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Posted by: thepinetree on 10/17/2017 06:56 AM Updated by: thepinetree on 10/17/2017 07:00 AM
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Teachers Union Calls For Strike Starting October 19th Citing Inadequate Pay, Out-of-Control Class Sizes & School Safety Issues

San Andreas, CA...Today 138 teachers in the Calaveras Unified School District (CUSD) announced that they will go on strike. The Calaveras Unified Educators’ Association (CUEA) will go out on strike Thursday, October 19, 2017, over unresolved disputes concerning class sizes, school safety issues and professional pay.




“We don’t want to strike, but we will for our kids,” said CUEA President Lorraine Angel. “We wanted to settle our contract dispute, but this district has unfortunately made clear that students are not a top priority. Teachers feel differently. CUEA teachers are standing up for our students. We are going on strike because that is the only option we have left to save our schools.”

Teachers will start removing personal items from classrooms tomorrow in preparation for Thursday’s strike.

“What’s truly tragic is that the district can more than afford our proposals,” Angel noted.

CUEA and CUSD have been negotiating since March of 2016. In May of 2017, an independent state-appointed chairperson oversaw a hearing to review the contract negotiations. As a result, on June 6, 2017, the impartial chair made very specific recommendations that include class size reduction, the development of a joint safety committee that would allow for the monitoring of district-wide safety issues and creation of school safety plans, and salary raises of 4% in 2016-17 and 2.5% in 2017-18. Regrettably, the district rejected the independent chair’s compromise proposals.

The chair also noted that the district never claimed it could not afford the CUEA proposals, stating in part, “the district is not claiming an inability to pay defense.” The recommendation was based on the district’s increasing state funding and its growing reserve that are over $4.8 million or over 16% of the total budget. In the last two years alone, CUSD has increased its reserves by $1.8 million. The current CUEA proposal of an increase of 2% keeps CUSD teachers well under-paid when compared to surrounding and similar size school districts, including Mark Twain Elementary and Amador County Unified School Districts.

“The inability to keep parity means we are losing students to nearby districts and we are losing our educators that leave for better paying jobs. CUSD needs to save our schools by investing in our kids and not the reserve,” Angel stated.

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The Calaveras Unified Educators’ Association is an affiliate of the 325,000-member California Teachers Association is affiliated with the 3 million-member National Education Association.


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No Subject
Posted on: 2017-10-17 08:00:33   By: Anonymous
 
You should teach in the bay area where we have 33/34 students per class with many of them second language learners. And that's in the good school districts.

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    Re:
    Posted on: 2017-10-17 10:09:26   By: Anonymous
     
    Teachers good, unions bad

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    Re:
    Posted on: 2017-10-17 14:34:11   By: Anonymous
     
    The same could be said for some C.U.S.D. classes.

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Inmates Running the Asylum
Posted on: 2017-10-17 08:05:39   By: Anonymous
 
Public employee unions are one of the best examples of the inmates running the asylum. If you want to know how much the poor over worked public employees are "underpaid" visit:

TransparentCalifornia.com

This has a listing of the tax dollars almost every public employee active or retired in the State of California receives. Poor babies.

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    Re: Inmates Running the Asylum
    Posted on: 2017-10-17 08:08:26   By: Anonymous
     
    In addition, teachers work year is less than most everyone else.

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      Re: Inmates Running the Asylum
      Posted on: 2017-10-17 08:14:37   By: Anonymous
       
      Summer vacation, spring break, "solstice" break, Thanksgiving week, numerous holidays It's a tough job but somebody has to do it.

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        Pay
        Posted on: 2017-10-17 08:37:11   By: Anonymous
         
        Fresno teachers are going out on strike also and have asked for substitute teachers to fill in for $500.00 per day pay!!!! How much do teachers actually make? They are not teaching the Constitution that's for sure. $500.00 per day! I was lucky to make $500.00 per week and raise my two children.

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          Re: Pay
          Posted on: 2017-10-17 08:42:51   By: Anonymous
           
          fire em all

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            Re: Pay
            Posted on: 2017-10-17 13:44:08   By: Anonymous
             
            Good luck replacing them.

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        Re: Inmates Running the Asylum
        Posted on: 2017-10-17 09:28:58   By: Anonymous
         


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          No Subject
          Posted on: 2017-10-17 10:02:20   By: Anonymous
            Edited By: thepinetree
          On: 2017-10-17 10:07:56


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No Subject
Posted on: 2017-10-17 10:06:14   By: Anonymous
 
The teachers aren't striking to stand up for their students as the union president said. They are striking for more money. The district has already agreed to lower class sizes to 24 to 1, increase wages for ROP teachers and interns and create a safety committee. All that's left is the wage increase. And that's not about the kids that's only about greed!

Don't believe me? See the district's response a couple of subjects below this one. All the agreements are listed there. Only money is left. If the teachers were so concerned about their students they wouldn't strike.

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    Re:
    Posted on: 2017-10-17 10:12:14   By: Anonymous
     
    These teachers only care about themselves and will strike regardless how it affects the students. The students are the ones who will suffer not the lazy teachers.

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      Re:
      Posted on: 2017-10-17 11:39:09   By: Anonymous
       
      Teachers only care about themselves? Well most people with a little intelligence care about themselves first. Unless you care more for me then say yourself, can I have your trailer and those pennies you call a savings account?
      (Damn, that guy was right, bunch of retards up here)

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    Re:
    Posted on: 2017-10-17 10:43:05   By: Anonymous
     
    Getting paid what's due isn't greed (I'm not a teacher) getting a decent wage up here in the foothills is pretty hard. That's why many
    people commute for better wages. At one time, some of the schools here were some of the best in Ca. I doubt that's true
    anymore. Why? What happened to those teachers? They left for greener pastures. Pay people chit, and you get chit.


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No Subject
Posted on: 2017-10-17 10:31:59   By: Anonymous
 
I wonder how many of the comments are from parents? The negative ones can home school their own. Then take a walk around town and look at all the two legged scum walking the streets, that will be your child soon enough.

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    Re:
    Posted on: 2017-10-18 05:13:08   By: Anonymous
     
    Just curious, are you stating that those homeschooling their children will end up with bums?

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No Subject
Posted on: 2017-10-17 11:29:12   By: Anonymous
 
School in the Bay Area, that brought back some terrible memories and you can shove the BA where the sun don't
shine.
Some good teachers, a lot more of the teachers not caring, others acting like they do and finding out they're sexual
predators. Every guys dream, getting laid by your teacher.
Happened to me in the 70's. The ending of 7th grade just before
Summer vacation started. It does affect some of us negatively by the way, and for years.
Long story short, that was me, and when my dad found out he thought it was the best thing ever. Back then it seemed if you
were a male, it was a slap on the back and a that'a boy, you're a man now! He was so damn proud of me (inside I was still
crying and depressed) he bought me a new bike that I'd been saving for to make my paper route faster and easier on me. He
got it home for me, and kept saying come on son, get on it, take her for a spin, I kept declining. He was getting pretty upset at me for
my refusal to get on the bike and used that stern voice most of us kids have heard before from one of our parents. WHY WON'T
YOU get on your brand new bike that I bought you? I lost it and started crying, I said "cause my butt still hurts" He never did talk about it again with me.

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    Re:
    Posted on: 2017-10-17 11:47:21   By: Anonymous
     


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      Re:
      Posted on: 2017-10-17 12:50:13   By: Anonymous
       
      Lets talk about these teachers that play favoritism among their students. They will assign essay questions and grade them according to how well they like the student. Let the teachers strike and I hope that they are replaced with teachers that will appreciate having a job and not worrying about padding their pocketbooks.

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      Re:
      Posted on: 2017-10-17 13:55:03   By: Anonymous
       
      gee willikers, you got it? you got it? simply amazing Einstein, of course he was joking, pimple brain

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        Re:
        Posted on: 2017-10-17 14:12:05   By: Anonymous
         


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          Re:
          Posted on: 2017-10-18 05:15:47   By: Anonymous
           
          He does sound like a local resident...oh...like you

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    Re:
    Posted on: 2017-10-17 18:11:42   By: Anonymous
     
    You need to post "Me, too" on Facebook. Otherwise, seek professional help.

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No Subject
Posted on: 2017-10-17 12:51:05   By: Anonymous
 
Didn't you a--holes just have two weeks so called Fall brake with another brake in Nov and another in Dec where do you get the time to teach??

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    Re:
    Posted on: 2017-10-17 13:21:31   By: Anonymous
     
    brake

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    Re:
    Posted on: 2017-10-17 13:47:25   By: Anonymous
     
    It's called a break.

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      Re:
      Posted on: 2017-10-17 14:00:26   By: Anonymous
       
      My car needs brakes, and here I am taking a break...I hope someone knows I'm joking, some people are just too serious.

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    Re:
    Posted on: 2017-10-17 14:08:27   By: Anonymous
     
    It's not Nov. yet sir, you do know (or is it no?) that, right? (or is it write?) It's October, November is next month.
    Those words that sound the same, confuse me too (or is it to? or two?). I (or is it eye?) bet you ewe wish you ewe stayed in school AND payed attention, (or is paid?) I eye am so sew confused like you ewe

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      Re:
      Posted on: 2017-10-17 14:14:54   By: Anonymous
       
      bay area teachers in oakland had as many as 38 kids in a class. others 30 -35 was norm. They did just fine, this was in the 50's

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        Re:
        Posted on: 2017-10-17 14:57:36   By: Anonymous
         
        Oakland should definitely be the model of success for Calaveras!

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          Re:
          Posted on: 2017-10-17 16:43:31   By: Anonymous
           
          In the 1950's Oakland was a top school system until the progressives got ahold of it in the 60' and 70's
          Point is the teachers had no problem handling large classes.


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          Re:
          Posted on: 2017-10-17 18:13:33   By: Anonymous
           
          Actually, you might compare scores. Not that the immortal test is the end all and be all but you started it.

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No Subject
Posted on: 2017-10-17 14:35:26   By: Anonymous
 
The school district is a mess. Anyone that knows a student knows this is true!

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No Subject
Posted on: 2017-10-17 16:33:14   By: Anonymous
 
LMFAO seems too many kids who should of stayed awake in class "our" commenting

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    Re:
    Posted on: 2017-10-17 18:18:10   By: Anonymous
     
    Spelling and grammar aside, the teachers here are generally enjoying better classroom numbers (if that is in fact the issue). California elementary school teachers now statistically last perhaps five years. That is a reality for the profession. Having said that, conditions here are a whole lot better that what is going on in most of California. So, perhaps a larger question of whether we are taking care of and value the profession as a society. Still, budgets are based on revenue and Calaveras is about to shut down its most recent possibility of income with a cannabis ban. Hell, we can't even repair our roads much less reduce a kid or two in a classroom. It's all about the bottom line.

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      Re:
      Posted on: 2017-10-17 21:08:45   By: Anonymous
       
      The schools' revenue comes from the state and federal funds, not local, except for property taxes for a Basic Aid district.

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No Subject
Posted on: 2017-10-17 20:54:01   By: Anonymous
 
Teachers spend 183 days a year in class teaching, the rest is vacation.
Find another job like that, anywhere.

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    Re:
    Posted on: 2017-10-17 21:10:12   By: Anonymous
     
    The teachers get paid only for those 183 days! Many pay for classes during the summer or work extra jobs!

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    Re:
    Posted on: 2017-10-17 21:20:25   By: Anonymous
     
    A lot of non-teachers take off several weeks in October to go hunting.

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    Re:
    Posted on: 2017-10-18 04:29:23   By: Anonymous
     
    Vacation? More like unemployment.

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    Re:
    Posted on: 2017-10-18 05:18:09   By: Anonymous
     
    Congress

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    Re:
    Posted on: 2017-10-18 09:39:47   By: Anonymous
     
    If you went to college you could be a teacher too!

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No Subject
Posted on: 2017-10-17 21:15:32   By: Anonymous
 
My gawd! Pay em! Pay em! Pay em!
Aside from good health professionals when you need them for your kids, what is more important than good teachers you love and trust? Parents, I know you get this! It's your kids' futures, your peace of mind, and your kids' dreams having the chance to be realized with a good education (and rise above where their parents are)!

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    Re:
    Posted on: 2017-10-18 05:16:43   By: Anonymous
     
    Parents are in charge of education; if the school ain't cutting it...so it yourselves!!!!! Really, its very doable. Not the smarts of the parent/teacher, but the commitment given to that child to improve their future.

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No Subject
Posted on: 2017-10-17 21:19:23   By: Anonymous
 
You will NOT attract the best new teachers with a less than competitive salary schedule, and you will be hiring the teachers who other districts passed on. It's always exciting and builds your district's strength to be able to hire your first choice!
You get what you pay for.
Settle this, CUSD!

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No Subject
Posted on: 2017-10-18 05:19:44   By: Anonymous
 
Kids need a good education, or they will end up with a dead end, minimum wage job. Oh no!!! Sounds like they'd be stuck HERE!!!

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Can't Fix Stupid
Posted on: 2017-10-18 08:53:55   By: Anonymous
 
After reading the comments posted here it is easy to to determine the local Hillbilly Tweakers don't give a poo about thier own Heathen Offspring.
Campbell and his corrupt crew have absconded the funds required to operate the schools in CUSD.
Mr Campbell take$ home plenty as do those that play his side of the field. Just check the facts folks, this has been going on for a long time, Jim Frost-Bite ring any bells?

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