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SDEA Standing Committees

Bargaining CommissionStanding Rule 8.4

Contact Person — Lindsay Burningham

  •  At least nine months prior to the expiration of a SDEA/SDUSD collective bargaining agreement, the President shall appoint with the concurrence of the Board of Directors, a Bargaining Commission composed of a minimum of twenty (20) Association members representing a broad cross section of the Association bargaining unit. (11/28/07)
  • The SDEA/SDUSD Bargaining Commission as composed shall assume the tasks and responsibilities:
  • Participate in negotiations training activities.
  • Develop, distribute and tabulate a survey of the Bargaining Unit to determine issues of concern to the membership during the upcoming round of negotiations.
  • Conduct hearings for members and interest groups among the membership regarding issues of concern during the upcoming round of negotiations.
  • Conduct research to support potential Association bargaining proposals.
  • Participate, as requested by the SDEA/SDUSD Bargaining Commission, in developing the Association’s proposals for the upcoming round of negotiations.
  • In cooperation with and at the request of the SDEA/SDUSD Bargaining Team, serve as rotating members of the bargaining team during negotiations with the district.
  • Interested SDEA/SDUSD Bargaining Commission members will be considered for vacancies on the SDEA/SDUSD Bargaining Team; however, nothing herein shall prevent the Association from selecting bargaining team members from other sources, based upon the needs of the Association.

Bargaining Team – Bylaws 8.0

Chair — Ron Reese

  • The President shall appoint all members, alternates, and the chairperson of the Bargaining Team with the concurrence of the Board of Directors.
  • The Bargaining Team shall have responsibility for conducting all bargaining related activities as set forth in the Standing Rules.
  • Vacancies created by resignation or inability to serve shall be filled by the Board of Directors from the list of alternates.
  • The Board of Directors, by two-thirds (2/3) majority, may remove a member of the Bargaining Team.
  • The Bargaining Team shall be under the direction of the Board of Directors, and shall report its activities to the Board of Directors, as the Board requires.
  • The Bargaining Team is empowered to reach tentative agreements with the District subject to ratification by the Active membership.
  • The duties of the Bargaining Team are to represent and to bargain for the bargaining unit(s).
  • Responsibility and authority for directing the bargaining process on behalf of the Association are vested in the Board of Directors subject to policies established by the Active membership.
  • Employees in each appropriate bargaining unit shall be surveyed to determine contents of the proposed contract demands, and the contract proposal for each appropriate unit shall be approved by Representative Council in that unit.
  • The Board of Directors shall provide for the dissemination of information regarding bargaining and the activities of the Bargaining Team to the general membership.
  • Agreements reached between the Bargaining Team and the school board or its representatives shall be considered tentative and not binding upon the Association until such agreements have been ratified by the Active membership in the appropriate unit(s) unless such ratification shall have been specifically waived or otherwise delegated by that active membership.

Budget Committee – Bylaws 9.0

Chair — Kisha Borden

  •  The Budget Committee shall be appointed by the President with concurrence of the Board of Directors. The Treasurer shall serve as the Chairperson of the Committee.
    • Budget hearings will be held yearly with the Treasurer serving as Chair;
    • Hearings will be open to all members for input;
    • Hearings may be held at various locations;
    • Hearings will be concluded in time for a preliminary budget to be presented to the Board of Directors for approval and recommendation to the Representative Council; and
    • The budget will be presented to the Representative Council for adoption on or before the last Representative Council meeting of the school year.

Election Committee – Bylaws 11.0

Co-Chairs — Peter Oskin and Taylor Golia

  • With the concurrence of the Board of Directors, the President shall appoint annually the Chairperson and members of the Elections Committee. In accordance with these governance documents, and in accordance with Association elections procedures adopted by the Representative Council, the Elections Committee shall be responsible for conducting all Association elections.

Grievance CommitteeBylaws 10.0 

Chair — Kristin Brown

  • Annually, with the concurrence of the Board of Directors, the President shall appoint a Grievance Committee Chairperson and members of the grievance committee. In accordance with guidelines set forth in the Standing Rules, the Grievance Committee shall have the responsibility of representing members in grievance meetings, identification and training of grievance representatives and recommending grievance cases for arbitration to the Board of Directors.
    • The Board of Directors shall adopt, with the approval of the Representative Council, the procedures for grievance processing.
    • These procedures shall include, but not be limited to, the following:
      • Provide for representation to assist all members of the bargaining unit(s) in processing grievances;
      • Training for handling grievances; and
      • Evaluation of the Association’s grievance policies and procedures.

Political Action Committee –  PAC Bylaws

PIC Chair — Dave Erving

The San Diego Education Association Political Action Committee (SDEA/PAC) is established for the  following purposes:

  •  To inform members of legislation, voting records, and  positions of legislators and candidates that  may affect the  members’ classroom, working conditions, rights and benefits.
  •  To serve  as a voluntary funding structure through which SDEA members may give direct and indirect financial contributions to support or oppose
    • Local candidates for office;
    •  Local issues, including ballot measures

Such as are  deemed worthy of support (or opposition) from the  standpoint of educational issues and without regard to partisan consideration.

Recognition Committee – Bylaws 12.0

Contact Person — Lindsay Burningham

The Recognition Committee is responsible for planning and organizing the following activities:

    •  Day of the Teacher Celebration
    • SDEA Awards Banquet
    • Recognition activities at the Representative Council meetings
  • The Recognition Committee is responsible for the publication and dissemination of information about the SDEA Scholarship program. The committee organizes the activities involved in the selection of the scholarship winners and presentation of the awards.
  • The Recognition Committee is responsible for the selection of the award recipients for the following awards:
    • Who Awards
    • Crystal Apple
  • The President is responsible for selecting the recipient(s) of the SDEA President’s Award.
  • The Board of Directors is responsible for selecting the recipient(s) of the SDEA Board of Directors’ Award.
  • The Executive Director is responsible for selecting the recipient(s) of the Executive Director’s Award.

SDEA Contractual Committees

Joint Calendar Committee – Section 8.2.1

Staff Liaison — Larry Moreno

The purpose of this Committee shall be to develop a multi-year master calendar which includes traditional, single- track and multi-track year-round schedules, non-paid holidays and other non-paid days.

Elementary Prep Time CommitteeSection 8.6.2

Staff Liaison — Anthony Saavedra

The Committee will be charged as follows:

  1. To obtain suggestions from the elementary school sites relative to the use of the preparation time teachers, and to develop an annual schedule of the assignment of preparation time teachers to sites, and to monitor the implementation of the preparation time program, including the allocation of preparation time to each elementary school.
  2. To anticipate and develop recommended procedures to cover any unique employment conditions attendant to preparation time teachers, including provisions related to travel time, preparation time, number of sites served, length of instructional sessions/weeks, class size, number of classes, etc.

Joint Health and Welfare Benefits CommitteeSection 9.6

Staff Liaison — Carlos Mejia

9.6.1.  The Parties agree to the appointment of a districtwide Health and Welfare Benefits Committee composed of two (2) representatives appointed by each employee organization/group involved. The Committee shall work to maintain a quality benefit package. The Committee shall establish its own meeting schedule.

9.6.2.  The Committee will review district health and welfare benefit programs and have the opportunity to meet with plan providers and outside consultants to become informed on the plan provisions, financing, agreements with providers and other appropriate plan details.

9.6.3.  The Committee may develop advisory recommendations from time to time regarding modifications to the health and welfare benefit programs. It is understood that such advisory recommendations will be made to the District and the involved employee organization/group. Recommendations by the Committee that are intended to be part of the November open enrollment shall be made no later than August 1 of the same year. The date can be extended to allow a minimum of thirty (30) calendar days from the date the Committee received all three (3) medical benefit premium amounts from the VEBA.

9.6.4.  The Committee shall review and make necessary recommendations regarding all contracts with carriers prior to adoption by the Board of Education.

9.6.5.  During the term of this Agreement, the Committee agrees to research creative ways to reduce the cost of the benefits program and may recommend to the District and the Association that certain reductions be made to fund improvements elsewhere in the benefits package.

9.6.6.  The Committee will seek and evaluate a rate quote for dental coverage through the VEBA trust as needed.

Joint Medical Benefits TrustSections 9.8 and 9.9

Staff Liaison — Anthony Saavedra

Joint Retiree Medical Benefits Trust:

The Trust’s sole purpose shall be providing health benefit premium credits to eligible, retired unit members.

RIF Healthcare Fund Trust:

The parties will establish and maintain a trust fund, with costs paid from the fund, for the purpose of extending healthcare benefits to unit members who may suffer a layoff in future years.

Transfer Monitoring Committee – Section 12.2.12

Staff Liaison — Erin Clark

The District and the Association agree to review and monitor post and bid and excessing procedures as they are implemented, to respond to inquiries from the District or the Association, to determine the date and scope of any early spring (February, March, April) postings, and to make appropriate recommendations to the Contract Administration Committee.

Evaluation Committee – Section 14.8

Staff Liaison – Erin Clark

The Association and the District share a mutual interest in improving the evaluation process to ensure the process is one that focuses primarily on growth and development. Both Parties recognize the difficulty and complexity of classroom teaching and non-classroom services. Both Parties recognize that a growth and development evaluation process entails a reflective, meaningful professional discourse that will lead to growth experience for all unit members. To this end, the Parties agree to the following:

14.8.1.    Phase 1: Research and Development of a New Evaluation Model The Parties shall convene two joint committees, each consisting of five (5) unit members appointed by the Association and five (5) administrators appointed by the District, with one joint committee dedicated to developing a new evaluation model for instructional personnel, and the other dedicated to developing a model for non-instructional personnel. The joint committees shall meet at least monthly during the calendar year following ratification of this agreement, to research and review alternative methods of evaluation systems, and procedures and protocols designed to encourage positive educator growth. The committees will develop model evaluation and performance indicators during this calendar year based on the following standards: 1) engaging and supporting all students and learning, 2) creating and maintaining effective environments for student learning, 3) understanding and organizing subject matter for student learning, 4) planning instruction and designing learning experiences for all students, 5) assessing students for learning, and 6) developing as professional educators. The listing of these standards is not intended to promote a specific or existing evaluation model/tool, but is intended only to identify broad categories related to teaching and learning. The committees are expected to review multiple existing evaluation tools/matrices (e.g. based on California Standards for the Teaching Profession, the 5D model, Marzano, other successful evaluation models in other California school districts, etc.) and develop District-specific model evaluation and performance indicators.

14.8.2.    Phase 2: Pilot Implementation at Selected Schools/Programs The model evaluation and performance indicators developed by the committees will be implemented at pilot implementation schools/programs during the school year following the completion of Phase 1. The goal is for the committees to identify pilot schools/programs consisting of 25% of the District’s elementary, middle and high schools, with representation across the District geographically and across low/middle/high school performance levels. At the pilot schools/programs the model evaluation criteria and performance indicators will, as a pilot program, replace the Elements of Evaluation in Article 14.3 of the current agreement. All other elements of the evaluation process delineated in Articles 14.2 through 14.6 will remain in effect at the pilot schools. Participation by individual unit members at the pilot schools/programs shall be voluntary. Unit members who are not scheduled to be evaluated during the pilot year are eligible to participate in the pilot program. Any evaluation documents related to a participating unit member shall not become a part of the unit member’s personnel records unless requested by the unit member. Unit members subject to Section 14.9 (Special Evaluation) in the Pilot Implementation year shall not be entitled to participate in the pilot program.

14.8.3.    Phase 3: Recommendations to the Bargaining Parties Based on the work of the joint committees, including but not limited to feedback received from participants in the pilot evaluation process at the pilot schools, on or before April 15 of the pilot implementation school year, each committee shall submit recommendations to the District and the Association regarding implementation of new evaluation systems/processes for instructional and non-instructional personnel, including any recommended amendments to Article 14 of the collective bargaining agreement. The committees shall convene at least once after the submission of recommendations, and prior to the end of the school year, to discuss potential new or modified recommendations based on feedback received after the initial submission of recommendations. After receiving the initial recommendations the Parties shall meet and negotiate changes to Article 14 of the agreement, with the intent to negotiate any changes to Article 14 prior to the beginning of the school year.

Peer Assistance and Review (PAR) Panel Committee – Section

Staff Liaison — Carlos Mejia

The Peer Assistance and Review Panel (PAR) will develop and implement a process for Consulting Teacher certification [see Section 18.4].

Standards, Curriculum, Staff Development, and Student Assessment Committee – Article 24.7

Staff Liaison — Carlos Mejia

The Parties agree to develop a collaborative approach to achieve the alignment of standards, curriculum, staff development and student assessment, and address the impact of multiple initiatives on the school site.

Contract Administration CommitteeArticle 25

Staff Liaison — Carlos Mejia

The purpose of this Committee shall be to meet periodically as needed, to resolve contract administration issues which may arise from time to time during the term of this Agreement. In addition, the Committee shall also address the following issues as required by the Collective Bargaining Agreement:

25.2.1.  Problems related to access to district premises as defined in Section 5.3.

25.2.2.  Problems related to the use of association leave for association business as set forth in Section 5.4.3.

25.2.3.  Negotiate the District’s Master Calendar as established in Section 8.2.2.

25.2.4.  Receive and act upon requests from unit members whose application for donated sick leave has been denied as specified in Section 10.22.

25.2.5.  Review Site Security Plan Criteria as set forth in Sections 11.6.2.

25.2.6.  Problems relating to implementation of dress codes (if any) as set forth in Section 11.12.

25.2.7.  Receive any recommendations regarding the Transfer Monitoring process established in Section 12.2.12.

25.2.8.  Review monthly class size reports of secondary academic classes, utilize data for future negotiations and develop recommended solutions to outstanding class size problems as established in Sections 13.5.5.and 13.5.6.

25.2.9.  Negotiate impacts and effects of layoff as established in Section 19.2.2.

25.2.10.  Receive and act upon any proposed contract waivers as established in Section 24.3.

25.2.11.  Implement provisions of Article 24 which are assigned to the CAC, including resolution of site shared decision-making disputes in accordance with Section 24.4, contract and procedure waivers as defined in Section 24.5, implementation of pilot schools as established in Section 24.6, and facilitate the development and implementation of governance team training as established in Section 24.4.

25.2.12.  Receive and act upon the report of the Intern Coordination Committee as established in Section 26.7.

25.2.13.  Receive and act upon recommendations from the Special Education Workload Committee as provided for in Section 29.6.

Intern CommitteeSection 26.7

Staff Liaison – Carlos Mejia

The District and the Association shall establish a joint Intern Coordination Committee composed of equal numbers of representatives of both Parties. The Committee shall establish its own internal procedures including selection of chairperson(s). The purpose of the Committee shall be:

26.7.1.    To provide linkages between the various intern programs.

26.7.2.    To review and coordinate the support provided to interns in the various programs.

26.7.3.    To review the intern programs and make recommendations to the CAC regarding expansion, continuation and/or modifications to the programs.

26.7.4.    The joint Intern Coordination Committee will work collaboratively with universities to develop procedures relating to assignment, evaluation and termination of interns.

26.7.5.    New intern programs proposed by the District will be reviewed in collaboration with the joint Intern Coordination Committee.

26.7.6.    To monitor the number of interns employed by the District.

Early Childhood Education Joint Committee – Section 28.1

Staff Liaison — Morgan Thornberry 

Realizing staff development is important for all unit members and anticipating changes in the state budget, it is recommended that a joint committee be formed to make recommendations to the Contract Administration Committee (CAC) on staff development issues in regard to Early Childhood Education Program unit members.

Joint Special Education Workload CommitteeSection 29.2

Staff Liaison — Abdul Sayid

Special education workloads referenced in [Article 29], shall be monitored by the Joint Workload Committee in accordance with Section 29.3.

Visiting Teacher Committee – Section 32.7

Staff Liaison — Jonathon Mello

The Parties agree to the establishment of a Joint Visiting Teacher Committee to be composed of an equal number of unit members appointed by the Association and representatives appointed by the District. This committee shall:

32.7.1.  Establish its own meeting schedule.

32.7.2.  Review and make appropriate changes in the orientation program and handbook for visiting teachers.

32.7.3.  Meet and make recommendations for changes in the SAMS computer system for visiting teachers, including how the system can be effectively integrated with site/departmental payroll authorization.

32.7.4.  Address other issues as needed and appropriate.

Other SDEA Committees and Work Groups

Community Organizing Committee

Chair — Ramon Espinal

The community organizing committee helps to guide SDEA’s work in the community and helps to grow our partnerships and relationships with community organizations.

Salary Review Committee

Contact person — Vacant

This committee reviews denial of salary advancement units because of courses not meeting requirements set by the district.

Member Engagement Committee

Contact Person – Lindsay Burningham

The work will be focused on increasing SDEA member engagement to strengthen our internal capacity and relevancy to our members.