Friday, October 07, 2011
A Fairfield County educator retiree, CORE member and former teacher of Kyle Farmer calls it like it is!
Subject: Re: Issue 2 debate...a good one!
Letter to the Editor in Lancaster Gazette re: Kyle Farmer
RH Jones: Letter to the Akron Beacon Journal
Thursday, October 06, 2011
CORE to meet October 20, 2011
Wednesday, October 05, 2011
Do you think the Wall St. crooks are beginning to get the idea?
Tuesday, October 04, 2011
A little more on Kyle Farmer (the educator featured in the Pro SB 5/ Issue 2 misleading ad) and....it's a small world, isn't it?
1755 W. Market Street
Baltimore, OH 43105
Phone: (740) 862-8649
Meeting announcement from STRS
$$$$, Batch and.....You bet[cha]!
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Monday, October 03, 2011
Awaiting a reply......
By Seth Roy
Sunday, October 02, 2011
Wall St. protests live cam!
Rich DeColibus column in the Plain Dealer: Senate Bill 5 - Return to Camelot
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• Public employers (aka "lords") have no obligation whatsoever to talk to public employee unions (or their members) about their wages, hours, terms and conditions of employment, or sick leave (or any other kind of leave). The lords just decide how things will be, and that's that. How that, in any way, is different from feudalism escapes me. Teachers, firemen, police, serfs, all the same.
• As a former teacher union President (CTU), one of the best things we had in the contract was language limiting class sizes. Not that you couldn't have oversized classes, but the Board had to pay the teacher a penalty if the class got beyond a certain level. Our thinking was they'd do everything possible to avoid giving teachers an extra buck, and we were right. Classes were nicely balanced most of the time. The idea that the teacher-serfs should have any say in class size is now forbidden by SB5. Good for lords, not so good for kids.
• SB5 mandates "performance based evaluations." Great, except who defines performance? SB5 also mandates part of the evaluation must be based on student performance; and, as we all know, all students in Ohio come from identical families, with identical parents, have equal talents and abilities, and live in equally safe and attractive neighborhoods, so this is completely fair and unbiased.
• The law eliminates step raises, which is fine by me since, I guess, it means first year teachers will shoot to the top of the salary schedule because they can't get there by steps. Actually, I don't think that was the lord's thinking at all, but I have no clue what murky logic lurks behind this apparently random event. Whatever it is, I suspect it's not good for the serfs.
• The crown jewel of SB5, however, is the elimination of seniority rights when layoffs must happen. The second-year gym teacher who happens to be a nephew of the principal stays, the twenty five-year veteran math teacher with a wife, three kids, and a problematic mortgage goes. Now I ask you, what could be fairer and better for education than that?