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San Diego Education Association / California Teachers Association / National Education Association
10393 San Diego Mission Road, Suite #100 • San Diego, CA 92108 • (619) 283-4411 •

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

                                      2007 NEA-RA
                                                                                                                                                      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!
                                                                                                                                                                   • Vote
                                                                                                                                                                   • 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?”

                                                                                                                                               Dick Gale
                                                                                                                                                                                                           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
           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
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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 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 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                                                                                      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
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   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.

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                                                                                                                                                                          “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- 619.479.4702 or through the SDEA office.                                                                                                                                           – Elizabeth Ahlgren

                                 EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR                     Dick Gale                                                              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
                                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
                                                                                                                                              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                                         
                                                                                                                                                                        enhance their professional skills and network with other                           such trainings as “I can do it,” “budget,” “shared decision-                 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.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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.”
Lifime Learners- Lifime Profionals                                                    M i s s i o n S t a t e m e n t 2 0 0 6- 2 0 0 7
                                                                           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
                                                                                                                           OFFICERS                                                                                                                                                CALENDAR
look closely at all the candidates to determine who will best answer
the needs for public education.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                                                       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
                                                                                                          Camille Zombro
ing retirees in the area of Social                                              (619)283-4411 • fax (619)282-7659 • e-mail:
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.       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.
                                                                                                                     AREA I
                                                                                                        Crawford, Hoover, Morse, Hoover HS
                                                                                                                                                                       school starts)
                                                                               Connie Gearhart                   Ramon Espinal                     Carolyn Vega
The first meeting of the year for SDEA-Retired will be on Monday,
                                                                                    Clark MS
                                                                            W 619- 563-6801 Ext. 2152
                                                                                                                 Rosa Parks Elem.
                                                                                                              W 619-282-6803, x1609
                                                                                                                                                   Hardy Elem.Elem.
                                                                                                                                               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                
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
                                                                                 Bill Freeman
                                                                                   Porter Elem.
                                                                                                                   Tom Waller
                                                                                                                  San Diego HS
                                                                                                                                                   Willie Jones
                                                                                                                                                   Jefferson Elem.
                                                                                                                                                                       Last Day Progress Check/
with lunch to follow. This is always a fun time to visit with old               W 619-264-4500
                                                                                H 619-741-6082
                                                                                                              W 619-525-7455, x3011
                                                                                                                H 858-576-6812
                                                                                                                                                  W 619-293-4406
                                                                                                                                                  H 619-465-9363
                                                                                                                                                                       Remediation Plan                                          November 14, 2007                               October 30, 2007
friends. On Nov. 8th we will have our annual health benefits forum at                                             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
                                                                                                                                                                       Remediation Plan
                                                                                 H 619-466-8735
                                                                                                                  H 619-470-1722
                                                                                                                                                   H 619-280-7987
                                                                                                                                          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,
                                                                                                                                                                       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
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     

Call, email, or write Marc at:                                             If you have ideas or comments please let us know at
San Diego Education Association
10393 San Diego Mission Road, Suite 100
San Diego, California 92108
(858) 853-0612                                                           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
          20                           Conference
          2007                         Date: Saturday, October 20, 2007
                                       Location: The Scottish Rite Center
                                       Breakfast/Lunch/Evening Reception

   Striving to become Effective Leaders.
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