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USEP Building Reps Donate Generously

News & Updates

November 27, 2012, was USEP’s yearly Holiday Social for our dedicated Building Reps.  Everyone was asked to bring donations of food or unwrapped toys.  With each donation a prize ticket was given.  After all the prizes were awarded, one raffle winner donated over $100 to the toy drive.  USEP donated the food to Christian Social

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2011-12 Teacher Evaluations Coming Soon

News & UpdatesTeacher Evaluations

In light of ongoing legal and interpretive issues surrounding teachers’ VAM scores for the 2011-2012 school year, USEP and the District agreed to put final evaluations for last year on hold while the parties researched the issues and reviewed the VAM data and its effects.  After much deliberation, discussion and review, the parties agreed to

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Waiting Continues for FRS Ruling

FRSNews & Updates

Although the election is over, the waiting continues for the Florida Supreme Court’s decision on FEA’s pension litigation.  There is no set deadline for the Supreme Court to make its ruling.  The court is a deliberative body and known for thoroughly reviewing all of the arguments, exhibits and research. Decisions can and do take months.

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Bottoms Up—On the Ballot!

Tuesday, November 6th is Election Day. As the expression goes, “Bottoms up!” No, we’re not talking about hoisting a drink, but starting from the bottom of the ballot and working your way up. Why?  Because the Florida legislature has drafted all eleven of the constitutional amendments. (That alone should give you pause!)   This is the

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California Casualty Academic Award

BenefitsNews & Updates

USEP’s Benefit Partner is Helping Teachers Help Their Classrooms: Win $2,500 for Your Classroom with an Academic Award from California Casualty [SUMMARY] As more and more educators reach into their own pockets to provide supplies for their classrooms, California Casualty announces a new Academic Award program to help educators help their students. This $2,500 Academic

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Save 10/24 to meet AFT President Weingarten

News & Updates

AFT President Weingarten to Address Union Members Next Wednesday Save the date!  Next Wednesday – AFT National President Randi Weingarten visits the Tampa Bay Area to meet, greet, and address union members from around the Bay Area.  The event is being co-sponsored by the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) and the West Central Federation of

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What is up with the Furlough Day Talk?

News & Updates

The short answer is nothing – nothing has been proposed in negotiations, and nothing has been agreed to. As has been publicized over the past month, the School Board adopted a tentative budget on September 18th that includes 2 days of employee furloughs to make it balance.   Merely including these days in the budget does

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Exuberantly Celebrate Labor Day

News & Updates

As we approach Labor Day on the heels of the Republican Convention, we should exuberantly celebrate the significance of this holiday. Over a hundred years ago, the labor movement dedicated the first Monday in September, Labor Day, to celebrate the social and economic achievements of American workers.  On June 28, 1897, Congress passed an act

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Another FEA Victory: Administrative Judge Tosses DOE Rule on Evaluations

Yesterday, the Florida Education Association (FEA) dealt another blow to a key component of SB-736 when an administrative law judge invalidated the SB-736 performance evaluation rule the State Board of Education was imposing upon Florida school districts, teachers and administrators. Judge John G. Van Laningham found that the State Board of Education and Department of

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