DO NOT FORGET LICENSE RENEWAL FINGERPRINTING

If you are renewing your license don’t forget about fingerprinting. Fingerprinting is done by Don Palmer in the CTC on the Whitmer Campus. If you lived in Ohio for the past 5 years you only need to get the FBI completed. Otherwise you will need both. Fingerprinting can be done in the mornings between 6:00 and 7:15 and in the afternoons between 1:00 and 2:30 Monday, Wednesday, and Friday and between 1:00 and 3:30 on Tuesday and Thursday. Cash, check or money order made payable to Whitmer C.T.C. is accepted. The cost is $30.00 for one or $55.00 for both. If the above times do not work for your schedule, contact Don Palmer to make alternative arrangements. Please log onto http://elearn.wls4kids.org/schedfingerprints and schedule an appointment by clicking on the white square under the day and time you desire. For your appointment, please go to the office in the Career Tech Center where Don Palmer will meet you. Be sure to have your driver’s license with you.

 

  • POSITION POSTING: ELEMENTARY PRINCIPAL – HIAWATHA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. Certification, training, skills, experience, etc. are desired. Deadline to apply is February 28th to Human Resources. If interested and you need more information contact Nancy Brenton.
  • TAWLS T-SHIRTS: Friday, February 22, we are encouraging all members to wear their navy TAWLS t-shirts.

TAWLS 50th Anniversary Apparel Sale

THE EMPLOYEE MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP FUND IS PROUD TO SPONSOR 

THE TAWLS 50TH ANNIVERSARY APPAREL SALE.

ALL PROCEEDS BENEFIT THE EMPLOYEE MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP FUND!

NEW ITEMS INCLUDE:

TAWLS 50TH ANNIVERSARY TWILL DRESS SHIRTS FOR BOTH MEN AND WOMEN

TAWLS 50TH ANNIVERSARY LONG SLEEVE T-SHIRTS

TAWLS 50TH ANNIVERSARY SHORT SLEEVE PIQUE POLO SHIRTS

TAWLS 50TH ANNIVERSARY CREWNECK SWEATSHIRT

TAWLS 50TH ANNIVERSARY TOTE BAG

AND WE ARE STILL OFFERING THE POPULAR TAWLS FLEECE JACKET

THE SALE WILL RUN THROUGH FEBRUARY 22ND!

ITEMS WILL BE DELIVERED THE WEEK OF MARCH 11TH…..

JUST IN TIME TO WEAR FOR NEGOTIATIONS TO BE HELD AT THE END OF MARCH!

 

 

CLICK HERE TO VISIT THE TAWLS STORE

 

 

 

 

Governor Kasich’s School Reform and Funding Plan

Dear Ohio Educator:

Earlier today I joined my boss, Gov. John Kasich, in describing to hundreds of our states education leaders a new strategy for how Ohio can partner with local educators, parents and community leaders to improve student achievement. We call it Achievement Everywhere and its a student-centered, classroom-centered approach that seeks to provide educators everywhere in Ohio with the resources they need to help their students succeed.

As a former teacher, principal and superintendent for 27 years, and now as the Governors chief education advisor, I have seen more than my fair share of education reform ideas. Some have been hugely successful and some have been as well-meaning as they were unproductive. What almost all of them lacked, however, was the right appreciation for how all the many pieces of Ohios state and local education systems interact.

To achieve meaningful improvement in Ohio, the diversity of districts, students, communities and local financial capacities all must be taken into account and then addressed with sensitivity, flexibility, strong resources and creativity. I believe we succeed in doing that with Achievement Everywhere, but read on and decide for yourself.

Let me first answer the big question on everyones mind: will state funding be increased, stay flat, or cut? That answer is increased. Achievement Everywhere invests significant new money in local schools over the next two yearsand no school districts funds are reduced. Heres how the increases break down:

* Formula funds for K-12 districts increase $548.5 million over the two-year budget: $349 million/5.9 percent in FY2014 and $199 million/3.2 percent in FY2015;

* Support from Ohios General Revenue Fund and Lottery funds used to support Achievement Everywhere increase $771 million/11 percent by FY2015, and;

* All new funding for Achievement Everywhere totals $1.2 billion over the next two years.

Funds matter, as well as the ideas for how they are spent, which means its essential that Ohio understands students and teachers needs and responds with the right ideas that tear down barriers and empower those on the front lineyou. Highlights of these ideas include:

* Guaranteed funds to support a quality education at every school: To help compensate for disparities in local funding, Ohio will ensure that every district levying at least 20 mills receives the same level of resources as if it enjoyed $250,000 in total property tax per-pupil. This is significant funding, as only 4 percent of Ohios schools enjoy greater per-pupil valuations. Extra funds are allocated in addition to this to districts with large amounts of low-income taxpayers.

* Investing directly in student success: Significant state funding in this budget will address the particular needs of students in the classroom, including targeted aid for disabled students, early-childhood programs, gifted students, children in poverty and English language learners.

* The Straight A Fund: Achievement Everywhere creates a new $300 million Straight A Fund to provide one-time grants to districts with the will to take on ambitious new strategies for helping students improve achievement levels and increase their own operational efficiency. The goal is to be able to invest more money in students, not administration. In other words, if you have a good idea that can improve student success, work with your district to apply. If its sustainable and promotes new efficiencies, you could get the funds you need to implement a new concept. Any savings generated through these transformations can be used by districts as they see fit, including to improve classroom instruction or make locally-generated property tax revenues go further.

* Creating a high-performance culture: As educators, we have the commitment and drive to create high-achieving classrooms and schools, but sometimes state rules and regulations have held us backand we may not even know it. Giving school districts the freedom to sweep away certain state mandatesas long as they dont impact health or safetygives educators the flexibility to make their own decisions on how they can best help their students continually achieve better results.

Though Im an educator who works in policy and no longer in the classroom, I am and always will be at heart a teacher. Its not my job, but my calling; and as an educatorwhos also married to an educatorI believe deeply in the important mission of helping children become all that they can. With unlimited resources, time, cooperation and patience, just think of what we could accomplish for our boys and girls. But we don’t have unlimited funds. We can come together, however, with our best ideas, our energy, our commitment and the confident knowledge that parents and our communities want what we wantto see our kids equipped with the skills to make good choices and thrive throughout their lives.

Governor Kasichs Achievement Everywhere plan provides the resources to enable this kind of collaboration to succeed. I am proud to have helped him craft this plan and believe you will find as much to like about it as I do. I encourage you to visit http://achievementeverywhere.ohio.gov<http://achievementeverywhere.ohio.gov/> to learn more about it and submit questions or ideas. As Achievement Everywhere moves through the Legislature over the next several months, I want to hear any and all ideas for how to make it better.

On behalf of Governor Kasich, the people of the state of Ohio, and every life you have ever made better, thank you for your personal and professional commitment to the education of our states next generation.

Sincerely, Richard A. Ross Governors Director of 21st Century Education

Michael L. Sawyers Acting Superintendent of Public Instruction

TAWLS Welcomes New Labor Relations Consultant / 4 Student Council Opening is 2013-2014 School Year

 

  • OEA Realignment & New LRC: As a result of yesterday’s, January 31, 2013, OEA meeting and bidding, our new Labor Relations Consultant will be: Michael McEachern. We say farewell and good luck to Susan Dodge who is going to unit 59 which serves Erie, Ottawa, Huron, and Sandusky counties
  • EMPLOYMENT VACANCIES: For the 2013-2014 school year, there are 4 vacancies/openings for Whitmer student council class advisors. If interested send interest to Human Resources department by February 5, 2013. Contact Joy Krajewski or Alexa Kehres for details on specific class responsibilities.
  • TAWLS SOCIAL: Mark you calendar for the next TAWLS Social tentatively scheduled for Sunday, March 3rd. It is a family affair with bowling at Forest View Lanes. More details to follow
  • RHINO ALERTS: Sign up for TAWLS text and email alerts using the attached directions. Delays, closings, and meeting reminders are sent through the Rhino Alert System.
  • LPDC: If your license is up for renewal this year, please submit all proper paperwork to Nancy Brenton at Central office.

 

  • TAWLS CLOTHINGThe TAWLS Store is up and running! A link to the store can be found on the TAWLS website. Members order merchandise through Monster Graphics and the merchandise will be delivered to your building. All proceeds will go to the Employee Memorial Scholarship Fund! If they have questions contact Dana Edmonds or Heidi Hartman. http://tawls.ohea.us/