.
The question is whether or not the facts stack up to demonstrate that
citizens/members are really participating in their country/union. We
have convinced ourselves that our country/union is vibrant and repre-
senting the “will of the people,” but how do we actually measure up?
The 2004 Presidential election saw 121± million of our 293± mil-
lion citizens vote. That means that only 44% of our citizens (56% of
eligible voters) decided to exercise their franchise and vote. 29% of the • Building the external political relationships to make SDEA (you)
eligible electorate elected President Bush. more powerful when we deal with elected oﬃcials, the media
and the communities we serve.
Donald Moore, SDEA UniServ Field organizer, leads a group of new You can’t blame education levels or red/blue states or regional dif-
SDUSD teachers through an 80-minute workshop called, “SDEA Work- SDEA Board Member Willie Jones (center) and Visiting Teacher ferences because the data shows that the percentage does not change • Building the new internal structure to improve the communica-
ing for You.” More than 300 new teachers attended one of eight small- Richard Graydon (right) promote the beneﬁts of membership in SDEA/ much across those lines. Our most cherished right as a democratic tions between leadership and membership (Site and Group
group sessions to learn about their rights and responsibilities as District CTA/NEA to new San Diego teachers at the 2007 SDUSD New society is the right to cast a vote, to “be heard” if you will, but we don’t Organizers). Leadership needs (and wants) to hear you better.
employees and union members. Teacher Orientation, held August 20-22 at the Town & Country Hotel. exercise that right!
• Revising the SDEA governance documents to reﬂect our current
In our union’s last presidential election 1310 members voted for reality.
SDEA President. 7581 were eligible to vote. 17% of our members
exercised their franchise! 10% of membership elected our current • Redirecting our human and ﬁnancial resources toward increased
president. The most highly educated demographic group there prob- training and material resources for Association and Council Rep-
ably is did not vote in their union election, a union that is aﬀecting resentatives as well as Site and Group Organizers.
June 30 – July 6, 2007, Philadelphia, PA their working conditions, salary and beneﬁts.
• Starting in a new web-based member beneﬁt/ticket process
These statistics point out two disquieting facts. We are a country/ (Member Access–look for your cards in September).
union governed not by the majority, but by a minority who, for some
reason, care enough to vote. This leads to a conclusion. We are not a • Teaching our members the power of organizing.
“vibrant, democratic” organization unless we ﬁnd a way to get mean-
ingful participation from our “electorate”. This is only a short list of concepts we are working on. Each one we
take on requires more people and more resources—it also requires
What does it mean that one participates in a democracy? Here is our us to redirect our eﬀorts away from the priorities of the past and the
continuum: services we are currently providing. That is our quandary. We can be
• Choose to participate in the system much more powerful in changing your working conditions with your
• Become informed about issues and oﬃce holders/seekers involvement!
• Work for issues or candidates (time/money) We want you to become involved enough to vote, work on District
Hard • Run for oﬃce issues or support your union with active involvement.
• The Comparability/Compensation Task Force raised uncomfort-
SDEA leadership has striven to widen the involvement of our able issues that we (SDEA & SDUSD) have never faced together
members, multiply the number of opportunities for members to before. We want our members to understand those issues.
participate, and build the infrastructure to enhance communications.
We’re working toward a very clear goal: meaningful participation and • You are 35th out of 38 districts in your 20-year earnings. Does
a member-driven organization. We can’t take care of national politics, that get you riled up?
but we will continue trying to involve you.
• Our entire contract is up for negotiation in ’08. Is there anything
Here is some of what has been happening in the past year at you want changed?
• A change of focus from a “service” union to an “organizing” union. • Charter schools continue to blossom. How does SDUSD
meet that challenge? Should SDEA organize charter
• Working with the District to face the tough issues of ﬁnance, schools?
Over the course of eight business sessions spanning four days, RA delegates debate the vital issues that impact Special Ed., and school renewal/reformation among many others. (Continued on page 14.)
2 American public education and set Association policy and activities for the year ahead. AUGUST 2007 3
SDEA Executive Director
San Diego Uniﬁed School District
“A seat at the table?”
2007-2008 Adopted Budget
A n extraordinary moment occurred at the SDUSD School Board’s
two-day budget workshop in July and it got me wondering if it was
Projected Expenditures By Category
symbolic of something more. The July 24th meeting was held in the
Board Room of Mission Federal Credit Union. Various School Board
members, District administrators and staﬀ informally sat around a
large oval-shaped table to hear a 90-minute presentation of the report
of the Compensation Comparability Task Force. At the conclusion of 0.45
But, now comes the hard part. How do you turn such a belief into
the presentation, Board President Luis Acle stood up to give his seat 42.43%
to SDEA President Camille Zombro so she could comment on the a policy or a budget line item? How do you fulﬁll a commitment to
recommendations contained in the report. teachers when you are also faced with demands from charter school The SDUSD adopted budget resembles a typical
supporters, GATE proponents, landscapers, health care providers, school district budget in that salaries for teachers and
As Camille, who had been sitting in the visitors’ section, joined the utilities, contractors, special education advocates and others who certiﬁcated support staﬀ are always the single largest
group, I asked myself, is the San Diego Education Association actu- argue passionately for their particular interests?
category of spending on an annual basis. SDEA wants
ally being given a seat at the table? As the representative of the largest
employee group in the school district, SDEA has constantly advo- The answer is that you need to know and be willing to act on your to work with the District to examine why spending on
cated for our place among the decision-makers when issues are being priorities. As Roy Disney said, “It’s not hard to make decisions when teacher salaries has declined over the years (in 2000-01
discussed and debated. Was Mr. Acle’s gesture merely good manners you know what your values are.” SDEA urges the Board to look 0.35 it was over 47%) and how other large urban districts
or was there something more happening here? The answer is that beyond its test scores and enrollment ﬁgures to understand that the
only time will tell. greatest hope for the future of the San Diego Uniﬁed School Dis- can aﬀord to spend a much higher percentage of their
trict is to have experienced, dedicated, and highly competent teach- budget for teacher salaries.
The fourteen recommendations of the Compensation Comparabil- ers in every classroom in every school and program in the district.
ity Task Force, which were unanimously supported by the task force 0.3
participants, grew out of an intensive six-month eﬀort by SDEA and The critical importance of teachers and certiﬁcated support staﬀ was
SDUSD to examine District ﬁnancial and staﬃng practices. The echoed by another visitor to the School Board’s Budget Workshop.
charge of the task force was to make recommendations to bring the One day earlier, on July 23rd, Ron Bennett, President and CEO of
20-year career earnings of SDEA bargaining unit members to the School Services of California (SSC), spoke to Board members as
county median. 0.25
part of a school ﬁnance presentation. As described on their web-
site, “For 30 years, SSC has served most of California’s school districts,
The recommendations touch on a wide variety of topics, including: county oﬃces, and community colleges in meeting their management,
Salary schedule restructuring; Over-formula positions; Certiﬁcated governance, and ﬁscal responsibilities. The eﬀective administration of
ADA/FTE ratios; Small site administration; Atypical program costs; California’s public schools has always been the ﬁrm’s primary mission...” 0.2
Small school structures; Special Education; Facilities consolidation;
Administrative/Supervisory spending; Supplemental early retirement Mr. Bennett told Board members that District employees fall into
program; Title I thresholds; Common District calendar; Health/
Welfare beneﬁts and Innovative educational programs.
two categories, teachers and everyone else whose job it is to support 15.64%
those teachers. That statement, more than anything I have heard,
should assist the Board in clarifying its priorities. 0.15
The Board members generally reacted favorably to the report. They
liked the fact that the presentation was jointly made by the SDEA As we prepare to begin salary and beneﬁt negotiations for 2007- 11.05%
Executive Director and the District’s Chief Financial Oﬃcer and they 2008, SDEA urges the Board to make its teachers and support staﬀ 10.73% 10.98%
saw the report as an example of real collaboration between SDEA
and the District. They also felt the report provided a comprehensive
its highest priority. We also urge the Board to give the District’s
bargaining team the necessary parameters to achieve an early settle-
look at some of the “big picture” issues they are deliberating and ment so we can sit down at the table together, as partners, to tackle 6.98%
thought it could serve as a road map for their decision-making over
the next few years. They also asked a number of probing questions
some of the big issues outlined in the Compensation Comparability 5.34%
Task Force report. 4.5%
and made many additional comments regarding the speciﬁc informa-
tion contained in the recommendations. 0.05
The Task Force recommendations, with commentary by the SDEA
Board of Directors, are printed in this issue of the Advocate. The
My feeling, as I left the meeting, was that everyone in the room gen- full PowerPoint presentation given to the SDUSD Board of Educa-
erally supported the conclusion that SDUSD should do as much tion is posted at www.sdea.net.
as it can to increase salaries of teachers and certiﬁcated 0
support staﬀ. If so, they share this belief with thousands
Teacher Adminis- Classiﬁed Health & Other Books & Beginning Ending Unrestricted
of our own members who have written and spoken of the
Salaries trators Salaries Welfare Employee Supplies Balance Balance Ending
4 need to make teachers a budget priority. Salaries Beneﬁts Beneﬁts Blance
VEBA’s Response to Rising Health Care Costs
Taking Control of Your Health
Feeling the Pain...In Our Wallets
Most of us go to the doctor in hopes of easing pain, but these days, we may also be by George McGregor, Compensation Comparability
feeling the pain in our wallets. The Towers Perrin 2007 Health Care Cost Survey re- VEBA Administrator Task Force Report
ports some “painful” national trends: Compared with costs just ﬁve years ago, employers
are paying 59% more today, and employees are paying 79% more. The Compensation Comparability Task Force recommendations were developed jointly by SDEA and SDUSD and unanimously approved by
the task force members. The SDEA Board of Directors reviewed the recommendations and approved them unanimously on May 30, 2007. The
The following chart shows factors that contribute to increased health care costs in San Diego — and what VEBA is do- task force report was jointly presented to the SDUSD Board of Education on July 24, 2007. The SDEA Board of Directors urges the District
take action to implement these recommendations in order to fulﬁll its commitment to prioritize teacher salaries.
ing in response.
SDEA recognizes that the implementation of the recommendations will require that diﬃcult economic and policy choices be made. While we all
Drivers of Health Care Costs What VEBA Is Doing About It advocate for a ﬁscally-sound District budget, the ﬁnite nature of the spending plan forces one need to be pitted against another. Therefore, priori-
• Increased rates of chronic illness in the population • Actively promotes the use of care management ties need to be very clear. SDEA will stand with the board to weather the storm from the public and membership when unpopular decisions are
drive up the use of hospital services and more expen- programs by members, such as the Weight Loss made if the pain is spread across all facets of the district operation and we see the district prioritizing our salaries in the design of the District
sive prescription drugs Challenge, Best Doctors® program and Medco’s budget.
RationalMed™ program The SDEA Board of Directors remains focused on the committee’s charge- the money saved by these or other measures should be used to bring
the career earnings of SDEA unit members to the median among teachers in San Diego County. The Board believes that task force report in no
• An estimated 30% of medical diagnoses are incorrect, • The Best Doctors program corrected 17% of way supplants the work of negotiating a fair settlement for 2007-08. In fact, SDEA believes the recommendations actually support our eﬀorts to
regardless of whether patients are enrolled in a PPO, diagnoses for the most severely at risk in 2006 and mobilize members to advocate for a fair contract settlement.
HMO or traditional indemnity plan changed recommended treatment more than 70%
of the time Below are the speciﬁc task force recommendations (bold) and comments from the SDEA Board of Directors (italics):
• Patients are noncompliant with recommended moni- • The RationalMed program generates over 1,000 1. Beginning in 2007-2008, the task force recommends that the SDEA Board of Directors and the SDUSD Board of Educa-
toring and care, resulting in more acute disease letters a year to physicians to improve prescription tion approve a re-structuring of the SDEA salary schedule that will enhance 20-years earnings.
• Restructuring the salary schedule is an idea worth considering as a supplement to an overall cost-of-living increase. Unit members who can reach
complications drug compliance and help avoid complications the maximum salary more quickly will earn more money during their teaching career. Right now, on average, it takes 28 years to reach the high-
est salary in San Diego County. By eliminating steps and condensing the schedule, we could increase career earnings.
• Consolidation of health care insurance companies • A single purchasing pool of 86,000 lives helps to
results in reduced competition negotiate insurance administrative expenses to a 2. Beginning in 2007-08, the task force recommends that the SDUSD HRSD and Finance Departments, in collaboration
more competitive level with the Area Superintendents, re-examine, with the intent of reducing, the number of over-formula positions at the
sites. Where over-formula positions cannot be reduced, sites should be responsible for the true cost of purchasing po
sitions, such as additional operational costs that include utilities, supplies, support staﬀ, elementary prep time teach-
• Continued stresses in school environment lead to • The Employee Assistance Program is a ﬁrst-line ers and space allocations for custodial support. This recommendation would also apply to sites that use categorical
increased use of medications, counseling and health early intervention for personal issues monies to fund over-formula positions. The task force further recommends that there be careful monitoring of hiring
services practices and an assessment of central oﬃce controlled over-formula positions.
• Over-formula positions can have a positive role in stabilizing staﬃng at the sites. But, the practice of hiring additional positions without
consideration to the actual cost or the impact on the overall district budget has created real problems. Examples of the “over-formula” positions
What You Can Do to Make a Diﬀerence might include extra positions allocated to sites to avoid combination classes at the elementary level, additional non-teaching positions, etc.
The best way for you to reduce the eﬀect of rising health care costs is to choose the right beneﬁts plan for you and your When utilized, school sites should pay for the “true cost” of these positions. This means, for example, where an elementary site may hire an
family and to stay as healthy as possible. Visit VEBAonline.com or call the VEBA Advocacy Programs oﬃce (619- additional teacher to reduce class size, the district has always absorbed the cost of the additional prep. time and other costs—those costs would
278–0021) for access to tools and resources to help you manage your health and control health care costs for you and now be shifted back to sites.
the VEBA beneﬁts trust. (You can also email the VEBA Advocacy Programs oﬃce at email@example.com or stop by
3. The task force recommends that SDEA and SDUSD conduct a joint research project in 2007-2008 to determine why
8885 Rio San Diego Drive, Suite 327, San Diego, CA 92108, oﬃce hours: Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., except SDUSD’s certiﬁcated ADA/FTE ratios (based on J-90 information) are substantially lower than other large urban dis-
major holidays.) tricts. The task force further recommends that the data gleaned from this research serve as a basis in 2008-2009 for
The Southern California Schools VEBA is a cooperative labor-management trust committed to achiev- possible elimination or consolidation of certiﬁcated positions.
• SDEA is extremely concerned how such a low student-to-teacher ratio is possible compared to other large urban districts statewide.
ing the highest-quality and most cost-eﬀective beneﬁts programs for all education employees. Learn more We will continue to insist that any changes should be based on sound research and study of how these positions are being used at sites,
about VEBA at www.vebaonline.com. not simply the wholesale elimination of positions without regard to students’ or teachers’ needs. Further, SDEA is not advocating for
lay-oﬀs but rather that certiﬁcated positions are reduced or consolidated through attrition. An example of how this might beneﬁt unit
members’ salaries is that the cost of about 70 positions in our bargaining unit is about equivalent to 1% on the salary schedule for the entire 10. The task force recommends that upon the conclusion of the District’s funding for the 2003-2004 Supplemental
bargaining unit. SDEA recognizes that this is a diﬃcult recommendation, but one that is necessary if we are to trim costs in proportion to Early Retirement Program (SERP) that SDUSD and SDEA conduct a bargaining unit feasibility study of oﬀering
district’s declining enrollment (down over 13% in the last 7 years.) another SERP. Any savings resulting from this SERP in decreased long-term salary schedule costs or increased
certiﬁcated ADA/FTE ratios would be used to bring teacher 20-year earnings to the median.
4. Beginning in 2007-2008, the task force recommends that the District consider policy and criteria to jointly administer • SDEA notes that the 2003-2004 early retirement incentive resulted in a drop of over 750 FTE’s in our bargaining unit. Although the District
(administrator & classiﬁed) small/dual sites (high, middle, elementary). The task force further recommends that admin- will continue to fund the previous Supplemental Early Retirement Program until 2008-09, there should be a serious look at oﬀering another
istrative and classiﬁed assignments for 2008-2009 reﬂect any newly-established criteria. SERP in subsequent years.
• SDEA believes that the issue of staﬃng at extremely small school sites must be addressed. Currently all sites, no matter how small, must have
a principal. There are 19 sites in SUDSD with 300 students or less. The suggestion is that some of these sites could be paired up and jointly 11. Beginning in 2007-2008, the task force recommends that the Board of Education, in consultation with the District
administered by one principal. administration, the District Advisory Council, and Area Superintendents review the Title I thresholds to determine
if the SDUSD Board of Education should establish higher District thresholds for Title I designations beginning in 2008-
5. The task force recommends that, in 2007-2008, SDUSD and SDEA research the actual costs, as well as the opportu- 2009.
nity costs of atypical programs with the idea of determining more cost eﬃcient ways of providing mandatory and • The District currently allocates Title 1 funds to all schools with 40% of students who meet the federal poverty threshold. The federal
other student services. government only requires that schools be funded for Title 1 if 75% of students fall within this category. Raising the district standard would
• “Atypical Programs” might include programs for students who are placed in independent study or some kind of alternative setting. This redirect funding to the highest-need schools and reduce the number of sites that must jump through program improvement hoops.
does NOT include site programs such as GATE or Reading Recovery.
12. Beginning in 2007-2008, the task force recommends that the District Finance and Facilities departments, in consul-
6. Beginning in 2007-2008, the task force recommends that the SDUSD Finance Department, in consultation with Area tation with the District Calendar Committee, study the cost and beneﬁts of moving all SDUSD schools and programs
Superintendents, research the cost and eﬃciency of the current small school structures districtwide. The task force to a traditional or single track schedule. The task force further recommends that, based on the results of this analysis,
further recommends that the analysis includes data on student performance and attendance, as well as impacts on the the SDUSD Board of Education consider calendar changes for 2008-2009 that would reduce facilities and transporta-
teaching staﬀ, so that beginning in 2008-2009, changes can be made that will provide cost eﬃciencies while maintain- tion costs while still meeting enrollment requirements.
ing or improving student performance. • SDUSD is already studying the possible cost-savings if the entire district were on a single calendar, thereby reducing transportation and other
• SDUSD has a total of ﬁve schools operating under the “small schools” model. This means that larger high or middle school campuses have been associated costs with the two existing calendars, traditional and year-round. This recommendation asks that any money saved be redirected to
broken into three to six smaller campuses, each with its own cost center number, its own principal and other administrative costs. The suggestion SDEA salaries.
is to study the eﬃciency of that model, to consider reconﬁguring or reconsolidating schools to streamline costs and to develop a plan for when the
current Gates’ funding ends. 13. The task force recommends that the parties continue to work together through the districtwide Health and Welfare
Beneﬁts Committee to address their shared responsibility for maintaining quality beneﬁts while reigning in the in
7. Beginning in 2008-2009, the task force recommends that SDUSD incorporate necessary changes as suggested by the creased cost of such beneﬁts. These savings could be used to bring teacher 20-years earnings to the median.
District’s outside consultant for Special Education. The task force further recommends that the District, in consultation • The recommendation regarding Health & Welfare Beneﬁts simply mirrors the language of our existing Joint Health and Welfare Beneﬁts Com-
with HRSD, SDEA, and special education staﬀ, promote staﬃng eﬃciencies related to class size, caseload, and adminis- mittee. SDEA partners with other district unions in preserving our health care while working through solutions to mitigate ever-increasing costs.
tration, as well as non-site based programs such as LCI. The intent is to continue that work while not diminishing beneﬁts OR accepting “take-backs” on our health care.
• While the recommendations for Special Education are not due until the fall, SDEA will watch them closely to see that any cost-savings are redi-
rected to our salaries. We will also monitor to ensure that any changes recommended by the outside consultant comply with our contract and serve 14. The task force recommends that the parties jointly explore cost eﬃcient ways to develop innovative educational pro
to improve working conditions of current employees in the Special Ed. Program. grams to enhance student achievement and to increase student enrollment.
• SDEA agrees that the district should continue to consider programs and other innovations to attract and retain students in SDUSD, thereby
8. Beginning in 2007-2008, the task force recommends that SDUSD and the members of the SDUSD Board of Educa- increasing our attendance and funding for the district.
tion closely examine the implications of the growth in District facilities during a period of declining enrollment. The
task force further recommends that, beginning in 2008-2009, the District Administration and the Board of Education
consider the possibility of closing or consolidating facilities and programs, changing attendance boundaries, and
other options to improve the eﬃciency in supporting facilities and maintain the ﬁscal and operational viability of the
• SDEA is alarmed that despite continued declining enrollment, the number of school sites and programs has increased during the past several
years. Given the ﬁxed cost of opening a school—at least $400,000 before staﬃng, materials or other costs are added, a serious look must be taken
at how to either increase enrollment and/or to consolidate campuses in declining enrollment areas. Questions? Comments? Contact SDEA to share your thoughts or ideas about these recommendations.
As we head into negotiations, our collective voice is critical to our success at the bargaining table.
9. Beginning in 2007-2008, the task force recommends that the SDUSD Finance Department and HRSD analyze the rea- Make sure your voice is heard!
sons for the continuing escalation of administrative and supervisory salaries as a percentage of the total SDUSD bud-
get. The task force further recommends that, beginning in 2008-2009, the District implement practices to control ad-
ministrative spending, such as new vice-principal staﬃng ratios.
• SDEA has expressed on-going concerns about the fact that Administration continues to take a larger portion of the District budget while the
SDEA bargaining unit decreases as a portion of the budget. For example, over the past eight years, administration has gone up from 3.8% to
5.3% of the total district budget, while SDEA salaries have decreased from 47% to 40% during the same time period.
“Erase, Rewrite and Reauthorize”.
Happy New (School) Year! by Elizabeth Ahlgren, NEA Director, Morse High
Imagine attending a meeting where you were told to turn your cell I’ll go to Washington D.C. this fall to lobby
by Jim Groth, CTA Director, District P, Chula Vista Elementary School District the ﬁve San Diego area members of Congress
phone on. That’s exactly what the nearly ten thousand delegates at
this year’s NEA representative assembly were asked to do. Why? but I will be more eﬀective if each member of
Hello, SDEA, and Happy New (School) Year. As with every new challenges facing SDEA members on a daily basis. The better the Congress will soon be reauthorizing ESEA, the legislation that we Congress has heard from 100 SDEA members
school year, you will ﬁnd changes. This school year is no diﬀerent. understanding I have of your concerns, the better I can represent you know as “NCLB”. We were all asked to call one of six numbers in before I get there.
While you are working with new students, new principals, new cur- at the CTA level. Washington in order to stress our message, “Erase, Rewrite and
riculum, or a new site, your new CTA leadership will be working on Reauthorize”. Our message was simple and direct: use multiple I know you are especially busy this time of
an ever-changing landscape of change. Another goal is to work closely with the seven Quality Education measures and growth models to assess student learning, provide a year, getting your classrooms ready, scheduling
Investment Act (QEIA) schools in San Diego. These schools are highly qualiﬁed teacher in every classroom, but allow for ﬂexibility students, issuing texts, etc. Make some time to
I am Jim Groth, your newly-elected CTA Board of Director for Edison Elementary, Emerson/Bandini Elementary, Encanto Elemen-
in our rural communities and fund class size reduction. write, phone or fax your own member of
District P, covering all of San Diego City schools, San Diego south-, tary, Marshall Elementary, Mann School of Expedition, Montgomery Congress. The stakes are high, so just do it.
east-, Imperial-county districts. I have taught upper grades in the Middle, and Roosevelt Middle. QEIA is the CTA-endorsed, state- As educators, we know that one size does not ﬁt all. California has
Chula Vista Elementary School District since 1975. Most recently, I funded program created to bring eﬀective changes to school sites some of the toughest standards in the nation and we know that not Brian Bilbray: 462 Stevens Avenue, Suite 107, Solana Beach, CA
have served as the full-time release president for Chula Vista Educa- across all of California. This seven-year program provides a tremen- all our students are equally prepared to reach those standards. Our 92075 , Phone: 858-350-1150, Fax: 858-350-0750
tors, representing over 1,300 bargaining unit members in the largest dous opportunity for education reform. message needs to be very clear: we support standards but we believe
K-6 district in California. Susan Davis: 4305 University Avenue, Suite 515, San Diego, CA
in using multiple measures to assess progress toward the standards.
Finally, in my election campaign I shared my concerns on charter 92105, Phone: (619) 280-5353, Fax: (619) 280-5311
My election in June provides SDEA its ﬁrst CTA Board member in schools, CTA state and national political endorsements, and election Although Congress has a timeline of up to two years for the reau- Bob Filner: 333 F Street, Suite A, Chula Vista, CA 91910, Phone:
nearly 30 years that is not from SDEA. I can assure SDEA members reform within CTA. I will share additional information on these top- thorization of ESEA, we believe that the process will be concluded (619) 422-5963, Fax: (619) 422-7290
that I am not a stranger to your tremendous organization. As a San ics in future months. this Fall. It’s critical that we keep the pressure up and continue to
Diego County CTA leader, I have worked with SDEA leadership on communicate with our elected oﬃcials about our concerns over the Duncan Hunter: 1870 Cordell Ct, Ste 206, El Cajon, CA 92020 ,
many projects since 1989. And yes, I lived through the Bersin years Finally, thank you to SDEA leadership and state council representa- current version of ESEA. Some of our local legislators get it but Phone: (619) 448-5201, Fax: (619) 449-2251
with my wife Karen, who teaches at Tierrasanta Elementary! tives for your support in my election. Representing the membership others still don’t understand the problems with the current law. We Darrell Issa: 1800 Thibodo Road, #310, Vista, CA 92081, phone:
of SDEA is a challenge I accept. It is a new year and changes abound. need to continue to try to educate those who do not understand 760-599-5000, fax: 760-599-1178
Visibility is my ﬁrst goal as your new CTA Board Member. Along and the “we” includes you.
with SDEA President Camille Zombro and SDEA leadership, I – CTA Board Member Jim Groth Have a great opening of school,
plan on visiting school sites to learn more about the successes and Email- Jgroth@cta.org 619.479.4702 or through the SDEA oﬃce. – Elizabeth Ahlgren
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Dick Gale firstname.lastname@example.org By Carol Wheeler, SDEA Secretary and Internal Organizing Committee Chair
Why is SDEA San Diego Education Association and not San Diego tect the members. By keeping these essentials in tact a “union” also
UNISERV FIELD ORGANIZERS
Education Union? The words “union” and “association” for us are es- succeeds in advancing the work or profession of its members.
Don Crawford Elsie Norgard Steve Kaplan Donald Moore Craig Leedham sentially the same because we are both. At the same time, each word
email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com carries its own unique meaning and perhaps “baggage.” SDEA has always done the “dirty work,” the kind of work
you roll up your sleeves and just do. SDEA has always or-
The word “association” is favored by some. It brings to ganized to provide the very best working conditions, which,
Diana Hayes mind prestigious organizations, such as “The American of course, are our students learning conditions. SDEA
firstname.lastname@example.org Medical Association.” It makes people think of profess- has also historically provided training opportunities of
ionalism. In this context an “association” provides its all sorts to enhance not only a member’s read of the
CONTRACT SPECIALIST CONTRACT SPECIALIST COMPUTER TECH/MEMBERSHIP PROCESSOR
members with professional training and professional liter- SDEA/SDUSD contract, but also a member’s ability
Shon Baxter vacant Larry Moreno ature. It aﬀords its members opportunities/venues to to do his/her job in the classroom/school site better, with
(619) 283-4411 email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com
enhance their professional skills and network with other such trainings as “I can do it,” “budget,” “shared decision-
www.sdea.net OFFICE SUPPORT ASSISTANT ACCOUNTING/GENERAL CLERK GENERAL CLERK professional organizations within and outside of their making,” “frequently asked contract questions” and more.
Maureen Purvis vacant Tina Daniels profession. An “association” promotes the value and pres- We are both: union/association and proud to be both.
fax (619) 282-7659 tige of a profession.
firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org
Last fall we as an association did some work around “brand recog-
Gary Rumsey, LUTCF, CLTC
“Union” is the “down and dirty” word, both because it’s been dragged nition.” We worked on this on the Board of Directors and at the
EDITOR, THE ADVOCATE ED. ASSISTANT TYPE/GRAPHICS through the mud by union bashers and also because a union is the Representative Council and at Fall Leadership. All of these leaders in
vacant Steve Kaplan KimCo. Graphics members doing the “dirty work.” What work is that? The work of a our union came up with our purpose: P.I.E. (can’t remember?) “Pro-
union is to protect workers rights and actively seek to provide optimal moting excellence in urban education, Investing in student success,
working conditions. It is the work of ensuring that employers provide Enhancing member professionalism.”
decent health care and salaries. A union organizes its members to
SDEA Advocate is published every month by the San Diego Education Association, 10393 San Diego Mission Rd., San Diego, 92108. “keep vigilant” over these essential elements of their work life. This We, SDEA, have been and will continue to be an
10 (619) 283-4411. Limited advertising space is available; rates on request. work involves being able to engage in conﬂict when necessary to pro- “association” and a “union.”
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The members of SDEA are dedicated to providing a quality public education. As CERTIFICATED EVALUATION TIMELINES
a professional union advocating the interests of certiﬁcated staﬀ, students and the
Working Together community, SDEA/CTA/NEA will implement its membership commitment 2007-2008 SCHOOL YEAR
through involvement in politics, building coalitions, negotiations and grievance
This year’s NEA Representative Assembly highlighted many areas advocacy and educational programs. For SDEA Unit Members Working 184 Days on the Traditional or Year-Round Calendar
that retired members and active members have in common. The need
to work together is greater than ever. The next election will have 2006-2007 STEPS IN CERTIFICATED TRADITIONAL YEAR-ROUND
great impact on all of us. Educators, retired and active, will need to EVALUATION PROCESS CALENDAR
look closely at all the candidates to determine who will best answer
the needs for public education. http://www.sdea.net
Staﬀ Meeting September 4, 2007 - September 4, 2007 -
Candidates that will step up to
the plate on the issues impact-
PRESIDENT (1st 4 weeks of pupil attendance) October 1, 2007 October 1, 2007
ing retirees in the area of Social (619)283-4411 • fax (619)282-7659 • e-mail: email@example.com
Security reform, health beneﬁts, Objectives/Assessment
VICE PRESIDENT SECRETARY TREASURER Discussion Conference (35 calendar days October 9, 2007 October 9, 2007
pension issues and a myriad of Marc Capitelli Carol Wheeler Maryann McDonald after school starts)
other problems. These issues Webster Elem. Pershing MS Hage Elem.
W 619-263-6628 WW 619-465-32346 W 858-566-0273
will directly impact our lives. It is imperative that we work together H 858-578-2727 H 619-280-7987 H 858-578-0436
to elect the best candidates that will address our mutual concerns. firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org Employee Turns In Objectives
Our associations, NEA, NEA-Retired, CTA, CTA-Retired, SDEA BOARD OF DIRECTORS
To Supervisor October 23, 2007 October 23, 2007
and SDEA-Retired need to work, as we have done in the past, as a (10 work days after conference)days after
team to help elect the candidates that will best address our issues.
Crawford, Hoover, Morse, Hoover HS
Connie Gearhart Ramon Espinal Carolyn Vega
The ﬁrst meeting of the year for SDEA-Retired will be on Monday,
W 619- 563-6801 Ext. 2152
Rosa Parks Elem.
W 619-282-6803, x1609
W 619-582-0136, x396
Supervisor Review of Objectives
H 619- 852-9926 H 619-282-4558 H 619-287-3074 (Must approve or disapprove within November 6, 2007 November 6, 2007
Sept. 10th at 1:00 at SDEA. This is a very important meeting as we email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com
will be making our plans for the year. Please mark your calendars for AREA II
10 work days)
this meeting. We have set the date for our annual Holiday luncheon. Lincoln, Mission Bay, San Diego
It will be Monday, December 3rd at Tom Ham’s, cocktails at 11:30
San Diego HS
Last Day Progress Check/
with lunch to follow. This is always a fun time to visit with old W 619-264-4500
W 619-525-7455, x3011
Remediation Plan November 14, 2007 October 30, 2007
friends. On Nov. 8th we will have our annual health beneﬁts forum at firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com For Prob 2 (50 work days before summary
SDEA starting at 4:00. Active members of SDEA that are going to AREA III evaluation report)
retire at the end of this year may want to attend. An RSVP is always Vacant-Fall Special Election
Pt. Loma, Kearny, Clairemont, Henry
Ray Ruﬃn Tom Noriega
appreciated. Gage Elem. Montgomery MS Marston MS
Last Day Progress Check/
– Tim Jenkins, President, SDEA-Retired
W 619-463-0202 W 858-496-8330 W 858-273-2030
firstname.lastname@example.org For Prob 1 & Permanent February 11, 2008 February 6, 2008
(50 work days before summary
AREA IV evaluation report)
La Jolla, University City, Madison, Scripps Ranch, Serra, Mira Mesa
Jennifer Jimenez Brenda Iodice Gretchen Casey
Walker CDC Standley MS EB Scripps El
W 858 271-8050 W858 455-0550 Ext. 2507 W 858-693-8593 Summary Evaluation Draft
H 858-405-0940 H 760-580-5595 H 858-663-6528 For Prob 2 Discussion, meeting,
email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com
Then ﬁnal copy February 14, 2008
(3rd Friday of February)
Due no later than
MEMBER NEA BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Elizabeth Ahlgren, Morse High
Summary Evaluation Draft
MEMBER CTA BOARD OF DIRECTORS For Prob 1, Permanent, Leave Replace-
Jim Groth, District P ment, Restricted
Discussion, meeting, then ﬁnal copy April 30, 2008 May 15, 2008
MEMBERS STATE COUNCIL OF EDUCATION (Last work day in April for traditional)
1 Elizabeth Ahlgren 11 Connie Gearhart
2 Brenda Iodice 12 Joyce Heyn Due no later than
3 Kandi Nieto 13 Carol Wheeler
4 Thomas Alforque 14 Tom Noriega
5 Camille Zombro 15 Emma Smith
Evaluation Due to Employee
6 Karen Pearce 16 Jean Poznanski Not later than 30 calendar days prior to the May 16, 2008 June 20, 2008
7 Terry Pesta 17 Valarie Davidson last day of school
8 Erin Andreasen 18 Reashon Villery
9 Eleanor Evans 19 Carol Hanson
10 Willie Jones Earlier timelines are established for evaluation of certiﬁcated unit members whose performance has been evaluated as “requires improve-
12 ment” or “unsatisfactory” during the previous school year (see Collective Bargaining Agreement).
What Will it Take?
(Continued from page 3.)
• We are paying over $95.00 a month
in dues. Don’t you want to decide
how your dues dollars are spent?
We don’t want to be total gloom and doom. There are a number of
bright spots. Our “all member meetings” last spring enlisted over
700 members who volunteered to serve as Site and Group Orga-
nizers to engage their fellow members in the two way communica- As of September 1 the SDEA/ACCESS program replaces the former system of selling tickets directly to
tion process. At the end of last school year we had a great response
members at SDEA. Your membership SDEA membership card is your portal to a new world of saving
from membership when you demonstrated to the school board
that you deserved comparability in our salaries on June 12. You opportunities.
were impressive in your public comments and your solidarity. Our
members taking part in union activities have seen Rep. Councils
that reﬂect the struggle to practice democracy. We have had some Hang on to your member card, it is valuable!
pretty raucous Rep. Councils. That’s good because democracy is
messy, but it is better than anything else! The new program will oﬀer a much wider array of beneﬁts that we were unable to previously oﬀer, but it
may require that you plan ahead. While a number of discounts can be printed on line, some require that
Leadership does not ever want to hear that you were never asked
you order them and they are mailed.
to participate in your union. We are asking you RIGHT NOW!
We are making it easy. All you have to do is call, write or email.
Assistance on how to use the new program can be found on the cardholder, the SDEA website, at 1-888-
WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU! 448-4471, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Call, email, or write Camille at:
We look forward to having SDEA/ACCESS provide our members with a wider variety of beneﬁts
San Diego Education Association
10393 San Diego Mission Road, Suite 100 from travel to movie tickets and we hope you enjoy and use your card. If you spend a few minutes at the
San Diego, California 92108 SDEA/ACCESS site you will discover something that you can use right away, maybe an ice cream, din-
ner discount, or new computer.
(619) 283-4411 email@example.com
Call, email, or write Marc at: If you have ideas or comments please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
San Diego Education Association
10393 San Diego Mission Road, Suite 100
San Diego, California 92108
(858) 853-0612 email@example.com When can cards be used?
Cards can be activated beginning September 1.
Can members still purchase tickets at SDEA?
As of September 1, SDEA/ACCESS becomes our source for these beneﬁts.
“For the 2007 year, ﬁve dollars
Can we print tickets on line?
of the annual SDEA dues Some tickets or coupons can be printed on line;
are used for political action HOWEVER the ones you want may have to be mailed.
and is not tax deductible.” You will need to check and plan ahead.
Reserve this Date!
October The SDEA Fall Leadership
2007 Date: Saturday, October 20, 2007
Location: The Scottish Rite Center
Striving to become Eﬀective Leaders.
San Diego Education Association PRESORTED
10393 San Diego Mission Road, Suite #100 STANDARD
San Diego, California 92108 PAID
SAN DIEGO, CA.
ADDRESS SERVICE REQUESTED PERMIT NO. 163