Uploaded: Mon, Jun 10, 2013, 4:32 pm School district employees get new contract, one-time bonus
District will pay $6.38 million in bonuses to teachers, classified employees
San Ramon Valley Unified School District teachers obtained their first contract since 2008 Tuesday night, leaving the negotiating table with maintained health care benefits and a bonus.
The district's Board of Education voted to approve the new contract for San Ramon Valley Education Association members, who were working with a contract that expired in 2011. The district and the union reached an agreement on May 20 and the SRVEA ratified the vote with 91.9 percent approval on Monday, union Vice President Ann Katzburg said.
"We had a very challenging year," Katzburg said. "Because we were able to retain our benefits, that's what our members voiced loud and clear this year, we're thankful for the district to be able to provide that."
The district proposed a cap on healthcare benefits in September, meaning employees would be responsible for paying additional fees should the cost of healthcare rise. The new contract continues with full family coverage through Kaiser -- which 58 percent of the 1,600 member union uses -- and coverage at an additional cost through HealthNet that some employees use.
SRVEA had also asked for a salary raise and received a one-time bonus worth 4 percent of their pay. Katzburg added that the "me too" clause in the contract means other unions in the district, which include classified workers such as janitorial staff and administrators, will received the bonus.
The bonus will cost SRVUSD $6.38 million, with $4.5 million going toward members of the Education Association. Payouts will decrease the district's reserve 2.83 percent to 8.11 percent, according to reports, still above the state mandated 3 percent minimum.
In addition to the bonus and healthcare changes, elementary teachers were guaranteed three 45-minute prep periods each week. While teachers are currently afforded the prep periods, Katzburg said they are not guaranteed.
"In recessionary times they took away one of our preps. This gives us the guarantee of that and if anything comes up where we move preps, we are able to renegotiate," she said.
The new contract also adds clarifying language on the discretionary leave process. Where teachers previously had to pay for a substitute, educators can now use their five personal necessity days when they take discretionary leave.
A new article on technology was also added to the contract, which allows for the development of a joint advisory committee. The committee will meet once a year to "have conversations about technology and how it can affect our workload," Katzburg said.
Concerned and Fed Up - Danville Mom,
a resident of Danville
on Jun 13, 2013 at 7:16 am
Unfortunately, I don't see the value in any of these public/private schoolteachers of today. My son hasn't learned anything in school. They've been teaching the same tired curriculum for "over 50 years." Everything they teach is old, outdated, and wrong. I want my children to receive an EDUCATION so I am teaching them everything I know, plus Kumon, plus extracurricular activities and sports to encourage social play and learning.
Teachers are glorified babysitters proclaiming to be the best, most important people to our children- taking credit for "teaching" our kids. I teach my kids. Teachers babysit them at school, at best. Kumon and TV/computer/games have taught my kids more than any time they've spent in the classrooms.
As a matter of fact, I'm sure everything my children have learned in school (like me, when I went) could be taught in a few short years. Why does it take 12 years to go to school just to leave and be qualified only to flip burgers? High school is a ridiculously HUGE waste of time so I wouldn't pay a high school teacher anything because I don't see their value. By high school, most of these kids are probably smart enough and capable enough (had they been nurtured, encouraged, supported, and loved in younger classes and at home) to start their own companies, make their own money, be respected and treated like individuals with the desire to be more and bring their dreams to fruition.
I believe in supporting, helping, and teaching our youth. I believe what we're doing now is wrong. We have been doing it for over 50 years numerous generations have been disappointed and we know it! The same complaints from when I went to school continue to exist (or have gotten worse) today. Unfortunately, we put too much trust in the government now and not enough faith in ourselves. Before responding, just think Who gives you your rights? In school, whom do the teachers say give your children and parents (since we have no influence or rights to question the curriculum) their rights?
With my experience and work history in the computer field, I have come to discover that the world is so much bigger than the classroom. I believe every student should understand and have that opportunity. You only live once do you really want to spend 12+ years, 6 hours a day, 5 days a week in a classroom being talked at by someone 30+ years old with no real world experience "teaching" you what they "think" it's going to take to make money in the real world when they've only known the pride of receiving a paycheck from the government?! Woo hoo, teachers! Based on what I've seen and my experience with teachers I've met, I would only pay them $40,000 per year. Unfortunately, when you leave their classrooms you're not even qualified to make that!
Ideally, teachers would be really educated, smart business people who could teach our children the necessary skills, logic, and education required to make money and become successful entrepreneurs when they leave. With the amount of money we spend to "educate" our children we should be brilliant, but we're not. If anything, we're dumber. We've lowered the standards and are teaching students that the government gives them their rights and that we're all the same. Conformity is not the answer and the more my kids go to school - the more they're exposed to the illogical, stupid, group-think teaching that the government is dictating be taught to our children.
I am an individual. My children are individuals. We deserve better. Mediocrity cannot be the right answer. Vouchers don't solve the problem either - maybe from the perspective of not having to pay for education our entire lives, even folks without kids, like we do now. Even when my brother and I went to private school, my parents still paid for public school. We are ALL paying.to educate everyone forever… doesn't seem like something that can continue to last…
Since the quality of the education is failing and demand for education is rising… If you're waiting for the government to educate you, then I think you're going to be waiting a while… As a matter of fact, they're not even rolling out the CCC until next year. They claim Common Core will be great but they'll start rolling it out next year and maybe it'll be done in a couple more years… Can you believe that they determined this curriculum by evaluating the college curriculum? So you need to go to school for 16+ years to MAYBE get a job if you can figure out how to do that after you graduate… Wouldn't it be smarter and more logical to look at the world and what we know of it today and try to teach and expose our children to as much Creation (outside) and logic, science, reading, and math in explaining their observations? Let's start teaching our children FACTS and not opinions.
I believe in America. I believe in people. I believe that the best solution for education is to allow children to spend more time asking questions, playing with friends, beings outdoors, exploring. By the age of 3, children can begin to learn the alphabet and start reading/writing exercises. By the age of 6, children have the capability to read and understand math. Science explains their observations through logic. There is little room for debate and interpretation in math, science, and learning to read. Start with the basics, first, folks. Until everyone that graduates can read, write, and understand math and logic, then our school system will continue to fail… no matter if they implement CCC or not… Age is just a number…
Concerned and Fed Up - Danville Mom,
a resident of Danville
on Jun 14, 2013 at 8:01 am
No, Sally, I do believe in teachers. I do believe in educating our youth, but I don't believe in unions. I don't believe in mob mentality and "group think." I don't believe in conformity and doing what you're told by a bunch of narrow-minded, uneducated bigots claiming to be so wonderful only to be brainwashing my children. I don't believe in giving teachers raises when their performance is so heartily lacking. Most high school graduates in America can't even read! I believe in the U.S. Constitution (although they don't teach it anymore in school like cursive).
The Constitution clearly states that the rights of the group DO NOT override the rights of the individual. However, that's precisely what's taught in school it goes against our very core as individuals. I believe it's this failure in the education system that is allowing us to fail and be divided as a nation. Enrollment forms in schools REQUIRE you to fill in your RACE. Why does that matter?
In America, we have mixed races and don't see color so that we don't have to check the race box, but you're required to check the box or they will call your child from their classroom and require a teacher visually inspect them so they can check the box and return the form to the government. It's crazy, but true! I just filed the paperwork and my heart sunk to my stomach after I checked the box. This is just another item causing division among us by our all-knowing, ever-so-right government of unnamed people working under their anonymous blanket collecting our personal data.
Here's a link:
Web Link (pat yourselves on the back for
this, oh brilliant educators)
Or… Web Link
Or… Web Link
After my child leaves your classroom, what have they learned?
What skills have they acquired?
How happy are they?
My children's happiness is one of the most important things to me and I believe learning is FUN. SCHOOL IS NOT FUN. It's work. It's painful. No matter how wonderful a teacher is, a student still sits in a tiny desk, in a 12 x 12 room, staring at the back of the kid's head in front of them… what a wonderful learning experience! So glad that nothing has changed over the decade I've been out of school. Plus, at the speed the curriculum gets updated at a State and Federal level, we're really setting our kids up for the future, huh?!
At school, you are taught to fit into their framework. You are taught to conform. I know I went to school. It's the same whether it's private or public. Since I had my children, though, I have learned SO much. I have so many similarities with them and can truly relate to the challenges they're facing because I did too! However, the world looks a lot different from when I went to school.
Plus, what is this "ADD? " Give me a break! Children just want to run and play of course they have a lot of energy! Take your kids to the park and let them run around, chase balls, climb structures… that should help to fix a lot of this "ADD" for a 6-hour lecture session when they're just kids...
When I went to school, they were teaching the same stuff they are today… and in the same fashion… Yikes!
My son is reading and has learned more spending 20 minutes a day working on Kumon exercises in Math and Reading for $240/month than he has at the $400/month I was paying for preschool… public school is just around the corner and he can be placed in a higher grade. I wish I could say that it's because he's brilliant… maybe ☺… but more likely, it's that Kumon works and there are better, more efficient, cheaper ways of teaching.
Right now, they teach to the LOWEST common denominator and I have always taught my boys that we deserve better than mediocrity especially in education. We're paying for it!
You can't pull the wool over my eyes anymore. I'm not going to allow teachers and their unions to continue to lie to the public. Be honest. We can do a better job. The education system is broken and has been for several generations, but it's tradition so any change, even slight, comes up against a lot of public discourse. ("they're taking our jobs" hysteria ensues).
Ask anyone, "Why do you go to school?" They'll answer: to get an education, or to get a good job… both equate to making money and the desire to succeed and be independent individuals. However, teachers can't teach this because they are glorified tax collectors, much like the police… All taxpayers are funding your lifestyle. Be considerate and polite we're your customers, but we're certainly not treated that way…
When you were in school trying to decide what you were going to do with the rest of your life, if you didn't have a plan, what was your failsafe career? Hmm… Was it teacher?!
A mother is a teacher - the most influential in her child's life. I just wish every teacher was as sweet, brilliant, innovative, and fun as a lot of other MOMS I have met.
Look, teachers - this is your CAREER but these are my KIDS. I want the best in life for them and to ensure they are TAUGHT, that they LEARN the SKILLS required to start their OWN businesses. Anyone can work for someone else or a large company you certainly don't need a degree for that…
When a teacher gets a question in class that he/she doesn't know, assuming the child is allowed to speak, then how do you answer the questions?
Eucation Fan Do you know what TCP/IP is?
The Internet has allowed the facts to spring forward when the teachers wanted to keep on the blinders. The greatest thing I ever did was continuing to read when I got out of school.
I guess I was one of the lucky few who actually graduated learning how to read… I have NEVER stopped learning. I did, however, stop listening to what the "teachers" said and found much of what was spouted was lies and opinions rather than facts... and now, I couldn't be happier. I have found my own way and it's become a path to enlightenment, learning, and happiness. I want only the best for my children. It's 2013. It's time to break the paradigm!
Concerned and Fed Up - Danville Mom,
a resident of Danville
on Jun 17, 2013 at 4:58 pm
LOL!, I type at over 80wpm. These posts only take a few minutes of my time and my children are lovers of the outdoors and explorers of Creation so when I'm working or trying to get some stuff done (even making comments), they're catching bugs and digging in the dirt. They're finding things outside and asking me questions. And because I don't have all the answers, I do have technology. I can answer their intriguing expert-level questions with accuracy and factual record.
LOL!, your demeaning comments will not bring me down. My children are amazing and I thank God every day that I can spend time with them and get to know them who they are, what they like, what interests them, and how I can help them find their talents and eventually learn to make money doing it. I am 100% committed to my role as mother, teacher, wife, and daughter. I live to bring about positive change and hope to make positive impacts that will make the lives of everyone better. I'm not trying to attack the teachers, but… let's be honest… These lies just aren't working for me anymore and I've heard them for so long…
LOL!, you are absolutely right about the 9th amendment. The 9th amendment was created because Madison knew that all rights should not be listed. He feared that by listing them (or enumerating) that we would be bound by them. Therefore, he wrote the 9th amendment. This is where our freedom should come from and break free from our government's constraints.
The 9th amendment states that anything not explicitly stated is implicitly permitted. Therefore, as Americans, we have the right to do as we'd like (as long as we don't hurt other people). However, that's not how the 9th amendment is taught in school… The 9th Amendment and Declaration of Independence were created to give our people freedom from large government so that the majority NEVER overrides the rights of the individual.
HOWEVER, we are being taught that we're all the same. We're not. We're equal, but not the same. We are individuals. As such, Madison, being a faithful believer in Creation and the good in humanity feared that power and corruption would lead to greater government rule and control. Look now government is in everything. EVERYTHING! Income taxes, property taxes, social security, Medicare, ObamaCare, banks, real estate (illegal to sell flat-rate real estate in California nice, huh?!), death taxes, education system, police force, military, business (GMC, Solara, etc), EPA, etc. It's out of control! Pay attention, people! This is our future, our children's futures, our grandchildren's futures.
Schools leave out God. Therefore, we are taught that the government gives us our rights. The truth is, though, if you can dream then you can do it! You need to believe in yourself. I doubt most kids graduating high school have any self esteem (if they graduate). The schools just crush your spirit and tell you how to think. It's time to think for yourselves. I think LOL! Stated it perfectly when she wrote, "The US Constitution is taught in those grades because that's when the state says it has to be taught."
That's exactly the problem! I'm tired of being told what to do! I'm tired of being told that I don't know what I'm doing or that I have to do things your way. No, I don't. The government is wrong. Teachers are wrong. Parent are right.
I want to challenge parents to break out of the paradigm. If you could re-shape education, how would you do it? More time in school? More teachers? Higher salaries? What do you want from your child's education experience? The memories they take with them to adulthood? Do you, too, fall under the mentality that "If it's good enough for me, then it's good enough for them?" My vision is more time outdoors. Teach science, math, and reading. Build relationships and socialize children in a positive environment that nourishes their individual talents rather than teaching them to confirm.
BTW No, I receive no financial benefit nor do I own a franchise for Kumon. I am just profoundly amazed at the curriculum and the speed at which my child can absorb this information. If my son can learn to read in just 30 minutes each day, then this is a program worth implementing. I just figured for parents that didn't know what it was or were frustrated with the system that they too could subsidize their child's education with an individualized curriculum and attention to ensure they don't get lost in the crowd.
Kumon only teaches math and reading so I will need to teach my children science, government, art, music, technology, etc to ensure they have the necessary skills to be successful. Plus, when my kids go to Kumon, I know they're being taught and not brainwashed. I can see the positive results.