Victims of the Churn: The Damaging Impact of California's Teacher Layoff Policies on Schools, Students, and Communities in Three Large School Districts.
"California’s students, particularly its poorest students, need great teachers. Unfortunately, California’s seniority based teacher layoff system puts adult privileges over student needs. Newer teachers are laid off first, regardless of how well they do their jobs."
Posted by Me Too, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Feb 24, 2011 at 3:02 pm
Why is it that in other professions we value experience and "greenhorns" are looked down uopn? Not many people walk out of college and are hired as the CEO of a Fortune 500 company. On all these posts it appears that somehow a teacher who has only been in the classroom 6 months must be a great teacher because they are young?
Posted by parent, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Feb 24, 2011 at 3:07 pm
No, it's just unfair they are they only people being laid off, including some that are new to the district, but coming with experience. Instead these jobs could be saved by not raising salaries which in turn would probably mean a successful parcel tax which would mean all the jobs are saved.
Posted by Steve, a resident of the Vintage Hills Elementary School neighborhood, on Feb 24, 2011 at 5:51 pm
You answered your own question. Younger teachers are considered better because they are motivated....they have yet to be completely infected by the union mentality. You cannot fight human nature...if private employees had no risk of losing their jobs or being reprimanded for shotty work, you would have a rash of entitled, ineffective work forces. Layoffs based on seniority are the reason why younger teachers are better.....most older teachers have nothing to fear and their productivity slips becuase of it. There is no doubt that our schools would be of higher quality if layoffs were based on performance.
Posted by Unions rule !, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Feb 24, 2011 at 6:14 pm
Of course Me Too always defends the Union position. Nobody said all new teachers are great, any more than all senior teachers are bad..please MeToo, TRY to stick to honesty, facts, and comments that have ACTUALLY been made. Who's ever said '6 mo', and 'ALL' posts....try to not SPIN and only repeat basic facts and truths.
There is NO good defense for attempting to defend BAD teachers, new or old ! Parents need a way to dump any bad teacher....and not AFTER THE DAMAGE has gone on and on, . upping the bad teachers future retirement does nothing for the suffering students.
Posted by soce 3/16, a resident of the Carriage Gardens neighborhood, on Feb 24, 2011 at 9:27 pm
facebook: "Soce March Sixteenth"
SOCE - Save Our Childrens' Education - March 16th
Pink-slipped educators are not going to work on March 16th, the day after the state mandated pink slip day. This act shows both support of student learning and brings awareness to and denouncement of school districts purposefully annual manipulative act to make illegally or nearly illegally cuts and changes.
Posted by two way street, a resident of the Ruby Hill neighborhood, on Feb 24, 2011 at 11:26 pm
Should Teachers be able to "DUMP" bad parents?? seems only fair. There are loads of "bad" parents out there, yet the spotlight is always on the "bad" teachers, and the rights parents should be entitled in controlling the teachers, their profession, careers etc.... very strange dynamic.
Posted by Steve, a resident of the Vintage Hills Elementary School neighborhood, on Feb 25, 2011 at 4:19 am
Blah...blah....blah. Not going to work to support educators...Paaleease. The jig is up and you are too myopic to realize it. We don't have anymore money...we are taxed to the hilt already. There is nothing illegal about a layoffs you fool. Stick to the topic....seniority based layoffs are wrong and there is no defending them. Parents have nothing to do with teachers who call in sick 30 times a year when they only work 130 days as is. No one can come up with logic to defend the stupidity of the current LIFO process...it breeds a population of unmotivated and untouchable teachers.
Posted by Unions rule !, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Feb 25, 2011 at 10:28 am
The entire PURPOSE of unions is to PROTECT the weak and incompetent employees. The really good teachers (or employee) don't need a union...they are always in demand. Not just education, but all areas, are about shorter days, less work, fewer days, more pay, more benefits....it is never about the needs of children or employers.
example this week, cut reading program to give Birthdays off for
teachers and CLERK TYPIST types... doesn't matter, if they 'agreed' to stop BDs off, they would just plug it in elsewhere under a different name.
Yes, they are still clerk-typists, but today they're called something like a fancy human communications specialist....so they are NOW 'entitled', which translates to higher pay, and less for the children.......never forget, unions rule !
Posted by woody, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Feb 28, 2011 at 5:06 pm
... and you forgot to add, instead of seniority -- you know, those who get burned out teaching after a couple years (go figure!) -- let me and steve and princess bean counter determine who should get a raise (hint: nobody will!). C'mon everybody, it's my money I earned it. Don't tread on me. Taxes are unconstitutional. If everyone had home schooling like so many did back in the times of our founding fathers, we wouldn't have to worry about being railroaded by the union into paying salaries to teachers. I'm available to teach or counsel any time, day or night. I'm ready to teach by example. Follow my lead!
Pink-slipped educators are not going to work on March 16th, the day after the state mandated pink slip day. This act shows both support of student learning and brings awareness to and denouncement of school districts purposeful annual manipulative act to make illegally or nearly illegal cuts and changes.
Posted by Unbelievable, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Mar 1, 2011 at 8:11 pm
"SOCE - Save Our Childrens' Education - March 16th
facebook: SOCE MARCH SIXTEENTH Web Link
Pink-slipped educators are not going to work on March 16th, the day after the state mandated pink slip day. This act shows both support of student learning and brings awareness to and denouncement of school districts purposeful annual manipulative act to make illegally or nearly illegal cuts and changes."
This link is so ridiculous it isn't even funny. To blame the district for things that are mandated by the teachers union own contract is disingenuous. The teacher’s contract dictates when pink-slips are to be issued. The district issues 10 times the required amount of pink slips because it makes news, they are on the same team, and the media likes to cover these stories. The truth is that, even during budget cuts, 98% to 100% of those pink-slipped teachers will be working when the school year starts.
The CTA loves to use these artificial “pink-slip” numbers as evidence of sacrifice. As the Mayor of Livermore recently stated, “The teachers union just lies.”
Posted by Honest Injun, a resident of the Deer Oaks/Twelve Oaks neighborhood, on Mar 1, 2011 at 9:01 pm
I agree wholeheartedly with 'unbelievable'. This link -- SOCE -- is so ridiculous that only idiots like ourselves would take it at face value. Then again, consider the source. What is the source you ask? WIKI, which all you enquiring minds should know is the top journal/magazine in educational affairs in the land of insaniteapartyville. 'Unbelievable'? Yes, well, you certainly got that right.
Punish the CTA! Withhold your 35 cents! Vote Me for any political position out there, because truth be told -- and I AM Honest Injun -- I'm only in this in hopes of scoring some kind of political gig.
Posted by Unbelievable, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Mar 1, 2011 at 10:14 pm
To 'Unbelievable' - Where/when did the mayor of Livermore say that? Do you have it on tape?
The comments were stated during a special mayors report on TV 30. The attendees were Mayor Kamena (Livermore), Mayor Sbranti(Dublin), Mayor Wilson (San Ramon), and Vice Mayor Jerry Thorne (Pleasanton).
What Kamena said is, "I'm so happy the electorate could look beyond those nasty, nasty adds of of CTA, that's the California teachers Union, and the nurses, and those dopey firefighters....They're absolute lies." He repeats the criticism later in the interview. Dublin Mayor, Tim Sbranti, a teacher in Dublin, is critical of Prop 13 during the interview (at about 4 minutes). This seems to be a union theme/issue. It is essentially a barrier to union employees tapping into the homeowner equity of taxpayers.
You can view the video here. The quoted Kamena comments start just after the 2 minute mark on the timer. He makes additional comments later in the video.
Posted by Stacey, a resident of the Amberwood/Wood Meadows neighborhood, on Mar 1, 2011 at 10:19 pm Stacey is a member (registered user) of PleasantonWeekly.com
"California’s students, particularly its poorest students, need great teachers. Unfortunately, California’s seniority based teacher layoff system puts adult privileges over student needs."
There was a whole lawsuit over this issue down in LA Unified, which shows that it is an important topic in today's education circles. Woody on the other hand can't offer a single rational thought on the matter. Now this just illustrates the hollowness of woody's push for class warfare. He puts ridicule against other posters above the needs of students at the poorest schools in California.