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Teachers Held Hostage

Original post made by Sara, Bridle Creek, on May 29, 2009

My elementary son came home today with a note from his teacher, asking me to please vote for measuure G to save her job. Why are teachers putting kids in the middle? My neighbor who is a teacher said that the union and district made a deal not to give final notices to teachers until June 5th instead of June 1st. Sounds to me that the district is holding teachers hostage, which is forcing them to do any tactics possible to get measure G passed. I was going to vote yes, but after what has happened this last week, I AM VOTING NO, that is 3 NO votes in our house now! If GM unions can make cuts to salary, then why cann't the teacher's union freeze salaries for a year?

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Posted by no more teacher raises
a resident of Downtown
on May 30, 2009 at 8:22 am

I hope that you notified the principal about this. That is a teacher who needs to be fired.

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Posted by Susie
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 30, 2009 at 8:31 am

Sara, I find what you say hard to believe, if in fact a teacher did send home a Vote Yes on G you should go directly to the School District office, you won't be doing this because I am sure this did not happen
A No already voter I am guessing!

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Posted by huh
a resident of Birdland
on May 30, 2009 at 8:37 am

Did that really happen? Completely inappropriate.

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Posted by Pleasanton Parent
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on May 30, 2009 at 8:39 am

If that in fact is true you should sned a copy of the note to the district with the name of the teacher as that teacher has clearly violated the law.

There is no doubt in my mind however that some teachers have used their positions to "encourage" a yes vote on G. I think this is unethical and shows the desperation of those in support of G.

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Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills
on May 30, 2009 at 8:44 am

Sara, I hope you will contact the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC). Sadly, filing a complaint with the school or the district is not likely to do much good. There have been rumors of this nature during this campaign, including using classroom lists for emailing pro G information from district computers (this has happened multiple times in my grandchild's school). Of course, those opposed are not allowed that kind of equal access, but I don't think it is proper to use any captive audience, particularly children, to campaign on either side.

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Posted by No on G
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 30, 2009 at 9:12 am

How is sending home a note any different from calling parents, discussing it at back to school night, and at other parent contact points? It seems the parents are a "captive audience" as the schools use any opportunity to bring it up directly or indirectly.

My friend recently took her son to a Kindergarten "tour" and the last TWENTY minutes of the tour were spent with the principal themselved explaining what "position" she will be in if G doesn't pass...and that it is "very likely" that they will only have 4 classrooms for all 120 incoming Kindergarteners. Apparently the parents frantically began asking if there were any options and she boiled it down to the passage of G.

The principal shouldn't have opened the door at all to the discussion-particularly because this is not a known yet. Even the Board hasn't definitively decided this. The principal initiated the topic to purposely, it seems, rile up the parents.

At least when the Pro-G people walk door to door for their cause, they are not utilizing rosters that were most-likely appropriated from the district's records of students and it just seems/feels more honest.

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Posted by No ON G
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 30, 2009 at 9:24 am

Take the note, copy it, send it to all the school board members, all the local newspapers, and the FPCC.
The teachers were aware of the rules regarding campaigning. If a teacher decided to disobey the rules, then she must face the consequences.
Isn't that what she's supposed to be teaching our kids?

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Posted by no more teacher raises
a resident of Downtown
on May 30, 2009 at 10:09 am

Good suggestions for their bad practices. I had a phone call at home from someone reading a message and asking that I call another person if I had questions about why I need to vote yes on G. It happens that I sleep during the day and work at night. The phone call woke me up. Before heading to work I called the person whose name and number had been left on the machine, it happened to be around midnight. Her husband answered with "kinda late for making phone calls isn't it!?" My point exactly. You woke me up to leave an unwanted message so turnabout is fair play.
The yes on Greed folks just have no boundaries. I plan to enforce the boundary around my wallet with my already mailed in NO vote.

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Posted by heather
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 30, 2009 at 10:28 am

You have been given a lot of good suggestions Sara, what are you
going to do? Will you take this further than just posting it on a blog?
And "No on G" isn't it funny how it is always a "friend of a friend" heard
this, if in fact teachers and principals are acting inappropriate there are
proper channels you can take to make complaints and if the district doesn't
respond properly as Kathleen said they won't you can still keep going, lots
of ways to make them follow the rules

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Posted by Turn your ringer off
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 30, 2009 at 10:31 am

Receiving a phone call during day time hours is not bad practice, it is the norm. How this shows greed and a lack of boundaries is beyond me.

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Posted by NO ON G
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 30, 2009 at 3:32 pm

Sara and others could post the names of the teachers who are violating campaign rules, but then there would be an uproar about how unfair it is to name specific individuals on the blogs.
I'll agree with Kathleen. Complaints about teachers violating campaign rules won't get addressed by the school district.
There were teachers at Valley View distributing campaign literature on school time and on school property. Complaints were made to the school district. What happened the the Valley View teachers? Nothing.
I think all campaign and soliciting calls are annoying no matter what time of the day or night they come. Doesn't everyone?

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Posted by Henry
a resident of Foothill Knolls
on May 30, 2009 at 8:55 pm

The only course of action for any violations is to contact the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC). Everyone is correct the district will not do anything about this. So much for who ever is in charge of this at the district, they sure are not getting the job done. I encourage everyone including Sara and the Valley View parents to call the FPPC. I have and they are keeping track of any violations and will be investigating.

Don't forget to vote on Tuesday, remember it takes only 67% of the voters who cast a vote to pass this measure, so if No voters don't vote, then the measure will pass.

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Posted by paul
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 31, 2009 at 12:37 am

Sounds like Obama's ACORN - or the teachers union - have conducted "teacher training" sessions on how to muscle more votes for the government ... in this case government the expense of the kids and parents.

I am surprised that anyone is surprised that this occurred! This is SOP.

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