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School Employee who will vote NO on Measure G
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by Concerned, Foothill High School,
on May 24, 2009
I too will be voting no on Measure G for a variety of reasons. The Union of school employees is actually failing our teachers, our employees and our kids. When you have a system that rewards mediocrity and spends valuable productivity on the nonsense that has occurred with these anticipated budget cuts (not to mention all the extra money spent on a separate election and advertising for every political campaign that comes along) it's time to say fix the real problem. I will be voting NO just out of principle that something needs to change drastically with the structure of education. I'm not trying to penalize good teachers or good employees. I'm saying that the system is broken and needs a major overhaul and as long as the money keeps flowing - nothing will change. My mom taught school for 30 years at the first/fourth grade. She often had 25 to 32 kids in her class with no aide and no prep period. Those were the days when teachers stayed on school property until 4:30 or 5:00 because they loved what they were doing. You didn't hear them say, "It's not in my Union contract - so I don't have to do it". I know it's very sad to be in this predicament but it's no different than what's occuring in the auto industry. We need to have flexibility in the system and we currently have none. We need a way to retain great and employees and we can't. There needs to be some concessions during this economic period and there are none! There needs to be transparency and it's only half truths that are surfacing. Does the community know that many of the G supporters that show up in several pages of the Pleasanton Weekly are actually teachers who do NOT even live in Pleasanton. Do people realize that there's another salary increase already in the works for teachers per their contract that will need to be honored? Do people know that an independent financial committee that was formed in the beginning of this debate recommended that a 4% salary decrease across the board would fix this problem in total. Most people I know in private industry are taking 10, 15 and even 20% cuts right now - that is if they haven't been laid off already. There are also many things that absolutely COULD be cut before teachers and class size reduction but if that's the worse case scenario - so be it. Schools have succesfully produced strong students with far more kids in the class. It just requires that a teacher be WELL MANAGED, innovative, no-nonsense, and consistent. You're not the student's friend - you are their teacher. I'm sorry to say that this house is voting NO on Measure G.