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    23 comments
    mlaiuppa
    mlaiuppa subscriber

    No one seems to understand that if the district offices were empty, the school offices were empty, no secretaries, no administrators, no custodians, (no school board) that children would still learn as long as the teachers were there. But when there are no teachers, you no longer have a school. Putting children first is putting teachers first too. Even without the white boards, the technology, even paper and pencils, learning will still happen. But without the teachers? Yeah, good luck with that.

    mlaiuppa
    mlaiuppa

    No one seems to understand that if the district offices were empty, the school offices were empty, no secretaries, no administrators, no custodians, (no school board) that children would still learn as long as the teachers were there. But when there are no teachers, you no longer have a school. Putting children first is putting teachers first too. Even without the white boards, the technology, even paper and pencils, learning will still happen. But without the teachers? Yeah, good luck with that.

    John de Beck
    John de Beck subscriber

    I still say that a NEGOTIATED pay reduction that involves vouchers for the lost pay ...guaranteed from any NEW funds (from any source) to all employees ...in exchange for no LAYOFFS ... would be best for everyone. Had that idea been acceptable WHEN I FIRST PROPOSED IT, the percentages of cuts would be far less now. In the great depression (1930's) this actually happened, and those in the public wishing to support teachers just paid them for the vouchers...some at face value, so the teachers didn't suffer so much. No wonder that teaching THEN was cosidered an important and SECURE job (NOT UNIONIZED EITHER). I still don't like the idea of sacrificing the next generation of new teachers for a pay raise for those with higher seniority. They won't EVER forget the union which abandoned them!

    deBeck
    deBeck

    I still say that a NEGOTIATED pay reduction that involves vouchers for the lost pay ...guaranteed from any NEW funds (from any source) to all employees ...in exchange for no LAYOFFS ... would be best for everyone. Had that idea been acceptable WHEN I FIRST PROPOSED IT, the percentages of cuts would be far less now. In the great depression (1930's) this actually happened, and those in the public wishing to support teachers just paid them for the vouchers...some at face value, so the teachers didn't suffer so much. No wonder that teaching THEN was cosidered an important and SECURE job (NOT UNIONIZED EITHER). I still don't like the idea of sacrificing the next generation of new teachers for a pay raise for those with higher seniority. They won't EVER forget the union which abandoned them!

    John de Beck
    John de Beck subscriber

    EVERY ACT HAS UNFORSEEN CONSEQUENCES, and I think March 15 notices were well thought out. The problem isn't the notices, it's the budget decisons that have been made in Sacramento for the past few years and the ad hoc actions of our local education leaders. It may be time for a new board and a new union!

    deBeck
    deBeck

    EVERY ACT HAS UNFORSEEN CONSEQUENCES, and I think March 15 notices were well thought out. The problem isn't the notices, it's the budget decisons that have been made in Sacramento for the past few years and the ad hoc actions of our local education leaders. It may be time for a new board and a new union!

    George Holbrook
    George Holbrook subscriber

    Again, commenters above may have stable employment and tenure in whatever jobs they hold, but the teachers that are vulnerable to layoff in these troubled times need 6 to 9 months notice that their jobs are at risk to start the job search process. I detect a real disconnect with reality here.

    geoh808
    geoh808

    Again, commenters above may have stable employment and tenure in whatever jobs they hold, but the teachers that are vulnerable to layoff in these troubled times need 6 to 9 months notice that their jobs are at risk to start the job search process. I detect a real disconnect with reality here.

    mlaiuppa
    mlaiuppa subscriber

    Oh, and if the district is asking me to help them it better not turn right around and cut my pay 6% and extend the furlough days for five more years as a show of appreciation for all my hard work.

    mlaiuppa
    mlaiuppa

    Oh, and if the district is asking me to help them it better not turn right around and cut my pay 6% and extend the furlough days for five more years as a show of appreciation for all my hard work.

    ScrippsDad
    ScrippsDad subscriber

    Regardless - let's be real and recognize that there is virtually no likelihood (although I do hold out hope) that this will happen by March 15 this year, when, once again, per LAW, not District or SDEA desire, pink slips must be delivered.

    ScrippsDad
    ScrippsDad

    Regardless - let's be real and recognize that there is virtually no likelihood (although I do hold out hope) that this will happen by March 15 this year, when, once again, per LAW, not District or SDEA desire, pink slips must be delivered.

    Matt Kocik
    Matt Kocik subscriber

    not just moving when the District can lay people off. that is a step in the right direction, but I fear it is not enough.

    mattK
    mattK

    not just moving when the District can lay people off. that is a step in the right direction, but I fear it is not enough.

    PerroGrande
    PerroGrande

    Getting the dates changed is a no brainer. Should have been done years ago. I hope both sides (and the rest of the state) get's behind this. The flipside is, can you really get California's legislature to change a law in just over a month?

    Mark Giffin
    Mark Giffin subscribermember

    Loosening the ropes on the pig is a start

    mgland
    mgland

    Loosening the ropes on the pig is a start

    Scott Barnett
    Scott Barnett subscriber

    Moving this deadline from March 15 to summer will do so much to reduce the terrible stress on our certificated staff of teachers, counselors and nurses. Thanks to President John Lee Evans and Sup. Kowba for jumping on this historic opportunity.

    Scott Barnett SD School Board
    Scott Barnett SD School Board

    Moving this deadline from March 15 to summer will do so much to reduce the terrible stress on our certificated staff of teachers, counselors and nurses. Thanks to President John Lee Evans and Sup. Kowba for jumping on this historic opportunity.

    Rick Froehbrodt
    Rick Froehbrodt subscriber

    I think this is a good idea. There is a great deal of energy and emotion, much of it misdirected at both the district and the union, surrounding the March 15 deadline. Moving it to bring it into line with the actual budgeting would save a lot of grief.

    A teacher
    A teacher

    I think this is a good idea. There is a great deal of energy and emotion, much of it misdirected at both the district and the union, surrounding the March 15 deadline. Moving it to bring it into line with the actual budgeting would save a lot of grief.

    dana deima
    dana deima subscriber

    I love the photo here.


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