NTA is exploring how we can support Newark educators and how we can work to achieve the best learning and working conditions for students and for educators. NTA has heard teachers express concern that the district has offered only limited opportunities for teacher input and conversation on this critical issue. NTA is working to ensure that your voices are heard on this issue! We’ll be holding an open meeting to collect your input on this and demanding that the district respond to your input and answer your questions before moving forward.
CTA Institute for Teaching Grant
The CTA Institute for Teaching offers grants of up to $20,000 to support strength-based, teacher-driven reform for students and public schools. NTA is eager to support any Newark educators through this application process. More info is here: link and link.
NTA has appointed our contract negotiations team, the team is:
Chris Baugh (chairperson, junior high), Bryan Blattel (elementary and science rst), Chris Scheving (elementary), Matt Cartwright (high school), Sonia Torres (counselors), David Hernandez (CTA staff)
Look for more info about 2016-2017 negotiations to be coming from the team soon.
Welcome back to another great school year!
You have the right to file a Williams complaint, either in person or anonymously with the school district. Below is a notice from the California Department of Education which defines what qualifies for a Williams complaint.
To all Parents, Guardians, Pupils, and Teachers:
Pursuant to California Education Code Section 35186, you are hereby notified that:
There should be sufficient textbooks and instructional materials. That means each pupil, including English learners, must have a textbook or instructional materials, or both, to use in class and to take home.
School facilities must be clean, safe, and maintained in good repair.
There should be no teacher vacancies or misassignments. There should be a teacher assigned to each class and not a series of substitutes or other temporary teachers. The teacher should have the proper credential to teach the class, including the certification required to teach English learners if present.
Teacher vacancy means a position to which a single designated certificated employee has not been assigned at the beginning of the year for an entire year or, if the position is for a one-semester course, a position to which a single designated certificated employee has not been assigned at the beginning of a semester for an entire semester.
Misassignment means the placement of a certificated employee in a teaching or services position for which the employee does not hold a legally recognized certificate or credential or the placement of a certificated employee in a teaching or services position that the employee is not otherwise authorized by statute to hold.
Pupils, including English Learners, who have not passed one or both parts of the high school exit examination by the end of the 12th grade are to be provided the opportunities to receive intensive instruction and services for up to two consecutive academic years after the completion of grade 12.
A complaint form may be obtained at the school office or district office. You may also download a copy of the California Department of Education complaint form from the following Web site: http://www.cde.ca.gov/re/cp/uc.
Interested in being a representative for the Association?
We always need good, dedicated people willing to volunteer their time. Come to the next session of the NTA Representative Council and voice your interest. Each site is entitled to one representative per fifteen (15) members at your site. All that's required is a passion for education and for better working conditions and a commitment to attend one meeting a month after school.
Site representative too much for you but still want to get involved? Serve on an Association committee! We currently need representatives to serve on the following issues committees:
Contact your current site representative or an executive board member if you are interested!