July 31, 2014

Contract Ratification Visits

We are planning visitations to answer any questions regarding the Tentative Agreement (TA). We realize… [more]

Contract Ratification Visits Contract Ratification Visits

PROPOSED MOU and TA for the 2014-2015 School year

Please review the Proposed MOU and TA, so that you may have your questions answered during the informational… [more]

PROPOSED MOU and TA for the 2014-2015 School year PROPOSED MOU and TA for the 2014-2015 School year

Proposed 2013-2014 BTA Bylaws

Please review the proposed BTA Bylaws 2013-2014 (link follows) and provide your feedback as soon as possible… [more]

Proposed 2013-2014 BTA Bylaws Proposed 2013-2014 BTA Bylaws


   NEW SCHOOL FUNDING!!! Wondering what LCFF and LCAP means to BUSD, your classrooms, and our community? Review… [more]


BTA Google Calendar

   Need to know the BTA events schedule so that you can get involved? Quickly add the BTA Google Calendar… [more]

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Recent News

BTA E-Board Election Speeches

Candidates for BTA’s E-Board elections gave campaign speeches at BHS on Thursday, April 24.  The speeches can be viewed at the following links:


Susannah Christopher – http://youtu.be/MK9kDb6IpDg


Luis Salcedo – http://youtu.be/uinhHUsEJa8

1st Vice President:

Monica Rice – http://youtu.be/PcPrGl5bljw

Evonne Trent – http://youtu.be/Ob_4l6aU6-s



Dear BTA Members,
Please go to the BUSD website to see an update on the LCAP process and an invitation to “review the Plan and provide your final comments and recommendations” by May 12, 2014. According to this new post, the Public Hearing has been moved to June 10, and the official LCAP and 2014-15 BUSD Budget will be presented for final approval onJune 24.
It is a legal requirement that Dr. Latham respond in writing to all comments and concerns. Also, the management team should still be attending all sites to present the draft LCAP.
Please be involved.

Contract Ratification Visits

contract_rat_ballotWe are planning visitations to answer any questions regarding the Tentative Agreement (TA). We realize this week is not the best time for Elementary Teachers due to parent conferences. However, with spring break next week, we don’t have very much time. If we pass the TA, we need to give the board time approve our vote.
With that in mind, here is a schedule for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
     - Sundance                    3:30 - 4:30 in the Lounge
     - Mountain View             3:30 – 4:30 in the Teacher Work Room
     - Brookside                     Lunchtime
     - Tournament Hills           2:00 – 3:00 in the lounge
     - Three Rings                   3:00 – 4:00 in the lounge
    – Glen View                      2:10 - 3:00 in a classroom
    – Palm                              2:45 – 3:30 in the lounge
    - San G                            3:00 – 4:00 in the lounge

I hope to see some of you there so you can report back to those who are unable to attend.  

PROPOSED MOU and TA for the 2014-2015 School year

The New Beaumont Teachers Association LogoPlease review the Proposed MOU and TA, so that you may have your questions answered during the informational meetings. Also, attached is a Powerpoint  that breaks down the changes by section and provides rationales for each.

Click here:  1. BTA.MOU.2014-15

2. BTA TA (Tentative Agreement).2014.15pdf

3. BTA-T A Presentation march 17 14 PDF

Negotiations Update, March 12th, 2014

The district negotiating team shared our concerns about not being able to return the table until April and members of both teams tweaked their schedules to enable us to meet today. We have reached a Tentative Agreement with a 4% increase on the salary schedule, retroactive to the beginning of the 2013-2014 fiscal year. A copy of the Tentative Agreement will be sent to you soon. Instructions for review and ratification will be sent out in accordance with the procedures established in our bylaws, so keep your eyes open. The retroactive payment (assuming that the TA is ratified) will appear on the May 31 paycheck and the adjusted schedule will be applied to the May and June checks.
In addition to the salary changes, the TA  also cleans up the language in article 7.5.6 regarding non classroom positions and article 17.1 (the recognition clause, which duplicates information from article 7.5.6) and appendix A, the stipend schedule. We also extended the TK/K MOU until June 30, 2015.
The team would like to thank all the members who completed surveys, met with team members, sent emails, and otherwise let us hear your voices. We will continue to seek your feedback, as the process never really ends and we will be sunshining, reopening, and returning to the table soon.


community1. Tuesday, March 4th at Rep. Council — EVERYONE is invited!

2. Wednesday, March 5th at 3:35 p.m., in the Mountain View Teacher Work Room

3. Thursday, March 6th at 3:30 p.m., at San G in the Staff Lounge


Proposed 2013-2014 BTA Bylaws

BTA bylaws picPlease review the proposed BTA Bylaws 2013-2014 (link follows) and provide your feedback as soon as possible by emailing Susannah Christopher, BTA Secretary.

Click Here: BTA Bylaws 2013.2014

Thank You! :)

Negotiations Update

negotiation picOn February 28, the Negotiations team met with the District.  We discussed salary and compensation.  There is a gap between the percentage that we are trying to get for you and what is being offered.  We moved the conversation to talking about counselors at all sites.  Both sides shared their interests and at our next negotiations meeting, on April 10th, we will be discussing options.  We are happy that the District is including us in the development of the LCAP, however we were disappointed that the District was not able to meet for negotiations again, sooner.

We will be holding meetings next week.  We missed you all at the last meetings.  We will discuss more specific details at these meetings.  We hope to get 100% of you there, so that we can make sure that we are advocating for what YOU want.

The meeting dates are: 

1. Tuesday, March 4th at Rep. Council (Everyone is welcome!)

2. Wednesday, March 5th at 3:35 p.m., in the Mountain View Teacher Work Room

3. Thursday, March 6th at 3:30 p.m., at San G in the Staff Lounge

Negotiations Communique 1.30.14

We met today as a negotiation team with the district. We are currently discussing salary and compensation. We did not come to an agreement thus far; however, we will meet on February 14, 2014.

Here are some of the highlights from this meeting:

-  The district will be receiving approximately $2.9 million dollars in new money. If the Governor’s budget is approved, next year they are slated to receive double that amount.

-  The district currently has $20 million in reserves, which is one of the highest in our region.

-  Several options for salary and compensation were discussed. One option the negotiation team suggested was 6% this year retro to July and 6% next year. One of the district options was 2% retro to July for this year, and 2% for next year. 

-  Due to budget analysis we feel that our proposal is reasonable.

-  Although we were disappointed by the gap between options, we are pleased that, as a result of Interest Based Bargaining, both sides are continuing to have open communication with each other and options are still being generated.

More than ever we need your support.  We will be coming to your sites next week to hear everyone’s concerns and questions.

CTA Capitol News Update

Stay informed! Due process for teachers is under attack in Los Angeles and many other updates:

[email protected]


$10B in additional school funding??!

Read and Share This Information!
Governor’s Budget Would Give Schools $10B in Additional Funding

Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday unveiled his $106.8 billion general fund budget proposal for the 2014-2015 year, saying it is “very good news.” [Read the g  ggggggggggertearyhggggggg gg overnor's news release   and full budget summary.]
The governor told reporters that the budget would provide an additional “$10 billion for the schools of California after years of drought, cuts, and pink slips for teachers.”
CTA President Dean E. Vogel praised the governor for the new spending plan, saying: “The governor’s proposed budget will help our public schools and colleges continue to heal after years of devastating cuts.”
The governor said his administration is convening meetings of stakeholders to address the issue of maintaining the financial stability of the California State Teachers’ Retirement System. Read more about CalSTRS’s unfunded liability.
The release of the budget proposal is the first step in a long process that ends in the adoption and signing of a state spending plan before the July 1 start of the 2014-15 budget year.

First Friday Social :)

Friday GarfieldFirst Friday Social is tomorrow!!

Place: Applebee’s @ 1585 E. 6th Street, Beaumont

Time:  4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Appetizers provided :)

Site Visits — January 2014

Sundance Elem.Welcome back!

Site Visits are scheduled!! We have  important information on LCFF, healthcare, and negotiations. Please attend the brief meetings to provide your input to these important issues.



CLICK HERE: BTA Site Visits Updated 1.12.14

Happy Holidays! :)

Happy holidaysDear Members, BTA wishes you and your family a very joyful, safe, and healthy holiday season!! We appreciate your service and input to continuously improve our BTA. ENJOY your time off!

The Rights of LGBTQ Students

Several BTA teachers attended a recent LGBTQ conference to better serve our students. If you would like more information on student civil liberties, please visit the ACLU’s site here: https://www.aclu.org/lgbt-rights and view the powerpoint that was presented: LGBTQ – The Rights of LGBTQ Students – Adult[1]

Negotiations Communique Dec. 10

December 10th at negotiations, we covered and set the schedule for the rest of the year. We established our norms and started listing possible issues. The next negotiation date is January 30, 2014.

Future communication will be placed on the BTA website.

As a reminder, the general membership meeting is Dec. 17. At that meeting, we will have a discussion on Negotiations, the LCAP, and LCFF. Don’t forget to view the LCAP and LCFF powerpoint which is on the website (below).

Raise your hand for great public schools!

NEA’s national day of awareness!

Our schools belong to all of us: the students who learn in them, the parents who support them, the educators and staff who work in them, and the communities that they anchor. We demand direct involvement in the decisions that affect our schools. For more information, click here: www.edvotes.org/ourschools. For more information on LCFF, please see the post below and view the presentation document.

General Membership Meeting Dec. 17


Do you care about SALARY, HEALTHCARE,


Be there!!!

When?  Dec. 17

Time?   4:00 p.m.

Where? Beaumont High School, MPR, Rm. H106



Wondering what LCFF and LCAP means to BUSD, your classrooms, and our community? Review the information in the document attached below and get YOUR IDEAS and YOUR VOICE heard!!


Click here: BTA LCFF[1] 



Hello Everybody! 

Just a reminder that the First Friday Social will be Tomorrow, Dec. 6, from 3:30-5:30 at The Sandtrap.
The Sandtrap is located at 892 W. Oak Valley Blvd. in the shopping complex by Holiday Inn Express.
Appetizers will be provided. You provide the FUN!

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