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Editorial: Amador Valley High School deserves stability

Original post made on Mar 15, 2019

We encourage our school district leaders to have a frank, public discussion with Amador students, parents and community members how about stability and transparency will be addressed.

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Posted by Rorsharch
a resident of Amador Valley High School
on Mar 15, 2019 at 10:41 am

Gee, how can Amador continue to turn out consistently quality students? Maybe there is a group that has consistently been there through the past 5+ years and who are weathering the storm? The fact that Amador does as well as it does says more about the TEACHERS than anything else. Now, before all the anti union people try to spin this to say teachers like getting rid of admin, let me just say that is patently untrue. We like having stable leadership. We just prefer that leadership to be ethical, realistic, and practical when addressing the problems in education.

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Posted by Captain Obvious
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 15, 2019 at 12:26 pm

@Rorsharch - I think the proliferation of retail and home based tutoring in Pleasanton says more about the quality of the teachers than anything else. Additionally, the average child from a socioeconomically privileged city like Pleasanton will succeed regardless of the quality of the teachers.

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Posted by Pleasanton Parent
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Mar 15, 2019 at 12:52 pm

I'm equally disappointed in your claim that teachers stabalized education more than anything else (omitting parents contribution), as I am in Captain Obvious' omission of teacher's impact to that stabilization. You're both right and you're both wrong.

Your union is to blame though - no one is going to argue against an environment of stable leadership and the preference that leadership to be ethical, realistic, and practical. But our acceptance definition of what these things are is very different in the private sector than it is in a union environment.

When there is multiple change in one variable and zero in the other and the symptom still exists, the root of the problem tends to point to something in the constant variable more so than the variable one. Now within that constant variable there are multiple changing ones - but even in it, the constant is the impact the union has.

The teacher's union has no "skin in the game" regarding education or its content. Its only position is that of its interest; which I'd argue isn't even its teacher base, but instead its pure existence over all. For argument sake though lets assume it does have its delegation in primary interest - which again, may be fine if it wasn't able to directly impact education; which it constantly does.

I can confidently say the number of direct teaching hours has gone done when I compare my elementary and middle school experiences to that of my kids (I'm not so sure that is true at the high school level). That has a direct impact on education, and a secondary impact on my work schedule as the number of arrangements I have to make because of late start days, half days, teacher in service days, its the last week of school before a break so effit close enough days, has gone through the roof....not to mention teacher/parent in service days scheduled throughout the day.

So again, credit is due to teachers for keeping correct course and maintaining strong Pleasanton school rankings; thank you. Parents are due credit for instilling the importance of education in our community and supplementing where the union and other forces prevent progress. The teacher's union however will forever be viewed as a domestic terrorist organization or dual succubus parasite (if you prefer that description) taking from teacher's paychecks, taxpayers, and students for its own survival. In my opinion, it needs to be completed eliminated, but perhaps a restructuring of its influence and deliverable is a better starting point.

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