Many have worried that heated JeffCo union negotiations would boil over and burn down the proverbial house. Instead, district and union “chefs” worked together to cook up a much leaner and more appetizing dish.
“The open meetings law requires that when three or more members meet and public business is discussed, the meeting must be open to the public at all times,” said Brad Miller, the attorney for the Thompson school board.
Q: Is there a circumstance under which a more highly effective educator should be paid a higher wage? A: I do not believe so. All teachers do the same job.
In our contemporary social media age, what a group posts on its Facebook page can tell you a lot about its priorities. That truth applies to the Jefferson County Education Association (JCEA), a large affiliate of the National Education Association (NEA) and Colorado Education Association (CEA) that represents thousands of teachers in suburban Jefferson County Public Schools. The ascension of […]
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Jeffco’s evaluation system, crafted in collaboration with the union, rated 98 percent of teachers effective or higher. Nearly all teachers earned more, with highly effective teachers bringing home the biggest pay raise.
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New laws in a handful of states have given individual educators more freedom to decide whether to contribute to the union. Over union objections, some educators have been unchained from coercive policies.
Antagonists of the new Jefferson County school board airbrushed facts and reasonable opinions that conflict with their agenda, despite their repeated pleas for the board to provide more transparency and public input. In particular, the administrators of the Jeffco Parent Teacher Association (PTA) Facebook page deleted multiple comments and banned postings from individuals who presented facts to dispute arguments PTA […]
The Jefferson County Education Association came to Monday’s contract negotiations with a plan to walk out, and they seized the moment. With discussions over compensation scarcely begun, JCEA negotiators stepped away from the bargaining table—and from transparency. This road has been traveled before. JCEA and other affiliates of Colorado’s largest teachers union have declared impasse more than once in recent […]