LOCAL Announcement :: Education & Youth
Pajaro Valley Unified School District Board Trying to Take From the Teachers: Again!
School Board renigging on promised salary negotiations after two years of cuts. Support the educators and the kids they teach on Wednesday, December 7th at 7pm during the PVUSD Board meeting at the District Office.
When I became a teacher I thought this was a respectable job that was highly regarded by society. When I told people of my profession the response was always positive. "Wow, that's so noble." "You must be a special person." "We need more people like you." So of course I thought I must be a valuable member of society. But in the first several years of teaching I learned a few things that don't make me feel so important anymore.
1. I will never be able to afford a house.
2. I will most likely be living paycheck to paycheck for a long time.
3. It will be a very long time before I can support another person on my salary.
4. I have to pay for more schooling than I can afford in a very short amount of time to add onto the student loans that I can barely afford already on my salary.
5. I am a cog. I am not allowed to be the wheel in a public school setting.
6. Most of my classroom decisions are made for me by people who have not been in the classroom and have little understanding of what my kids need.
7. Too many years of this and I will need severe counseling to sleep well at night. It's not just papers I take home every night.
The irony of it all is that I love my job and I wouldn't want any other. The other teachers at my school feel the same way despite the heavy adversity we face. Maybe we are masocists or just maybe we see the value in our students. We are the grunts of the school system. We are also highly abused by administration.
In PVUSD, the school board, including members that were supported and put in office by the Pajaro Valley Federation of Teachers, are once again showing teachers how valuable they are by denying a raise. Last year, teachers' benefits were cut, increasing out of pocket expenses on medications and doctors visits. The year before that, teachers took a pay cut by giving up four instructional days out of every teacher contract. In 2002, the board promised to bring the PVUSD salary within the 25% range of all California teachers' salaries. Now they claim there aren't enough funds for a raise but the district just recieved a large grant and the administrative raise was recently approved.
On Wednesday, December 7th, at 7pm the board will be voting on teacher salaries. Come help support the teachers and the children they support by showing that teachers are important. Join in the protest at the Board meeting at the District Office in the Towers on Green Valley in Watsonville. Education is a big complaint in this country and here's your chance to voice a desire for quality teachers in our schools.