The October Rep council meeting had a full agenda as usual. Here area a few things I want to highlight.
By Jenny Rivera, SDEA Board Member and Dailard AR
It’s Election Time
Candidates for yet another rerun election turned in their declaration forms and were formally nominated. Candidates were able to give speeches, highlighting point of view. All speeches were well received. If you haven’t yet, please download the Breakfast Club slate’s campaign flier and share with your colleagues:
Be on the lookout for ballots to start arriving at your home starting today. Your AR/CR should have posted candidate fliers on your SDEA bulletin board, representing all of the candidates running. If this is not happening, speak up and ask about it. Have a school voting party to get the vote out at your site. Remember, ballots are due at SDEA by Nov. 4, 5 p.m. Don’t miss out on the chance to have input into the direction our union board will take, in the all important bargaining months this spring.
Up for Ed Resolution
As a New Business Item, I presented a motion for approval on a resolution. I am very concerned about the attacks on public education and our schools, with corporate reformers at the heart of it. Here in San Diego, these attacks on our profession and our schools are being fronted by the group Up for Ed (United Parents for Education). This group is an offshoot from the former San Diegans for Great Schools (SD4GS) that tried an end run around our democratically elected school board. SD4GS attempted to place an item on a recent citywide ballot to insert another four members onto the school board that were not elected, but appointed, and therefore not accountable to the voters. Fortunately, that initiative failed to make the ballot, but its backers, like Rod Dammeyer, have not stopped their efforts to undermine our public school system.
Up for Ed has targeted our schools that struggle with so many social issues. Many of these schools are in the Lincoln cluster. The current state law allows for parents, (read Up for Ed) to “trigger” the school into becoming a charter/corporately controlled, often for profit, school. Up for Ed is very active in the Lincoln cluster. Adding further to their disruptive agenda, Up for Ed wants to insert itself into our bargaining this spring. I don’t know about you, but that idea horrifies me!
In the resolution, I have called out our school board and Superintendent Cindy Marten, to actively work to keep such corporate reform groups out of our district. I have observed our elected board members stating their opposition to Up for Ed, but at the same time allowing and sometimes praising the group for involving itself in our schools. All in attendance at Rep council, unanimously and loudly passed the resolution! Hurrah!
Our next steps are to take the resolution and present it at a school board meeting. Our voices must be heard at the district level that corporate reform has no place in our schools. Parents and teachers together will lead the way, not corporate reformers.