Message from the President
Welcome back! As we enter the 2019-2020 school year, I hope you are well rested and ready to give Pasco’s students your best.
One of the things I am proudest to report to you all is that our density meets the statutory requirement for us to remain the Bargaining Agent for The District. Thanks to all of you for your work educating potential members on the value of our contract and being a part of one collective voice.
By the time you read this, our re-registration papers will have been sent off to PERC to be renewed for this next year. This year, our organizing campaign, “Back To School – 2019”, is being undertaken at the beginning of the year. We are trying to build our membership early and get more people actively involved in our organization (See related article on BTS-2019).
Our USEP staff has been working hard this summer on behalf of our members in preparation for this school year. Both Negotiating teams have been meeting to bargain with all employees in mind.
A very proud moment for USEP happened earlier this summer as we were able to settle the Teacher Evaluation by placing much of the old MOU into contract language and formed a handbook dedicated to the process for how observations take place. (See related article).
We were also able to come to a consensus with the District on the Grading Practices which were rolled out as mandate in May. No longer are these required, however, since this is a move toward compliance with statute, we are encouraging teachers to utilize as many of these Best Practices as possible. We are working with the District to address ongoing concerns and they have agreed to put a PD class online to help teachers better understand the dynamics of this new grading system. We would encourage all to take advantage of this opportunity and receive in-service points as well.Please know that our members are a priority to us. No matter what your role in the student education process, every one of you make a difference. It still takes a village…
Don Peace, President