Teachers at an unknown number of Chula Vista schools last month began sending letters to parents saying the teachers would not offer any extracurricular or after-school activities until they receive “a new and fair contract.” Rather, the teachers say they will only do what they are specifically contracted to do — seven hours per day — and nothing more...
Maura Larkins · Top Commenter · UCLA
How else are teachers going to pressure the district? The slowdown is actually a way to avoid a strike, to avoid hurting kids.
Learning about economics and politics firsthand might benefit kids more than a field trip. Most of these kids will be struggling for their own economic survival someday.
That said, I do have a problem with teachers who intentionally inflict pain and stress on their students just because the teachers don't like the new standardized tests.
Some teachers make kids miserable so the parents will oppose standardized tests.
The motivation? These teachers don't want to be evaluated based on student test scores.
In fact, these teachers don't want to be effectively evaluated at all. Why? It would undermine school politics, the lifeblood of the teachers union.
The current system of principal evaluations is a joke. Most principals don't even bother to do classroom observations. The evaluations are usually political. I don't think weak teachers should be fired, but they should be helped.
The current fight in CVESD is just as much about teacher evaluations as it is about money.
Why don’t Manuel Yvellez and his cronies come up with an effective teacher evaluation system, and then use that as a bargaining chip?
Manuel YvellezMaura Larkins · Top Commenter · UCLA
It is rather the District and their spokesperson the UT that is hiding behind children in this dispute. I don't see the Superintendent or his UT supporters volunteering their time to coach a team after school or run a dance class or one the many other after school programs. It is teachers that give of themselves selflessly in this way because of their love of children. Now, feeling unappreciated, they temporarily take away their free volunteer efforts, and they are set upon by the UT as if such voluntary efforts are expected as a mandatory requirement from teachers. And where is the UT Board with their professed great love of children? Why aren't they saying that they will step in with this voluntary effort for a few weeks, to do what teachers do for free year after year?
The suggestion that any teacher in our district is ...
Hey, CVESD, give the teachers more money--BUT DON'T BACK DOWN ON COMMON CORE.
Pay the teachers for effective performance, and then make sure they're delivering.
Neither the district nor the union seems to want reliable evaluations of teachers.
Neither side is asking for more classroom observations.
Both sides are way too fond of school politics.
The Union-Tribune has at times been quite rabid in its support of teachers.
The paper practically hemorrhaged ink for weeks in support of the "Castle Park Five". The school district took quite a beating from the UT in those stories.
Bizarrely, one of the Castle Park Five, teacher Peg Myers, went on to become CVE President before she clambered across the bargaining table in the middle of her term to became a district administrator. It's amazing how enemies can become such good friends. How did Human Resources director Sandra Villegas-Zuniga orchestrate such a reversal? Did Peg, who now calls herself Margaret, suddenly wake up one morning and decide to switch sides for no reason? Obviously, there's more to that story, but I doubt that any news outlet in San Diego will tell it.
I got some information from Anthony Millican about the current bargaining situation. Mr. Millican states:
One of the more misleading slides by CVE at its ongoing parent presentations at schools in our community states that teachers have not had a raise in seven years while the Superintendent’s salary has gone up 11%. Dr. Escobedo’s salary as Superintendent has gone up once, by 4%, since he began serving in the position.
The union is counting restored furlough days as a salary “increase” in alleging that the Superintendent’s salary has gone up 11%. He began in the position with 7 furlough days.
The overwhelming majority of Chula Vista teachers make more in 2014 than in 2007.
That’s because the District paid automatic “step and column” raises (including anniversary increments) annually that ranged from 0% to 4.79% annually; the District-wide average was 2% annually, even during the Great Recession.
Out of 1,225 FTE teachers, approximately 11 give or take can truly claim to have not received a raise in seven years because their years of service put them at the top of the pay schedule for the seven year period. (That’s about 1% who can make a claim of not having had a raise in seven years.)
The union wants an upset populace to influence bargaining about primary pay increases that teachers historically received through “Salary Schedule.” That raise is contractually negotiated, and has not been provided to teachers in nearly seven years. Parents and community members react with surprise when they learn teachers earn two kinds of pay increases. Some would probably be ok with that if the union simply told them the truth.
As it stands, the District has included a 6% salary schedule increase in its latest proposal, part of a wide-ranging package the union’s leadership rejected. The proposed 6% raise is on top of the 2% average automatic raises that went into effect this past July 1. CVE, however, says teachers are entitled to a 10% salary schedule increase, and that the 2% “step and column” automatic raises “don’t count.”
It turns out that the teacher salary of CVE President Manuel Yvellez has increased 17% since 2007, thanks to "step, column, anniversary increments."