Friday, May 31, 2019

AMLO a Trump;

antiracismdsa: AMLO a Trump;: AMLO President Donald Trump:   I’ve learned about your latest position regarding Mexico. First of all, I want to express that I do ...

Friday, May 24, 2019

Red for Ed in Sacramento; May 22

David Fisher, SCTA; Fabrsio Sasso, Sacramento Central Labor  Council

More than 1,000 California teachers, students and some  school district rallied at the state Capitol on Wednesday afternoon, adding their voices to a statewide advocacy day for school funding.
The event, part of the national “Red for Ed” movement, brought together union members and school administrators who have sometimes been at odds, with teacher strikes unfolding this year in Sacramento, Los Angeles and Oakland. The groups put aside their differences Wednesday to push for legislation directing more money to public education 
“For too long, we have been on a starvation diet for our schools,” said California Teachers Association President Eric Heins.

 “I am at nine schools and I take care of about 3,700 students,” said Noh Le-Hinds, a school nurse and union representative in Sacramento City Unified. “We think healthy students learn better.”
Katie Carr, a special education teacher, said her elementary school doesn’t provide reading intervention for its most vulnerable students. 
“These are kids that are already struggling with academics,” she said. “Books are a basic right, and kids deserve better. “
“It’s difficult to make ends meet as a teacher,” said Sacramento City Teachers Association President David Fisher. “We are in a crisis of losing teachers, because it costs a lot to become one. Paying your mortgage or rent are extremely difficult. ”

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Learning from Our Teachers

Learning from Our Teachers: The Education Strikes of 2018 - Los Angeles Review of Books

Los Angeles Review of Books: Learning from Our Teachers: The Education Strikes of 2018

Bernie Sanders Unveils 'A Thurgood Marshall Plan for Public Education'

Bernie Sanders Unveils 'A Thurgood Marshall Plan for Public Education'

Failure of Charter Schools n Louisiana

Jeff Bryant

Epic Fail Of Charter Schools In Louisiana

Parents in New Orleans are sick of the instability temporary charter schools have brought to their community. Now they are organizing to repeal the state law that legalized charters, calling the schools an “illegal experiment” on their children. The annual budget for the Department of Education’s Charter Schools Program (CSP), which provides grants to individual charter schools and charter school management companies, has ballooned to $440 million, and the total amount spent by the program since inception exceeds $4 billion. Up to $1 billion of the money given out nationwide by the CSP was wasted on charter schools that never opened, or opened and then closed because of fraud, poor performance, financial mismanagement, and other reasons. The legacy of the federal government’s charter school grants should not be understood just by the sheer waste of precious education funds, but also by the real human consequences of spreading makeshift charter programs that throw communities into confusion, distress, and a sense of betrayal.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Public Education Statewide Day of Action /    Capitol.       

Sacramento DSA will welcome DSA members from all over California on May 22 for a statewide day of action to demand the public education California students deserve!

Together, we will join educators, parents, students, and community members to demand the full funding of our public schools, common-sense charter school accountability, and social & racial justice.

Shoulder to shoulder with thousands of educators, students, and community members, we'll take over the rotunda of the state capitol. That building belongs to all of us — it's about time that the lawmakers who make decisions that impact our daily lives remembered that.

We'll meet at 4:30 PM for a group photo with DSA members all over the state!

Date: Wednesday, May 22nd, 9:00am-5:30pm
Location: California State Capitol (Exact meeting location TBA)

Friday, May 10, 2019

Make Smart Cuts- Not Dumb Cuts

The president of the Sacramento City Unified School District school board, Jessie Ryan, called for a “ceasefire” following the recent strike by Sac City Unified educators, saying “together we can solve this fiscal crisis and unite to save our schools with smart solutions.”
The Sacramento City Teachers Association (SCTA) couldn’t agree more. We know a state takeover is entirely avoidable.But the district’s leadership hasn’t offered any realistic, “smart solutions.”
Sticking one’s head in the sand and unlawfully avoiding contractual obligations is not a solution. Neither is refusing to make necessary cuts to a bloated bureaucracy. The district needs to do better.
SCTA has proposed a comprehensive budget plan that boosts services to the district’s students. Our plan avoids a state takeover.
The district needs to honor its contracts and obey the law. Superintendent Jorge Aguilar and Board President Ryan’s refusal to honor the SCUSD’s contract with teachers resulted in the transfer of more than $11 million in taxpayer dollars to the for-profit health insurance giant Health Net.

Honor the Contract, Avoid Insolvency: The Path Forward

Honor the Contract, Avoid Insolvency: The Path Forward SCTA

How to resolve the budget crisis !

The Sacramento City Unified School District approved 102 layoffs Thursday evening as it continues to struggle financially and contends with a possible government takeover
The district’s Board of Education unanimously voted to authorize the layoffs, which will affect only certificated employees and 77 of which will affect teaching positions. Most of the teachers who face layoffs were hired less than a year ago, district spokesman Alex Barrios said.
The district will eliminate a total of 178 full-time positions, Barrios said, but only 102 employees will be terminated as other positions were removed through attrition.
Among those who will be laid off include the district’s only visual and performing arts coordinator and its only GATE, or Gifted and Talented Education, and AP, or Advanced Placement, coordinator, board President Jessie Ryan said.

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Sunday, May 05, 2019

SCTA Wins Pay Dispute with District

A court appointed arbitrator on Thursday ruled in favor of the teachers union in its salary schedule dispute with the Sacramento City Unified School District.
The district and the Sacramento City Teachers Association entered voluntary arbitration in March, after disagreeing over a salary increase for mid-career teachers.
According to the arbitrator’s ruling, the district breached its tentative agreement with the union regarding the salary schedule during the current school year.
“We look forward to working with the District to implement the arbitrator’s award immediately and hope that this decision encourages the District to honor our contract going forward,” read a statement from teachers union President David Fisher.

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Wednesday, May 01, 2019

Sac Teachers Call 2nd Strike to Enforce Contract

The Sacramento City Teachers Association, continues its  labor dispute with the financially troubled Sacramento City Unified School District, announced Tuesday that it will hold its second one-day strike on May 22.
The teachers union made the announcement at a press conference at its Sacramento headquarters, joined by leaders from the California Teachers Association, Oakland Education Association, United Teachers of Los Angeles, Sacramento Central Labor Council, Service Employees International Union Local 1000, California Nurses Association and others.

May Day. International Workers Day. 
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