TAWLS Tuesday 4/12/16

Awards:  Congratulations to the following TAWLS members who will be recognized at the Spring Banquet this year.  Outstanding Educator:  James Nino & Jennifer Bronikowski  Outstanding Teacher:  Karen Stack, Sara Michaelis & Theresa Evearitt.

General Assembly:  A General Assembly will be held on Wednesday, April 20th at 4:00 P.M. in the Jefferson Junior High Auditorium.  At this time an elections report with at least one candidate for each TAWLS office will be presented, additional nominations may be made from the floor and each officer candidate may speak a maximum of three minutes.

FREE Resources:  Below are links to various free resources that may be of interest to you.

TAWLS Mud Hens Game:  Below you will find information regarding the upcoming TAWLS Mud HensGame taking place on Saturday, May 7th.  We hope that you are able to join us for this fun-filled annual event in which all raffle proceeds benefit the Terry/Zielinski Scholarship Fund.  If you have any further questions please contact Emily Schifko (ext. 7720) or Cheri Schober (ext. 7741).

 Mud Hens Flyer 2016

Hope everyone has a great week…despite the TESTING MADNESS!!!

TAWLS Tuesday 3/22/16

TAWLS Awards:  Nominations for the TAWLS Outstanding Teacher and the TAWLS Outstanding Educator are due by this Thursday, March 24th to Heather Densmore.  Attached you will find the applications.  Please consider nominating one of your well-deserving colleagues.

 TAWLS Awards – Outstanding Educator

TAWLS Awards – Outstanding Teacher

The Scholarship Committee Needs You:  The Scholarship Committee is looking for up to 5 TAWLS members to serve on the committee. Committee members discuss and select recipients of the Employee Memorial Scholarship and the Anderson Mater Scholarship.  Please contact Dana Edmonds or Heidi Hartman if you are able to help.

TAWLS Spring Banquet:  This year’s TAWLS Spring Banquet is being held on Thursday, April 28th.  Invitations have been distributed and RSVPs are due to Joy Krajewski by April 8th.

Terry Time at the Mud Hens: Saturday, May 7, 2016 will be our Mud Hens annual event.  Invitations will be delivered after Spring Break  Emily Schifko and Cheri Schober have begun reaching out to local restaurants/bars/etc. for donations for the event. They would like to sell tickets again and have a raffle at the end of each inning, with a larger raffle during the 7th inning stretch. Again, all proceeds will benefit the Zielinski/Terry Memorial Scholarship fund.

OEA STRS Board Endorsement:  Beginning in April, STRS will conduct an election for a member of the board of trustees representing contributing (active) members.  OEA has endorsed Tim Myers for reelection to this position.  Myers has served on the STRS Board as a representative of active teachers since 2009 and also currently serves as the Ohio Education Association Secretary-Treasurer.  He is a middle school science teacher from Elida with 35 years of experience.  Ballots will be mailed to active teachers and faculty in early April.  Members will have three voting options: mail, phone or online.  Votes must be received by May 2, 2016.

STRS Recommended Healthcare Changes:  During the February meeting of the STRS Board, STRS staff presented a number of proposed changes to the health care program for the Board to consider instituting beginning in 2017.  The most impactful of those changes include a reduction of Medicare B subsidies (beginning a three year phase-out of the subsidy), a $50 per month surcharge on enrollees who are not eligible for Medicare A, and a reduction of the premium subsidy for those under 65.  Other proposed changes include:

· Increase emergency room copays to $75 from $65 for Medicare plan enrollees.

· Increase urgent care copay to $40 from $35 in all plans.

·  Discontinue coverage for proton pump inhibitors.

·  Adopt preferred network for retail pharmacies and increase copays at non-preferred network pharmacies by $10.

·  Discontinue the one-half copay program for diabetic prescriptions.

· Increase coinsurance percentage for specialty drugs to 15% from 10% and the per-prescription maximum to $600 from $500.

· Discontinue Medicare Part B reimbursements for survivors and beneficiaries who were age 65 by 2008.

· Discontinue offering coverage to sponsored dependents of unmarried retired teachers (does not include incapacitated adult children).

· Change dependent children premium to a per child premium.

TAWLS Tuesday 3/15/16

TAWLS Elections:  Wednesday is voting day!  On this day you will have the opportunity to vote on our TAWLS Tentative Contract Agreement.  Your building’s BRs will be letting you know who to see & when voting will take place at your respective building.   Click below for information regarding TAWLS Election Procedures for reference.
TAWLS Election Procedures

The Scholarship Committee Needs You:  The Scholarship Committee is looking for up to 5 TAWLS members to serve on the committee. Committee members discuss and select recipients of the Employee Memorial Scholarship and the Anderson Mater Scholarship.  Please contact Dana Edmonds or Heidi Hartman if you are able to help.

3/16 UPDATE: The Scholarship Committee is now full! Thank you to everyone that volunteered!

TAWLS Spring Banquet:  This year’s TAWLS Spring Banquet is being held on Thursday, April 28th.  Invitations have been distributed and RSVPs are due to Joy Krajewski by April 8th.

ABC Center Discount:  Wednesday is Customer Appreciation Day at the ABC Center located at 3606 West Sylvania Avenue.  All shoppers will receive 10% off their purchases on Wednesday, March 16th.  No coupon needed.

Terry Time at the Mud Hens: Saturday, May 7, 2016 will be our Mud Hens annual event.  Invitations will be delivered after Spring Break  Emily Shifko and Cheri Schober have begun reaching out to local restaurants/bars/etc. for donations for the event. They would like to sell tickets again and have a raffle at the end of each inning, with a larger raffle during the 7th inning stretch. Again, all proceeds will benefit the Zielinski/Terry Memorial Scholarship fund.

TAWLS Tuesday: Senate Bill 3 Update

Senate Bill 3:  Senate Bill 3 is currently pending before the House Education Committee.  It contains a number of changes to education law that would be bad for students and the teaching profession.  The bill would allow certain districts to hire unlicensed teachers, ignore restrictions on class size and weaken mentoring programs for new teachers.  OEA opposes this bill in its current form.  Please take action today, by clicking here to write your state representative and urge him or her to oppose these measures.

TAWLS Tuesday 2/16/16

Parade 2

 

HB420 Update:  On Wednesday, February 10, 2016, the House Education Committee amended Sub. HB 420 to remove a provision that would have penalized school employees who “negligently suggest” to a student that he or she opt-out of a state assessment. The bill, which remains in committee, now has no penalty for any action that might be taken by a school employee.  Thank you to all OEA Advocates for Children and Education (ACE) who sent messages to their legislators opposing the “gotcha” penalty provision from Sub. HB 420.

Evaluations:  In order to bring WLS into compliance with recent state law changes, we shall follow the details below. The state no long allows 50% shared attribution for teachers that have value added.  The district will use the following to calculate the final summative rating for teachers who are evaluated under the Ohio Teacher Evaluation System (OTES):

 A1 Teachers – 50% Teacher Value Added Scores from the 2014-15 school year and 50% Teacher Performance on standards
A2 Teachers – 26% Teacher Value Added Scores from the 2014-15 school year 24%, Shared Attribution and 50% Teacher Performance on standards.
C Teachers – 50% Shared Attribution and 50% Teacher Performance on standards.

 The Washington Local Shared Attribution score will be based on the district’s ELA 4-9 state assessment score from the 2014-15 school year.

A1 Teachers: Teachers teaching exclusively courses in which they receive state value added scores. Teachers that are 4-9 ELA and/or Math
A2 Teachers: Teachers teaching some courses in which they receive state value added scores, as well as some other content areas without state value added scores. Teachers that are 4-9 ELA and/or Math, but also have class that is not tested.
B Teachers – None in WLS (Teachers using standardized tests other than OAA)
C Teachers:  Teachers who have no value added scores from the state.

 Labor Loves the Library: On March 15th at the Lucas County Public Library, Main Branch in the McMaster Center from 5:30pm-7:30pm will be the annual Labor Loves the Library fundraiser.  The event is a SOCIAL EVENT that includes appetizers along with beer/wine.  The cost to attend this event is a donation of $25.00 and checks can be made payable to the Library Legacy Foundation. All proceeds from this fundraiser will help the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library purchase books etc. for the Labor History Room.  If you are interested, contact Chris Hodnicki to RSVP by March 1st.

 Educator Tax Deduction:  Recently Congress expanded and made permanent the educator tax deduction that allows educators to deduct eligible unreimbursed classroom spending up to $250.  The deduction was significantly improved by indexing it to inflation and including professional development as an eligible expense.

 Tax Deduction:  Click below for information pertaining to your eligible tax deduction for your dues for anyone who files long form.
2015 Non Deductible Dues Amount

 Save the Date:  The annual TAWLS Mud Hens game is scheduled for Saturday, May 7th.  More details will be forthcoming as we get closer to the event.  Thank you to Emily Schifko and Cheri Schober for organizing the annual event.

Mud Hens

 

U.S. House and Senate voted to pass the Every Student Succeeds Act!

The U.S. House voted 359-64 in favor of the ESEA reauthorization.   All but three members of the Ohio delegation voted in favor of the legislation.   OEA members are being asked if they are a resident in a district where the member voted YES to call their office to thank the representative for their support of educators and students with their YES vote on ESEA reauthorization. Below are the DC office numbers for the YES voting members of the Ohio delegation:

District

Representative

DC Office #

3

Joyce Beatty (D)

202-225-4324

5

Bob Latta (R)

202-225-6405

6

Bill Johnson (R)

202-225-5705

7

Bob Gibbs (R)

202-225-6265

9

Marcy Kaptur (D)

202-225-4146

10

Mike Turner (R)

202-225-6465

11

Marcia Fudge (D)

202-225-7032

12

Pat Tiberi (R)

202-225-5355

13

Tim Ryan (D)

202-225-5261

14

David Joyce (R)

202-225-5731

15

Steve Stivers (R)

202-225-2015

16

Jim Renacci (R)

202-225-3876

On December 9th, 2015, the Senate voted to pass the Every Student Succeeds Act.
Click here for more information! ESEA Update

This effectively ends the failed era of No Child Left Behind and will bring the focus back to what really matters—ensuring all students have access to what they need to learn, regardless of their zip code.  These sweeping changes will begin a real change in learning  opportunities for all students.

Although federally mandated reading and math tests will continue, the new law will give states , not the US government,  authority to decide how to use the results in evaluating teachers and schools.  The law encourages states to limit the  time students spend on testing and it will diminish the high stakes for underperforming schools.  This law will allow struggling schools the flexibility to find local solutions while also  ensuring students are making progress.

President Obama is expected to sign this into law Thursday.