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REA contract defines teacher’s role in operation and administration of secondary schools

Continuing the current Rockford Education Association contract, Article 22 – Staff Hours and School Calendar – Section B for Middle Schools – further defines the teacher’s role in the operation and administration of the Rockford school district.

Middle School staff members shall be required to report not more than 15 minutes before the start of the student’s school day, except for those situations where a few staff members will be required for supervision before the opening of school, which may require 30 minutes. Such secondary personnel will have equivalent released time in their daily work schedules.

There is no time defined for after school being required for teachers. Teachers shall teach and supervise for up to 300 minutes a day. No staff member shall be required to supervise lunch. Modification of these and other provisions shall be made upon recommendations of a majority of the staff members, with the approval of the Board of Education and the Association.

Implementation of the Middle School Concept programs inconsistent with the provisions of this agreement at any middle school shall require a 2/3 affirmative vote of the bargaining unit staff, approval by the Superintendent, and approval by the Executive Board of the Association. Continuation of the program after a two year pilot program would require a biannual reaffirmation of the staff. All votes shall be by secret ballot and conducted by the Association Representative.

Article 22, Section C – High School staff members also shall be required to report not more than 15 minutes before the start of the student’s school day, except for those situations where a few staff members will be required for supervision before the opening of school, which may require 30 minutes. Such secondary personnel will have equivalent released time in their daily work schedules.

Also no definite time is required to remain after the close of school each day. High school staff members shall not be required to meet more than five class periods per day. The class period shall be up to 50 minutes long. Staff members may be assigned a five minute home room period as an extension of one class period. Staff members may be assigned no more than onestudy hall per day and that study hall shall count as one of the five class periods.

Much of the same applies for Pre-K and Early Childhood. Exceptions are covered in Section E – 7. Any home visits will require an equal amount of released time equal to the time of the home visit of the staff member on the Friday of the week in which any after hour visits are made.

Section J – stipulates that staff members shall not be required to perform noninstructional housekeeping functions.

In Section O – The school board in consultation with the Association shall adopt a calendar in accordance with the provisions of the School Code. Supplemental modifications as needed must be jointly agreed to by the Board and the Association.

Much of the contract establishes an equal standing between the Board of Education, the administration and the Association in the operation and administration of the individual building Committees established by the Association. What do you think?

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  1. readingmike94

    hey ted you talk about madison etc what about higher education costs are soaring higher than inflation and higher education debt has now outstripped consumer debt (a debt that cannot be erased by bankruptcy)
    now we have wiped out the lower class from attending college costs are skyrocking without a rational explaination
    i bring this up you are a trustee of a public college why the skyrocking costs what is the rational explaination? you ran a quiet campaign for rvc trustee you are blathering on about district 205 yet rvc receives property tax money and our tuition money why not the outrage in
    blogs? you say your fiscally conservative yet who is watching out for our money i would much rather read about this issue and your insight instead of minuta about a district contract that you cannot prove that changing provisions would increase outcomes yet we can prove higher costs have no rational basis and in fact we a burdening a younger generation with huge debts they cannot repay in the larger picture what is more newsworkthy and an issue you can address? you had your chance with a conservative majority to change provisons you didnt or they didnt so now your carping and yet you can change or make an agenda of higher education costs and you are silent. of course you cannot or wont admit your wrong you answer phone book and yet you were outraged with harlem board members just because they were public employees why couldnt they say look in the phone book?

  2. Denny Wallace

    Why wring your hands ond bemoan what you can’t do or what is difficult to do and focus on what you can do…

    A High School Sophomore can easily begin taking RVC Classes the summer after their Soph year…

    Simply do the following and a good student, who works hard at their education can easily complete

    Summer Soph 1 RVC Class = 3 sem Hours
    Junior Year – 2 classes each semester at RVC = 12 sem hours
    Sumer > Jr year 2 classes at RVC = 6 sem hours
    Senior Year 2 classes each sem at RVC = 12 sem hours
    Summer > Senior Year 2 classes at RVC = 6 semester hours
    Start College in Fall with 39 semester hours ( 9 sem hours beyond Soph level)

    Attend any college (to include elite UIUC Schools who don’t allow Dual Credit) and then transfer back to RVC the 30-38 semester hours completed first year in college… This provides you an immediate RVC Associate Degree that replaces ALL University General Study requirements (approx 54-65 sem hours)

    Moral to the story… If the Student plans ahead, they can take 2 more classes each sumer at the reduced costs of RVC (12 sem hours + 39 sem hours taken while in HS = 51 hours) allowing you to easily complete a degree in 3 years, saving a student (and parents) about $20-$30,000.

    Now if you really come from limited financial means… sign-up for the Military and graduate as an Officer and put in the 4-5 years and have your college education paid for…

    Yet why do something when it’s so much easier to just rant about something totally unrelated to the topic?

    So the steps for Dual Enrollment at Rock Valley College are:
    http://www.rockvalleycollege.edu/Admission/gettingstarted.cfm
    1. Complete an RVC Application online addmission http://www.rockvalleycollege.edu/AdmissionForm/
    2. Complete Placement Tests at RVC – must be accepted before Testing can be completed…
    3. Complete a Dual Credit/Dual Enrollment Agreement (Carl Boburka has the form)
    4. contact Dual Credit/Dual Enrollment/Early Admission prior to registering for classes
    Dual Credit/Dual Enrollment/Early Admission 815-921-4080 First contact for initiating and maintaining dual/articulated credit courses and for questions regarding college credit for high school students

  3. Denny Wallace

    Professionals Paid on average $60-$65,000 per year and we need to mess around with this sort of logic “…Such secondary personnel will have equivalent released time in their daily work schedules…”

    Ask any other Working Professional if they get “release time” if they work extra in their job?

    Considering the School Day is only 5.5 hours to 6 hours long…. I sure hope Teachers are spending at least 8-9-10 hours per day in the school… It would even be nice if the Teachers were available to students (and parents) rather behind locked doors\gates 15 minutes after the last school bell… Then maybe Parents could have easier access to schools… teachers…. and be more invloved with their students education…. or Kids could get some extra help.

    I’m certain many (even most) Teacher carry work home to perform on the Kitchen Table… But Hopefully much of such work could be done in the schools during the normal professionals work day of of 9-10 hours per day… od say in the schools from 7-5:30 everyday (not just some days)

  4. Denny Wallace

    “…Teachers shall teach and supervise for up to 300 minutes a day. …”

    Funny thing is class periods are only 50 minutes long and since “…Staff members shall not be required to meet more than five class periods each day….” that = 250 minutes or 4 hours and 10 minutes of required work time.

    Yet even with the 300 minutes maximum stated above, the Teacher asked (required?) to work any time outside the classroom time has to be provided “…equivalent released time in their daily work schedules…”

    Net moral to the story… Teachers can’t be asked to “officially work” more then five (50) minute class periods or 4 hours and 10 minutes per day.

    HOWEVER LET ME BE VERY CLEAR… I am not saying Teachers only work 4 hours and 10 minutes per day… I’m simply stating by contract Teachers can only be “offically ask or required” to work 4 hours and 10 minutes or otherwise they must be provided “…equivalent released time in their daily work schedules…”

  5. Denny Wallace

    Planning Periods

    Pre-Kindergarten/Early Childhood
    The Board will provide each pre-kindergarten and each early childhood staff member with at least five (5) planning periods per week each semester. Each planning period will be a minimum of thirty (30) minutes.

    Elementary schools
    The Board will provide each elementary staff member with at least five (5) planning periods per week each semester. Each planning period will be a minimum of thirty (30) minutes. Certified instruction specialists, including but not limited to Art, Music and Physical Education specialists will instruct the elementary staff member’s class during these planning periods. Every possible effort will be made to schedule no more than one planning period per day.

    Secondary (I believe includes Middle schools)
    Two uninterrupted preparation periods per teaching day and/or ten preparation periods per week shall be provided for staff members in high schools. Such preparation periods shall be equal in length to class periods. Preparation periods for department heads in high schools shall be as follows: six or more staff members in a department – three planning periods per day, and four class periods per day; less than six in a department- two planning periods per day with five class periods per day.

    So per the Teachers Union… The reason Middle Schools and High Schools only have 6 class periods is completely the fault of Administration… and the Teachers nor their union have ANYTHING to do with the shortened school day.

    Hmmmmm…. Do we think that the NO EXCEPTION contract language prohibiting ALL Teachers from working more then five class periods has anything to do with it?

    + remember the above contract language calls for Two Planning periods per day for each Teacher…. So even if High Schools added another class period who would be available to teach the 7th class periods… i.e. Teachers can only be required to Teach Five classes + even if we had a 7 class period school days…. The only choice for Administration would be to HIRE MORE TEACHERS because Teachers must have 2 planning periods per day…

    Isn’t it also odd that Teachers aren’t even allowed the option to Teach 1 more class period and be paid up to 16.7% more to do it (yet still save the School District 1\5th the Benefit costs that would be saved if they weren’t forced to hire another Teacher.

    Imagine that the Teacher Union being more concerned about playing hardball labor relations and forcing the School District to hire an additional union dues paying Teacher rather then providing Teachers the chance to Teach more and earn over $10,000 more to teach one additional class (and save the school district money at the same time)

    I guess it’s impossible to EVEN CONSIDER ASKING FOR VOLUNTEERS for PE or Drivers-Ed Teacher to Teach 6 class periods rather the current union contract max of 5 as it stands today…

    Now once you get beyond the insanity of this one-size-fits-all Teacher Union work rule…. It opens the door to all kinds of commonsense logic being applied to our Public Schools.

    Not saying it’s a good idea… just offered as a point of reference… But my best guessitimate is if all Teachers could be supported (i.e. We hire part-timers to help ALL Teachers in the classroom)… we would need 16.7% fewer teachers…

    Since it has been shown the avg cost per Teacher = $100,000 (i.e. NOT what they are paid but total costs) then assuming 2,500 Teacher x .16.7% = 417 fewer Teachers (Yes that means 417 Teachers would have to be laid off)

    Yet 417 fewer Teachers should = $40,000,000 in savings.

    How about we take half the savings and invest the $20 million in the classrooms by hiring additional employees to “assist” EVERY Classroom Teacher…. Shouldn’t that offset the additional workload as well as help Teachers with the additional 1-2 EXTRA people not working and reporting to EACH Classroom teacher?

    + We cut the Budget deficit by $20 Million….

    Yet sadly all I’m told is I’m nuts to even suggest the idea….

  6. Denny Wallace

    I know it’s overkill but sorry one last what if…

    If all Teachers agreed to Teach One Additional Class Period, instead of School District contract demands for Teachers to pay their 9% share of their pension + pay more realistic monthly contributions to Insurance premiums and co-pays…

    In exchange for agree to Teach six class periods, the School District could offer a 10-15% pay increase to offset the costs of Teachers paying for their pension + fair employee co-pays on benefits.

    Yet the net result – Teachers take home pay is unaffected but due to the 10-15% bump in pay (to offset Pension\benefits deductions) when the Teachers retire…. Their pension check would also be 10-15% higher.

    Yet the School District could still save as much as $10-$20 million (maybe more) because they would have 16.7% fewer teachers on the payroll.

    Yet I’m sure all we’ll hear is about unfair it is to force Teachers to take a paycut versus brainstorming alternatives that save similar (or much, much more) money…

  7. readingmike94

    here is the bigger point denny and ted your ranting about your property tax bills and you are sad that the union has this contract first off conservatives were the majority of the board and they didnt do squat on changing the rea contract they had the votes they could or could not provisions in the contreact but they didnt and now they want to carp about provisions they use this blog yet in the bigger picture a recent report talked about the high cost of college education and the debt they incurr on college graduates. the report talked about the unjustified cost increases outstripping inflation now you and ted talk about property taxes well rvc gets money also so why not talk about a relevant issue in education? instead you give half baked idea or going into the military that is your alternative why not ask colleges to justify their tuition increases? why not investage the for profit univesity who are practicing predatory tatics? point blank we have had how many of your rants denny and yet no one iota of evidence that suggests that your union changes would improve test results nor one scrap of evidence that your plan could be implemented. ted wants to prove provisions have increased scores but that is a logical fallacy you cant prove the absence of the status quo besides in debate theory presumption is for the status quo it is the task of those who would advocate change to prove solvency for their plan

  8. Denny Wallace

    #1 You pick-n-chose which of my comments you want to reference and then speak to them out of context…. AND seem to suggest your opinions = facts… By all means let me DIRECTLT answer your “Carping” with zero punctuation and zero organization such that anyone its almost impossible to figure out what your bitch is all about…

    But since I’ve heard your taunts over and over (and of course usually absent anything materially I could comment on)… But let me give it a shot at a reply…

    “…here is the bigger point denny and ted your ranting about your property tax bills and you are sad that the union has this contract..”

    SAD nope!… Mad as Hell the Teacher Union is causing massive inefficiencies, abusive contract language blowing up the costs of operating our schools and the Gall to simply suggest NOT OUR FAULT… we aren’t to blame for any of the problems in our schools… ALWAYS someone else’s fault… Yea that pisses me off, especially considering the vast majority of Teaching Pro’s don’t support such a mind-set… Teachers as a whole are mostly guilty of “LOOKING THE OTHER WAY” versus confronting the Union Radicals who have incrementally tighten the noose around School District Taxpayers necks… Yea that makes me Mad as Hell!

    “…first off conservatives were the majority of the board…”

    Say’s who? Just because you think so doesn’t = it’s true that Conservatives were the majority of the board that GAVE AWAY THE FARM IN PAST TEACHER UNION NEGOTIATIONS… Besides there wasn’t just 1 or 2 School Board that agreed to the Union Contract Madness we have today… It’s a cumulative effort by AMATEUR’S over 20-30 even 40 years…

    “… and they didnt do squat on changing the rea contract they had the votes …but they didnt …”

    Again… Good intentioned, part-timers who simply got 1,000 or so votes don’t suddenly become experts in Labor Relations let alone experts in Public School Educations…. Yet Rockford Taxpayers allowed far too many “good-intentioned volunteers” to try and do too much and they got in far over there heads… leaving the mess we have today in our Public Schools.

    If School Board Members working 20-30 hours per month, mostly with very busy personal life’s and other REAL: JOBS… If they would have simply demanded the best out of the Full-timers…. Fired anyone who didn’t measure up or whom they couldn’t trust…. OR ASKED FOR OTHER OUTSIDE PROFESSIONAL ADVICE versus all too often making stuff up on the fly…. Yea then and only then would have PAST (and current) School Boards been in the best position to make informed, well supported decisions over the “RECOMMENDATIONS” that they should have been voting on…. Not making up motions and dreaming up what they think is best and sticking us with the nonsense we have today… But hey this is just my opinion…

    More comments offered that allow me to at least try to respond…

    “…point blank we have had how many of your rants denny and yet no one iota of evidence that suggests that your union changes would improve test results nor one scrap of evidence that your plan could be implemented….”

    Daaaaa Just like all the Rookie Amateurs out there spouting off with what they think or what they would do… My “rants” are also simply Rookie, Amateur “what-if” brainstorms that have never, ever been suggested to offer the COMPLETE STORY or proven, well researched solutions to Public School challenges or problems…. I have ALWAYS stated I wanted the Full Time Professional’s to get off their Butts and come up with new and better ideas as the stuff we’ve talked about and tried up to now sure hasn’t been worthy of the $400,000,000 million dollars Taxpayers are spemnding today on Rockford Public Schools.

    I beg to differ on you suggesting I have not “…one scrap of evidence that your plan could be implemented…” That’s simply your overly biased opinion because I have went into considerable detail “EXACTLY HOW” my less then an hour or two worth of “commonsense reasoned logic” could be implemented…

    My yammerings are simply intended to try and move the conversation towards WHAT WE CAN DO VERSUS continuing to play the Blame Game or focusing upon what we can’t do!

    Yet ReadingMike…. Can you provide even one scrap of evidence…. YES EVEN ONE…. why any of my “brief sketch of plans” couldn’t be implemented?

    Add something, anything to the conversation. It’s easy to hurl taunts and tear down other people’s ideas….

    Are taunts, excuses and complaints the best you got?

  9. readingmike94

    1. I didnt think swearing was allowed on message boards hence LGC mandates to change the way comments were to be posted
    2. debate or disagreement does not mean you can name call i may not like ted’s position but i respect it i respect the work he did on the board and leading the district from the deseg lawsuit healthy debate and flow of ideas is good
    3. having said that it is your rantings denny that make it appear you are a bully and that should not be tolerated
    4. my point is look at the bigger picture why mircomanage district 205 when there are larger education issues out there why let higher ed off the hook? we pay property taxes on higher ed also and yet inflation costs and student debt is going to be the next huge crisis bigger some say then the housing foreclosure and right now it is surpassing consumer debt so why not a rational discussion on this issue rather than rehash a contract that is being discussed right now behind close doors

  10. Denny Wallace

    Swearing? Come on you got to be kidding.

    Geez I’m really sorry for stepping off the curb into taking on your garbage you throw others way…

    If you can’t handle the heat… Stay out of the kitchen.

    “Name Call”

    your ranting …didnt do squat …now they want to carp about….half baked idea ….practicing predatory tatics….your rants denny…

    and these tuants are but a few and you want to cry foul and suggest name calling… Can you offer up an example or two of these offensive names I called you that are ven close to the unsubstantiated Taunts and accusations you have continually thrown my way?

    “Having said that” and then you hurl out more tuants and real name calling like “…your rantings denny …. you are a bully…” and you are right that should not be tolerated…. But I’m a big boy and can take care of myself on the palyground of life…

    Your point is not the “bigger picture” but to simply attack anyone who disagrees with you or simply doesn’t share your OPINIONS… Don’t try the misdirection ploy ReadingMike as that is exactly what you’ve done over-n-over…

    Unlike you, I’ll gladly exchange opposing points of view and have demonstrated the willingness to clearly and ACCURATELY respond to the comments you make… as well as clearly state WHY I DISAGREE (or shockingly to you… maybe agree if you would get off your message of in my opinion of HATE)

    Try it sometime… It’s called communication rather then just bitching and complaining…

    I agree there are bigger picture issues out there (see how its ok to agree with someone you mostly disagree with… i.e even you and I can have common ground) … Yet I’m a realistic my yammering about about local 205 issues doesn’t mean a damn thing (Oops did that swearing offend you…. Should I change it to Darn?)

    But my friend, I’m admanantly opposed to micro-managing anything… especially by an obvious rookie amateur like me… That one of the key differences between you and I (at least I think you don’t share my view)…

    I’m totally ok with being wrong and I certainly don’t ever believe what I think is right and every other view is dead wrong…. I know there is a middle ground to everything…

    On what basis are you suggesting I’m letting “…higher ed off the hook? …” Because this is your opinion does that make it riight? Because I responded to you about a “possible” Dual Credit SOLUTION to the problem you posed… Then I’m to be damned with “…. half baked idea or going into the military that is your alternative …” It’s one alternative and pretty darn good one if you would get off looking for a fight or just try to prove how wrong someone is and how rightous your point of view is…

    “….we pay property taxes on higher ed also and yet inflation costs and student debt is going to be the next huge crisis bigger some say then the housing foreclosure and right now it is surpassing consumer debt so why not a rational discussion on this issue rather than rehash a contract that is being discussed right now behind close doors…”

    Reason being is the Topic of this Blog is all about the “contract…. being disccussed right now behind closed doors…”

    All because your agenda is to rant about higher education costs doesn’t make it a priority of everyone else…. nor does it make it right to impose your “priorities” on to everyone else…

    But hell (oops swore again sorry) just maybe we could someday pursue areas you might be surprised to learn we have reasonable possibilities for consensus on…. But you were the one that kept hurling sticks-n-stone in my direction…. I never served up the taunts to you until I got tired of ONLY hearing taunts with little of anything I could respond to…

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