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Quincy, MA 02170


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Attention Building Reps!

Click here for the

2012 MTA Association Rep Handbook

QEA Contracts

QEA Calendar of Events 2014-2015


Feb. 16-20 - QPS February Vacation

Feb. 23 - QPS re-opens

Feb. 25 - QEA Rep Council; QHS, 3:15 p.m.

March 4 - School Committee; Coddington, 7 p.m.

March 7 -- MTA All-Presidents’ meeting

March 8 -- Daylight Savings Time begins!

March 9 -- City of Quincy PEC meeting; BMMS, 3:15 p.m.

Please let QEA know of any items of interest for the Calendar at quincyteachers@gmail.com

Unit A Members:

During this 3-year Pilot period, it is very important that you contact your Building Rep or QEA if you have concerns or questions about how Ed Eval is being implemented in your building. 

If you have any questions, please email QEA President Allison Cox at quincyteachers@gmail.com.

~ QPS Educator Evaluation - Pilot Year 2 - 2014-2015 Unit A ~

Retirement Questions?

Please call MTA for an appointment to discuss your individual retirement plans ~ 617-878-8240

Maternity Leave Questions?

Click HERE for information

***ASPEN ~ Teachers please note that the Academic Tab section and Teacher Pages are NOT mandatory at this time

The only requirement at this time is posting of interim reports, final term grades and attendance. 

Training for Aspen that is scheduled before or after school hours is also NOT mandatory.  

Please contact QEA or your Building Rep if you have questions.

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What’s Next for Ed Eval?

  1. 2014-2015 School year -- 100% of QPS teachers and educators will be evaluated using the new Educator Evaluation procedures

  2. Tier 1 (PTS Educators evaluated last year) are now on a 2-year Self-Directed Growth Plan -- check with your Principal or Supervisor if you are uncertain which plan you are now on

  3. Tier 2 (PTS Educators who were not evaluated last year) will be placed on a 1-year Self-Directed Growth Plan (PTS); non-PTS Educators will be placed on a Developing Educator Plan

NEW!!

***Attention ALL QEA Members***

You have a right to union representation if you are called into a meeting where disciplinary action could result!

Understand your Weingarten Rights

Call a Building Rep or Email Allison at quincyteachers@gmail.com or call 617-479-2283 if you need immediate assistance

Educator Evaluation is a 2-Rating System

Summative Rating - began June 2014

Student Impact Rating - begins Oct. 2017

4 Standards, 2 Goals - Student Learning goal and Professional Practice goal

Evidence & Observations

PTS members evaluated last year are Tier 1

Remaining PTS and non-PTS members are Tier 2

100% of Educators now on Plans

Ratings; Unsatisfactory, needs Improvement, Proficient, Exemplary

Rating determines type of next Ed Plan

District-Determined Measures (including MCAS)

1-year DESE extension

This 2014-2015 year is a pilot

Next year data will be collected

Oct. 2017 first SIR ratings for Quincy

Ratings:  Low, Moderate, or High

Rating determines length of next Ed Plan

Unit A Bargaining - Update

The Negotiations team for Unit A has been finalized.  The Unit A Collective Bargaining Agreement expires on Aug. 31, 2015, and therefore, we will begin bargaining shortly for a successor agreement.

The Unit A Negotiations team includes: 

  1. Allison G. Cox, President

  2. Michael Ellis, Vice President and Chair of the Negotiations Committee, QHS, English

  3. Dan Caruso, PR&R, Beechwood Knoll & BMMS, Music

  4. Sean Greene, Treasurer, QHS, Math

  5. Nicole Prevost, Membership Chair, Parker, Grade 3

  6. Peg McDonough, MS Rep, Sterling, Art

  7. Bill Pavao, CMS, Social Studies

  8. Martha Slocum, Merrymount, Nurse

By QEA bylaws, the Chair of the Negotiations team is the QEA Vice President.  The President and PR&R Chair are automatic members of the bargaining team as required by QEA bylaws.  The remainder of the team is representative of the Unit A membership at Elementary, Middle, High School, and Nurses levels.

The team met for the first time on Jan. 16 to begin analyzing member input.  Thanks to all our Building Reps who held 10-minute meetings to gather feedback from our members over these past few weeks.  We will now begin creating proposals that we see as priorities for our members. 

We expect to begin face-to-face bargaining with the Quincy School Committee and QPS team within the next few weeks.  Updates will be issued as we move through this process! 

**Update:  Snow days have pushed bargaining planning further into February than we had anticipated.  The QEA team is meeting Feb. 23 to continue planning.  We hope to begin bargaining in March.  Stay tuned for more information.

QEA Candidate Recommendation Committee being formed.  Please contact Allison Cox if you are interested in serving on this committee.

Snow Days Make Up

The School Committee on Wednesday (3/18/2015) voted to rescind the 24 extended days that had been approved earlier in the week.  The extended days will be replaced by a structured learning out-of-school project, with an overarching theme of Quincy History.  The project will count as 2 make up days.

Good Friday, April 3, will remain an early release day for all students and staff.  This will count as a single make up day, so Quincy will have 3 make up days in total.

The last day of school for students will be Friday, June 26, while the last day for teachers will be Monday, June 29.

The out-of-school structured learning project is in the planning stages -- more to come on this soon!

Health Insurance Changes for FY16 (beginning July 1, 2015)

The Group Insurance Commission (GIC) voted yesterday on changes for FY16. Budget deficit concerns are driving these changes.

The city of Quincy Public Employees Committee (PEC) will be discussing these changes - new premium rates are expected March 4. Please stay tuned.

*Please note that health insurance in Quincy is bargained by the PEC, not QEA.

Changes effective July 1, 2015 include:

  1. HP Independence and Tufts Navigator will become POS Point of Service plans. Members will need to designate a PCP; referrals to specialists will be needed

  2. Calendar year deductible will change to $300/individual and $900/family

  3. Specialists will be tiered and copays increased

Please visit the GIC website for more information.

**Snow days to date:  Jan. 27, 28, 29, 30; Feb. 2, 3, 9,10, 11,12,13

Last day for students:  Friday, June 26

Last day for staff: Monday, June 29

**QEA Dues for Jan 2014 -- Dec 2014 for tax purposes:  $864.37 (full time, Units A, C, D)

Click here to see changes in your GIC health insurance plan for FY16 (starting July 1, 2015).  New rates are expected to be announced on March 4.

*please note these changes were voted on and approved by the GIC commissioners on Feb. 13, 2015.

The City of Quincy and it public-sector unions have NO vote on plan changes or rate increases.

**DESE Commissioner Chester March 20, 2015 Update on District-Determined Measures

(not yet available as a link on DESE):

“The Department is discussing different options for measuring educator impact, a principal component of the educator evaluation framework.  While this discussion is still in the early stages, more information about three possible pathways is available HERE.  The Department recognizes the important work that many districts have already done to measure educators’ impact on student learning through the existing pathway.  We look forward to the discussions and hope that additional options will help advance the work in this area in districts where it has not progressed.”