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Update from the Office

Dear Colleagues,

It was quite a week at the SJTA office. Here’s all the news that (may be) fit to print…

— An unexpected Mercury News editorial created a flurry of activity. The superintendent and I wrote a joint statement correcting the errors and affirming our commitment to the integrity of the bargaining process and the power of the membership to determine what becomes of our work. There is a meeting on February 27th with all site reps to ensure that all concerns are addressed. In the meantime, please feel free to share your concerns directly with the Mercury News, as well.

— I attended the SJUSD Board of Trustees meeting on Valentine’s Day, where the Board did two unexpected things:

1. They approved a middle school charter with the ACE organization. I had spoken against it at a previous meeting, but there were simply not enough voices in the room speaking against this. Staff recommended the approval, and the Board agreed. The school won’t open for a year and a half, and we will need to ensure that our schools get the attention and publicity they need to stay at capacity enrollment no matter what organization moves in. We are the answer for the families of San José Unified, and we need to shout that message.

2. In closed session, the Board agreed to be a part of lawsuit against the Santa Clara County Office of Education for improper zoning authority in its agreement to grant Rocketship a site at the Tamien property. This was an unexpected turn of events, and it definitely reflects a different approach to charter schools than what the Board has evinced in the past. I will keep you posted.

— The SJTA Executive Board meets this week, so please share any concerns or messages with your directors. And please speak with your reps about the meeting on the 27th should you have any additional questions about the editorial.

Until then, enjoy your vacation! If you need anything, we’ll be here.

Jen

 

 

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