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Possible classified staff reductions on Tuesday's school board agenda
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on Apr 13, 2010
At Tuesday night's regularly scheduled meeting, the San Ramon Valley Unified School District will likely decide to reduce hours or eliminate some positions for the classified staff.
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posted Monday, April 12, 2010, 6:59 PM
Posted by PC - Parent
a resident of Alamo
on Apr 15, 2010 at 4:12 pm
Dear "American" -- If I may take the liberty to summarize your arguments and respond please clarify any mistakes that I have made.
(1) You find it ironic that the "teacher" attacked the "super" while praising his/her "beloved teacher's union." In re-reading the "teacher's" post, he merely states that the district's information is vague and that he is appreciative for the union's additional clarifications. Beloved is never used. You have attacked a benign statement, added a hyperbolic adjective, casting a bias on the teacher. Are you intentionally using a rhetorical technique to create an appearance of bias by the teacher?
(2) You are mad that the "teacher" a union member (a requirement to work as a teacher in this district thank the Democrats) because he criticized a non-union member (supers/assistance supers). You are persecuting him because he belongs to a group rather than attacking his ideas. As an "American", you must understand the importance of Free Speech, i.e., "the market place of ideas". The social equivalent of laissez faire (your precious America [actually early English] free market).
Moreover, your action of group persecution closely resembles the problems of the Sedition Act of 1798, in which the Federalists aggressively enforced the laws against members of the Republican Party. Federalists prosecuted Republicans because of their association to a group (Republican Party), much as you are prosecuting the "teacher" for being a union member (and not looking to his arguments).
Luckily, a great American, Thomas Jefferson, pardoned all those convicted, and Congress eventually repaid most of the fines imposed. I look to the readers of this publication to act like Thomas Jefferson and pardon the "teacher" from the rhetorical bias of "group association" that you have cast him, although he is force to join the union in order to work.
But, I thank you "American" for contributing to the "market place of ideas". Look to the argument not the association, whether a union member or a non-union member. Good ideas are valuable.
(3) Parents in the district are getting fed up with the teachers union. I agree. The union has failed to communicate that the teachers have worked without a contract for the last couple of years; that the teachers have taken a pay cut (given up their cost of living increases) to create a reserve fund, at the district, to be used in difficult budgetary times, such as now; that teachers routinely work hundreds of unpaid hours a year, like every other employee in the state. So yes, parents feel that they are not getting value from their teachers (employees). It is a shame because the teachers have contributed substantially, over the last several years, to fixing the financial problems of the district, without recognition by the community, which is the fault of the union because it has not shared (bothered) the community with its members' contributions.
Further, this district, as a team parents, students, teachers, administrators, and staff has created an educational powerhouse:
"SRVUSD currently ranks 6th among all unified school districts in California, and is the highest ranking unified school district in the state with enrollments of 9,000 or more (California Academic Performance Index, 2008). Over 94% of our graduating seniors attend college or university, and district students are accepted into the University of California and the California State University systems at rates far exceeding state averages. Furthermore, the district has been recognized for its excellence through such honors as the coveted State Department of Education's Distinguished Schools Award (schools in the district have received this honor more than 50 times, more than any other district in northern California), and through recognition by the U.S. Department of Education as National Blue Ribbon Schools."
To all those parents that are part of this wonderful team thank you. You do a great job. This district is successful because of us the parents.
(4) You want the "teacher" not to participate in this discussion but to "Spend your (his) energy being a better teacher, doing more with less." I hope that you did not mean what was written, but instead, your mind was working faster than your fingers could type out a constructive solution rather than a insulting comment to a teacher, who you neither know nor understand his contribution to the children of this great nation. If not, shame on you, but I still thank you for contributing to the public discourse. It is the backbone, and tradition, of this great republic.