HCTA Reporter - October 2014

We hope everyone has taken some time to look through the ratification documents. If you have and you have questions, we have a lot of great information to share with you in our latest HCTA Reporter. Our Fall 2014 edition covers a variety of important topics, such as contract ratification, explanation of MOUs, the importance of voting (both in the ratification process and the upcoming General Election, etc. 

You can access this issue of the Reporter here:

Contract Ratification 2014-2015

The Hillsborough Classroom Teachers Association (HCTA) reached tentative agreements with the School District of Hillsborough County on the following items:

Additional information about these documents is available here:

This Q & A document will continue to be updated as we receive more questions.

Active employees of the Hillsborough County School District, in the Teacher Bargaining Unit and the ESP Bargaining Unit (Para and Clerical), are eligible and encouraged to vote on the ratification of these agreements. By law, both members and non-members are eligible to vote.

The HCTA Election Committee will meet on October 23 and October 24, 2014 to tally the ballots. To be counted, your ballot must be returned to the HCTA office in the return envelope provided by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, October 22, 2014. You may return your ballot through school mail or you may drop it off at the HCTA office, where we will maintain a secure ballot box. If the contract is ratified, the Hillsborough County School Board will then vote on the agreements. At such time as both the union and the district have ratified the agreements, relevant pay changes will be effective and retroactive to July 1, 2014.

If you lose or damage your ballot, you may come to the HCTA office to request a new ballot. Anyone requesting a replacement ballot will be required to show a valid photo ID and provide their Lawson number. All established deadlines will still apply. 

PLEASE NOTE: if you have recently changed schools as a result of pool placements or other transfers, our data may reflect your prior placement depending on when the district completed the transfer in their system. If you have a recent move, you may want to contact relevant staff at your prior site and have them forward your ballot or arrange for pick-up. You may also come to the HCTA office to vote (as described above).

If you have any questions regarding the ratification process, please contact the HCTA office at 813-238-7902 or by e-mail at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
HCTA union members who have questions regarding the content of the attachments may call their HCTA Staff Rep at 813-238-7902. Employees who are not HCTA union members should contact the HR Department for clarification of any questions they may have.

Want a FREE T-shirt?

Volunteer for just one hour!

Phone Banking - every Tuesday and Thursday from 4 pm to 7 pm at the HCTA Building.
Candidate Walks - every Saturday. Times may vary, but will typically be between 9 am and noon.
Sign Waving - every Wednesday in October from 4:30 pm to 6 pm. Location will vary.

For phone banking and candidate walks, you will be talking to HCTA MEMBERS ONLY.

Volunteer for just one hour for any of these activities and you will receive this cool t-shirt. Send an email to Mary Proud at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call her at 813-238-7902 to let her know when and where you will volunteer and what size shirt you need.

PS - Don’t forget to go to http://www.votehillsborough.org and submit your request for your “Vote By Mail” ballot! It’s the easiest way to vote!



HCTA is hosting a “ROCK THE VOTE” Parking Lot Party on Thursday, October 2nd, 2014 from 4 pm to 7 pm. You can register to vote, update your current registration and request a Vote By Mail ballot while enjoying some delicious food and the great company of your peers and HCTA Staff. If you can’t make it to the event, we have an easy way for you to register to vote. Just click on the image below and you’ll be on your way to being registered in just minutes. Don’t wait…Rock Your Registration Right Now!



2014 Primary Election Results

To view the full results of the Primary Election for Hillsborough County, go to the Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections site:


To view results for other counties, go to the Florida Division of Elections site:


Political Material

During this election season, SDHC employees may receive political material from candidates who may have been endorsed by HCTA. Please be assured that we do not share ANY information about our members with anyone. If you have received emails or letters from any candidate via school email, please notify your administrator, so that the district may address the issue.

Dues Increase

August 1, 2014

HCTA’s local union dues will not increase this year and there is no increase to pass through from AFT or AFL-CIO. However, FEA and NEA have increased their dues, so there will be an overall increase of $10.40 for the year. For 2014-15, teacher dues will be $32.84 per pay period (20 pay periods) and ESP dues will be $16.45 (20 pay periods).

MOSI is offering FREE MOSI BASIC Membership to SDHC employees!

Requires proof of current employment with the school district. Click on the image below to go to MOSI’s web site for more information.

Legislative Update - 04/15/14

Most State Building Money Now Goes to Charter Schools
By William March | Tribune Staff - Published: April 14, 2014
TAMPA ­­— U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor plunged into the argument over charter schools vs. traditional public schools Monday, accusing charter school advocates in the state Legislature of “theft of tax dollars from our public schools.” Read more here:

Most state building money now goes to charter schools

Traditional Public Schools are Shortchanged as Construction Funding Flows to Charters
By Marlene Sokol | Times Staff Writer - Published: April 14, 2014
TAMPA — Despite the prospect of renewed construction money for traditional public schools, two Democratic leaders insist the state is still giving too generously to charters. Read more here:

Traditional public schools are shortchanged

State’s Stance on Education Too Complex For My Public School Brain
By John Romano | Times Columnist - Published: April 14, 2014
Please forgive me, but I am a dim-witted product of Florida’s inferior public schools. Big numbers confuse me and grandiose ideas are beyond my grasp. For instance, I have a difficult time following the game plan of our super-smart state leaders when it comes to public education. Try as I might, their logic escapes me. Read more here:

Logic of education funding escapes me

ESE Certification Requirements

During the 2013 Legislative Session, Senate Bill 1108 was passed and signed into law. Section 9 of the bill added an ESE instruction component of 20 inservice hours or 1 college credit to the professional certification requirements. Read more about the bill and how it may impact you here: