California Teacher Association – Berryessa


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CTAB Information

A message from our CTAB President

May 11, 2020

See the MOU during COVID -19 Pandemic Page

Start Date of the 20-21 School Year Remains the Same!
The start of the 20-21 school year will remain the same.  The first day of school with students will be Monday, August 17, 2020. Transmittal of 19-20 Final Report Cards to be Mailed

Students will receive their final report card of 19-20 in the mail.  Stay tuned for details via BUSD Management.

School Access Committee Formed

In light of the many concerns CTAB members have expressed to be able to access their classrooms, CTAB Leadership and BUSD Management have jointly formed the School Access Committee.  The Committee  will be collaborating to create a schedule in order for CTAB members, staff, and families/students are able to access school sites for various reasons and with unique accommodations while maintaining Shelter-In-Place safety guidelines.

Negotiations To Continue Amid COVID-19 Pandemic and Budget Crisis
Negotiations between CTAB and BUSD Management will resume virtually on Wednesday, May 20.  With a large budget deficit forecast due to COVID-19, it is more important than ever to get involved to ensure that gains accomplished remain intact and that austerity does not become the strategy of budget implementation.  In these unprecedented times, our united active engagement will make the difference(see Organizing Webinars attachment).  If you would like to be a part of the planning of activities or events, please contact Kris Clarke at or Joe Hermann at for more information.

Schools and Communities First Initiative Qualifies for November Ballot
Thank you to all of our members, families, community members, and everyone who helped to qualify the Schools and Communities First (SCF) initiative for the November Ballot.  Now it’s time to advocate for SCF’s passage in November.  Why pass SCF?  If SCF passes in November, it will reclaim $12 billion per year for K-12 schools, community colleges, and local communities.  If SCF passes in November, the Berryessa Union School District will receive approximately $5 million dollars annually into its budget.  Public education needs you!  Please consider getting actively involved in whatever way or ways that you are able (see Political Trainings attachment).  You can also visit for other information on how to get involved.

CTAB ZOOM Session – Ideas On How To Use Instructional Aides and Para Professionals in Distance Learning
Many CTAB Members have been reaching out to CTAB Leadership asking, “How do I use my Instructional Aide or Para Professional in my Distance Learning classroom?”  Therefore, under the Chairwomanship of CTAB Vice President, Radha Bala, a CTAB ZOOM Session will be held on Wednesday, May 13 from 3:30pm – 4:30pm.  The purpose of this ZOOM session will be to brainstorm ways to be able to use Instructional Aides and Para Professionals in our Distance Learning classrooms.  If you are interested in attending, please send your personal email to Radha Bala at  If you are unable to make the ZOOM meeting, and if you have information or input you would like to submit, please email Radha Bala.

Thank you for all that you do for students and our learning communities,

Joe Hermann

CTAB President Together We Win!               CTAB/CTA/NEA   #Best4berryessa

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Berryessa Students Deserve the Best!

Your CTAB Agreement Version 12 2/13/2020

California Teachers Association of Berryessa/
(effective 10/05/2007-ReApproved 03/12/2012)

CTAB- Building Reps Please use this link for reporting T-shirts, Stickers and 10-minute meetings :Google Form

Meet Your CTAB Executive Board and CTA Executive Director

2019 CTAB Negotiating Team

President: Joe Hermann:
Brooktree; C: 408-460-9961;
Vice-President & CTA State Council Representative: Radha Balla:
Cherrywood; C: 408-705-6350;
Secretary: Elise Boyd:
Treasurer: Melanie Ontiveros:
Middle School Representative (1): Vacant
Elementary School Representatives (2):
John Cheadle:

Northwood; email:
Gail Hybarger:
CTA Executive Director: Kris Clarke:
CTA Mount Hamilton Office: 408-272-0601

Dear NEA Members,

There’s so much fear in our homes, schools, and in the media right now, that for many of us, Election Day seems too far away to consider. But as the U.S. struggles to fight against a pandemic on the rise, the need for solid, informed, compassionate leadership has never been more important.

After nearly four years of Donald Trump and Betsy DeVos’s anti-student and anti-public school agenda, we are ready to fire Betsy DeVos once and for all.

We want members like you to be the first to hear the important news: Today, NEA is officially recommending Joe Biden for president!

Catch Up on the Education Issues Important to NEA and You.



While Congress has allotted various rounds of COVID-19 stimulus, it has yet to fund states and local governments at levels needed to avoid crippling public services and layoffs of essential workers.  Tell Congress that you support the $1 trillion CARES Act to stabilize education funding.

Call to ActionCOVID-19 Pandemic Budget CrisisTake Action!If Congress hears from enough educators, we can secure federal funding for public education.

  • Contact your representative today!
  • Call 855-977-1770 and connect directly to your members of Congress
  • Organize your colleagues to call their representatives

What to SayBe sure to tell your representative:

  • Your name and where you live.
  • Ask them to support providing $1 trillion in the next CARES Act and at least $175 billion for the Education Stabilization Fund.
  • Ask them to support $2 billion for the E-Rate program to promote internet equity.

More InformationA Looming Fiscal Emergency
Due to the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic, state and local budgets will be under siege across the country.  The scale of this economic crisis will quickly deplete any financial reserves states and localities built before the outbreak.
The Need for Federal AidUnlike the federal government, states are required to have balanced budgets, meaning that cuts are likely coming without federal help.  While Congress has allotted various rounds of COVID-19 stimulus, it has yet to fund states and local governments at the levels needed to avoid crippling public services.
We Can Be Part of the SolutionOur members of Congress need to hear from us!  Congress needs to step up and do the right thing for our students and educators by allocating resources to state and local governments.  Specifically, Congress should provide $1 trillion in the next CARES Act and at least $175 billion for the Education Stabilization Fund to distribute to states.  We cannot afford a generation of students subject to underfunded classrooms due to this pandemic.
Education FundingCongress should provide $1 trillion in the next CARES Act and at least $175 billion for the Education Stabilization Fund to distribute to states.  These resources should be allocated by formula, for public pre-K through post-secondary education to fill budget gaps caused by declining state and local revenues due to the COVID-19 national emergency.
Addressing Internet EquityDue to school closures, students are at risk of falling behind their peers because they do not have internet access at home.  To address this, Congress should appropriate at least $2 billion for the successful E-Rate program, administered by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), to help schools procure and distribute Wi-Fi hotspots and connected devices to students who don’t have them at home.

TAKE ACTION!Call 855-977-1770 to be connected to your member of Congress.          Together We Win!          CTAB/CTA/NEA

More Articles To Check Out

See EdJustice Website

Recent events in our nation have once again put a spotlight on a long legacy of racism, violence and white supremacy in our communities. As COVID-19 continues to ravage communities of color, the recent murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Aubrey, and Breonna Taylor have highlighted an inherently broken system and illustrated how deep injustice runs through our health, income, housing, education and policing systems.

In her statement on the murder of George Floyd, NEA President Lily Eskelsen García said, “We must examine how white supremacy culture impacts our biases, our practices, and the policies in our own schools and communities. It is our responsibility as educators to create the space for students to explore, by first evaluating our own biases, privilege and collusion”.

NEA is committed to working with educators towards eradicating racist systems that keep students from attaining the best public education possible. The following resources can help promote deeper understanding around the issues of racism and violence with colleagues, students and families.

Read More here

Governor  Signs Executive Order Ensuring State Funding for Schools Even in Event of Physical Closure

Published: Mar 13, 2020

Order mandates that school districts use dollars to fund distance learning and high quality educational opportunities, safely provide school meals, and arrange for the supervision of students during school hours

Order requires Department of Education and California Health & Human Services Agency to develop strategies to address equity challenges around internet connectivity, ensure students with disabilities receive specialized education, and safely provide meals

Order urges employers to take area school closures into account and provide flexibility during the COVID-19 crisis


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Berryessa Union School District Meeting Calendars.

Rep Council Meetings 3:30- 5:00 At Mt. Hamilton CTA Office

May 12, 2020

June 2, 2020

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