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YCTA - Fact Finding is complete, but that does NOT mean facts were reported

posted Jul 22, 2016, 8:32 AM by Yuba City Teachers Association

Hello YCTA,

Some time before noon today, YCUSD posted the Fact Finding Report on their website before YCTA even received our copy.  

Regrettably the report by the neutral does not reflect the data presented at the hearing and cites no evidence to support the chair’s advisory recommendation.  Some of the data YCTA presented is cited in the dissent portion of the complete report.  YCTA built a strong case demonstrating that YCUSD has a problem attracting and retaining teachers and can afford to make improvements to the salary schedule to provide competitive salaries.

YCTA has demonstrated our willingness to compromise, but also an unwavering commitment to make progress towards competitive salaries to address the immediate impact and long term consequences of YCUSD's problem attracting and retaining teachers.  The District continues to maintain that they do not have a problem - despite the growing number of resignations and vacancies.

We are working to place excerpts of our Fact Finding Binder on ycta.net.  The entire binder is hundreds of pages.  I expect that we will be able to post those excerpts tomorrow.  Attached to this email, you will find the entire report as well as our press release.  Please read both.  Be prepared to talk within our community.  We will need to keep talking.  YCUSD has demonstrated their willingness to mislead the public as well as the Fact Finding Panel.  But our community will listen to you.  You are the people who work with their children every day.

We are proceeding with our preparations for a strike if necessary, although we remain committed to further negotiations should the District express any willingness to make progress.  We have already begun training our strike picket captains (7/20 training with Bobby Yates, CTA Organizer).  Please contact me if you are ready and willing to assist the picket captains or take another key role in the event of a strike.  We will all be called upon to step up and act together.  But some of us will do more than others.  Are you ready?

We have confirmed that the training for strike subs is Wednesday 7/27 at 9AM.  Please gather at Sutter County Office of Education by 8:30AM on Wednesday 7/27. We will picket this event to urge our community to support teachers and NOT cross the picket lines if it becomes necessary for us to strike to make progress.  (attached is the district email sent to potential subs)

We will repeat the same action on the following Wednesday - August 3, but the training is scheduled from 4-7PM so gather at 3:30PM on Wednesday 8/3.

On Monday August 8, we will gather for a YCTA General Membership Meeting at 3:30PM at an off campus site to be determined (working on getting the Bonanza again - we want an indoor facility in case of heat).

Please join us on the picket lines to urge potential subs to respect the teachers of Yuba City.  Ultimately we hope to exert pressure that compels the District to make progress without a strike. Each of these actions is another opportunity.

It is urgent that we all get the same info.  Come to the meeting on Monday 8/8 to get the latest info.  Be there.  

I urge you to stay strong and remember that we are standing up for our students, our schools and our community.  Without competitive salaries and a climate that values and respects our work, YCUSD not be able to attract and retain teachers and other educators for our students.  

See soon,
Dina


my non-school email dinayc@aol.com

my cell 530-218-4089




Data Analysis to address, "Does YCUSD have a problem attracting and retaining teachers?"

posted Jul 20, 2016, 9:52 PM by Yuba City Teachers Association

 

Does YCUSD have a problem

attracting and retaining great teachers and other educators

 for our students, schools and community?

 

“Research consistently shows that teacher quality is one of the most important variables for student success and that teachers with stronger qualifications (academic ability, strong content knowledge, full preparation before entry, certification in the field taught, and experience) produce higher student achievement.”

 

~ Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education - Research Brief, December 2011 

 

Research has shown that teachers have the highest educational influence.  Districts must attract and retain the best educators in order to increase and improve services for pupils. Multiple research reports verify the importance of salary and working conditions as they relate to attracting and retaining the best teachers. Additionally, the research proves that the achievement gap between poor students and affluent students closes significantly with the finest teachers.

 

YCUSD has a significant, ongoing problem attracting and retaining the best teachers.

 

 Multiple vacancies continued to exist during throughout the 2015/16 school year.  Some of those positions were filled with interns and teachers with Short Term Staffing Permits (STSPs), while others were filled with long-term substitutes or simply left vacant.  

 

In 2015/16, 3.2% of the YCTA Bargaining Unit positions were filled with teachers without  complete credentials or  left completely unfilled. 

 

Fifteen classrooms filled with students did not have a fully credentialed teacher.  This does not account for short term or even long term absences of the regular classroom teacher.  These are classrooms without a credentialed teacher at all.

 

YCUSD Vacancies and Positions filled by persons

without full credentials in 2015/16

 

Interns

STSPs

Long-Term Subs

Unfilled

Number

3

6.6

5.2

9.8

Date of info.

10/28/15

10/28/15

10/28/15

10/28/15

Number

6.6

6

(YCTA was not provided with updated info. at that time)

Date of info.

3/17/16

3/17/16

   

Based upon the 15/16 Adopted Budget the YCTA Bargaining Unit was 720.82 FTEs. These vacant positions (or filled by person without full credentials) account for 3.2% of the YCTA Bargaining Unit.

 

Interns have not completed their credential program, while STSPs have made even less process in a credential program.  Long-term subs have a BA and passed the CBEST and hold only a 30 day permit to teach.

 

 

Significant Remaining and Additional Vacancies for 2016/17

 

In a May 3, 2016, email from David Bills, YCUSD Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources, 41 general education teaching positions for 2016/17 were listed as vacant, as well as an unspecified number of special education, Speech and Language Pathologists, and psychologist vacancies (more than ten). Between May 4 and June 15, 2016, 60 additional vacancies were posted by YCUSD.

 

Based upon data provided by the District on June 22, 2016, and YCUSD Board agenda actions through June 28, 2016, fewer than half of the 100+ vacancies have been filled by either internal transfers or Board action. Board action is indicated in the Board Agenda information provided by YCUSD to YCTA before each YCUSD Board meeting. YCUSD provided YCTA with a matrix of all vacancies as of June 13, and later as of June 22. The following chart shows the analysis for the June 22 data. While YCUSD indicates 27.6 FTEs, there has been no Board action to hire these candidates.

 

YCTA Bargaining Unit (BU) Positions *

Vacancy Analysis for 2016/17

Based June 2016 Data

Disposition of listed vacancy

Number

Percent of BU

Vacancies filled by internal transfers

21.99

3.1%

Vacancies filled with Board action

20

2.8%

Vacancies with named candidates

but no Board action

27.6

3.83%

Vacancies with no candidate

42.25

5.86%

TOTAL

111.84

15.5%

 

 

* Definitions:

Vacant positons were identified from excel spreadsheet provided by YCUSD on June 22, 2016.  YCTA’s contract defines vacancies. These vacancies were posted both internally and externally.

Internal transfers were identified if the person listed to fill the vacancy was an existing YCTA probationary or permanent employee.

Board action new hires were identified if the person listed to fill the vacancy was also listed as hired within the YCUSD Board agenda as provided to YCTA for each YCUSD Board meeting.

Name without Board action were identified as potential new hires if a name appeared but there was not corresponding listing on the Board agenda.

Filled positons were counted as filled if the District named either an internal transfer or a new hire as supported by YCUSD Board action (another set of documents supplied by YCUSD to YCTA). 

Still Vacant positions were counted as “still vacant” if the District named a candidate but there was no Board action or there was no named candidate at all.

Total YCTA Bargaining Unit was calculated from the FTE Summary page 12 of the 2015/16 YCUSD Adopted Budget.

 

As of June 22, the vacancies with no listed candidate were 5.9%, while those deemed vacant with either no listed candidate or no board action to accompany a named candidate were 9.7%. The number of vacancies in YCUSD is significantly higher than in surrounding districts and can be expected to get even worse as more educators retire and others take jobs in surrounding districts because of higher pay.

 

Growing Number of Resignations

 

As more positions within education have become available, the number of resignations has drastically increased. These resignations were listed in YCUSD Board meeting agendas during the fiscal year (July-June). YCUSD Board action for 2015/16 shows 56 resignations within the same time frame: 21 in the month of June with additional resignations in July. In contrast, there were only 8 resignations in June 2015, and just 6 in June 2014. (There were 16 retirements in each year, 2014/15 and 2015/16, which are not included in the resignation calculation.)

 

Resignations as per Board Action (from YCUSD Board meeting agendas)

 

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

TOTAL

‘13/14

3

10

2

2

0

0

0

3

3

3

6

6

38

‘14/15

6

11

0

2

0

0

2

3

0

2

4

8

38

‘15/16

7

6

3

1

0

0

2

2

8

3

3

21

56

 

 

The resignations for 2015/16 account for 7.8% of the YCTA Bargaining Unit. Based upon the 2015/16 Adopted Budget, the YCTA Bargaining Unit was 720.82 FTEs.

 

Teachers with a Wide Range of Experience are Leaving YCUSD

 

As other districts continue hiring and increasing incentives for more experienced teachers, notably compensation, teachers with higher levels of experience will be enticed to leave YCUSD.

The loss of experienced educators from YCUSD is already apparent and will likely grow as the teacher shortage continues. Based upon the YCTA Bargaining Unit roster provided by the District on March 3, 2016, more than 24% of the Bargaining Unit had hire dates within the last three years.  Not only is YCUSD a training ground for newer teachers who leave our district early in their careers, but it seems an increasing number of more experienced teachers are leaving as well. For our students, the long-term effects of Yuba City Unified’s failure to attract and retain teachers will linger for many years as the overall quality of the YCSUD educator work force declines.

 

Level of Experience for 2015/16 Resignations between March and June, 2016

Years of experience

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

11

12

13

Number

5

8

2

0

1

3

1

1

2

3

2

1

1

 

Thirty teachers listed in the YCTA Bargaining Unit on March 3, 2016 resigned before the June 22, 2016 Board meeting.  Half (15 of the 30) had less than four years experience, while the other half had more than 4 years of experience.  This represents a serious talent drain from YCUSD.

 


 

 

 

 

The data provided by YCUSD makes it clear, YCUSD has a problem attracting and retaining highly qualified teachers.  YCUSD can and should use LCAP dollars to address this problem without delay, before more of our best teachers are enticed to other districts by higher salaries as well as respect for their work.  The future of our schools is in danger without great teachers in our schools. YCUSD’s failure to act and delays will continue to hurt our kids now and in the future.

YCTA: We have a legally protected right to participate in a strike ...

posted May 26, 2016, 6:31 PM by Yuba City Teachers Association   [ updated May 26, 2016, 6:31 PM ]

There is a buzz.  Social media spreads news fast.  You may have seen this...





Yes.  The YCUSD Board approved this resolution.  The  resolution is misleading and appears to a scare tactic to discourage our members and the community.  


YCTA has engaged in legal activities to advocate for our members, our students, and our community including gathering on the sidewalks around our schools to engage in informational picketing.  If at the completion of the bargaining process no agreement has been reached, YCTA may engage in a legally protected activity - a strike.  A strike is legally protected activity after the completion of fact finding. 


Please refer to your strike Q&A from our site visits.  During a strike, YCTA members will not report to work.  Your participation in the strike is a legally protected right and you may not be disciplined, dismissed or arrested for participating in this legally protected activity.


The District's continuing tactics of disrespect for teachers is heart breaking.  We have dedicated ourselves to our work with students and they disparage us with these resolutions.  So sad.


Stay Strong,

Dina


YCTA Fact Finding and Beyond April 2016 -click here

May 31 at 6PM Provide input on LCAP spending priorities. Invite the community.

posted May 26, 2016, 6:28 PM by Yuba City Teachers Association

Did you know districts are required to get significant and meaningful input from all the stakeholders and the community to develop their LCAP (Local Control Accountability Plan)? The plan directs spending for the supplemental and concentration grant money.  And Districts may use that money for salary increases to attract and retain.  Read the excerpt from Torlakson's letter for this requirement.





How has YCUSD gathered data?  Were there any opportunities for our community at large?  Here is the response.


Hi Dina,
There was a meeting on February 17 through AVID parent meeting; May 2 DELAC; May 17 Title I/Foster Youth.  There will be an LCAP Advisory meeting on May 31st.  I was going to be sending you an email regarding this meeting.  It will be at 6:00 in the DO.   Again, the only survey has been available for input for all stakeholders including community members.
Let me know if you need anything further.
Doreen

Doreen Osumi
Deputy Superintendent
Yuba City Unified School District


 Let's encourage our community to get involved.  Tell YCUSD to spend money to address a significant problem.  We must have qualified personnel serving our community's children every day in the classrooms of Yuba City.  We are losing teachers to neighboring communities and failing to attract new ones.  




The District can and should use this funding source to pay competitive salaries to attract and retain teachers -  fundamentally important personnel in our schools.

They must develop the LCAP with community involvement.  Invite members of the community to attend Tuesday May 31 at 6PM.  You can use all your contacts to invite the community.  Last year, Board President Riley challenged YCTA to ask our teachers to get parents to meetings such as these.  When they tell us the "community" told them.  Let's get the community to be heard on May 31st.  There will also be a Board meeting in June to approve the LCAP plan.  

Stay strong,
Dina

YCTA: 20% pay raise - That's how you retain high quality personnel

posted May 25, 2016, 8:23 AM by Yuba City Teachers Association

Tonight (5/24) at the YCUSD Board meeting the YCUSD Board took unanimous action to retain the services of Mr. Robert Shemwell.  Mr. Shemwell has been the Assistant Superintendent for Business Services for about two year and will become the Deputy Superintendent.  Board members remarked on the importance of retaining personnel in the position responsible for finance.


Mr. Shemwell's salary for 15/16 was $153,938 plus $1500 for a masters and $1080.  Tonight in recognition of the importance of salary to attract and retain, the YCUSD Board acted to increase his salary to $185,000 with a 5% increase each of the following two years (ultimately raising his salary to roughly $204,000 after two years).  Wow.  That represents more than a 20% pay raise in the first year!  Stunning.  (Note:  The dollar amount was reported verbally and not shown in the Board agenda in writing as was the rest of the contract.)


To attract and retain us, they offer 3.5% overall (with some winners and some losers - according to Mr. Shemwell) coupled with more than 7% more work time - resulting in essentially a pay cut.  Wow. 


Then they lambast us on their website.  And file unfair practice charges that completely misrepresent events at the bargaining table.  


In my remarks tonight I encouraged the Board to consider our vote as a mandate, that YCTA members do not feel valued and respected.  It is time for a change.


Sorry. You should not be treated in this manner.


Our jobs require a great deal of energy and commitment to kids. We do the work we love with kids we really care about.  This is the time of year we are exhausted.  It is bittersweet as we have taken our students far and built relationships.  We have guided and prodded them to grow.  We will bid  them well as they move on.  


Hang in there.  I believe in you and the magic of the work you do every day.  Our work matters.  


Please fell free to respond with your thoughts and comments.  As always the YCTA Exec Bd is listening to YCTA members.


Thank you for all you do,

Dina

YCTA: Another letter to the editor (5/24)

posted May 25, 2016, 8:08 AM by Yuba City Teachers Association

Hello YCTA


Today's paper includes another letter to the editor.  Sunday's paper also included an off-beat column you may find interesting.  Link on Facebook page.




And with regards to the Unfair practice charge filed by YCUSD.  

This District is resorting to tactics such as this to derail the process.  It would appear YCUSD is reluctant to get to fact finding.  We have reviewed the elements of the charge and have found them to be a grossly inaccurate misleading misrepresentation of the actions at the bargaining table.  We will review all of our notes to respond and correct the inaccuracies.  You may review all of our reports from the bargaining table on ycta.net


As we reflect upon this year, it has been a long haul.  But we have grown stronger in our resolve to stand together.  


Stay in touch,

Dina

YCTA: Starbucks and Mediation Thursday (5/18)

posted May 22, 2016, 11:41 AM by Yuba City Teachers Association   [ updated May 25, 2016, 8:33 AM ]

The YCTA Bargaining Team will out there with you tomorrow morning on the corners.  Begin gathering at 7AM.  Let's all be in place by 7:15AM at the four locations (Starbucks Butte House & Stabler, 20 & Stabler, 99 & Franklin, and Bogue & Garden Hwy)   Show our community - We are YCTA and we are ready for change.


This was a letter to editor in today's paper.  


Well said Elizabeth.  Thank you.  We all appreciate the sacrifices and the support of our families.


We are standing together.  United for a better tomorrow.  YCUSD is facing a crisis with growing numbers of vacancies and resignations.  YCUSD will not be able to attract and retain great teachers for every child without competitive salaries and climate of respect for the work of teachers.


Stay strong YCTA,

Dina


YCTA Front page news (5/18)

posted May 22, 2016, 11:40 AM by Yuba City Teachers Association   [ updated May 25, 2016, 8:34 AM ]

Front page news today.   Tomorrow our YCTA Bargaining Team meets with the mediator at 1PM.  Members of the team will be with our members on the streets tomorrow morning at 7AM at four locations.  Be there with them.



Our members have spoken.


And the District responds.



We will meet with the mediator tomorrow at 1PM.  See you at Starbucks tomorrow morning at 7AM (Bogue Garden Highway or Franklin & 99 or Stabler & 20 or Stabler & Butte House).  Show the community that we support our YCTA Bargaining Team.  Bargaining Team members will be at each location.  Say hello to them in the morning.

See you in the morning YCTA
Dina

YCTA: Be there tomorrow no later than 4:30PM

posted Mar 7, 2016, 4:02 PM by Yuba City Teachers Association

We need to show our community that "We are YCTA."  YCTA is not an outsider - but rather members of our local community.  We live here.  We raise our children here.  We go to church here.  We coach youth sports.  We are scout leaders.  We shop here.  We dedicate our lives to serving the children of community.   This is our home.  


We will standing on all four corners of Bridge Street and Hwy 99 tomorrow afternoon from 4:30PM until almost 5PM.  The Yuba City Police Department has approved our "parade".  We will be marching to the District Office, so wear your walking shoes.


Talking becomes walking tomorrow. 


The District attempts to characterize us as greedy outsiders.  Show them instead that YCTA is YOU and ME.  YCTA is us - members of the community.  We want negotiations to continue.  We want progress towards competitive salaries that attract and retain great teachers for our schools.  We are afraid of the future for Yuba City if YCUSD leadership fails to value and respect teachers.  We want to assure that great teachers are in the classrooms on either side of our own classrooms.  We are standing up for now and the future.


See tomorrow YCTA,

Dina

YCTA has declared impasse 3/7/2016

posted Mar 7, 2016, 4:00 PM by Yuba City Teachers Association

Hello YCTA,

 

After consideration of the District’s March 4 proposal, YCTA has once again declared impasse. The paperwork was filed with PERB this morning. 

 

The lack of any progress at the bargaining table makes it apparent that any further negotiations without the assistance of a neutral third party mediator would be futile.  The District claimed that YCTA was “abandoning negotiations” when we declared impasse in January; this could not be further from the truth. Impasse allows the parties to continue negotiations by providing the assistance of a neutral third party mediator in the hopes that continuing negotiations in a different manner will be more constructive.  That will not happen by continuing to talk in the same manner that has already failed so miserably.  

 

An impasse obviously exists when the District makes essentially the same proposal and expects a different answer.  It was unacceptable on January 27 and remained unacceptable on March 3. Even after the review of the budget numbers provided by the District on March 3, YCTA continues to assert that the District does have  the money to invest in competitive salaries without cutting programs.

 

PERB did not previously appoint a mediator because the District told PERB it had a new proposal.  PERB directed the parties to try again to make progress given the District’s new proposal. Unfortunately, the District presented essentially the same compensation proposal.

 

The District has misled PERB, our local media, and even our community on their web page.  We expect that PERB will see beyond any promises of progress from YCUSD and will assist us all by certifying that an impasse exists by assigning a neutral third party mediator.  

 

Our conversations to tell the story from our perspective are essential.  Our community listens when teachers talk with them.  Keep talking.  Invite people to join you on the four corners of Highway 99 and Bridge on Tuesday (3/8) at 4:30 PM.  We will stand on the sidewalks along the four corners of Bridge Street near the Highway.  We will not be standing on the highway.  We will march to the District Office.  To comply with the Superintendent's request, no more than 72 of us will be allowed to enter the Board Room.  So the march can move slowly along.  The weather should allow us to gather outside the Board Room, and at that time YCTA will provide you with more information.

 

The YCTA Exec Bd meets this afternoon.  You can expect an email to your non-school email from yctainfo@gmail.com with more details.  If you do not get emails from YCTA on your non-school email, send your non-school email address to yctainfo@gmail.com to be added to the address book.

 

YCTA is committed to real progress towards competitive salaries that allow YCUSD to compete for the best employees for our students. YCUSD understands the importance of competitive salaries for administrators paying them all above the state average, yet refuses to make the same commitment to competitive salaries for teachers.  YCTA will continue to stand up for respect and a contract that values our contributions.  Competitive salaries are essential to attracting and retaining the best teachers for our students.


Stay strong YCTA,

Dina

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