Kristal Valencia

PVFT’s Love in Times of COVID-19 Fund

PVFT’s Love In Times of COVID-19

PVFT Educators Show Compassion

As Santa Cruz County faced COVID-19 and ordered for its members to shelter in place, we were tasked with completely transforming our work and home life routines. For some, this meant intensifying the various hardships already endured everyday. Since we started shelter in place, Pajaro Valley Federation of Teachers educators have worked tirelessly to flip our curriculum upside down and transition to online learning, all the while meeting the needs of our students and their families. Many of whom work 2 to 3 jobs in order to make ends meet and keep up the cost of living. The CARES Act was created to help lessen the financial injury of COVID-19, but it is no secret that some of these families do not qualify. In combination with living in a county with one of the highest costs of living, this has increased the financial struggle that many of these families face.  

As millions of workers have applied for unemployment, it is apparent that the economic fallout will greatly affect many of our families, especially those families who are unable to receive these supports or benefits. Moving through 2020, a humanitarian crisis brews for members of our community. 

Our union, Pajaro Valley Federation of Teachers, has relentlessly worked and demanded to make workers and families a priority during this crisis, while supporting our most vulnerable members in their time of need. Thanks to our union’s advocacy we are fortunate to keep our jobs and pay. As educators, union members, and advocates for our community, it is imperative that we do not ignore the needs of our PVUSD families and that we stand by our underrepresented community members. Join PVFT educators in pledging to give part or all of the stimulus check to create a fund for unqualifying laborers and PVUSD families. 

Fill out this survey at https://bit.ly/pvftstimulusfundto pledge in joining other educators with donating all or part of our stimulus checks to our families in need.

Negotiations Update 02/18/2020

Call to Action!

Friday, February 21st

RALLY @ Green Valley and Main from 7-8AM and

AGAIN at the Freedom overpass at 3:30PM!

Wednesday, February 26th

Board Meeting @ City Council

RALLY in front of Library beginning @6

There will be sign-making and pizza!!

Today marked the 19th meeting between PVFT and PVUSD for this cycle of negotiations that started in May of last school year. On a positive note, we did come to an agreement on Article VII and are making progress towards caseload cap language. We had several teacher experts join our last two sessions to give the district a first hand understaning of the necessity and value of this contract language. Those proposals are now with the District to work on language. On a less positive note, we received yet another total compensation proposal for 1% that relies on contigency language to increase student ADA to 97%. This so called raise would not go into effect until ratification. Today the District informed us that they have been giving, and giving, and giving, and we are not reciprocating. So, let’s GIVE them a piece of our minds.

CFT Pledge and Voter Guide 2020

Take the CFT pledge today to vote your values this election

It’s never been more important to stand up for fully funded, accessible, and equitable schools. As educators, classified professionals, and faculty, we’re committed to our students, our communities, and each other. Our voice makes a difference for quality public education—we’re stronger together. 

Take the pledge today to vote your values and be a voice for public education in California. 

There’s a lot at stake in this election and your vote will help protect quality public education in California. Join us and stand up for fully funded, accessible, and equitable schools. Please sign the CFT pledge today to protect our public schools and our communities.

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Educators choice voter guide now online 

CFT members who are ready to vote should make sure to check out CFT’s Educators Choice voter guide. The guide contains recommendations from CFT and our local unions on candidates and initiatives for state and local races throughout the state.

Important vote-by-mail information for “No Party Preference” voters 

California utilizes a “Modified Closed Primary” structure for presidential primaries, which means that voters only get a presidential primary ballot for the political party with which they are registered.   

However, exceptions apply for voters who are registered as “No Party Preference” (NPP).   

Three of California’s political parties allow voters who are registered NPP to request their ballot: The American Independent Party, the Democratic Party, and the Libertarian Party. In order for NPP voters to request a mail ballot from one of the three parties that allow that option, they must complete a vote by mail application no later than February 25. That application can be found on the California Secretary of State’s website.

Reminder: February 18 is the last day to register to vote in the primary 

There is still time to register for the March 3 primary, but the deadline of Tuesday, February 18 is fast approaching. Register online today and please help spread the word!

CFT Pledge and Voter Guide PDF with links

National School Counselor Week

Member Spotlight

The week of February 3rd, 2020, was dedicated to the hard working counselors in our school district. Here we celebrate five of our counselors and get a glimpse of their commitment to devotion and service for our students in PVUSD.

PVFT is grateful for the dedication to quality education and service for our students in PVUSD this week and every week.

Thank you PVFT Counselor members!

This week is National School Counseling Week. Our counselors provide a special and vital component in the daily lives of…

Posted by PVFT – Pajaro Valley Federation of Teachers on Monday, February 3, 2020
Jose Morelos, a School Counselor @ Pajaro Middle School

Today is the second day of National School Counseling Week. Our counselors provide a special and vital component in the…

Posted by PVFT – Pajaro Valley Federation of Teachers on Tuesday, February 4, 2020
Terry McInerney, a counselor @ Adult Education

We continue to honor our counselors during National School Counselor week by demonstrating the ways they enhance…

Posted by PVFT – Pajaro Valley Federation of Teachers on Wednesday, February 5, 2020
Wendy San Juan @
Edward A. Hall Middle school

We continue to honor our counselors during National School Counselor week by demonstrating the ways they enhance…

Posted by PVFT – Pajaro Valley Federation of Teachers on Thursday, February 6, 2020
Ramiro Medrano @ Pajaro Valley High School

We are closing out National School Counselor week by demonstrating the ways they enhance students' education. National…

Posted by PVFT – Pajaro Valley Federation of Teachers on Friday, February 7, 2020
Theresa Lerma @ Pacific Coast Charter School

Concierto Folklorico

Come enjoy an evening of dance, music, and culture on Friday at the Mello Center! The money earned from this event goes to providing scholarships for PVUSD bilingual students.