Buncombe County Association of Educators along with Asheville City Association of Educators is pleased to announce our 2020 Election Endorsements.
Here is a little information about the endorsement process:
We want to say thank you to all of the candidates who came and interviewed. It was a thorough and comprehensive process that each candidate completed thoughtfully and exhaustively.
Please support these candidates by casting your vote in their favor and sharing our recommendations with your family and friends. Our Apple Cards are the most trusted recommendation tool during this election process, because it comes from teachers, based on issues, not partisan politics. We are proud to offer it to you and to the public who value our public schools and want to make them strong for ALL of our children.
North Buncombe District
NC House of Representatives 114th District
NC House of Representatives 115th District
NC House of Representatives 116th District
US Congress 11th District
NC Senate 48th District
NC Senate 49th District
Now we are being pushed to choose between the safety of our children or our ability to make a living.
If you are a member and have a concern that involves our legal team- Here is a link.
Our asks of the NC General Assembly are simple:
1. Maintain at least 2019-20 levels of per-pupil funding for the 2020-21 school year
2. Fully fund the requirements for re-opening of schools determined by the State Department of Health and Human Services as specified in the Strong Schools Public Health Toolkit.
3. Direct appropriate decision-making bodies to meet with public school employees, convened by the North Carolina Association of Educators, for the purpose of co-creating conditions of re-entry that respect the concerns of our students, families, and staff (i.e. safety, healthcare, teaching and learning, racial and economic justice, etc.)
At tonight’s BCS Board of Education meeting, the board voted on a motion to revise our Return to Learn plans after hearing from our re-entry subcommittees, stakeholder feedback, and our local public health experts.
High school and Early College students who have chosen Plan B will return to in-person learning two days per week beginning October 19. Students will attend in-person on the same A/B schedule* as our K-8 students, who will remain on the current A/B in-person rotation. Wednesdays will remain a remote-only learning day for ALL students.
Our high school administrators will follow up with families with more scheduling details.
Please know that all of these plans are subject to change depending on health conditions in our schools and COVID-19 metrics in our community. We continue to work closely with local health officials and will follow their guidance in this matter.
*Current A/B Rotation:
Group A will attend class on Monday and Tuesday. Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday will be remote learning days.
Group B will attend class on Thursday and Friday. Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday will be remote learning days.
*This Return to Learn Plan does NOT apply to families who have already committed to our remote-only option for the remainder of the semester.
*Students in Grade 13 are our Buncombe County Early College students.
BCAE is advocating for our members at every turn. We will be sending out another survey shortly!
As always, we encourage you to VOICE YOUR OPINION! If you have strong feelings about school reopening please send an email to your principal, superintendent, and all your board members.
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Did you know that BCAE provides scholarships to our members for costs associated to professional development and related coursework? Advanced degrees, National Boards, additional certifications - We know that professional improvement is not cheap, but well worth the investment, so we want to make it a little easier for you! We will be awarding up to $250 per applicant chosen.
Only active NCAE members are eligible for awards. PD scholarships can includes workshops, academic conventions, National Board, and professional development. Higher Ed awards are given to classes taken at accredited colleges and universities.
Application for the scholarship must be made through the Buncombe County Association of Educators (BCAE). The BCAE Scholarship Committee will review all applications and place those which meet the criteria in a lottery. Note: You must be a CURRENT BCAE member to apply. Completed applications must be received at the BCAE office by May 31st each year. Please email application to BCAE President, bcaeWNC@gmail.com, along with all supporting documentation (please take a picture of your receipts to attach). The executive board serves as the committee that reviews the applications. Recipients will be notified no later than August 15th of each year.