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A judge hearing a lawsuit challenging teacher tenure is hearing final arguments today. Patch photo credit: Penny Arévalo.
Capo Parent April 4, 2014 at 12:24 pm
Union tools, and dull ones at that.
shelly April 4, 2014 at 04:04 pm
Capo Parent, Why the name calling?
fact checker April 4, 2014 at 05:23 pm
Because factual and respectful discussions aren't getting the results wanted. It's easier to trashRead More than it is to back up a losing prospect.
Tom January 16, 2013 at 04:26 pm
Good teachers of course matter and I think most of them are quite good. I have kids at SRVHS andRead More CWMS and for the most part am pleased with how professional they are. Sometimes though we do run into a bad one. When that happens my kids are strong enough to work through it and be fine but the weakers ones suffer. In our school system it is MUCH easier for the teachers because you have VERY involved parents. We are a team and work with eachother. I hate the teachers union but respect the teachers. I also think there are many things we could do to improve things for students and teachers but we lack the backbone to do it.
Sylvia Jones January 16, 2013 at 06:24 pm
I am responding to Shlripathi Kamath's post of January 15 which takes exception to a teacher whoRead More receives a 78% pension for 12 years of teaching based on a salary in her/his last year in the classroom of $78,912. The writer cites no source for the information, and as a retired teacher I am concerned that readers will take this claim as fact. Please consider the following: teacher retirement in the State of California is administered by the state, not by school districts. It is based on teacher age at retirement, number of years taught, and birthdate. Here is an estimate of what a California teacher might receive based on the profile the writer uses. It is based on the formula as I came to understand it in going through my own retirement process. Using the writer's data, here is what a California teacher might receive If she/he retires this June with 12 years of experience, a birthdate of 1946 and an age at retirement of 64 years and seven moths, her/his retirement stipend would be approximately $1,869.89 per month or $22,438.68 per annum. That equates to 28% of final compensation, not the 78% that the writer decries.
Shripathi Kamath January 16, 2013 at 06:40 pm
"I am responding to Shlripathi Kamath's post of January 15 which..." http://bit.ly/U1OGkP
Moyuoylcahn December 29, 2012 at 05:49 am
Max The Paper Boy, you are correct, I am not your voice... I am the voice of the voiceless! fyi,Read More these are the top contributors/PAC to this year's National Election. The NRA is not among them. They are: Friends of John Boehner,RepublicanGovernors Assn,Club for Growth,EMILY's List,League of Conservation,FreedomWorks,Every Republican Is Crucial PAC,Arcus Foundation,Americans for Limited Government,Freedom Project,Susan B Anthony List,Senate Conservatives Fund,Hoyer for Congress,Friends of Jeb Hensarling,Nancy Pelosi for Congress,Blue Dog PAC,AmeriPAC: The Fund for a Greater America,Majority Cmte PAC,Votesane PAC,Environment America... The NRA makes it influence known primarily through campaign donations. In 2012 they spent a little over 2 million dollars. $1,845,000 of that came from The NRA itself, $360,000 came from it's subsidiary, NRA Institute for Legislative Action. The total amount spent lobbying for gun rights was only $5,535,651 for 2012. In a National Election that cost ran into the billions! Not everyone who supports The NRA is a dues paying member. Not all of us are even gun owners. We support the Right To Bear Arms just the same.
Tim Sole December 29, 2012 at 01:40 pm
David, it is not as far fetched as you might believe. I'm simply looking at what those in power inRead More prewar Europe did and stating that I'm not going to allow mankind to repeat those mistakes here in America. Every 60 or 70 years, we simply forget what happened and then repeat the same mistakes that earlier generations made.
Jock December 29, 2012 at 01:56 pm
Agreed. Any advanced alien race reading this would happily skip this planet. Perhaps in the futureRead More this thread may be a teaching tool showing the discord, arrogance and ignorance of 21st century Americans. Angry rantings, most displaying the logic of children. Puke
Olga Hall December 19, 2012 at 12:41 am
Have you read anything about the greatest scam perpetrated on us? The Libor Scandal which is an 800Read More TRILLION dollar scam that involves the too “big to fail” banks, the Federal Reserve, etc. Why I mention it is because the father of James Holmes the Colorado shooter, and the father of Adam Lanza the Connecticut school shooter were to testify on the Libor Scandal. A coincidence?????????????
nonoise December 19, 2012 at 12:56 am
http://www.economist.com/node/21558281 Is this what you are referring to?
Glenn E Grab January 3, 2013 at 04:27 pm
more wasted money....
Always Right December 16, 2012 at 11:36 pm
First of all, not every American can buy and own a gun. Our constitution gives those that can theRead More right to do so. Sure you may be able to,with the help of liberal progressives, ban certain types of weapons. To ban all guns you would have to change the constitution. That will never happen period nor should it. If you don't want a gun, don't buy one.
Galactic Cannibal December 16, 2012 at 11:45 pm
I voted twice for Pres Obama and would do a 3rd time if allowed. But I will agree that his cryRead More looked a bit unreal. the very few times I have cried tears roll down my cheek. I saw no tear on Pres Obama's face.. why was that ?
Matthew Sanderson (Editor) December 17, 2012 at 02:07 am
Thanks for your contributions. We are now closing this discussion. You are welcome to view theRead More conversation about gun legislation over here http://patch.com/A-0wNV
Chris Kiely November 7, 2012 at 05:38 am
32 & 38 both going down in flames. What will those wacky Munger kids spend their $$$ on now?
Bren November 9, 2012 at 11:06 pm
Hey Justin! Where's Vince? I get worried when he's this quiet...
L.A. Chung November 11, 2012 at 01:27 pm
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Deborah Lashever January 12, 2013 at 06:09 pm
More testing means less learning. We are already doing WAY too much testing! Look at Finland--whoRead More now is top in the world in academics--they do not try for excellence anymore, just a well rounded education for everyone--and they are NUMBER ONE!! Why don't we take a lesson from them instead of trying to fix our public education system that was formed SCIENTIFICALLY by Industrialists and Social Darwinists--not Educators--in the early 1800's to dumb us down and make us good little workers and consumers? Look how well it is working! We are now well below Rwanda in many subjects! NO! No more testing! No more regurgitating little teeny facts that you will never, ever think of in your life again! We have the internet now that we can find out all these facts--like what General won what battle in what year of the Civil War--we don't need to waste years and years of children's lives on crap like that. HOMESCHOOL, people! Form a multi-family support group and make sure your kids are getting a REAL education and are thinking FOR THEMSELVES! Read John Taylor Gatto's book, "Dumbing us Down" for all the facts and footnotes you need. Do your homework, parents! It is your kid's future and the future of our country and planet that is at stake. We have been asleep and giving our power away for far too long! WAKE UP! Read the book and then decide. What could be more important?
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