Wednesday, February 28, 2007
The differences are substantial! For example, a first year beginning teacher (Step 1, Column 1) would make:
$4,613 more teaching in Beaumont
$5,912 more teaching in Hemet
$6,526 more teaching in Moreno Valley
$7,447 more teaching in Riverside
$13,731 more teaching in Corona-Norco
Let's just say the future isn't looking too bright for future YCJUSD teachers.
Tuesday, February 27, 2007
Of course, you can easily access the anti-teacher propaganda on the District website!
Monday, February 26, 2007
Tuesday, March 6 - Orton Center, University of Redlands. 3:00-5:30
Wednesday, March 14 - UCR Extension Center, UC Riverside. 4:00-7:00
YCJUSD attended the recent one at CSUSB but it is rumored that Yucaipa will be staying away from these two. With starting salaries that are as much as 30% below other Inland Empire districts it must be embarrassing for the YCJUSD administrators to try and recruit high quality applicants.
Sunday, February 25, 2007
The focus in public education so far this century has been "accountability." For public figures like our board members, elections are the ultimate in accountability. It is the time when the people either say "Yes, we believe you have done a good job" and they are reelected to serve another term, or the public says "No, we don't believe you have been effective" and officials are replaced. Our board has quite efficiently stalled this process for financial reasons alright - After all, now they get to keep their health benefits (a program that YCEA has fought to preserve over the last few years) a while longer.
Saturday, February 24, 2007
Friday was a "board tour," meaning the school board made visits to several school sites. Over the past two weeks, several groups of parents have been organizing in support of the teachers. Today they picketed at four of the schools being visited. The first group at Park View was rather small, since it was early morning on a very cold day.
Ridgeview had a larger turnout, and this group was joined by the parents from Park View.
Next, there was picketing at Meadow Creek and Valley Elementaries, and then at lunchtime there was a pretty good-sized group at a Dunlap. This group was joined by teachers who came outside with their own signs since it was their lunch period.
THANK-YOU PARENTS FOR YOUR SUPPORT!
Another board tour is scheduled for Tuesday the 27th, with visits to Green Valley, Oak View, YHS-9, and Yucaipa High. Call the YCEA office at (909) 795-3320 if you're interested in talking to the parents who are organizing things. We can provide you with contact information.