CRUCIAL BALLOT MEASURE
2015-16 prop 30 payment to BCOE is $918,819 we CANNOT AFFORD to lose this funding Every Single Year. This is an annual allotment from the income tax on the top 2% of earners that was voted in by the people in 2012. This funding will end this year if we can’t get an extension on the ballot.
• The Children’s Education and Health Care Protection Act temporarily extends the income tax rates on the wealthiest Californians and only affects the top 2% of earners in the state. The tax increases will automatically expire after 12 years.
We need every signature to get this on the ballot. I will bring you a signature form, I will pick it up, I will thank you profusely, but I need your signature. Email my personal email about this Outside Working Hours and I will get it to you or you may stop by my house & sign.
We have won increases every year for the last four years despite being flat funded. We are still among the lowest paid in the area, if you value your program, you need to sign this. I look forward to hearing from you.
The drop dead deadline is April 14, but I hope to get as many signatures as possible by Monday afternoon. In Solidarity, Rachel
For those outside Butte County, you can go to your local CTA office & sign there. Thank you for your patience with the inconvenience of being far away.
Sunday, February 28th from 10 to 1 will be our community event at the Vallombrosia CARD Center. It have been a great success and we are excited to be rolling into our 3rd year. Check out the Chico Reads Across America facebook for photos and information about our great experience last year. Mark your calendar to join us that day to read, draw, paint faces, hand out books, serve food, dance at the book walk…. Contact Rachel to sign up or for fliers to distribute at school and in the community! This is a great gift to the community of Butte County that we provide completely free to all who come! Spread the word, this is one of our favorite days of the year!!!
There will be a general meeting of BCTA membership tonight, Monday, November 3rd at Original Pete’s restaurant in Chico from 5 to 6:30. We will feed you dinner and respect your time. Please contact our BCTA Secretary, Michael Martinez mimartin (at) bcoe.org to attend. We look forward to seeing you!
Don’t forget to click on the Bargaining page. Notes from every bargaining session for the last 3 years are archived there. Find out what the negotiations team is up to!!!
The Institute for Teaching (IFT) is an arm of CTA funded by dues dollars that has a mission of supporting the spread of high quality teaching practices through the state. Last spring, the Chico RRC facilitated a seminar to help folks apply for the grant. Applicants participate in a rigorous application process based on a strength based matrix with 7 identified areas of strength required.
There are more than 1,300 CTA chapters and 38 grants were awarded statewide. Two chapters in California was awarded 3 grants. BCTA received 3 awards!!! Mharia Ross-Walcott was awarded $20,000, Deanna Alexich and Rebecca Hubbell were awarded $5,000 each. These funds are going directly to school sites and students in our area. The grant proposals are vetted through a blind process on merit alone, these awards speak to the quality of programs offered by our amazing BCTA teachers!
Read up on the projects below:
Creating Mindful Souls through Recycled Materials – Butte County TA Educator Grant- $5,000
The Creating Mindful Sounds Project will provide an opportunity for student teams to collaborate and construct percussion instruments with recycled materials. With the guidance of a lead teacher and local artists, Hearthstone School students will engage in hands-on activities and workshops that will integrate science, art, culture and music into the study of sound and its impact on our ability to concentrate, focus and relax. Through the process of construction, creative collaboration, reflection and implementation, students’ self-concept will broaden. Participants will build relationships with each other as team members and promote positive community involvement in the context of the school culture.
Classroom Technology Assistants and Programmers (CTAP) – Butte County TA Educator Grant- $5,000
Middle School girls in grades 6-8 at Four Winds School will learn and apply different technology skills. Thematic projects and activities will be planned using the Problem Based Learning model for each quarter. Quarter #1 will teach how to write and publish eBooks for younger students to use as STEM textbooks and interactive readers on the school iPads. Quarter #2 will focus on coding and web design, where the students will each create a website or game. Quarter #3 students will create and maintain a blog. Quarter #4 will include a robotics class where students will build and program robots for a competition.
Mountain View Garden Project – Butte County TA Chapter Grant- $20,000
The mission of our Sustainable Living and Learning Mountain View Garden Project is to implement a garden design based on permaculture principles at Hearthstone School . Our extended vision is to sustain a garden laboratory that becomes more productive with age. Providing a hands-on nutritional fresh food source for high needs students and their families will engage students in our Special Education and high risk populations to obtain academic and life skills, ecological awareness and an appreciation for the interconnected nature of all things.
Read Across America has moved across the street to a rain day venue. We have relocated to Lyon’s Books at 135 Main Street in Chico.
See you on Saturday 10 to 2
Thank you to Lyon’s Books for the support!