GCU's CEO, Michael Clifford is from AZ. There, his father owned a radio station. Brand's self-appointed chief of staff, Tom Hassey, is from Az, and also owned a radio station. Coincidence? The good ol' boy network thrives in SUHSD. Here is an interesting read on Clifford: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/collegeinc/interviews/clifford.html.
Ah, I now know who fireflycobra is :-) You testified at the pink slip hearings about how great you were and how you raised scores more than anyone else so you should not be threatened with losing your job. And yet your scores dropped significantly this year did they not? I'm sure that's not your fault though.
As for benefits, no-one likes paying that much in health care but it is a trade off with our higher salaries. If you take the districts where teachers do not pay $500 a month for insurance, you will see that their salaries are drastically lower. Yes it is painful but that has absolutely nothing to do with the union, unless of course you are going to convince me that the vast majority of the membership would take a 10% pay cut in order to not have to pay for health benefits. Public and private sector costs for health insurance have increased over the past 5-10 years; check out the news once in awhile and you'll learn something.
I'm sorry that for once the poor science teacher got a pink slip and was called out as being equal to everyone else. Pobrecito. If you really want to blame SEA for something, how about the small class sizes that science teachers get to enjoy. How about the fact that when you have 180 kids you are getting paid a 1/6 stipend and for me that's just called a typical day? Get over yourself. Be an agency-fee payer and quit trying to pretend that you are the majority.
Alex orignially served a two-year term and ran unopposed for a second two-year term. Because SEA positions have term limits, he could not run for a third term. After Sam Lucero's first term many members urged Alex to run again, which he did and won. During the last election another member ran against him and Alex won with 71% of the votes. There will always be individuals who lambast the union leadership because of personal gripes or vendettas, but believe me Alex is respected and supported by the majority teachers in this district. Education is not a business . We are a service and because of that , we are labor intensive. Believe me, teachers work hard and earn their salaries. If I had comp time for all of the unpaid hours I've worked over the years, I could retire years earlier.
Kinda like when Tom Cruise peels off that latex mask in MI. It's really Gandara with a Brand mask.
"Fast Eddy" and his team of bozos continue to play fast 'n loose with all they touch. It's hard to keep track of the constant shell games, augmented by floating craps games that pop up here and there and then disappear when the spotlight gets too close. A true circus staffed by con artists and flim-flamers, all in the name of 'education'. Do ya think that David Malcolm might appear in the 'fun' house? It's getting that swarmy. Welcome Al!
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