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Cal High basketball coach 'forced to resign,' implores school board to change policies

Original post made on Dec 3, 2012

In a tearful, impassioned speech to San Ramon Valley Unified's Board of Education on Nov. 13, California High School's Bob Donovan implored the school district to change its policies regarding parent complaints. Donovan, who coached men's varsity basketball for the past two years and from 1983-1990, was allegedly forced to resign amid unsubstantiated accusations.

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Posted by PMike
a resident of Highland Oaks
on Dec 3, 2012 at 2:33 pm

Greater transparency is essential. I would also like to see third-party oversight to insure greater fairness.


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Posted by Jack
a resident of Downtown
on Dec 3, 2012 at 4:30 pm

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A great document whose time has come...

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Posted by Arnie
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Dec 3, 2012 at 4:45 pm

Boy, wouldn't it be great if we could get rid of teachers that easily? It would save districts so much money. In a conflict between teachers and parents, the parents should prevail because who knows their children better? Besides, parents aren't in the union, only teachers are.

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Posted by Nancy s.
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Dec 3, 2012 at 8:36 pm

@arnie are yoy crazy "in a conflict between a teacher and parent the parwnt must prevail". Blood is thicker than water...a parent will always stick up for their kid, especialky uf they are wrong. Parents arw inw sided and biased. The teacher would be a better chouce to side with.

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Posted by Arnie
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Dec 3, 2012 at 8:51 pm

Nancy I'm not crazy but thank you for asking but you should learn how to spell. You miss my point. The poor taxpaying parent is at the mercy of our corrupt union-protected teachers. What recourse do parents have when the teacher goes into meetings backed up by a couple of strong-arm union thugs? That gives teachers power, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Hence, the charges the teacher is bringing against the student are almost always lies, and probably instigated by the unions just to prove how powerful they are against defenseless, taxpaying parents. Your right blood is thicker than water. That's why I support the parents. It's time blood stood up to water so that we can stop the flood of unaccountable teacher decisions. It's reached tsunami proportions. You've all been forewarned!

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Posted by Arnie
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Dec 3, 2012 at 11:06 pm

Let Sarah Palin say it better then I. With unionization comes collectivism. And that's socialist. And what comes after socialism? Communism. And that's what's at steak here. Being American is defending ourselves as parents against the communist teachers and basketball coaches.

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Posted by huh
a resident of Charter Oaks
on Dec 4, 2012 at 9:06 am

My basketball coach was a communist?

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Posted by hot air
a resident of Amador Estates
on Dec 4, 2012 at 9:10 am

Arnie is a tough guy

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Posted by Basketball Fan
a resident of Birdland
on Dec 4, 2012 at 1:57 pm

If no one ever listened to the parents..well tell that to Penn State. I don't know who is right or wrong here but I do know I have witnessed coaches speaking to boys on these teams so disgracfully during practices when no parents were around to witness. When I was a kid, my coach was my inspiration. Sadly a lot of teachers get these coaching jobs because they need the extra money. This story seems like something isn't right here. I don't think the entire story is being told.

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Posted by Jack
a resident of Downtown
on Dec 4, 2012 at 6:28 pm

I'm taking the story at face value. 99% of all parental gripes about coaches can be traced back to playing time...

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Posted by Arnie
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Dec 4, 2012 at 10:05 pm

When you kid's teacher or coach is a communist, it's kind of hard to think his bad grades or lack of playing time isn't the result of destinked political bias. We know these liberals (communists in sheepskins) all have an agenda. If that involves making some freedom-loving kids the scapegoat, that's just part of the agenda. There isn't much difference between sitting on the end of the bench after being shamed by a coach who puts the communist team over the individual and being sent away to a Gulag. Kobe Bryant was lucky enough to escape this because he didn't go to college. All of this collective communist takeoverism will be preceded by a tsunami of epic proportions.

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Posted by Jan
a resident of Gatewood
on Dec 6, 2012 at 9:54 am

I can't believe all of the negativity about teacher's unions. After being a teacher
for 30 years I am totally in favor of the union. My thought for those of you who
think that teachers are out to get your children volunteer for a day in a few classrooms.
Sit back and observe the children and teachers. Make sure to ask a couple of teachers
about how much time they spend each week planning and preparing for their students.
Also, ask them how much time they spend at home correcting, recording grades, developing
curriculum for their students. Arrive early to see how many teachers are at school
working long before the first bell and long after the closing bell.
Teachers and Coaches are there because they want to teach their students. Take a look
at their salaries. They definitely are not there to get rich. Most teachers and coaches
have a real desire to work hard with your children to help them develop better skills.
As most teachers are women union representation has been necessary to protect
the teacher. Both teachers and coaches spend many extra hours preparing for your
children. This time is never paid for.
I find the many references to communism disrespectful and disgusting to say the

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Posted by mooseturd
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Dec 6, 2012 at 10:07 am

mooseturd is a registered user.

Jan, Your post is off the point.

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Posted by Arnie
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Dec 6, 2012 at 10:16 am

Hey Jan, you forgot to cite Mao's Little Red Book and Marx's Communist Manifestoed. Because behind all that fluff about teaching for peanuts stands a very powerful union that has financed communist subversive operations like Acorn which stole the election for Obama in 2008 and 2012. The thought of letting you and your ilk teach my kids is enough to make me gag. What is it with you people? Your a perfect example of why parents should have the right to get teachers fired.

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Posted by Mike
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Dec 6, 2012 at 1:52 pm

Arnie, I am about as libertarian as you can get, but even I have to say that you are way off base. Just as Teachers are not always wrong, parents are not always right. As a long time youth coach, classroom volunteer and general observer I agree with the sentiment that 98% of these issues come down to playing time. Parents with an unrealistic opiniom of their child's ability, in anything, are not rational. I don't have a problem with the teacher, or their union standing up for themselves. This would be a good use of the teacher's union dues.

The union is not the problem. The problem is the legislature and legal system that allowed the union power pendulum to swing so far to the left. However, the solution is not to swing back an equally absured distance to the right.

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