The conference will highlight examples of progressive collective bargaining agreements across the country and identify opportunities for further reforms at the state and district level. The agreement, which includes a new-teacher mentoring program, more rigorous educator and principal evaluation systems, and development of a new compensation system based on student achievement measured through a strong value-added formula, is just one example of how collective bargaining is playing a pivotal role in transforming public schools. This could be your parent, other caring adult in your life, a teacher, coach, church youth leader. Despite the success of ARRA, lawmakers are now intent on imposing deep spending cuts to critical programs without asking the nation’s wealthiest individuals and corporations to pay their fair share. But “those increases would not reach all students, districts, and states,” he said. The proposal also ties teacher evaluations to student test scores, which is “akin to the federal government telling all mayors or corporations how to evaluate and pay their employees,” he said. Van Roekel was testifying before the House Appropriations Committee.
The math in Colorado is easy to understand. CEA members want state lawmakers to commit to reducing or freezing corporate tax breaks until the state’s per-student funding is restored to the national average. My role in advocating for the Safe and Supportive Minnesota Schools Act was as a spokesperson for children and youth who have been bullied in schools. The blueprint, he noted, “leaves out students’ first teachers—their parents. Van Roekel ended with a call for Congress to invest more in education jobs. First, know that it is not your fault. The administration has proposed shifting funds away from “formula” grants in which money is allotted according to demographic numbers, and toward competitive grants in which the federal Department of Education decides who gets the money and who doesn’t.
Van Roekel previously visited Tampa in August to learn more about the collaborative work happening in the Hillsborough Public Schools district. “It’s past time to stop pointing fingers about who should be responsible for improving our public schools. It specifically calls for ending tax breaks for oil and gas companies and hedge fund billionaires, and a more progressive tax rate whereby the wealthiest citizens pay taxes at the same rate as the rest of the country. He noted that the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act has been credited with supporting more than 300,000 jobs already, and the economy would be in far worse shape without it. This is how bullying situations can be dealt with in a way that actually puts an end to the harm. Jessica Crawford, a second grade teacher at Crystal River Elementary School in Carbondale, moved to Colorado from Orlando last year. But they also don’t make much money. I spent over thousand dollars on my kids since they needed so much.” She’s not alone—Colorado teachers, on average, spend $656 of their own money to make up the difference.
Several thousand also rallied Thursday. “For years, the Colorado Legislature has refused to do what’s right for our students…As educators, we see the real result of their chronic underfunding of public education—from ballooning class sizes to outdated and battered textbooks held together by duct tape,” said CEA President Kerri Dallman. “Members of the Colorado Education Association are at the state Capitol to ask the legislature to step up and fulfill their responsibility because students need and deserve better.” In 1982, Colorado spent $232 per student above the national average. While no one disputes the importance of deficit reduction, it is the nation’s children who have been bearing the brunt of the budget-slashing frenzy that has taken hold in nearly every statehouse and on Capitol Hill. This new law creates the mindset that schools should be safe and inviting places for all students, and that all students are accepted and valued. It sends the message that it’s not O.K. to bully anyone, even if they are different from you. Participants will include national, state, and local union leadership as well as school superintendents and school boards from across the country. “There are innovative and creative collaborations happening in our public schools,” Van Roekel said. “Not only do we need to highlight this great work, but we need to share lessons learned and figure out how great ideas can be replicated.” The announcement came on the heels of a roundtable discussion with Van Roekel, Duncan, American Federation of Teachers (AFT) President Randi Weingarten, Florida Education Association (FEA) President Andy Ford, and state and local leaders that highlighted an innovative labor agreement between the Hillsborough Classroom Teachers Association and Hillsborough County Public Schools, located in Tampa, Fla. Restorative Justice helps all those involved in bullying situations by getting to the reason why the bullying happened, and coming to an agreement that helps everyone stop the harmful behavior and repair the harm that was done, so healing can happen.
According to a new report, the majority of states continue to make deep, harmful cuts in programs benefiting children, including public health, early education, child care, K-12, and programs for children’s with special needs. That’s why nearly 10,000 red-shirted Colorado Education Association (CEA) members from nearly 30 school districts across the states, joined by NEA Vice President Becky Pringle, are rallying at the state Capitol in Denver on Friday. At local community events, I provided information about the bill. A recent analysis by the Congressional Research Service, for example, found that a quarter of millionaires in the United States pay a smaller share of their income in federal taxes than many middle-class families. The report, State Budget Cuts: America’s Kids Pay the Price, was released last week by the National Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies (NACCRRA), Every Child Matters Education Fund and Voices for America’s Children. “Children are our most vulnerable citizens, yet states are cutting critical programs that are needed to ensure their healthy development and well-being,” said NACCRRA Executive Director Linda K. I think the best parts of the new law are the enumerated protections and the use of restorative justice practices. With the Super Committee’s recommendations due on November 23rd, the National Education Association is urging lawmakers to make children a top priority by protecting funding for crucial education and health programs and promoting basic tax fairness. “It’s time to put the families on Main Street ahead of the special interests of Wall Street and make billionaires and big corporations pay their fair share,” said NEA President Dennis Van Roekel. “Legislators need to stop looking to children, working families, and seniors to sacrifice without asking anything in return from the wealthiest, who continue to get wealthier due to continued tax loopholes and cuts.” Promoting tax fairness is a key recommendation of the NACCRRA report.
I also collected over 500 petition signatures in support of the bill. According to a 2018 NPR study, which factors in the cost of living in each state, teacher pay in Colorado ranks 45th in the nation, and is a key factor in the more than 3,000 Colorado teaching jobs that still aren’t filled this year. But NEA affiliates are reporting massive layoffs looming for the coming school year all over the country—up to 20,000 in California, 5,000 in Indiana, and 6,000 in North Carolina. “The road to economic stability and prosperity runs through our public schools and every student deserves the best we can offer,” Van Roekel said. “It is now time to deliver.” Lawmakers at every level of government often say severe budget-cutting measures are necessary so that “our children” aren’t saddled with the national debt. NEA Vice-President Becky Pringle joins Colorado educators at the state Capitol in Denver on April 27. “My mother is a teacher, and I know how much she struggles with funding and I believe education is important to make America better in the future,” said 14-year-old Ella Wonder, a student at Aurora’s Range View High School who was rallying at the Colorado statehouse with her mother, to the Denver Post. Restorative justice practices are an important part because punishing the bully without teaching anything will not help stop the behavior over the long term. It’s time to begin a dialogue about how to share in that responsibility.” Van Roekel wrote in op-ed today in The Hill. “Like the Secretary of Education, reformers can look to the collaboration and progressive labor agreement in Hillsborough as a model to start the conversation.” Learn more about NEA’s work reforming education through its Priority Schools Campaign and get the latest campaign news on the TalkPrioritySchools.org blog. By Alain Jehlen March 17, 2010 — NEA President Dennis Van Roekel today raised an alarm over the big jump in competitive grants in the Obama administration’s proposed education budget, saying it could compound the economic squeeze in many school districts.
The Safe and Supportive Schools Act will help protect students from bullying by changing the idea that bullying is “just something that happens to kids” to bullying is something that hurts kids and it is not acceptable. The federal government needs to do more, but the so-called Budget Super Committee created by Congress in August may make matters worse. What this adds up to is: larger class sizes, four-day school weeks, cuts to critical academic programs, thousands of unfilled teaching and support jobs, and a deficit of learning opportunities for students. Meanwhile its neighbors, Nebraska and Wyoming, spent $4,000 and $8,000 more per student, respectively. Smith. “States are cutting Medicaid, shifting to a four-day school week, kicking poor kids out of a program to help them buy clothes, and more,” Laura Clawson wrote on DailyKos, commenting on the report. “Just about any program out there that was intended to educate or protect kids or to help families feed or care for their children is being slashed.” Federal funding from President Obama’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) and last year’s Education Jobs bill will run out this year. I have been fortunate to get to know Senator Scott Dibble, who co-sponsored the Safe and homework market Supportive Schools Act.
Today, even as it boasts of the top-ranked economy in the nation, it spends $2,162 below the national average, according to CEA analysis. I also wrote newspaper guest commentary articles and letters-to-the-editor on “Why I support the Safe and Supportive Minnesota Schools Act.” These were published in our local newspapers. All kid deserve to be safe from bullying. The bully may continue the hurtful behavior throughout their school years and into their adult years. I would tell three main things to kids who are being bullied. Bullying is a form of abuse, and anyone who is being abused needs help from others.
The proposed budget raises the share of federal funds in competitive programs from almost 16 percent to nearly a quarter of the total. “I raise a real red flag” about this trend, Van Roekel said. “Providing certainty to states and local school districts through formula-driven federal aid offers stability in an otherwise rapidly deteriorating fiscal environment.” Van Roekel also told the committee NEA does not support the Obama administration’s newly released “blueprint” for reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, whose current incarnation is No Child Left Behind. That’s money that should have gone directly into Colorado public schools to pay for smaller class sizes and counselor caseloads, new books and technology, and teacher pay that might be adequate to entice Coloradans to fill those thousands of vacant teaching jobs. “Educators in Colorado and all across the nation are rising up and saying enough! Enough!” Pringle told the growing crowd on Friday. “When politicians continue to fail our students, it’s time to send them a message: we will remember in November.” By Amy Buffenbarger and Staci Maiers NEA President Dennis Van Roekel joined U.S. In fact, the President’s budget would eliminate funding for Parent Information Resources Center, the only federal program dedicated to increasing family engagement.” Van Roekel criticized the blueprint’s continued focus on testing and its rules that trump local decision-making on how to improve schools. “If we’re serious about creating a stronger foundation for America’s public schools, it’s important to get the blueprint right before it becomes policy,” he said. I publically told my story of having been bullied, lobbied at the Minnesota State Capitol during the 2013 and 2014 legislative sessions and testified in favor of the bill at committee hearings. Enumerated protection is important because it protects those students who are likely to be bullied more often and more severely. On the plus side, he said, the Obama budget calls for increased overall funding.
As a result of these decades of neglect, half of Colorado school districts have switched to a four-day school week so that they can save money on transportation, and many have eliminated art, music, or high school classes like psychology or journalism. Second, tell a trusted adult about the bullying. No one should blame you for the harm that is happening to you. Finally, hang around with other students who are nice as much as you can. He is a role mode for me. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan in announcing plans today to convene a national education reform conference on labor-management collaboration early next year. Video: Jake Ross at Safe Schools Bill Signing All those involved, including the people harmed, witnesses, the harm-doer, community members, etc. come together and use a process that works through the problem and reaches a consensus at the end that all agree to.
She said she believed her new school would be well stocked since Colorado’s economy was one of the best in the country. “I thought I was going to walk into a classroom with the things I needed to teach my kids,” said Crawford. “It was a big shock to have no construction paper, no Sharpies, no magnets for my magnetic board. They point out that the cumulative shortfall in funding adds up to a whopping $6.6 billion since 2009. In a October 26 statement submitted to the Super Committee, NEA warned “if revenue increases are not included, deficit reductions will have to come from spending cuts alone, decimating education and other priorities, restricting the federal government’s ability to respond to economic downturns, limiting economic opportunity, and increasing the likelihood that the fragile recovery will falter.” Take Action: Tell Congress that the Super Committee must protect Americans with the greatest needs Read the full report: State Budget Cuts: America’s Kids Pay the Price Public schools are currently underfunded by $822 million, and per-student funding is $2,700 below the national average. I am still involved in advocating for the law and its implementation in schools.