EXTENDED SESSION NEWS!!!

February 29, 2012

The postings and applications will be available from Friday 3/2/2012 until Friday 3/15/2012. The website is very easy to use.  You can access from a home computer or come to the district computer lab to use the computers, get help with the application process, or ask questions.  Dates: 6/25/12  to 7/26/12

Extended School Year Positions: Special Education Teachers, Aides, Itinerants, Health Clerks SLPA, Handicapped Technician’s (for VI & DHH), Bus Attendants and Campus Supervisor’s Applications Online at www.EdJoin.org!

ALL EXTENDED SESSION APPLICATIONS ARE DUE BY
Thursday March 15, 2012

If you have any questions you can e-mail:

Lynn Garrett- ESY Coordinator: lgarrett@pylusd.org

Debbie Reischman @ dreischman@pylusd.org

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CSEA Awards Committee Presents

February 26, 2012

The Awards Committee has designed and simplified nomination forms which makes it easier to write why you believe the nominee deserves the recognition.

Click for Member of the Year
– April 1st deadline

Click for Outstanding Service
– Year round nominations

 Nominees must be an active member in good standing. You will be asked to provide job-related skills, examples of outstanding character, community involvement, and to what extent they are active in the chapter. For example, how much do they volunteer to support the activities of the local chapter, etc.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact any member of the Awards Committee or

committee coordinator
 Jody Bell
(800) 632-2128, ext. 1234
jbell@csea.com


Scholarships From Your PYL 293

February 26, 2012

Chapter 293

2012

Scholarship Application

Applications are being accepted
March 1, 2012 thru April 30, 2012. 

Scholarships will be awarded at the June Chapter meeting. 

Winners need not be present.

TWO – $250.00 Scholarships are being offered by

CSEA Chapter 293

to Chapter Members

Click Here For Details


ACTION ALERT!!! Help a fellow Chapter…Lake Elsinore and surrounding areas

February 25, 2012

For those of you who are interested in saving the Yellow School Bus across our state….

 If you are able to and perhaps live close enough to Lake Elsinore, Please put on your calendars:

MARCH 8- 5:00 pm – Elsinore School Board meeting
From Ally: The School Board moved the meeting to 5pm to prevent a rally. 

Those of you who are interested may attend to support the Transportation department, by your presence Or if you are so inclined speaking in favor of school buses.

As you may know, many of the Routes travel rural routes, without lighting or sidewalks.Some would even have children walking along Ortega Hwy, or the Freeway. The Chapter Leaders will be meeting with those who would like to speak or otherwise participate. They will be  across from the board room at the “virtual center” at 4:30 !!!!

To Help with the impact wear something Blue or if you have it CSEA apparel.

Thank You, and remember the job you save may some day be your own.
Allyson Holt


CSEA PAC FLASH BUELLITIN 2/24/2012

February 24, 2012

Friday, February 24, 2012

The Fight to Save Transportation Funding Continues

Last week the Department of Finance submitted a revised budget proposal that restored the funding for the Home-to-School Transportation program for the 2012-13 fiscal year. This represents positive movement by the Governor to address the concerns voiced by CSEA and the Education Coalition regarding the elimination of funding for school transportation.

As we reported, the Governor signed Senate Bill 81 to restore the mid-year funding cuts for the Home-to-School Transportation program. Instead it applies a reduction of $248 million evenly among all school districts, county offices of education and charter schools.

While the reduction for all districts increased slightly, on average approximately $42 per ADA, spreading the total reduction among all local education agencies is a more equitable method of distributing the reduction than disproportionately impacting those districts that so desperately rely on school buses to transport students to and from school.

CSEA understood that SB 81 does not benefit every district. Unfortunately, in a budget cutting environment we are faced with imperfect choices.

The first option was to accept total elimination of school bus transportation funding, resulting in huge cuts to districts that provide school bus services, complete elimination of school bus services in some districts and a disproportionate cut to those workers who provide and those students who rely upon school bus services.

The second option was a much smaller across the board cut to every school district in the state. Those districts not providing school transportation would absorb a cut, but the cuts would be apportioned equally to every school district. CSEA chose to support this option.

Neither option is good, as both result in cuts. However, from a public policy standpoint CSEA’s position is that an across the board cut that is applied to every school district in the state is more fair than a cut that applies only to school bus services. An across the board cut can be spread among administration, teachers, classified, supplies, or other cost centers. A cut targeting only school transportation unfairly hits only school transportation and primarily classified jobs.

It is important to note, that while the amount of cuts increased. It is still far less than the $180 or more per ADA revenue limit cut that most districts had planned for in anticipation of the trigger being pulled. CSEA chose to support the option that benefited the greatest number of classified employees, protect student transportation services and provided the opportunity to minimize the negative impact of cuts.

Some individual districts may complain about having to take a small additional cut. No matter which position CSEA took, or which option was chosen, there would be winners and losers. This is why CSEA is pushing for increased revenues.


Transportation Funding 2012/2013 Restored … With Strings

February 16, 2012

Sacramento Bee

February 15, 2012

Gov. Jerry Brown changes route, restores bus money next year

 

Gov. Jerry Brown reversed course this week by restoring $496 million in school bus money in his budget proposal for next fiscal year after facing criticism from education groups.

 

The decision comes after the governor signed legislation Friday that restored bus funding for the remainder of the current school year after districts lost that money in December’s midyear cuts. Brown quietly issued a new education budget plan this week ahead of a Thursday state Senate hearing.

 

Brown’s reversal in 2012-13 comes with some caveats. First, it relies on voters approving his plan to raise income taxes on the wealthy earners, as well as sales taxes by a half cent. It allows districts to spend their bus money on other purposes. And the governor intends to eliminate school transportation earmarks in 2013-14, though districts may receive funding in a new form allowing them to maintain bus service.

 

The governor would pay for school buses next year by devoting less money toward reducing the state’s so-called “wall of debt.” Brown now proposes spending $1.8 billion on reversing past accounting maneuvers that forced districts to borrow or cut, down from $2.4 billion. It’s the first time this year the governor has eased off his plan to devote new dollars to cleaning up balance sheets rather than pay for school programs.

 

Districts have been concerned about a Brown proposal to eliminate education earmarks and provide block grants to districts based on a new “weighted pupil funding formula.” The governor envisioned that the proposal would be phased in over five years, starting with 20 percent of funding next school year. But the governor this week eased that plan by calling for only a 5 percent phase-in and a guarantee that districts would receive the same amount of money next year that they are getting now.

 

It’s not clear that Brown’s changes have appeased districts, some of whom fear they will lose significantly more under the new formula than the old earmarked system. Schools lobbyist Bob Blattner said the tweaks “were necessary, but I still think this is such an enormous change to school funding that it shouldn’t be pushed through in a hurry.”

 

“In the context of school districts still in a cutting mode, this may not be perceived as very helpful,” said Kevin Gordon, a longtime education lobbyist. “He’s trying to make improvements. But what he does is makes it look good on the front end, then in the long run there will be a lot of losers in this proposal.”