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Assemblywoman Buchanan talks education, budget

Original post made on Mar 1, 2013

State Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan (D-Alamo) is proposing a package of three bills that could measure teacher performance, streamline discipline and dismissal procedures for teachers and require reporting on suspected child abuse by school personnel.

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Posted by Gayle
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 1, 2013 at 11:02 am

Dear @"In my mind, molestation at public school is far worse because the law mandates children must go to school until they are 18 or graduate. Nobody is forced to go to the Catholic church."

Yes, and that's why, in our minds, so many of us have such respect for what's going on in your mind.


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Posted by local
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 2, 2013 at 10:19 am

Buchanan is not concerned on teacher accountability and has proven so.

When the Federal government was giving out grants to states that had teacher measurement and accountability, California lost out because our legislature would not vote against what the teacher's unions wanted. Buchanan was one of those who do not vote for the change to allow our teachers to be measured.

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Posted by Mandated reporting of child abuse is already required
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 3, 2013 at 12:47 pm

Buchanan is interested in protecting teachers. Teachers are already mandated reporters and required to report child abuse. However, they are mostly interested in protecting their own, so they do not report when another teacher is abusing a child.

Administrators and teachers routinely fail to report when children are abused, even when a teacher physically attacks children such as the Dina Holder case in Brentwood. Holder hurled a 5 year old to the floor, then kicked him twice while shouting obscenities. This happened at a classroom at Loma Vista elementary where Lauri James (from Pleasanton originally) is principal.

The superintendent of Brentwood, Merrill Grant, was fired this week because he protected and covered up for this teacher for almost 3 years after the incident occurred. The Brentwood district never contacted the police, including Pleasanton native Lauri James.

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Posted by lessismore
a resident of Amador Valley High School
on Mar 4, 2013 at 11:44 am

As long as the teachers union gives money to the politicians in the DEM party our kids will continue to pay the price. They are unwilling to change and it's a disgrace.

TO Buchanan:
Stop saying it's about the kids that a lie you keeps telling. It's about you and protecting the teacher union who keeps getting you elected. If it was about the kids you would stand-up to the union and make the changes that would improve the system.