School board approves furlough day repayment Comments on Stories, posted by Editor, Danville Weekly Online, on Oct 18, 2011 at 6:49 am
San Ramon Valley Unified School District staff will receive a one-time payment to make up for lost funds, according to district officials. The Board of Education will voted to make the payment, at a cost of $1.143 million, at its Tuesday meeting.
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Posted by George, a resident of the Alamo neighborhood, on Oct 18, 2011 at 6:49 am
What a surprise. The teachers have absolutely no skin in the game when it comes to cost cutting. What this amounts to is paid vacation time. What about the kids who missed class time because of teacher selfishness? Are they being "paid back" too? If the teachers had actually wanted to help with the financial mess, enduring cutbacks and making hard choices as the rest of us in the real world have done, they would simply have donated days at work without pay to begin with. A sincere gesture it would have been. But alas, they didn't. Kids first, huh? Don't think so.
Posted by LC, a member of the Monte Vista High School community, on Oct 18, 2011 at 7:54 am
Teachers are not the enemy and they are not the problem! My kids' teachers epitomize the "kids first" ideal that George talks about. My children's teachers have gone above and beyond to deliver a first class education. Many have dedicated themselves to mentor and nurture my kids, even while getting a pink slip every year, getting salary cuts, and having to hear griping from community members about "selfishness". How many of us have donated days at work without pay to help out our country or state? Give me a break, and give our teachers a break. Let's just be so happy that the budget is in decent enough shape to restore a 1% pay cut to a group of hard working members of our community. And while we're at it, ask your child's teachers whether they need any school supplies. You'd be surprised how much our teachers pay for school supplies out of their own pockets, so that our children don't have to go without.
Posted by Parent, a resident of the Danville neighborhood, on Oct 18, 2011 at 8:06 am
We are currently paying two parcel taxes for the schools on our property tax bill, which the district said was necessary due to the alleged budget emergency. Now, the district says the alleged budget emergency is over, they actually have a "surplus" of OUR MONEY, and instead of giving it back to us parents who paid for the "surplus", they give it to teachers for days they did not even show up at work? How about a promise from the district no more new parcel taxes, before they start giving OUR money away to employees who are being paid for not even showing up! How about a response from the school district on this issue?
Posted by NG, a resident of the Danville neighborhood, on Oct 18, 2011 at 9:28 am
George has no idea what he is talking about. Many teachers work from 7am to 6pm and then go home to grade papers and answer emails from parents and students, many times after 9pm. They also contribute their own funds to supplies and other things they need to help their students. They also volunteer for student events and fairs, for which they are not paid. Teachers do not deserve this kind of disrespect. Shame on you...
Posted by Mel, a resident of the Danville neighborhood, on Oct 18, 2011 at 11:19 am
So George says: Enduring cutbacks and making hard choices as the rest of us in the real world have done" ?? Okay George tell us what cutbacks and hard choices have you made recently to help the budget crisis? Love to hear how YOU speak for ALL of us.
Posted by TH, a resident of the Danville neighborhood, on Oct 18, 2011 at 11:38 am
Completely agree with Parent and to those of you who think these teachers are putting these kind of hours in, I would love to know what teachers these are. You all have blinders on if you think most of these teachers don't just punch a clock and whine about not getting paid enough. Boo hoo!!!
Posted by Parent, a resident of the Danville neighborhood, on Oct 18, 2011 at 2:00 pm
I do not think the issue is whether the teachers are "the enemy", or "saints". The issue is that we are already paying for education thru our normal property taxes, but yet our school district claimed there was such a fiscal emergency that we "needed" two additional, special, "parcel taxes". Suddenly, the school district claims there is actually a "surplus" of OUR money, and they decide to give it to employees for days they did not even come to work! This is ridiculous, and another example of government waste of our hard earned tax dollars. I do not blame the teachers for taking something offered to them. I blame the school district for not being truthful with us taxpayers, and playing this shell game with OUR money. How about a response from the school district: Since you have a surplus, do you promise no more parcel taxes in the next few years?
Posted by Sally N, a resident of the Danville neighborhood, on Oct 18, 2011 at 8:18 pm
Teacher bashing never fails to astound me. It's invariably baseless and it's never from anyone who's spent time in a classroom, observing (or better yet, lending a helping hand). If you took the minutes you've spent in your life whining about teachers and instead used them to help out in a classroom and learn what a teacher's day really looks like, everyone would win. Do you go to school board meetings? Do you go to PTA meetings? Do you volunteer in the schools? I don't know anyone who does these things who has the impression of teachers I'm hearing in these posts. Besides, if you think the system's broken, wouldn't getting involved be better than sitting around griping about it? You might learn something.
Posted by TH, a resident of the Danville neighborhood, on Oct 19, 2011 at 6:39 am
NG and Sally N
I would love to meet these teachers you are talking about. As I have been VERY involved with my kids, their education AND their schools, I speak from experience so don't try to tell me I don't know what I am talking about. Also, Sally N sounds like you have very young children because I don't know what middle or high school still has parents working in the classroom!
Posted by Sharon, a resident of the Danville neighborhood, on Oct 20, 2011 at 8:50 am
Surprise, Surprise, Surprise!!
I guess there is no budget shortfall after all! Have we all not heard the same tale over and over about how teachers are getting pink slips and are going to be out of jobs if we don't agree to constantly increase our property taxes? Only to find out a few months later that low and behold the district found some "reserves" that they can use to avoid the layoffs etc. When the teachers are asked to actually give up something it is later reversed. How "kind" of the district to give money back even to those who didn't even give up the pay??? Keep in mind that the 1% give back equates to 180 days of work. Seems like the unions have given up the least in this economic mess. It is no wonder this state is going broke with the excessive public employee pensions and benefits and the rest of us are left holding the bag.
Posted by NG's wife, a member of the San Ramon Valley High School community, on Oct 26, 2011 at 7:45 am
I am one of those teachers... I generally work 10+ hours a day manage 3 different courses with over 160 students, have to be on call to answer all questions from the students and parents, I am paid for 7 hours a day. If you do the math that makes 3 hours a day unpaid as well as the weekends, a club after school with over 100 members, and summers preparing for the next school year. The list of things teachers do for this community is extensive. Where would you be without teachers? I am quite tired of being the enemy, the complete blame for students' lack of achievement,and being blamed for the economic crisis in America... we do a job, we try to do a great job, let us do our job and earn a decent living.
Posted by Mike, a resident of the Danville neighborhood, on Oct 26, 2011 at 10:18 pm
It is sad to see the conservative anti-education wave alive and well in San Ramon Valley. An excellent education has always been a hallmark of California. Now, for political, ideological and business reasons, some citizens and businesses are intent on destroying it. One reason why our nation has achieved global leadership over the last 60 years is universal education provided by outstanding educators. The people that educate our children are not rewarded with lavish salaries and perks. No stock options. No expense accounts. No free anything. This conservative attack on our educational system will bring down the USA.