The HCTA Vice President and Board Run-Off Ballot Opens On Monday March 23 at Noon!

The voting window is March 23, 2015 at noon until April 1, 2015 at noon. 

As you know, we use Votenet, a secure online ballot system.  You may access your ballot at: where you will be able to view the ballot and vote. You will be asked to enter a username (your Lawson number) and password (your date of birth). Please note that when entering your date of birth, your entry should include a forward slash ( / ) between the month, the day, and the year.  Additionally, you do not need to enter a zero in front of single digit days or months.

Date of Birth EXAMPLE:  6/14/1980 or 12/5/1975 or 5/3/1962

Once you access the ballot, you will find a photo and biographical data (100 word statement and CV) as submitted by each candidate.  At the end of the voting process you will receive a confirmation number, which you may print for your records. Once you receive this number your vote has been cast and cannot be changed.  Voting will close on Wednesday, February 25 at noon. 

Please note that your personal information is secure and that the election is a secret ballot election.  The unique identifier is simply used to ensure one member gets one vote. 

Please note—all members (Teacher and ESP) vote for the Vice President and only teacher members will vote in the Teacher Seat 4 Run-Off.

If you need assistance with on-line voting, please call the HCTA office immediately at 813-238-7902.

Thank you and please remember to vote!

2015 HCTA Officer and Board Election Results

Voting ended today at noon for the 2015 HCTA Officer and Board Elections. The committee reviewed the voting data this evening and certified the results. As noted below, 2 races were determined and following the procedures set forth in the Hillsborough CTA Bylaws there will be a run-off election for the District 4 Teacher Seat.

Jean Clements was elected with 69% of the votes cast in that race(1177 votes). Amy Gabriel received 31% of the votes (538 votes).

Teacher Director, Seat 2
Barbara Haggerty was elected with 85% of the votes cast in that race (1226 votes). Stephen Kemp received 15% of the votes (210 votes).

Teacher Director, Seat 4
There will be a run-off election between James Stewart, who received 49% of the votes cast in that race (726 votes) and Pearl Ershery, who received 42% of the votes (615 votes).  Vivian Rothstein received 9% (138 votes).

The run-off elections will take place after the March Representative Council. Voting will open on Monday, March 23, 2015 at noon and will close on April 1, 2015 at noon. Voting information will be sent to all members via email and school mail at least a week prior to the start of voting.

New officers and board members will be installed in June 2015.

Thank you to all of the candidates for being actively involved in our organization!

Proclamation - National Education Support Professionals Day

WHEREAS, public schools are the backbone of our democracy, providing young people with the tools they need to maintain our nation’s precious values of freedom, civility and equality; and
WHEREAS, Education Support Professionals are an integral part of the education process; and
WHEREAS, Education Support Professionals provide a safe and healthy learning environment for students; and
WHEREAS, Education Support Professionals work tirelessly to serve our children and communities with care and professionalism.
NOW, THEREFORE,WE, the School Board and Superintendent of Hillsborough County Public Schools; the Hillsborough School Employees Federation; and the Hillsborough Classroom Teachers Association, do hereby proclaim Wednesday November 19, 2014 as National Education Support Professional Day.

2014-2015 Salary Increases

The 2014-2015 Salary & Benefit Agreements for Teachers and ESPs, and Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) were ratified by the employees in the Hillsborough CTA bargaining units on Thursday, October 22, 2014 and by the Hillsborough County School Board on Tuesday, October 28, 2014.

Pay increases will be reflected in the 11/14/14 check and retroactive pay will be paid in the 11/28/14 check.

Thank you to everyone who took the time to vote! Many thanks to the HCTA Election Committee for all of their hard work!

HCTA Job Posting: Receptionist

HCTA currently has a job opening for the position of Receptionist. The Receptionist is expected to have the switchboard open and operational promptly at 8:00 a.m. and throughout the day until 5:00 p.m. The receptionist is also responsible for providing clerical support in order to ensure that HCTA services are provided in an effective and efficient manner.

Click here for a more detailed job description:

To apply, please send a cover letter and current resume to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). The position will be open until filled, but submissions prior to November 7, 2014 are encouraged. 

The Hillsborough Classroom Teachers Association (HCTA) is a labor union representing teachers and educational support professionals working for the School District of Hillsborough County. The union handles negotiations, employee relations and representation, as well as professional development. The HCTA Professional Learning Center, Inc. is a 501(3) non-profit organization dedicated to training and professional development for all educators and education support professionals.

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).

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: