Pink Slip Friday has teachers singing the blues Schools & Kids, posted by Editor, Danville Weekly Online, on Mar 15, 2009 at 6:28 pm
James Corral, vice principal of Charlotte Wood Middle School, directs traffic during morning drop-off this morning while several of the teachers line the street to raise awareness about "Pink Friday." More than 228 credentialed employees of the San Ramon Valley Unified School District have received pink slips notifying them they may be laid off at the end of the school year due to massive budget cutbacks. Photo by Geoff Gillette
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Posted by Anonymous, a resident of the Danville neighborhood, on Mar 15, 2009 at 6:28 pm
Pink Friday is indeed a sad day, when we look at the POSSIBILITY that many teachers MIGHT lose their jobs. The focus on pink slips, without a little background is not responsible journalism. First of all, the district is obligated to notify anyone who might be impacted by the current budget crisis by a date certain. The district met their obligations. This has happened in the past and many, and in some years all, of the pink slips issued were rescinded. There are many factors at play that will impact whether teachers lose their jobs.
1. The final budget numbers from the State dedicated to education.
2. The outcome of the mail-in only parcel tax vote.
3. The impact of the federal stimulus package and whether dollars
will be available for use within the district.
4. Collective bargaining by the CTA and the District.
Sometimes the whole story isn't presented. Community beware. It isn't always as it seems.
Posted by Rick, a resident of the Danville neighborhood, on Apr 28, 2009 at 6:13 pm
I keep having my comments erased. I'm sorry my opinions are too real for people to take. Your censorship won't stop me. I went to los cerros and monte vista. I'm 27 and I think 75% of the teachers were total losers. I remember my math teacher used to flirt with the 8th grade girls and hide behind the projector screen like a 4 year old. We don't need more money. We need less teachers. When my parents went to school, there were fifty to ninety kids per class, and they learned more. Why? Because everyone shut up and listened. We need discipline in the class. One way to break down discipline is to amp the kids up on sugar. We should not have candy and sodas sold in schools. The teachers unions fought getting rid of jumk food in schools because they want to tax it to give the money "to the schools," ie: to them. They don't give a damn about the kids. Their demands for smaller class sizes is because that means we have to hire more teachers. By the way, we already have plenty of money being sucked from our property taxes to go to our schools. The problem is, we don't spend it on our kids. We send it to Oakland and Richmond, on bilingual education for illegal immigrants and group home kids who murder our children (Rylan Fuchs.) No doubt, 90% of the extra money that they wish to take from us through prop C will within a few years be allotted to other schools.