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6/12/19


Dear PFT Members,

I hope you are gearing up for a fun-filled but restful summer break!  Here are a few quick updates for your information.

1.      Del Mar Fair Tickets – Up to four tickets per educator are available for pick up at your Mission Federal Credit Union branch for $1 each.  Tickets can be used on June 14, 21, or 28. (You may be asked to show your pay warrant or badge).

2.      Homework Study Group Update – The new draft Administrative Regulation (AR) remains a work in progress.  No implementation of the AR is required at this time.  Sites will have opportunities next school year to discuss research, have collegial conversations, and then have input.

3.    IBPS Update – The IBPS team met on June 10 and will meet again on Monday, JuneWe are seeking a final settlement for the 2018-19 school year.  Per the PUSD Second Interim Budget Report (March), the district was projecting a 9.1-million-dollar structural deficit this school year.  Per the more recent Estimated Actuals, the structural deficit projection is now 5 million dollars.  I am hopeful the deficit will be even less as the fiscal year comes to an end, as the estimates become actuals.  PFT is using data comparing our salary and health and welfare benefits to those of other districts in our region and to those who are similarly funded to us in the state of CA.  Despite tight fiscal times, PFT and the district have a mutual interest in remaining competitive so we can attract and retain the best teachers for our students.  I will keep you updated as our negotiations progress and will notify you if and when we reach a settlement.

4.    Alert: Anti-union Spam Calls - Have you received a call or text from a fake teacher urging you to drop your union membership? If so, hang up or tell them no thank you, I’m sticking with the union! The texts and calls are coming from the Mackinac Center, which is affiliated with Betsy DeVos and is funded by billionaires who wish to dismantle publicTheir real aim is to limit our voice and our ability to advocate for the pay, benefits, and working conditions that we need to serve our students and their families. They aren’t looking out for us, and they’re not looking out for public education. If you get a call, just hang up, or let them know you’re sticking with the union!

In Unity,

Kelly

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5/13/19 - PFT Director Announcement:


Dear PFT Members,

The Poway Federation of Teachers is pleased to announce the selection of Crystal Ochoa as PFT Director, beginning in the 2019-20 school year.  Crystal currently serves as the elected PFT Special Education Vice President.  She has been a Resource Specialist in PUSD since 1999 at both the elementary and secondary levels.  Crystal has served on numerous site, district, PFT, and joint PUSD/PFT committees over the years including: Issues and Policies, Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC), SAI Advisory Board, Special Education Labor Relations Team, NEU Leadership Team, Special Education Strategic Planning, and PFT Special Education UBC.  She excited for the opportunity to apply the skills she has learned through her experience and committee work to ensure that all teachers know their voices are being heard, their opinions are valued, and their work is supported.

In Unity,
Kelly
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5/13/19 - Secondary Voluntary Transfer Opportunities Open:

Dear Colleagues,

The first batch of voluntary transfer openings for secondary positions have been posted (as of Friday, May 10).  https://www.powayusd.com/en-US/Departments/Personnel-Support-Services/Employment/Certificated/Teacher-Transfer-Opportunities

If you are interested in transferring, be sure to have your transfer request form turned in Leisl Sanchez, lesanchez@powayusd.com in PSS.

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2/27/19 - TPLES Update:

Dear Colleagues,

The demands on a teacher's time are endless, and the school year seems to go so quickly from this point on.  The attached Teacher Professional Learning and Effectiveness System (TPLES) reminder sheet is intended to provide support and suggestions for teachers in the evaluation cycle this year, as they monitor and document progress on their SLO/PLO.  It can also help make the final evaluation conference, for both traditional and alternative evaluations, more meaningful for the teacher and administrator.

TPLES reminder sheet

In Unity,
Kelly

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