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What a teacher has to say about Measure G

Original post made by parent on May 27, 2009

This was posted on another thread. I know that some of the Yes on G people will immediately say that this wasn't really a teacher, but please look at the solutions this poster is suggesting.



Posted by A Teacher in the PUSD, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, 1 hour ago

Kathleen Ruegsegger, you are a very powerful writer and a voice of reason – thank you for your calm presence on this and many other threads.

I'm a teacher in this district and I must share my concerns anonymously, since there are many in our community that would hold my beliefs against me personally. I have two children in the district. I love the profession I am in. I also live in Pleasanton. I don't believe it is right for us teachers to receive any pay increase during this economic crisis. In fact, I believe the correct course of action is for all certified employees to take a 10% pay cut, all classified employees take a 10% cut and all administrators to take a 20% pay cut. Administrative perks need to end. This will be a starting point for correcting our path. It takes bold leadership lead. Who will be that leader?

Sincerely,

A teacher who loves Pleasanton and will be voting No on G next Tuesday.

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Posted by another parent, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 27, 2009 at 9:57 am

Teacher and parent, posting during school hours? I bet you are not one of the ones who won't have a job next year. I totally agree on the pay cuts across the board but how do we get the unions and the administration to agree?


Posted by parent, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 27, 2009 at 10:08 am

The original post by the teacher was made earlier in the day. School starts later on Wednesdays.


Posted by No on G, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 27, 2009 at 11:59 am

parent,

FINALLY some sanity! If the unions and administration did what you suggested in this post, in spite of the language problems in the measure, I think I would change my vote to Yes on G. OMG!!!

Really, thank you for your post.

I watched the board meeting last night and thier attitudes of indignance. I was shocked with the comments and lack of professionalism.

We are in a huge mess, partly from the state's inability to fund, but also from unsustainable funding by this district that started long before this year's budget mess. If you are irresponsible with your own money, the problem will be even worse when you don't get paid AND continue your poor spending habits. The district can't have it both ways. They cannot continue the spending practices of these past few years and expect to not make any cuts as the state is having to - I know they said they have made 'cuts', but I mean the real stuff that you described in your post.

Reduced revenue is reduced revenue and the unions needs to get a grip. I used to be a certificated employee by a district and I could not believe the nerve of a school union and thier agenda. It is similar to the UAW that we are seeing recently on the news. They are willing to ruin the district as long as "they" get thier money. The union leaders are to blame, not the average teacher, like yourself, who is scared spit-less to not go along with "thier" union.

When I inquired about giving my union dues to a charity instead (our legal right), I was then approached by my union rep at my school site (funny, how did she know?), and I given a "warning" (her word not mine) that if a parent tried to sue me for "any" reason, I would have no legal representation since I didn't pay my dues. It is extortion, pure and simple! I think teachers would be better off negotiating with a district directly than from behind the "collective bargaining unit", aka the labor maffia.

Hang in there. I am PRAYING that with someone like yourself in the district, you will not be a part of the staff reduction. I'm almost tempted to vote for Measure G to insure that you alone get to stay!!

THANK YOU for your post!


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