Jefferson Federation of Teachers Update
April 26, 2021
Jefferson Parish School Board
5.1 Second Reading authored by Sandy Denapolis-Bosarge; Move that the Jefferson Parish School Board direct the superintendent to place the following language into the employee handbook. The superintendent will formulate the proper language for inclusion into the handbook. 1. Teachers will receive a 30-minute duty-free lunch daily. 2. Teachers will receive class prep time each day equal to the length of one class period. Planning and class prep time may include the following, but no more than two times a week: grade-level department meetings, study groups, professional learning sessions, cluster meetings and collaborative sessions. 3.Teachers will receive $100 supply reimbursement each semester.
5.2 Second Reading authored by Tiffany Kuhn: Move that the Jefferson Parish School Board direct the superintendent to place the following language into the employee handbook. The superintendent will formulate the proper language for inclusion into the handbook. 1. Teachers will receive $25 per hour to attend mandatory professional learning seasons when held outside normal working hours. 2. Teachers will receive reasonable and appropriate materials and equipment to implement educational programs in the classroom, collaborating with the Teaching and Learning unit and building administration. 3. Teachers will be compensated according to the present Jefferson Parish Schools salary schedule. 4. Teachers will be given three days advance notice of a regularly schedule faculty meeting held after school. Advanced notice will not be necessary for emergency meetings called at the principals discretion.
Does this language sound familiar? It should. This is language taken from the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA), between the Jefferson Parish School Board and the Jefferson Federation of Teachers. On the surface, this appears harmless, but in actuality it is a method to circumvent and eventually discontinue the Collective Bargaining Agreement. This is not good faith bargaining.
In a vote of 5-4 the readings did not pass. The school board members who voted in favor of the two readings were:
- District 3 School Board Member, Tiffany Kuhn
- District 9 School Board Member, Sandy Denapolis-Bosarge, and two retired educators:
- District 1 School Board Member Dr. Gerard LeBlanc, and
- District 7 School Board Member Billy North.
Ironically, Mr. North has directly benefited from provisions in the CBA. JFT negotiated coaching stipends as part of the Collective Bargaining Agreement.
In her statement to the board, JFT President, Kesler Camese-Jones, stated that this year, board members have authored very little readings to address student achievement. Click here to see her entire speech.
Board members who voted in favor of the measure acknowledged that there is a process in place, that should be followed and that JFT deserved a seat at the table. Click here to read the article.
Members will be informed of next steps in the process.
2021-2022 Jefferson Parish Target Schools
The district will continue to offer a $2,000 stipend to teachers who select a target school for the first year of teaching at that school. A target school is a school that has over 90% of economically disadvantaged students and/or the English Language Learners exceed 30% of the student population.
The District will also pay a $1,000 stipend to certified teachers district-wide who teach in a target content area. The target content areas are English as a Second Language (ESL), High School Math, High School Physics, and Special Education (all grade levels).
2021-2022 JP Target Schools
|A C Alexander School||J. D. Meisler Middle School|
|Alice Birney Elementary School||Jefferson School|
|Audubon School||John Q. Adams Middle School|
|Bissonet Plaza School||Johnson/Gretna Park Elementary School|
|Bonella St. Ville Elementary School||Joshua Butler Elementary School|
|Bonnabel Magnet High School||Judge Lionel R. Collins Elementary|
|Bridgedale Elementary School||L. H. Marrero Middle School|
|Bunche Elementary School||L. W. Higgins High|
|Cherbonnier/Rillieux School||Lincoln Elementary School for the Arts|
|Clancy-Maggiore School for the Arts||Livaudais Middle School Marie|
|Emmett Gilbert School Estelle School||Riviere Elementary School|
|Frederick Douglass Community School||McDonogh 26 Elementary School|
|G T Woods School||Mildred Harris Elementary School|
|George Cox Elementary School||Phoebe Hearst Elementary School|
|Geraldine Boudreaux Elementary School||Stella Worley Middle School|
|Grace King High School||Strehle Community School|
|Grand Isle School||T. H. Harris Middle School|
|Green Park Elementary School||Terrytown Elementary School|
|Greenlawn Terrace Elementary School||Tom Benson School|
|Gretna Middle School||Washington Elementary School|
|Harold Keller Elementary School||West Jefferson High School|
|Harry S. Truman School||William Hart Elementary School|
|Helen Cox High School||Woodland West School|
|Isaac Joseph Elementary School||Woodmere School|
Article VIII of the Collective Bargaining Agreement states: “Teachers shall be reimbursed $100.00 per semester for teaching materials/registration fees for pre-approved conferences/workshops, including sales tax. A teacher who does not expend his allocation or any part thereof for the 1st semester shall be permitted to spend it during the 2nd semester. Reimbursement shall occur promptly but no later than 20 workdays following submission, provided receipts were furnished with all expenditures fully documented. The deadline to submit receipts is April 30, 2021.
JPPSS Voluntary Transfer Process March 1-June 4, 2021
Certified Teachers, Deans, Assistant Principals, Counselors, and Paraprofessionals are eligible for transfer if they:
- Have a minimum of two years of experience in JPPSS at their current school.
- Hold a valid Louisiana teacher certificate in the requested subject-area vacancy (teachers and administrators only).
- Are currently NOT on any level of an Intensive Assistance Plan (IAP).
NOTE: If Human Resources assigned an employee to a school due to the school closing or consolidating in 2020, the employee is eligible for Voluntary Transfer. Support employees may transfer at any time, as vacancies become available.
Eligible employees who wish to participate in the VTP are required to complete an Internal Application/Transfer Form online during the application window (March 1-May 14, 2021 via www.applitrack.com/jppss/onlineapp). The application window closes May 14, 2021.
Phoebe Hearst Elementary
Phoebe Hearst Elementary School suffered damage due to a severe weather event. If you would like to donate any items, please drop them off at the JFT office between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
Louisiana Federation of Teachers
House Bill 35 – Take SLT’s Out of Teacher Evaluations This Year
LFT worked with Senator Troy Carter to develop legislation that would ensure SLT’s and all measures of student growth could not be used as part of teacher’s evaluations for this year. After everything that teachers and students have been through this year, we know that these test results will not accurately reflect your abilities as an educator, but instead could add extra pressure and stress to an already difficult year.
Senate Bill 22 – Making it Harder to Retire
AFT/JFT Teacher Leader 2020-2021
The AFT Teacher Leaders Program (TLP) brings together a select group of teachers and school employees throughout the school year to learn how to take active leadership roles in their schools, unions, and communities. Participants in the TLP help to strengthen the union and its connection to the community by building greater support and understanding of public schools.
This year’s topics and graduates are as follows:
Equitable Access to Learning
- Asia Cleggett, M.Ed.: Advanced Study Academies and Racial Segregation
- Rebekah E. Becker, MAT: Explore Learning Group Best Practices: How-to Guide to Inclusion
- Westley Gray, LMSW: Impact and Outcomes of Truancy Enforcement Among Disadvantaged Students in Jefferson Parish
- Felicia Lloyd, M. Ed+30: Inclusion-Teacher Preparedness: Impact on students with disabilities
Testing and Student Growth
- Greta Glaser: Test More, Pressure Less
- Jacqueline Morales: Effects of Whole Brain Teaching Strategies on Student Growth
- Brenna Bethancourt: LEAP Testing in Native Language
Supportive Programs for Students
- Tempest Lennette, M. Ed: ESL Newcomer Program
- Carole J. Smith M.Ed., +30, NCED: Adding Visual Arts to the Elementary Curriculum
- Yvette Cresson: The Reflex Math program and Its effectiveness on Second Grade Test Scores
For more information about the Teacher Leader Program, email Rosamund Looney at: email@example.com
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