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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.
 
 


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Pajaro Valley Federation of Teachers members at AFT conference in 2004.
 

FIGHT 'EM! Support Our South County Teachers!

The PVUSD Board is not bargaing in good faith! As we all know, schools throughout the state will be getting a huge windfall of money soon to make up for the BILLIONS of dollars that Arnold has stolen from schools over the last couple of years.

South County teachers are already some of the lowest paid teachers anywhere in the state yet they live in the second highest housing market IN THE NATION! The majority of them teach in challenging circumstances, dealing with migrant students who don't know English and others who have many needs. They have been held to an unfair standard under the No Child Left Behind Act and threatened with state-takeover of their schools based on testing outcomes, yet they have not been given any additional help to achieve those goals!

As a county, we need to stand behind these teachers! I recently visited a Watsonville junior high and was totally impressed by the team effort I saw taking place there. The vast majority of the teachers arrive there before 7 a.m. and don't leave until after 5 p.m. ... and then go home to prepare lessons and grade papers until the next day! They are heros living among us.

Please come out and support these teachers! If anything needs trimming in PVUSD, it's the bloated administration, many of whom have been deadwood for years!

PVUSD administrative offices are locted at 294 Green Valley Road, Watsonville at the Towers, the old hospital site.
 

Re: Pajaro Valley Unified School District Board Trying to Take From the Teachers: Again!

While I do think we have to stand up for teachers, most of that list can be used to describe any job. How many of us have complete control in our workplaces?
 

Re: Pajaro Valley Unified School District Board Trying to Take From the Teachers: Again!

hey Oscar, if you look at Argentina, there are over 200 bankrupt factories that have been taken over by workers and are now highly productive. These are worker run coops, where the workers themselves make the decisions and split the profits.

There are also many coops in the U.S. and Santa Cruz.
 

Re: Pajaro Valley Unified School District Board Trying to Take From the Teachers: Again!

You are right about there being a number of co-ops around the world. I would like to ask two questions however:
1. Since our schools are not private industries, how would you recommend they split up profits? A voucher system?
2. I have heard a little bit about the factory co-op system in Argentina, but I would have to see some reliable statistics showing that they are more productive across the board before I make a leap of faith.
 

Re: Pajaro Valley Unified School District Board Trying to Take From the Teachers: Again!

School budgets need to be cut because the money no longer goes to student needs, instead it is wasted on upper management salaries. Teachers are okay, but why spend money if they teachers dont get it? Besides, I dont have any kids and I don't intend to bring any into this messed up world. Partly because I cant afford it. We need tax cuts so that the struggling non-parent MAJORITY can survive. The people who will benefit far outnumber the teachers anyway, so the common good is better served. Anyway I'd put my kids in an affordable private school if I had any. Schools run by governments are always bad.
 

Re: Pajaro Valley Unified School District Board Trying to Take From the Teachers: Again!

The above article and the accusation that the Board of Trustees has renigged on promises for a salary increase for teachers are not true and do not reflect the beliefs of the PVFT Executive Council nor the PVFT Negotiations Team. We have asked teachers to attend tonight's Board meeting to remind the Board that we have done well by the district in the tough years and it is now time for them to support the teachers in better times. This action is to call attention to Board members that negotiations are going on and that we need their support in order to be successful in those talks. Whoever put this information on this website along with a link to our website did so without the knowledge or permission of PVFT. We do not want to create anamosity with the Trustees when there is no reason to do so.
 

Re: Pajaro Valley Unified School District Board Trying to Take From the Teachers: Again!

Then I think, Carolyn, you are misinformed on how many teachers feel about the board. I think attacked is the word. I of course can not speak for everyone. The understanding given to union memebers though is that if we do not show up at the meeting and make a stand and have our voice heard then the board will not approve a raise. That would be considered renigging. The community needs to know about these things. Whoever posted the article did us a favor. The author says "magistra" not PVFT. The link seems to just be the source of the article's information. I looked and the website says mostly the same stuff. So, cool your shorts. No need to get defensive. I doubt the board even reads this stuff. Interesting to see that you do though. I wouldn't have thought you were so progressive. Nice to see you support your fellow teachers so well. Grow a spine. Support the people you were hired for.
 

Re: Pajaro Valley Unified School District Board Trying to Take From the Teachers: Again!

i rather support the children, instead of the money going to teacher pay hikes let it go to books and supplies for the kids
 

Re: Pajaro Valley Unified School District Board Trying to Take From the Teachers: Again!

When teachers are supported, they are empowered to deliver inspiration, information, strong life habits, a sense of hope and self-empowerment to their students. It is the teacher who shows a student how to decode a book or how to look for information the student needs. It is the teacher on the front line who reaches out with heart. Our young people are our treasures! LET US GIVE THEM EXCELLENT CARE! Support teachers, because they care for the hearts and minds of today and tomorrow!
 

Re: Pajaro Valley Unified School District Board Trying to Take From the Teachers: Again!

When teachers are supported, they are empowered to deliver inspiration, information, strong life habits, a sense of hope and self-empowerment to their students. It is the teacher who shows a student how to decode a book or how to look for information the student needs. It is the teacher on the front line who reaches out with heart. Our young people are our treasures! LET US GIVE THEM EXCELLENT CARE! Support teachers, because they care for the hearts and minds of today and tomorrow!

Granted there are teachers that still care, but the sad truth is that most do not. Those teachers are burnouts living from pay check to paycheck until some point in the future they can retire.

having to deal with punks day after day after day, because the system will not throw them out until the wretches reach eighteen, and even then it holds on to them. Think of the environment that is created by the presence of gangs on school. It is time to take a zero tolerance stance. Throw the trash out, white, black, brown, whatever, throw it out and good riddance.

The presence of non-legal students in the student body. If their parents can not go through the immigration system properly why should they be rewarded with a free education. There is obviously not enough money, and this article is proof of that.

The teachers that do care, do deserve a pay raise, and try to give a quality education to their students are not being rewarded due in part to unions. Unions that claim say that merit based pay is a unjust, and that even the burnouts deserve a pay raise.
 

Re: Pajaro Valley Unified School District Board Trying to Take From the Teachers: Again!

Now that it's Thursday - how did the action last night go? Would anyone that was there mind posting a recap? maybe with some photos?

As with most organizations, it appears that PVFT has some internal issues that have made their way out into the public.
 

Re: Pajaro Valley Unified School District Board Trying to Take From the Teachers: Again!

Please fellow teachers, administrators, reporters/writers:
Let's not embarrass ourselves by creating new spellings for words such as 'renigged' (should be reneged) and 'anamosity' (should be animosity).
It makes us look less credible...
 

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