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JFT Update: Happy Holidays

JFT Update

December 20, 2021

Paraeducator Grievance

JPPSS Policy states that para educators may be used as substitutes only in emergencies when substitutes including teachers as substitutes are not available. It has come to our attention that at many schools, Para educators are increasingly being used as substitutes in situations that do not qualify as emergencies. The justification provided is that para educators are covering classes because of staffing shortages and vacancies. These shortages and vacancies were not caused by an emergency. There was no sudden, urgent, unexpected occurrence or occasion requiring immediate action. Staffing shortages and vacancies could and should have been anticipated. The school system’s vacancies and high absenteeism should not fall on the shoulders of para educators.
 
Given this information, it became necessary for the Jefferson Federation of Teachers to file a grievance on behalf of the paraeducators of the district. It has been received by the district, and we anticipate a meeting, in the near future, to resolve this issue. We will meet with our paraeducator members to discuss the results of the grievance.
 

Redistricting

Every 10 years, following the administration of the U.S. Census, Louisiana officials must re-drawn the legislative and congressional districts, in order to maintain districts that are consistent with the population data from the census. Unfortunately, in the past, Louisiana officials have used their discretion to redraw districts that intentionally include or exclude certain populations. In early 2022, the Louisiana legislature will again redraw the state congressional districts and Governor John Bel Edwards will sign them into law. Both the legislature and the Governor must approve the districts before they can be finalized.

JPPSS Townhalls

Jefferson Federation of Teachers has requested that the district host townhall type meetings where employees can have open dialogue with the superintendent. We are happy to announce that they will host three for employees and three for the community. They will occur on alternating sides of the river.
 
These are informal, open forums without an agenda. You can ask questions, offer suggestions, share insight, or just listen. To register for the January 20 meeting, please click here. Given limited capacity, attendees should register in advance via this online survey.
 
The first employee townhall is scheduled for January 20, 2022 from 6-7:30 p.m. at Harold Keller Elementary. Please click here for a full schedule or visit: www.jpschools.org/townhalls.

 

Leha Weber is a Special Education Para at Greenlawn Terrace Elementary. She has been an educator and a member of JFT for 8 1/2 years. When asked why she is a JFT member; Mrs. Weber states that it is great having the peace of mind knowing that someone with professionalism and integrity is able to help you, should a situation arise.

Leha has been married for 37 years and has two adult children. She enjoys reading, baking, and being able to help others!
 
AFT Disaster Relief Fund
The AFT Disaster Relief Fund is used throughout the year to provide support to members and communities directly impacted by a natural or man-made disaster. In the past this has included losses from hurricanes, wildfires flooding and earthquakes.
 
Through this link contributions can be made at any time. Options are for credit or debit card or ACH payments via your checking account.

 

JFT Organizing Meeting

Thursday, January 27, 2021

Location TBA

 

 

 

Have a restful and happy holiday with family and friends!

We will see you in 2022!!!