Our first three official contract negotiation session were held via Zoom on March 20, March 26, and April 2.
In addition to our contract proposals, we’ve also been pushing to negotiate about this proposal related to the calendar and working hours for the 2020-21 school year. We will continue to push SPS to negotiate regarding next year’s schedule because they are legally required to do so. We know that this is an issue that is important to our members, and we want to push for steps that will address teacher burnout and help improve retention.
We hope that you’re all staying safe and sound during this difficult time. If you have questions, concerns, or feedback about how Virtual School is going, please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will present a bargaining proposal around Virtual School if we start seeing common concerns that need to be addressed, so please email us or reach out to your site rep!
Board Meeting Inaccessibility
We continue to be concerned about the inaccessibility of Summit Board meetings. As detailed in a complaint we filed with the Santa Clara County Office of Education, only six members of the public were allowed into the Board meeting. The rest of the parents, students, and teachers who took time off of work and school to drive to Redwood City were denied entry to the Board room at the Home Office and had to participate via videoconference at Prep.
This caught the attention of Senator Connie Leyva, who recently authored a law to make charter school board meetings more accessible and open to the public. She sent a letter of concern to Summit’s Board and administration, which you can read here.