Posted by Nomad, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on May 8, 2012 at 9:21 pm
Teachers! Where is the outrage? Where are the mall sit-ins? Where are the takeover of state legislative committees where you shout down education reform measures? Where are the marches where you trot out parents and the sympathy-attracting children? Where are the websites and twitter feeds? And the lawsuits against funding inequities? Any "Day of the Teacher" observances planned? Why all the extreme efforts last year, and nothing this year?
Or are those with seniority just going to keep collecting their automatic longevity-based step and column salary increases while those junior teachers keep getting laid off.
Posted by Parent and Resident, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on May 9, 2012 at 9:04 am
"including holding evaluations every five years for teachers with 10 or more years on the job."
Every five years? I get evaluated at work EVERY YEAR. Why can't the teachers be held accountable every year? Especially the ones who have been here for 10 or more years, those are the ones you need to watch, as they are so confident in their tenure and the inability of the district to get rid of them that they get cynical and are no longer good teachers.
"The agreement also would also increase the number of personal necessity days to eight."
Why? They get enough time off already, and every time a teacher takes time off to go to a field trip with their kid, a substitute must be called, and that costs money and students do not learn that day.
"Immediately following the public hearing and vote by the board, it will vote on staff cuts for teachers"
So we are getting rid of the younger (and often better) teachers and keeping those with tenure and increasing the days off (personal time) for those with tenure? How does this make sense?
Posted by Parent and Resident, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on May 9, 2012 at 9:08 am
Is Bowser's wife tenured? Is that why the tenured ones get such a good deal? Bowser should NOT vote.
Hintzke and Arkin: please, please do not agree to this. let the other two yes people (Grant which we will vote out in November, and Laursen) do what they need to do, but the two of you, the only voice of reason, please say no. How can you agree to cut teachers and yet give the ones who stay more time off?
And Bowser should NOT vote as his wife would benefit from this, conflict of interest.
Posted by sj, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on May 9, 2012 at 10:52 am
Let's see, they will be giving more time off to the teachers? Huh? And then they will be coming back to us later for increased taxes. If they vote for this, they are shooting themselves in the foot the next time they bring a tax issue to the public. Not only are they giving automatic longevity raises, they are giving them more time off, and firing the new teachers.
I would assume that Bowser will recuse him. If he votes for this and it passes and then it is determined there was a conflict of interest (which seems pretty obvious), that vote could be nullified. That would cause all type of disruption in the district.
Has anybody heard if part of this negotiation was to stop the free retirement medical care? Another benefit that we cannot afford and are just passing the cost to future years.
Posted by Arnold, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on May 9, 2012 at 2:17 pm
"Many of the items in the cut list are apparently already included in the agreement between the district and the Association of Pleasanton Teachers for the current year, including holding evaluations every five years for teachers with 10 or more years on the job.
The agreement also would also increase the number of personal necessity days to eight."
If anyone had any lingering doubts as to whom is running the school district they should end here. The teachers union is in complete control, and that includes the actions of a majority on the school board. Reviews every 5 years? Do they not enough time to perform annual reviews? More time off for a profession many working adults would consider a part-time job based on the limited hours teachers currently work?
When is the district going to acknowledge the looking financial crisis that is the unfunded pension liability of CalSTRS, and the soon to be increasing cost of funding teachers pensions. The money will most likely come from the districts budget meaning the districts cost could increase from 8+ percent of payroll to 25% or more. This isn't really new NEWS, or it shouldn't be, but it appears the district is willing to ignore the issue until the bill actually arrives.
At that time taxpayers should expect to get bombarded with claims about not knowing the inevitable would happen, "we didn't know", and the 400 dollar per year proposed parcel tax "is all about the kids".
Posted by steve, a resident of the Stoneridge neighborhood, on May 9, 2012 at 2:41 pm
Any doubts now about the havuck brought about by this administration. City council, governer, our beloved President and his wife, all of them bought off by unions. We need to get this country back on track. Unions are contrary to what this country stands for. They attract all the bad people. That's why the Pleasanton schools are so awful. Only lazy good for nothings would want to be part of a union and pay exzorbatant dues to reelect our beloved leader Barack Hussein Obama.
Posted by clarification, a resident of another community, on May 9, 2012 at 6:12 pm
Just a point of clarification: full-time teachers are given 10 days of paid leave per school year. This leave is for illness or personal necessity. Currently they are allowed to use 7 of those days for "personal reasons", and the new contract will allow them to use 8 of their days for personal leave. The total number of leave days remains the same. Also, unused leave days roll over, but the number of personal leave days is limited each year.
Posted by Some thoughts, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on May 9, 2012 at 6:45 pm
I wonder if today's announcement for Sacramento and the added $4+ billion shortfall from May taxes and it's resulting cuts to education will even be discussed? I know teachers have an increasingly difficult, stressful, and low paid job for an underappreciated profession. I think the issue isn't our school board or the local teacher's union anymore - but state and federal lawmakers and State and National teacher union AND a society of "business people" who fail to realize we will be reaping what we sow with the cuts to the education of our students and not valuing our teachers.
I wonder too if parents, PUSD and the teacher's union would be willing to "look outside the box" at other teaching methods - internet classes for some senior, honors, or AP classes? More colleges are offering General Education classes as fully online or even hybrid (where the students come to physical class 1x a week).
Posted by local, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on May 9, 2012 at 7:51 pm
Don't think pleasanton teachers are "low paid". We keep laying off the newer, lower wage teachers and keep giving longevity raises to those with tenure. My guess is the average teacher salary in Pleasanton is now close to $90K with many making close to $100K. While this is not considered high paid around here, I don't think you can consider this low paid. Also not bad considering they have summers off as well as winter break and spring break. I think they get 15 weeks off per year.