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CA Governor's budget proposals and their impact on public education

Original post made by Sandy Piderit, Mohr Park, on Jan 8, 2010

I found a fact sheet prepared by the office of the governor that provides some useful detail beyond what he said in his speech to the legislature this morning.

Some highlights, and my first reactions:

* The Governor is proposing to give school districts flexibility to layoff, assign, reassign, transfer and rehire teachers based on a school's skill and subject matter needs instead of strictly teacher seniority.

The idea here is to allow schools to keep less-senior teachers, rather than letting former teachers who became administrators go back into the classroom.

* Giving school districts 60 days to determine staffing after the budget is adopted or amended.

This is just long overdue.

* Giving power back to local governing boards to ensure high-quality educators are teaching California's students.

It sounds like the idea here is to give local school boards the last word on terminations.

* Eliminating regulations giving laid off teachers first priority for substitute assignments and that these substitutes be paid at rate received before they were laid off.

This will allow the district to hire whoever it wants as substitutes (provided that they are certificated) and pay them as it chooses, regardless of whether the substitute was previously laid off.

* Providing school schools with continued flexibility to decide, if necessary, to reduce the length of the school year by up to five days to accommodate 2009-10 budget reductions


Source: Web Link

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Posted by Concerned
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 8, 2010 at 1:40 pm

Sounds like he is trying to make schools run like a business rather than be totally unresponsive and run by the unions. Hope this sticks. What are the unions saying? Same old-same old. The current economy may force some changes for the better. Even the UAW had to cave with GM-Chrysler.


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Posted by Stacey
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Jan 8, 2010 at 3:34 pm

Stacey is a registered user.

Expect the CTA to fight a lot of these proposals.


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Posted by letsgo
a resident of Castlewood
on Jan 8, 2010 at 5:28 pm

* Giving school districts 60 days to determine staffing after the budget is adopted or amended.

Maybe not a bad idea, but how about our elected officials passing a budget on time?


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Posted by Pleasanton Parent
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Jan 9, 2010 at 1:42 pm

letsgo,
I agree. I wish there were a personal financial penalty for every day the budget is delayed. I would even support some sort of bonus incentive if they got it done early.


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Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Jan 9, 2010 at 1:58 pm

The incentive should be they'll get reelected, not a bonus for accomplishing a job they exempt themselves from completing on time.


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Posted by teacher
a resident of Birdland
on Jan 9, 2010 at 2:12 pm

Taken at face value, I think all of these sound good.

Believe it or not, most teachers are unhappy with the rigid seniority system too!


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Posted by a reader
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 9, 2010 at 5:09 pm

These all sound like pretty good ideas to me as well.


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Posted by Get the facts
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 9, 2010 at 9:24 pm

"Believe it or not, most teachers are unhappy with the rigid seniority system too!"

False. Most teachers (at least 51%, but in reality much, much more) are in favor of the seniority system. Take a sample of ten teachers at your school; three newbies, three that have early tenure and three long timers, and any one more that you choose, and the number will be more than 6, I guarantee you!


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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 9, 2010 at 10:32 pm

"* The Governor is proposing to give school districts flexibility to layoff, assign, reassign, transfer and rehire teachers based on a school's skill and subject matter needs instead of strictly teacher seniority."

I fully support this. Let's keep the best teachers, and for that we need to ignore seniority rules.


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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 9, 2010 at 10:33 pm

"* Providing school schools with continued flexibility to decide, if necessary, to reduce the length of the school year by up to five days to accommodate 2009-10 budget reductions"

This is a great idea. I am all for a shorter school year. According to another article, each day is 450K, so 5 less days would save about 2.2 million


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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 9, 2010 at 10:36 pm

"* Eliminating regulations giving laid off teachers first priority for substitute assignments and that these substitutes be paid at rate received before they were laid off."

Good idea, it looks like the laid off teachers get paid quite a bit when they are called to act as a substitute. The increase in cost to the district has to be a lot, given that each teacher, according to another post, gets 10 personal/sick days off. That adds up.

The substitute teacher system needs to be reformed, not just by eliminating regulations but also by discouraging the use of substitutes for non valid reasons.


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