The Reform Panel (Art. 1503) is a joint committee consisting of CEA and administration. The panel seeks to improve educational processes by considering requests for variances to the CEA Master Agreement or board policy. The panel also forms committees on some state-mandated issues. Specific information about variance request procedures is found in our contract on pages 244-246.
Spring is when schools usually come to the Reform Panel to ask for variances from the contract. For example, if a middle school wants a schedule different from the eight-period day, or if a high school or middle school special education teacher wants to teach six periods rather than five in lieu of a duty, teachers could develop a proposal to submit to the Reform Panel. If teachers at a particular school want to institute school uniforms or segregate classes by gender, the School Leadership Team (SLT) can do research on the issue and create a proposal and rationale. If two-thirds of the staff approves the request, it may be presented to the Reform Panel. A majority of Reform Panel members must approve variance requests. The CEA President and the CCS Superintendent must agree to the changes.
You may begin the variance process by making a suggestion to your ABC. The Senior Faculty Representative conducts a building vote, then refers it to the Reform Panel with signatures from both the principal and Senior FR.
Create a cadre of staff members and parents to seek new and innovative programs that would benefit your students. Do your research and make a proposal. The Reform Panel will also help you define potential problems and recommend further steps.
We encourage you to make requests that you think will benefit your school’s effectiveness. This process allows you to create a new learning environment not limited by Board policies or the CEA contract.