RSD205 board should review REA contract with possible state teacher pension reform provisions

The Illinois pension reform plan – Senate Bill 512 – which was being considered by the General Assembly this session has stalled in the House of Representatives. The bill would have created retirement provisions for teachers, which could have significant financial implications on school districts, such as RSD205, that currently subsidizes its teacher’s contributions into the Teacher Retirement System. Even though SB512 has stalled, legislative leaders have vowed to work this summer on a pension reform bill for consideration...

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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...

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Current REA contract defines teacher’s role in operation and administration of school district

In the current REA contract, Article 18 establishes the advisory role of the teaching staff in each school building committee setting, dealing with the operation of their respective building and it encourages staff recommendations concerning building operations. In Article 19 of the current contract, Textbooks and Supplies or Article 20 – Instructional Council – The board recognizes the expertise of the teaching staff in the selection of textbooks, textbook replacements when changing curriculum and supplies in their areas of...

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Rockford Education Association staff members’ rights provided under current contract

Article 14, Section A of the REA contract prohibits any discrimination by the Board or administration against any staff member because of membership in the Association. Any rights granted in this agreement is in addition to state statute or constitution, which allows Association member’s retirement to be paid by the district taxpayers, even though state law allows that the staff members should pay their own pension costs. More on that later. Members may be represented by a counselor of his or her own chosing for all conferences related...

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Under the current contract, teachers chose their school assignments, not administrative process

The Rockford Education Association’s contract, Article 12 – General Employment Practices – Section E: Involuntary Transfer – shows how little control district administration has in determining teacher assignments to schools where certain student needs exist. 1. Any staff member who is affected by a change in assignment shall be notified and consulted by the principal or head supervisor as soon as possible. Any transfer which is not acceptable to the staff member involved shall be considered an “involuntary...

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