Posted in May 2012

Member Post: Parent Letter to the Community

Dear Community Members, I am a parent and teacher of San Diego Unified students.  I’m not sure if you have been following what’s been going on in our district, but basically after making huge cuts to our schools this year, the school board has voted to approve the Superintendent’s budget and make further cuts to … Continue reading

SDEA Roots Run Deep, Part II

Michelle Sanchez, Secretary-Elect of SDEA wrote on this blog last week a disturbing account about proposed changes to the SDEA bylaws which would allow the board to censure ‘subversive’ groups and board members within the union. In my last post, I looked at the ‘History of SDEA’ page of our union website where our mission and … Continue reading

School Board Lays off 1534 Educators

Talks Like Deal Has Already Been Cut Last night the School Board voted to issue 1534 educator layoffs, on top of the 1000 classified layoffs they’ve already issued, which will have the effect of turning our schools into human sardine factories. And Board President John Lee Evans has suggested that a side deal to “fix” … Continue reading

SDEA Roots Run Deep

Michelle Sanchez, Secretary-Elect of SDEA wrote on this blog last week a disturbing account about proposed changes to the SDEA bylaws which would allow the board to censure ‘subversive’ groups and board members within the union. What defines a subversive group? What exactly is the group under discussion being accused of subverting? Michelle made the … Continue reading

SDEA Walk of Shame

My first trip to Rep. Council by Shane Parmely My First Trip to Rep. Council I attended the May 16, 2012, SDEA Rep. Council meeting with Michelle Sanchez (current AR) and Emily Neidhart (next year’s AR) because I also plan to run for CR at my school and wanted to learn more about what my … Continue reading

Keeping Our Eyes on the Prize

In fewer than 48 hours, SDUSD’s School Board will vote whether or not to issue final layoff notices to 1,655 of our SDEA members. That’s $124 million worth of educator layoffs alone, to fill a $122 million worst-case scenario budget hole. That is on top of the 1,000 classified layoffs the Board has also approved, … Continue reading

SDEA Executive Sessions 101

Like any democratic body, our union has an elected Board who meet periodically to make decisions about the future and direction of our union. The Board, comprised of 16 elected SDEA members, usually meets at least once a month. These meetings are open to the general membership to observe. However, there are four things that … Continue reading