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The KCEA Office

2411 E. Magnolia Ave.
Knoxville, TN 37917
Phone (865) 522-9793


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KCEA OFFICERS:


President
Lauren Hopson


Vice President
Amy Cate


Secretary
Linda Holtzclaw


Treasurer
Karen Peterman


Past President
Tanya T. Coats


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Executive Board

High School
Chuck O'Donnell
Julie Smalling

Middle School
Marche Lee
Mark Taylor


Elementary School
Eric Aguilar
Megan Blevins
Amy Duncan
Tiffany Holmes


Special Schools
Connie Mitchell


Administrators
Jessica Holman


Education Support Personnel
Joe Sumpter


Parliamentarian
TBA

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*Ex-Officio Representatives


District 4 TEA Board of Directors
Anthony Hancock


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NEA Resolutions Committee
Anthony Hancock


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Website Administrator
Jennifer Owen


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Advocate Editor
Trish Russell


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TEA / KCEA STAFF

TEA UniServ Director
Duran Williams

KCEA Administrative Assistant

Abbie Hoover


*Representatives on the TEA and NEA Boards also serve as non-voting members of the KCEA Executive Board

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KCEA Election Results - 2015

Members:
Thank you for thoughtfully learning about our candidates for office and taking time to vote for those who will represent ALL members for the next two years.

The KCEA election results have been ratified and final results are listed below.

*Please note that there will be runoff elections in two categories (Elementary Schools Representative and KC-PACE District 3 Representative). Information on voting in those elections will be sent to your school email address.

 

KCEA Executive officers for 2015-2017

President           Lauren Hopson
Vice President   Amy Cate
Secretary           Linda Holtzclaw
Treasurer           Karen Peterman

 

KCEA Executive Board Representatives

(Newly elected officers are in Bold print)

High Schools Representatives

Chuck O’Donnell
Julie Smalling

Middle Schools Representatives

Marche Lee
Mark Taylor

Elementary Schools Representatives*

Eric Aguilar
Megan Blevins
Amy Duncan

Special Schools Representative

Connie Mitchell

Administrator Representative

Jessica Holman

Education Support Staff, at Large

Joe Sumpter

*There will be a runoff election for the Elementary Schools Representative seat, between Patricia Fontenot and Tiffany Holmes.

 

KC-PACE

At Large Representatives

Joe Sumpter
Heather Wallace

District 1 Representative

Jessica McDonald

District 2 Representative*

District 3 Representative

Anthony Hancock

District 4 Representative

To be appointed

District 5 Representative

Mark Taylor

District 6 Representative

Sherry Morgan

District 7 Representative

Judy Barnes

District 8 Representative

Lisa Thomas

District 9 Representative

Dave Gorman

** There will be a runoff election for the District 2 seat, between Patricia Fontenot and Aneisha Davis.

The Advocate January, 2015

Memorandum of Understanding

This online version of the MOU has some formatting problems which will be corrected as soon as possible. A link to another version is available below.

Memorandum of Understanding between the Knox County

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BYLAWS

of the

KNOX COUNTY EDUCATION ASSOCIATION

 

ARTICLE I  —  MEETINGS

 SECTION 1.  Executive Board

The Executive Board shall meet monthly throughout the year at the KCEA office; exception shall be made at the discretion of the Executive Board.  The President or one-half of the board members may issue a call for the board to meet to deal with special or unique situations.  A calendar of meeting dates will be published in the first Association newsletter each year and posted on the association website.

 SECTION 2.  Representative Assembly

The Representative Assembly shall meet monthly. The President with the help of the Executive Board shall prepare the proposed agenda for each meeting and shall circulate it to all members of the Assembly.  A calendar of meeting dates will be published in the first Association newsletter each year and posted on the Association website.

 SECTION 3.  General Membership:

A.  General membership meetings shall be held at the call of the Executive Board or the Representative Assembly.

B.  Written notice of the time and place of a general membership meeting shall be provided to the Association Representatives at least five days prior to the meeting.

C.  If a quorum is present at any general membership meeting, the decisions of the body shall have the authority, force and effect, as does a decision made by the Representative Assembly. In the absence of a quorum, any votes taken shall be presented by the President to the Representative Assembly as recommendations.

 SECTION 4.  Special Meetings

Special meetings of the Representative Assembly may be held at the call of the President, or by the majority of the members of the Executive Board, or upon written request of the Executive Board from ten percent of the Association Representatives.  Business to come before special meetings must be stated in the call, which shall be sent in writing or mass communication to each representative.

 

ARTICLE II  —  QUORUM

A quorum shall be thirty-five (35) building representatives for the Representative Assembly.  The Executive Board and committees shall have one-half (1/2) plus one (1) as their quorum.  When possible, Robert Rules of Order will be followed when declaring a quorum for the Representative Assembly, general membership meetings, Executive Board, and committees.

 

ARTICLE III—POWERS AND DUTIES OF OFFICERS

SECTION 1.  President

The President shall:

A. Preside over meetings of the Association, the Representative Assembly, the Executive Board, and the President’s Council;

B. Prepare proposed agendas with the help of the Executive Board.

C. With the approval of the Executive Board appoint and /or remove the chairperson of standing committees and special ad hoc committees;

D. Be an ex officio member of all standing committees;

E. Be chief executive officer of the Association, except when some duties may be delegated;

F. Represent the Association to the public either personally or through delegates;

G. With the approval of the Executive Board appoint a qualified parliamentarian;

H. Supervise the maintenance of proper minutes, correspondence, and other necessary files;

I. Cause the Elections Committee to conduct a referendum, if demanded by petitions signed by at least ten (10) percent of the current membership representing at least one-half of the schools and with not more than twenty-five names from one faculty unit being counted toward a required total; in a referendum each professional member shall be entitled to one vote;

J. Name two (2) trustees with the approval of the Executive Board of the Sick Leave Bank to serve on staggered three (3) year terms.  The trustees may succeed themselves;

K. Perform all functions usually attributed to this office.

SECTION 2. Vice President

The Vice President shall:

A. Perform all duties usually attributed to this office;

B. Assume the office of the President should it become vacant;

C. Work closely with one or more standing committees as the President may suggest and shall be an ex-officio member of all committees.

 SECTION 3. Secretary

The secretary shall keep accurate minutes of all meetings of the Executive Board, Representative Assembly, and general membership meetings.  Complete files of minutes shall be housed and maintained at the KCEA office.

 

SECTION 4. Treasurer:

The Treasurer shall:

A. Hold the funds of the Association and disburse them upon authorization by the Executive Board;

B. Transmit amounts due within established transmittal schedules from the Knox County Education Association to the Tennessee Education Association and the National Education Association;

C. Oversee bookkeeping and maintenance of the financial records and accounts of the Association;

D. Keep accurate accounts of receipts and disbursements and house all records at the KCEA office;

E. Report to each meeting of the Executive Board and the Representative Assembly;

F. Prepare and annual financial statement for publication to members as directed by the Executive Board;

G. Keep the President and the Executive Board informed of the financial condition of the Association;

H. Serve on the Budget Committee;

I. Serve as the Treasurer of KCPACE;

J. The treasurer shall be bonded by the Association.

SECTION 5. The Immediate Past-President

The Immediate Past-President shall advise the Executive Board and assist the President at the latter’s request.

SECTION 6. Parliamentarian:  (ex officio, non-voting)

The Parliamentarian shall:

A. Attend all meetings of the Executive Board, Representative Assembly, and general membership;

B. Advise the President of parliamentary procedure and rule on all matters of a parliamentary nature;

C. Bring copies of this Constitution and Bylaws, Executive Board Policies, and Robert’s Rules of Order (the latest edition) to all meetings.

 

ARTICLE IV—POWERS AND DUTIES OF THE EXECUTIVE BOARD

The Executive Board shall:

A. Be responsible for the management of the Association;

B. Approve all expenditures;

C. Implement policies established by the Representative Assembly;

D. Act as emergency power in the management of the affairs of the Association in the interim between regular meetings of the Representative Assembly;

E. Approve appointments of committee chairs;

F. Help the President prepare the proposed agenda for each Representative Assembly meeting;

G. Report its transactions and those of the Assembly to the members;

H. Supervise, oversee, and coordinate the work of all committees and subcommittees;

I. Provide for ethnic minority representation on all committees over which it has direct control;

J. Suggest policies for consideration by the Representative Assembly;

K. The Board shall act as a presidential advising board;

L. Be responsible for the orderly, efficient, and uniform enforcement of the negotiated contract for the bargaining unit;

M. Ensure that the proposed budget includes sufficient funds to be available for the processing of grievances;

N. Be responsible for the grievance processing function and shall direct grievance processing personnel in the exercise of this function;

O. Be available to investigate grievances and to represent any member of the bargaining unit without invidious discrimination at the pre-arbitration steps of the grievance procedures;

P. Be available to hear the case of any member whose grievances are subject to a negative recommendation by the grievance committee;

Q. Upon recommendation by the grievance committee or after appeal by the grievant, make appeals to the arbitration step of the grievance process;

R. Recommend members of the Board of Trustees of the Galloway Fund for Teacher Defense for election by the Representative Assembly.

 

ARTICLE V—POWERS AND DUTIES OF THE REPRESENTATIVE ASSEMBLY

 The Representative Assembly shall:

A. Approve the budget;

B. Act on recommendations from committees;

C. Approve resolutions;

D. Adopt procedures for implementing the TEA Code of Ethics and those to be followed in censuring, suspending and expelling members for cause or for reinstating members;

E. Adopt such rules for employing staff, the conduct of the Association, and the conduct of meetings as are consistent with the Constitution and Bylaws;

F. By a 2/3 majority vote propose Constitutional amendments to the Constitution and Bylaws Committee;

G. By a majority vote propose amendments to the Bylaws of the Constitution and Bylaws Committee;

H. Be the final judge of the qualifications and election of officers and Association Representatives;

I. Act on the recommendation of the Executive Board to elect members of the Board of Trustees and the Galloway Fund for Teacher Defense.

J. Elect a sole candidate for a particular office by acclamation.

 

ARTICLE VI—ASSOCIATION REPRESENTATIVES

SECTION 1.

In each building in the Knox County School System, members in good standing of the Association shall elect through open nominations and secret ballot Association Representatives and alternates to the Representative Assembly based on the following membership totals:

1-25 members                      1AR        1 alternate

26-50 members                    2ARs      2 alternates

51-75 members                    3ARs      3 alternates

76-100 members                 4ARs      4 alternates

101-or more members        5ARs      5 alternates

 If at any time during the ensuring year, the Association membership in any faculty changes so as to qualify the school for additional representatives or fewer representatives, the school should adjust accordingly and notify the Executive Board of such changes.  There shall be at least one representative from each faculty.

SECTION 2.

For purposes of representation, each school shall be considered a faculty.  The central administrative personnel shall be considered a faculty.

 Other system-wide organized groups with a minimum of ten active members may petition the Executive Board to be considered a faculty.  All active members not attached to any specific faculty shall select a faculty for the purposes of representation.  Any questions concerning assignment of members to faculties shall be determined finally by the Executive Board.

 SECTION 3.

Any member is eligible to serve as an elected Association Representative or an alternate.

SECTION 4.

During the month of May, each school shall elect by secret ballot the number of Association Representatives and alternates to which it is entitled.  Nominations for these positions shall be open. Results of the election should be returned to the KCEA office within fourteen (14) days after the election process has been observed.  Representatives shall assume their duties on the same date as the newly elected officers.  Should a vacancy occur in the position of representative during the year, the alternate having received the highest number of votes shall automatically assume that representative’s position and a new alternate shall be elected.  Any representative or alternate shall be eligible for re-election.  The total composition of the Representative Assembly shall reflect a proportional representation of ethnic minorities and administrators, as there are professional members in the Association.  If this representation is not reflected after the normal election process, additional representatives shall be nominated and elected at large to fulfill this requirement.  No school shall have more than one at-large representative.

SECTION 5.

Association Representatives or their alternates shall attend the regular meetings of the Representative Assembly.  If an Association Representative is willfully negligent in carrying out his/her responsibilities as described in Article VI, Section 8, of these Bylaws, the member(s) of the faculty may submit a request to the president asking that the representative be replaced.  The request must be in writing and contain the signatures of at least 50 percent of the active members of said faculty.  Upon receipt of the request, the president shall ask that the faculty to hold an election if necessary to secure a replacement to fill out the term.  The president may designate a member in good standing to organize this special election.

SECTION 6.

Each member of the Representative Assembly in attendance or his alternate shall have one vote.  The president shall cast a ballot only in the case of a tie vote.  Action on all matters coming before the Representative Assembly, unless otherwise provided in this Constitution and Bylaws, shall require a majority vote of all members present and voting.

 SECTION 7.

By two-thirds (2/3) vote, the Representative Assembly may submit any questions to a referendum of the membership.  It shall be the duty of the president to cause the Election Committee to conduct the referendum.  In a referendum election, each member shall be entitled to one (1) vote.

 

SECTION 8.  The Association Representatives shall:

A. Call faculty meetings of the Association members to discuss Association business;

B. Organize and oversee all voting, the enrollment of members into the United Education Profession, and two-way Association communication within the building.

 

SECTION 9.

In the event an Association Representative is a candidate for an Association office, another Association member will oversee the election.

 

 

ARTICLE VII—STANDING COMMITTEES

SECTION 1.  Structure

With the exception of the Personnel Committee there shall be standing committees as specified, carrying out the specified functions outlined below. All committees shall reflect the total membership with at least proportional representation of ethnic minorities.  Appointment of chairpersons shall be made by the president and approved by the Executive Board.  Chairpersons of standing committees shall have maintained active membership for one (1) year before taking the chair. The Executive Board may organize special ad hoc committees and/or task forces for specific activities from the membership of the Association.

Each standing committee shall have assigned to it by the Executive Board at least one Executive Board member to serve as liaison between the committee and the Executive Board.

SECTION 2. Meetings

Each standing committee except the Professional Rights and Responsibilities shall meet regularly according to a calendar developed by the Chairperson.

SECTION 3. Reports

Each committee shall choose a secretary who shall keep a continuing record of activities.  Chairpersons shall report as necessary to the Executive Board and to the Representative Assembly when directed by the Executive Board and shall prepare an annual written report summarizing committee activities, which shall become part of the continuing record in the Association file.  Committee reports shall be available to the Representative Assembly and /or to the members.  Each committee shall develop a program plan and shall submit that program plan with any financial requests to the President to be submitted to the Executive Board.

SECTION 4.  Relation to Executive Board

The Executive Board shall:

A. Assist the newly elected President to appoint chairpersons of the standing committees and to fill vacancies that occur thereafter;

B.  Plan for an organizational committee conference each year;

C.  Require and assist committees to define their immediate and long range objectives;

D.  Review committee plans as necessary;

E.  Decide any jurisdictional arguments among committees.

SECTION 5.  Relation to the State and National Association:

The standing committees shall seek to understand and relate to the objectives and programs of corresponding units of the TEA and NEA and counsel with them.

SECTION 6.  Titles and Duties:

A. The Membership Committee shall:

(1) Organize, coordinate, and conduct a continuing program for unified membership enrollment;

(2) Inform members of the policies, programs, services, and accomplishments of the United Education Profession at all levels;

(3) Provide a contact in connection with dues, problems or questions concerning membership status of members;

(4) Develop and conduct programs for the orientation of new teachers to the community, the school system, and the Association;

(5) Secure local discount programs for the membership for the purchase of goods and services.

B. The Government Relations Committee shall:

(1) Have broad concern for local, state, and national legislation affecting the interests of the Association and for the exercise of civic responsibilities by members and be diligent to inform members about newly enacted legislation.

(2) Coordinate the efforts and activities of the KC-PACE and the Legislative Committee.

(3) Be made up of the Legislative Committee, chairs of the School Board and County Commission Contact Team, the Executive Council of KC-PACE, and the Fourth District T-PACE Council member (when applicable).  The chairperson shall be the chair of the KC-PACE Executive Council or the Legislative Committee as chosen by the President.

(4) Be organized into and coordinate the work of the following divisions:

a.  Legislative Committee:

1) Local Legislation –

(a) to seek to influence local legislation to the advantage of  education;

(b) to keep aware of all aspects of the local county and/or city budgets, bonding, programs, and referenda; and

(c) to establish and to maintain liaison status with local governments.

2) State Legislation –

(a) to study pending legislation and

(b) to promote activities leading to passage of desirable state legislation for education.

3) Federal Legislation –

(a) to study legislation before the Congress and

(b) to develop and/or promote activities leading to the passage of desirable federal legislation for education.

4) Citizenship –

(a) to educate members and the public to the civic responsibilities of teachers,

(b) to promote voter registration of all teachers, and

(c) and to develop programs that will encourage wide exercise of those rights and responsibilities.

b. KC-PACE Executive Council:

Composed of, chaired by, and function in accordance with KC-PACE guidelines as determined by the KCEA Representative Assembly.

c.  School Board and County Commission Contact Team shall:

1) Consist of members elected by the Association Representatives who teach in each of the school board and county commission districts.

2) Host the school board members or county commissioner(s) from that district to at least one school function per semester.

3) Contact the school board members commissioner(s) if additional information needs to be shared with them, upon direction of the President or the Government Relations chair.

4) Provide a positive link between the Association and elected leaders.

 C. Committee on Professional Rights and Responsibilities shall:

(1) Explore and prepare action programs for securing satisfactory personnel policies and procedures for the redress of grievances;

(2) Advise the Executive Board in situations of censure, suspension, or expulsion of members  by the Association.

(3) Be made up of members who have attained tenure status;

(4) Know, explain, interpret, and stimulate cooperative development of written local school  board policies, state board policies, local school laws and legal structure, and state and federal school laws and structures;

(5) Know, explain, and defend teacher rights in such matters as tenure, contracts, and liability;

(6) Hear complaints and advise members;

(7) Defend members, the Association, and the profession against unjust or adverse criticism;

(8) Encourage democratic procedure and understanding among the local board of education, the administration, the classroom teacher, and other school personnel;

(9) Serve as liaison with the state and national Professional Rights and Responsibilities structures;

(10) Accept other duties as may be needed or assigned;

(11) Organize a subcommittee called the Grievance Committee;

a.  The sole function of this committee shall be monitoring and enforcing the provisions of the negotiated contract relative to the rights of members in the provisions of the negotiated contract relative to the rights of members in the negotiating unit in accordance with policies of the Executive Board.  (Operations Manual, 6000 Series).

b.  It should be appointed by the President with the approval of the Executive Board with no fixed terms, and removable by the President at any time with the approval of the Executive Board.

(12) Organize subcommittees on personnel policies, ethics, and other matters deemed advisable by the Executive Board.

 D. The Committee on Public Relations:

(1) Shall seek to develop public understanding of the purposes and programs of the Association, the values and importance of education, and, in cooperation with the administration, the educational philosophy and programs of the schools;

(2) Shall develop procedures by which the Association can work cooperatively with parents and the public in civic, fraternal, and social organizations, and through all available channels of communication.

(3) Shall seek to provide for effective internal and external communications programs, including PECCA activities;

(4) May organize and oversee the work of the following subcommittees:

a.  American Education Week

b.  School Bell Awards

c.  Read Across America

d.  Teacher Appreciation Day/Week

e.  Newsletter

 E. The Committee on Instruction and Professional Development

(1) Explore and develop action programs to raise and maintain standards for certification,        employment and assignment;

(2) Improve opportunities for pre-service, continuing, and in-service   professional education;

(3) Create and maintain rapport between the Association and neighboring or closely related  institutions of higher education;

(4) Exercise professional concern in programs for the general membership meetings of the Association;

(5) Plan and coordinate programs for the general membership meetings of the                 Association;

(6) Work closely with the local negotiating committee in formulating and promoting activities relating to improved instruction and professional development;

(7) Work closely with the advisory committee.

 F. The Committee on Human Relations shall:

(1) Develop positive programs and activities;

(2) Utilize the talents and abilities of the membership to promote an   atmosphere of cooperative understanding of the dignity and worth of each individual;

(3) Improve human relationships for all.

G. The Committee on Minority Affairs shall:

(1) Prepare and submit for approval plans and programs which will encourage all minorities to participate in the mainstream of Association and professional affairs, which will provide training in order that minorities will be able to function efficiently in appointed and elected leadership roles, and which will assure that members of minorities are represented in all areas of Association work and at all levels of Association governance;

(2) Be responsible for providing workshops and conferences in specific areas of concern to          minority members as directed by the Executive Board and the Representative Assembly.

 H. The Committee on the Status of Women in Education shall:

(1) Coordinate, supervise, and evaluate training programs for women’s leadership development;

(2) Increase awareness of attitudes, stereotypes, sex biases, and the role discrimination in education;

(3) Work cooperatively with other groups such as the American Association of  University Women (AAUW), Delta Kappa Gamma, and Alpha Delta Kappa in exchanging pertinent information in the interest of women.

 I. The Committee on Constitution and Bylaws shall:

(1) Promote and maintain an awareness of and stress adherence to the Constitution and Bylaws;

(2) Be responsible for proposing, editing, explaining, and promoting amendments necessary to make this document more workable in the local situation;

(3) Be responsible for keeping the Constitution current with TEA and NEA Constitution changes.

 J. The Personnel Committee shall:

(1) Consist of the President, Past President, Vice-President, Treasurer, and Chairperson of the Budget Committee;

(2) Be chaired by the immediate Past President;

(3) Make recommendations to the Executive Board concerning job descriptions, compensation, working conditions, and other policies and procedures affecting KCEA office personnel.

 K. Mentoring Committee shall:

(1) Mentor new members through collaboration with the membership committee;

(2) Promote and provide assistance.

 L. The Budget Committee shall:

(1) Prepare a proposed budget for the next membership year;

(2) Present a proposed budget to the Executive Board and to the Representative Assembly;

(3) Arrange a qualified audit within 60 days of the end of the fiscal year or within 60 days of the end of service of the treasurer.

 M. The Administrator Committee shall:

(1) Shall seek to develop among administrators an understanding of the purposes and programs of the Association;

(2) Attempt to establish a working relationship between the local principal organizations and the Association;

(3) Assist the membership committee in promoting increased administrator membership in the Association.

(4) Improve opportunities for professional development among administrators;

(5) Provide the PECCA committee with information pertaining to PECCA.

 The duties of the Professional Educators Collaborative Conferencing Act (PECCA) and Elections Committees are described in Articles VIII and X, respectively.

 

ARTICLE VIII   –   PROFESSIONAL EDUCATORS COLLABORATIVE CONFERENCING ACT (PECCA)

 SECTION 1.

The President with the guidance and approval of the Executive Board shall appoint a Chief Collaborator who shall serve as the spokesperson. The Chief Collaborator shall appoint a number of Association team members, which shall be commensurate with the number of team members on the Board of Education team. The composition of the team must include one (1) spokesperson and recorder. Other roles shall be assigned as necessary. The recorder shall record points of interest by writing the parties’ intentions and contract clauses as the parties reach consensus.  The remaining team members shall be participants in raising points of interest for contract clauses that represent the best interest of the membership. The negotiating team shall have the primary responsibility in negotiating, and shall be given full authority to bargain in good faith, including the right to modify proposals and make concessions on behalf of the Association, subject to the ratification of the entire contract by the professional members of the Association.

SECTION 2.

The entire negotiating team shall be the Professional Educators Collaborative Conferencing Committee. The Chief Collaborator may appoint additional members to the committee as needed. The PECCA Chair shall serve as chairperson of the PECCA Committee.  The main purpose of the committee shall be to gather input from the membership. Input may be gathered through surveys, group interviews, or other means. This input will be used to guide the discussion for interests in the bargaining process.

 

ARTICLE IX – SPECIAL AD HOC COMMITTEES

SECTION 1.  Committees:

Each year the president shall appoint special ad hoc committees as may be necessary, and shall discharge them upon completion of their duties.  Each committee shall elect a secretary who shall keep a continuing record of all activities.  The chairperson shall report as necessary to the Executive Board and to the RA and shall prepare an annual written report summarizing committee activities, which shall become a part of the continuing committee record in the Association.

 SECTION 2.  Titles and Duties:

A. The Action Committee shall:

1. Be appointed by the President with the guidance and approval of the Executive Board.

2. Work with the PECCA Committee and be ready at all times throughout the collaboration proceedings to mobilize forces at any given time to support PECCA.

3. Work through such areas as community action, internal and external communications, and political action.

 B.  The Social and Hospitality Committee shall:

1. Organize such social activities as may serve the needs of members;

2. Promote fellowship within the Association;

3. Provide refreshments, decorations, etc., for special events.

 

ARTICLE X   –   ELECTIONS

 SECTION 1.  Voting:

All elections will be held by secret ballot in accordance with procedures developed by the Election Committee and approved by the Executive Board.

 SECTION 2.  Nominations:

1. Not later than the March Representative Assembly meeting, the active members of the Association in each designated building may nominate candidates, with the consent of the nominee, for President, vice-president, secretary, treasurer, and Executive Board following the guidelines of Article V of the Constitution. A biographical sketch of each candidate must be submitted in writing to the Election Committee.

2. The Election Committee shall report all nominations to the Representative Assembly not later than the March meeting. Members of the Assembly may nominate other candidates from the floor, with the consent of the nominee, following the guidelines of Article V of the Constitution.

3. The Election Committee shall publish a biographical sketch on each candidate. The Election Committee shall be responsible for the preparation and distribution of the ballots to the designated building.

 SECTION 3.  Balloting:

1. In each designated building, prior to May 1, active members shall vote for officers and Executive Board members by secret ballot in accordance with procedures developed by the Election Committee.

2. The Election Committee shall submit detailed procedures of the total election process to the Executive Board first and then to the Representative Assembly for approval and shall cause the approved procedures to be printed and distributed to the membership at least two weeks in advance of the election.

3. Elections shall not interfere with the normal operation of the school day. All used and unused ballots shall be returned to the chairperson of the Election Committee.

4. The ballots shall be counted electronically or by the Election Committee and supervised by three judges named by the President.

5. If no candidate receives the majority of votes cast, a run-off election shall be held within the next two weeks between the two candidates who have received the largest number of votes as determined by the Election Committee.

6. The Election Committee shall report results to the President who shall cause them to be announced immediately.

ARTICLE XI   –   DUES

 SECTION 1.

The dues for certified members of the Knox County Education Association shall be .0034 of a figure determined by adding the minimum local bachelor’s salary and the maximum local bachelor’s salary for the preceding year and dividing by two (2).  The dues shall be computed annually and rounded to the nearest one-half dollar when feasible.

SECTION 2.

All members shall also pay annual dues to the Tennessee Education Association and the National Education Association.

 SECTION 3.

Dues of Educational Support and Staff members shall be equal to one-half the amount of certified members plus $2.00 for publications from NEA.  Dues for half-time Educational Support and Staff members shall be equal to one-fourth the amount of certified members.

 SECTION 4.

Retired members shall have the option to pay annual dues but such is not required.

 SECTION 5.

Any Active or Educational Support and Staff member who is granted an official leave of absence from duties may retain membership status by paying membership dues directly to the Association.

 

SECTION 6.

The membership year shall extend from the date of enrollment of one year to August 31 of the next year; however, one who paid dues for the previous year will be considered non-delinquent and in continuous membership subject to the rights, privileges, benefits and services provided by his/her category of membership if his/her dues are paid, or payroll deduction is officially authorized, or an alternative dues payment plan is approved by the Executive Board prior to November 1. If by November 1 any person has not made payment of dues or authorized payment through payroll deduction or an alternate dues payment plan approved by the Executive Board, such person shall be considered a non-member until such time as dues are paid or authorized through payroll deduction or alternate dues payment plan approved by the Executive Board. An individual who was not a member of the Association the previous year shall be considered as an official member from the day membership dues are paid or payroll deduction or an alternate dues payment plan are authorized. Membership will be available only in the category in which the person most logically fits. In a question of doubt, the Executive Board is empowered to determine the appropriate category.

 SECTION 7.

Teachers who are elected to posts after January 1, of the school year shall be invited and encouraged to become members for the sum of fifty percent of the local and TEA dues in effect at the time of their appointment, plus appropriate NEA dues.

 

ARTICLE XII – PRESIDENT’S COUNCIL

 SECTION 1.

The Council shall consist of the President, Vice-president, Immediate Past-president, the chairpersons of all standing committees and one Association Representative from the Professional Advisory Council selected by the President.

 SECTION 2.

The Council’s sole responsibility shall be advice the President on implementation of the association programs and policies as adopted by the Executive Board and/or the Representative Assembly.

 

ARTICLE XIII – DELEGATES TO THE TEA AND NEA

 SECTION 1.  TEA Representative Assembly:

A.  Delegates to the annual TEA Representative Assembly shall be nominated through open nominated and elected by secret ballot of Active members following the guidelines of TEA. These delegates shall be elected no later than April 1 each year.

B.  Names of the delegates shall be submitted to the TEA at least one month in advance of the dates of the Assembly.

 SECTION 2.  NEA Representative Assembly:

A.  Election of delegates and successor delegates to the NEA Representative Assembly shall be secret ballot of the entire membership for each individual delegate position.

 B. Names of elected delegates and successor delegates shall be submitted to the NEA in advance of the Assembly.

C.  Delegates and successor delegates must be members of this Association.

 

ARTICLE XIV – FISCAL YEAR

 The fiscal year of this Association shall be from July 1 of one year through June 30 of the following year.

 

ARTICLE XV – AUTHORITY

 Robert’s Rules of Order Revised shall be the parliamentary authority for the Association in all questions not covered by the Constitution and Bylaws and such standing rules as the Representative Assembly may adopt.

 

ARTICLE XVI – AMENDMENTS

 The membership may amend or repeal the Bylaws by a majority of those voting, provided that this procedure is followed sequentially:

A.  That copies of the proposed amendments have been distributed and discussed at the regular meeting of the Representative Assembly;

B.  that the Association Representative has presented and discussed the proposed amendments to the membership in each designated building prior to the vote; and

C.  the vote shall take place within ten school days from the date the report is made to the Representative Assembly;

 All amendments shall take effect immediately following the vote at which they were ratified except when a different effective date shall have been specified.

 

Amended 1992, 1995, 1998, 2001, 2002, 2007, 2009, 2014

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CONSTITUTION

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KNOX COUNTY EDUCATION ASSOCIATION

 

ARTICLE I  —  NAME AND AFFILIATION

SECTION 1.

The name of this Association shall be the Knox County Education Association, herein referred to as the Association or the KCEA.

SECTION 2.

The organization shall be affiliated with the Tennessee Education Association (TEA) and with the National Education Association (NEA) and shall meet with the minimum standards for affiliation as set forth in the TEA and NEA governance documents.

 

ARTICLE II  —  PURPOSE

SECTION 1.

To work for the welfare of public school students, the advancement of public education, and the improvement of instructional opportunities for all.

SECTION 2.

To support and strengthen the teaching profession and to secure and maintain economic and professional security for all members.

SECTION 3.

To develop and promote the adoption of such ethical practices, personnel policies, working conditions, and standards of preparation and participation as marks of the profession.

SECTION 4.

To enable members to speak with a common voice on matters pertaining to the teaching profession and to present their individual and common interests before the Board of Education and other legal authorities.

SECTION 5.

To hold property, funds and other assets, and to employ a staff for the attainment of these purposes.

 

ARTICLE III—MEMBERSHIP

SECTION 1. Membership Categories

Membership in the Association shall consist of the following classifications:  active certified and classified public school employees, and retirees.  All questions regarding such matters as classification, eligibility, and privileges of members shall be determined by the Executive Board and approved by the Representative Assembly of the Association.

a. Active Members

1.  Active membership in the Association shall be open to all personnel employed by the Knox County school system, who support the purposes and goals and agree to abide by the Code of Ethics of the Association. An active member is entitled to all rights and privileges of membership in the Association.

2.  Active members of the Association shall also maintain membership in the Tennessee Education Association and the National Education Association.

3.  Membership shall become effective upon statement of intent of payment of annual dues and shall continue in accordance with the provisions of this Constitution and Bylaws and with the policies and regulations adopted by the Representative Assembly of the Association. Active membership shall be continuous until the member leaves the school system, resigns from the Association, fails to pay membership dues or fails to comply with all rules and regulations of this Association.

b. Retirees

Members who retire may continue as honorary members for life.  They shall not be eligible to vote, hold office, nor represent the Association.

 

SECTION 2.   Discipline of Members

No member may be censured, suspended from membership, or expelled, or cancelled from membership in this Association unless the member concerned has been given due notice of such an action and has had an opportunity for a due process hearing before the Executive Board.  Any disciplinary action taken may be appealed to the Executive Board, the Representative Assembly and /or the Association.  The Executive Board may reinstate a member who has previously been suspended or expelled from the Association.

 

ARTICLE IV  —  OFFICERS

SECTION 1. General Officers

a. The officers of the Association shall consist of a president and vice president, the immediate past president, a secretary, and a treasurer. A qualified parliamentarian shall be an appointed officer without voting privileges in Executive Board and Representative Assembly meetings. However, s/he shall have the same privileges to vote as any other member in a general membership meeting of the Association.

b.  Officers shall have been members of the United Education Profession (KCEA, TEA, NEA) for at least three years prior to their election and shall maintain their membership in good standing during their terms of service.

SECTION 2.  Method of Selection

a.  The president, vice president, the secretary and the treasurer shall be elected by acclamation at the representative assembly if only one candidate is nominated or by secret ballot by the membership at large according to the procedures outlined in Article X of the Bylaws. The parliamentarian shall be appointed by the president and approved by the Executive Board. The parliamentarian shall not have voting privileges in the Executive Board or Representative Assembly meetings. However, s/he shall have the same privileges to vote as any other member in a general membership meeting of the Association.

 b.  The immediate past president shall be the person who has completed the full term of office as president for which s/he has most recently been elected.

SECTION 3. Terms and Succession

a.  The term of office of the president and vice president shall be two (2) years and said officers shall serve no more than two consecutive terms in the office to which elected.

 b.  The secretary and the treasurer shall serve for a two (2) year term and may succeed themselves. In the event a member has served (2) two consecutive terms as secretary or treasurer, a full elective term must have elapsed before said individual is eligible for reelection to this office. This amendment becomes effective 2010-2011.

c.  The elected officers shall assume office on the first day of July following their election and shall hold office until their qualified successors have assumed office.

SECTION 4.  Filling of Vacancies

a.  Should a vacancy occur in the office of president, the vice president shall assume the office of president for the remainder of the unexpired term. If the unexpired term is for a period of 18 months or longer, it shall be considered as equivalent to an elected term of the presidency. If the unexpired term is for a period of less than 18 months, the vice president shall serve the remainder of the unexpired term and will be eligible to stand for re-election to a two (2) year term.

 b.  In the event that the office of president is vacated and the vice-president becomes the president with three (3) or more months remaining until the next election, the executive board shall appoint a new vice president by the recommendation of the president.

 c.  In the event that the office of vice-president is vacated with three (3) or more months remaining until the next election, the executive board shall appoint a new vice president by the recommendation of the president.

d.  If the office of both president and the vice-president become vacant at the same time between elections, except as provided in Article V, Section 3 of the Constitution, and more than three (3) months remain until the next election, the remaining members of the Executive Board shall choose one of their number to serve as president pro tempore until the next election cycle can be held for these officers.

 e.  If the office of the secretary or treasurer becomes vacant and more than three (3) months remain until the next election, the executive board shall appoint a secretary or treasurer by the recommendation of the president. If less than three (3) months remain until the next election, the Executive Board shall elect by secret ballot one of their number to serve the remainder of the unexpired term.

 f.  Persons elected to fill such vacancies shall take office the day following their election.

 g.  If the position of parliamentarian shall become vacant, the vacancy shall be filled as provided in Article IV, Section 1 of this Constitution.

 

ARTICLE V  —  EXECUTIVE BOARD

SECTION 1.

The Executive Board shall consist of the officers and twelve representative members. Any TEA Board Member and/or NEA Director (if he/she is a member of the Knox County Education Association) shall serve as an ex officio, non-voting member.

a.  Members shall have been Association members for a minimum of three years prior to accepting a nomination to the Executive Board.

b.  Nine certified classroom teachers shall be elected on three year staggered terms. Four (4) of the nine shall be elected by and from the Pre-K-5 schools; two (2) of the nine by and from 6-8 schools; and two (2) of the nine by and from 9-12 schools (including vocational centers), and one (1) of the nine by and from identified non-traditional school sites.

c.  Three (3) members shall be elected at-large for three (3)year terms. One of these positions shall be designated as ethnic minority; one shall be designated as administrative, and the other shall be designated as Education Support Professional (ESP).

d.  Representative members of the Executive Board having served a full three-year term may be allowed to be elected to succeed herself/himself for one additional term.

 e.  Terms of Executive Board members shall begin on July 1.

SECTION 2.

The total composition of the Executive Board shall reflect a representation of the ethnic minority members at least proportional to the ethnic minority membership in the Association.  Also, there shall be proportional representation of classroom teachers, ESP’s, and administrators.  The total composition of the Executive Board shall reflect a proportional representation of ethnic minorities and administrators, as there are active members in the Association. If this representation is not reflected after a normal election process, additional representation shall be nominated and elected at large for a one (1) year term to fulfill this requirement.

 SECTION 3.

Whenever a 2/3 majority of the Executive Board shall agree that an officer or Executive Board member has been grossly negligent of the duties defined in the Bylaws or is incapacitated, they may recommend to the Representative Assembly of the Association that the office be declared vacant.  The officer concerned must have been given due notice of such an action and must have had an opportunity for a due process hearing before the Executive Board.  In the case of an Executive Board member, if the Assembly so votes by a 2/3 majority, it shall immediately elect a replacement to fill the unexpired term.

 SECTION 4.

If vacancies for elected positions on the Executive Board occur more than three (3) months prior to the next regular election, the Executive Board shall elect, through secret ballot or by acclamation, an Association member qualified to fill that position by recommendation of the president.  Persons so appointed shall take office the day following the appointment.  All appointees shall hold office until the next regular election when the members shall elect a successor who shall take office on the first (1st) day of July for the reminder of the unexpired term.

 SECTION 5.

Under personnel policies adopted by the Representative Assembly and within the annual budget, the Executive Board shall have the power to employ a staff for the efficient management of the Association.

 

ARTICLE VI  —  REPRESENTATIVE ASSEMBLY

SECTION 1.

The legislative and policy-forming body of the Association shall be the Representative Assembly.

SECTION 2.

The Representative Assembly shall consist of the Executive Board, and one or more representatives elected from each school faculty and the central administrative office as determined under the Bylaws, Article VI, Section 1.  The election of delegates shall follow the same provisions for representation of ethnic minorities, classroom teachers, ESPs and administrators as provided in Article V, Section 2, of this Constitution.

 SECTION 3.

Any member of the Association who is not a member of the Representative Assembly may attend its meetings and may receive permission to speak but may not vote.

 

ARTICLE VII   –   AMENDMENTS

The membership may amend or repeal the Constitution by a two-thirds (2/3) majority of those voting, provided that this procedure is followed sequentially:

(1) that copies of the proposed amendments have been distributed and discussed at the regular meeting of the Representative Assembly; and

(2) that the Association Representative has presented and discussed the proposed amendments to the membership in each designated building prior to the vote; and

(3) that the vote shall take place within ten school days from the date that the report is made to the Representative Assembly.

All amendments shall take effect immediately following the vote at which they were ratified except when a different effective date shall have been specified.

 

Adopted January 17, 1989

Amended March 9, 2009

Amended April 14, 2014

KCS Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU)

2557_KCS CC MOU 12-02-2014

NEA President: Business Leaders and Teachers as Best Friends

Why Business Leaders Should Be Teachers’ Best Friends

NEA President Lily Eskelsen García discusses why we must educate students for work and society in the 21st Century, and reject a “fill-in-the-blanks” approach in favor of policies that nurture creative thinking and meet the needs of the “whole child”.

“I am a union leader. You are business leaders. And I think the story of the day is that you and I are best friends. At least we should be best friends.”

NEA President, Lily Eskelsen Garcia, is introduced at 6:20.

Broadcast live streaming video on Ustream

 

l_garcia_145x200Lily Eskelsen García is president of the National Education Association, the nation’s largest labor union. Lily began her career in education as a school lunch lady and now leads a professional association of three million educators.

Collaborative Conferencing Poll - 2014

 

WHAT AM I BEING ASKED TO VOTE FOR, BEGINNING NOVEMBER 19, 2014?

Beginning Wednesday November 19 & ending at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday November 25, an online poll will be conducted to determine if eligible professional employees of Knox County Schools want to continue Collaborative Conferencing.

 

WHY ARE WE DOING THIS?

This is in accordance with the State of TN Professional Educators Collaborative Conferencing Act of 2011, “PECCA.”

 

HOW DO I KNOW THE POLL IS CONFIDENTIAL?

Votenet Solution, a company specializing in online confidential polling, will administer the poll. None

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KCS BOE DISTRICT 2 CANDIDATE FORUM

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Knox County Schools Board of Education, District 2 Candidate Forum:

Monday, October 13, 6:00 – 7:15 p.m

Christenberry Community Center 931 Oglewood Avenue The League of Women Voters of Knoxville/Knox County (LWVKKC) and the Knox County Education Association (KCEA) will hold a moderated forum to inform voters about District 2 Board of Education candidates running in the general election November 4, 2014.

Charlotte Dorsey, Jamie Rowe and Tracey Sanger will participate in the forum on Monday, October 13, 6:00 – 7:15 p.m., at the Christenberry Community Center, 931 Oglewood Avenue, Knoxville 37919. Matt Shafer Powell, Director of News Content and

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