LEA January 2018

January 2018 Newsletter

President’s Notes

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Great Leaders
Relationships matter! As I continue into the last year of my first term serving as your president I am constantly amazed by the hard work and dedication of our members. So many of our classified workers have stepped up to let the School Board know that they deserve a living wage. We have had some excellent coverage in the local news. Working to enable these individuals to shine a light on their wages has been a highlight of my year.

At the end of November, I was fortunate to travel to the NCUEA (National Council of Urban Education Associations) Fall Conference in Portland, Oregon. This conference was led by many national education leaders. I attended many sessions; some of the most notable were Media Training, Online Tools for Organizing, and Community Engagement. The knowledge and skills I've gained from these sessions have already helped me to work smarter and harder for you.

Advocating for You!
At a recent public hearing I spoke about the need to retain and recruit teachers to members of the House Appropriations and Senate Finance Committees of the Virginia General Assembly. I continued to spread this message when I was a part of a Legislative roundtable alongside our Union Brothers and Sisters from Northern Virginia. Recently I joined Nick Harding and Claire Scholz, who are part of the LEA Government Relations Committee, to meet with Delegate-Elect Wendy Gooditis and shared the VEA's Legislative agenda. GR teams also met with Delegate John Bell and Delegate-Elect David Reid, thanks to the leadership of LEA Vice President Sandy Sullivan.

Budget Season
Please keep up with the LCPS Budget as Dr. Williams presents the proposed budget to the School Board this month (see dates below). In November, LEA Members met with Dr. Williams and administrators to advocate for many items which we expect to see in the budget.

As we head into 2018, I am looking forward to growing our leadership capacity--watch this space for details.


David Palanzi, President
Loudoun Education Association

Riley O'Casey, President PWEA; Lily Eskelsen Garcia, President NEA; David Palanzi, President

School Board Update

From LoudounEA Facebook Live Post December 12, 2017

At the School Board Meeting. Tonight’s topics include the Attendance Zone for Goshen Post Elementary School, Fiscal Year 2017 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, Fiscal Year 2018 Financial Review (Initial Budget Review), Update of LCPS Strategic Plan Actions, Gifted Plan Addendum 2018-2019, and Loudoun Valley High School Cafeteria Naming.    

There are 23 speakers tonight for public comments. Eight of the speakers discussed FY19 budget considerations. The LEA Compensation and Climate Committee presented its proposals for the FY19 budget. LEA Members also spoke about the need for living wages for Education Support Professionals (ESP).
Action items include:
  • Dulles South Elementary School Attendance Zones, Including the Establishment of an Attendance Zone for Goshen Post Elementary School. Attendance Zone 7 failed (3-5); zone 7 failed (3-5); zone 4 was selected by a vote of (6-2).
See the rest of Dave's notes for the SB Meeting
LCPS Budget Information

LEA in the News

In case you missed these articles:
  • WTOP
    Loudoun Co. teachers ask school board to increase pay
    Check it out
  • Loudoun Times Mirror
    Loudoun County school staff pleads for a ‘living wage’
    Check it out
  • Loudoun Now
    Loudoun School Support Staff Asks for a ‘Living Wage’
    Check it out

VEA is proud to announce the Underrepresented Male Educators (UME) Symposium, to be held Saturday, February 17, 2018, on the campus of Virginia State University in Petersburg.

The target audience for this day-long gathering includes, but is not limited to high school, undergraduate and graduate students, teacher educators, K-12 and postsecondary administrators, retired educators, human resource personnel, community organizations and policymakers. Participants will engage in a variety of discussions on topics related to recruitment and retention of a diverse teacher workforce, particularly males of color.

Registration Information

January - Important Dates

  8 - Government Relations Committee
10 - LEA Board of Directors
16 - Communications Committee
17 - Rep Meeting
25 - ESP Meeting

**Next Association Rep Meeting 2-21-2018

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What happens if I am called into a meeting with my administrator?
If the meeting becomes confrontational, ask to reschedule the meeting when you can have a LEA representative present.  The response to that request is up to the administrator. Sometimes the administration will let you bring someone in from your school but many times they prefer a LEA UniServ Director attend. If law enforcement or child protective services are present and you are the subject of an investigation, do not meet with them and immediately call LEA! Let them know you will be in touch with them once you have spoken to us.  

What is the difference between a grievance and a complaint?
A grievance is covered by the Code of Virginia and LCPS Policy 7018.   The grievance procedure has specific guidelines, timelines and steps to follow. If the steps are not followed, the grievance will be void. If you believe you may have a grievance, please contact the LEA as soon as the incident occurs. Timelines start ticking the next day; time is of the essence!
If the nature of the incident is not covered by the grievance procedure orLCPS Policy 7014 Harassment and Discrimination, a complaint could be filed. LCPS Policy 7016 explains the process.

Again, please call the LEA office if you believe you may have a grievance or complaint so we can assist you through the process.

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Association Meeting Schedule

    17—Wednesday, Rep Meeting @ the Douglass School
    21—Wednesday, Rep Meeting @ the Douglass School
    21—Wednesday, Rep Meeting @ the Douglass School
    25—Wednesday, Rep Meeting @ the Douglass School
    16—Wednesday, Rep Meeting @ the Douglass School
    TBA—Annual Celebration for Reps and Retiring Members

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  • you are contacted by Child Protective Services, law enforcement, or are placed on administrative leave.
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