Ventura classified union engages members and community

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Leaders of the Ventura Educational Support Professionals Association held a 3-day summer summit to discuss ways to work together with community stakeholders to ensure both the success of their union and the Ventura Unified School District. Leaders also strategized coordinating efforts with the Ventura Education Association, which represents teachers, librarians, speech therapists, and counselors. Together, both unions serve almost 18,000 students.

Read the full NEA Today story here.

Chapter raffles help capture accurate member data

Raffle.MTA.Moreland Teachers Association (MTA) leaders in Santa Clara County use a clever raffle ticket approach to capture member email and phone data for local chapter outreach efforts.

During a break in their introductory meeting, MTA circulates raffle tickets that must include current contact information before they are returned.

Wendy Johnson, current MTA president, explained, “It was great to watch new colleagues fill out the information on the ticket so quickly and turn it in with minimal reminders- and the raffle is always a highlight of the meeting.”

Banning teachers confront a bully superintendent

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Two years of attempts by Banning Teachers Asociation to work with Banning Unified School District (BUSD) Superintendent Robert Guillen over unilateral actions taken affecting parents, students, and educators- have ended in failure. Banning teachers are responding with a campaign to communicate these problems and return responsive leadership to the local education community.

Since 2015, respect for educators and Banning residents has steadily eroded. Sadly, that impact can be measured. Unilateral decisions such as changing the school calendar, work times, increasing class sizes and schedules have negatively impacted parents, students, and educators. In the midst of the greatest teachers shortage in decades, experienced teachers are leaving the district every year because of working conditions and abuse by a superintendent who refuses to address them.

Unfair Labor Practice charges have also been filed against BUSD for alleged contract violations against Banning teachers.

“We cannot stand silent while the board continues to back a superintendent whose main focus is facilities at the expense of a quality education for your students”, explained BTA President Anthony Garcia. “Allowing this to continue will do infinitely more harm to your student than any protest that we can engage in”, he said.

Banning teachers invite the community to attend school board meetings on August 15th and August 31 and make their voices heard about improving their local schools through effective educational leadership.