Concerns from 6-7-11 BEA General Membership Meeting:
To see the concerns chart
Q-1. What do we say about committee work (way above/beyond our work day)? I always feel like it’s expected and I really don’t want to unless I’m being paid. I already work way beyond my work days. My family gets less and less of me each year.
A-1. Our position is that unpaid time is managed by you. When you are asked to work or attend a meeting, you need to ask your administrator one question: “Are you telling me that I am required to attend this meeting?” If the answer is yes, ask for a time sheet. If the answer is no, then you can’t be forced to attend. After you have determined if the time is paid or unpaid, it is up to you how much you want to do. Each of us should do this each time we are asked to work beyond our contract day.
Q-2. Teachers are concerned about “suggested Summer Institute” courses being put in evaluations as a negative if they were not attended. We are required to earn clock hours for our state teaching certificate. Why do we have to do district core and record it for TRI?
A-2. If it is a “suggested” class, administrators can’t then negatively evaluate you for not attending. If this happens, please contact me and we will contact your administrator.
The second question is about the core requirement and as the contract now reads you are required to do two days of core. You may request a waiver to take a course outside the district to use for core. Currently we are bargaining to increase this to two days on the waiver instead of only one. Of course the core hours may be applied to your clock hour requirement for certificate renewal.